9781558616950

Complaints and Disorders: The Sexual Politics of Sickness

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    9781558616950

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    1558616950

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 8/1/2011
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Summary

From prescribing the "rest cure" to diagnosing hysteria, the medical profession has consistently treated women as weak and pathological. Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English's concise history of the sexual politics of medical practices shows how this biomedical rationale was used to justify sex discrimination throughout the culture, and how its vestiges are evident in abortion policy and other reproductive rights struggles today. Barbara Ehrenreichis the author of many bestselling books, including Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined Americaand Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America. Deirdre English, former editor of Mother Jonesmagazine, is a professor at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 7
Introduction: A Perspective on the Social Role of Medicinep. 31
Women and Medicine in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuriesp. 39
The "Sick" Women of the Upper Classesp. 46
The "Sickening" Women of the Working Classp. 95
Notes on the Situation Today (1973)p. 141
From Here On: Concluding Thoughtsp. 153
Bibliographyp. 165
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