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Joseph Bryant

HLTC02H3 Women and Health Past and PresentWinter 2012LEC01 LEC02Lecture 6Gender Race and HealthIImpact of Gender on Health and Social WellbeingaGender and race social constructs They are constructs of inequality denies them opportunities for good healthbSocially produced categories that enable society to make sense of the worldiSex and Gender influence health and health care needs medicalization of certain conditions1Sexspecific conditions eg reproduction menopause screening for cancers specific to women cancers specific to men prostate and testicular cacers2Health conditions prevelant among women eg breast cancner eating disorders depression hiv aids in men3Sex neutral diseasde or conditons heart diesae diabetes4Womens gendered roles caregiving sex segration of labor force participation in general and in health care demands of owmens care giving responsibiltes womens average lower wages5Gender stereotypes in health care system may adversely affect womens health and ldeead to differential treatment6Overmeidcalizaiton of normal aspect of womnes lives pregnancy and hcildbrith menopause bone density loseaSo in sum many normal conditions for women have been overmedicalized excpetion is cardivaoscular disease which is indeed experienced differentlky Women do have these conditions related to heir biologybut for some reason it is more analyzed and meiccalized in women7Just as women have stronger immune systems to protect them from disease women are more likely to get autoimmune diseases
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