W4: Gendered Health

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University of Toronto Scarborough
Women's and Gender Studies
Victoria Tahmasebi

Week 4 Gendered HealthGenderHealth MindBody DualismPart of the Christian tradition The body in opposition to the soul Its significance for womens livesWoman associated with the body man linked with the mindWomen treated as the second sexWomens body pathologizedthe body represents the animal side of human existence desires A historical ReviewPrior to 19th century religious discourseSince the 19th century Discourses of science and medicine Exclusion of women from the field of medicineMedicine as maledominated professionConsequencesmale body as the normWomans body as deficientwomen were seen as caretakers and nurtures medicine became a main dominators profession the consequencethe male body was still the norm while the female body was found inefficient only tested on men recently last few decades started testing on femalesbody functions such as menstruation was seen as a disease define health as the access of diseaseHealth RedefinedNarrow definition Absence of diseaseComprehensive definitiona state of complete physical mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease and infirmitythe definition implies and directly forms and shapes health issuesgender is a primary factor in health related behaviorsex historically it was men who took all the health related risks boxing boys dont go to doctors many men ignore health issues and dont complainmen would see themselves as stronger independent not needed to be nurture dont need to ask for help would spend more time at work than home face and take risks frequently more likely to die from experimental causes that relate to masculine behavior women take far fewer risks take better acre of their health see doctors talk about their problems with people exercise women get sicker but men die quickerGender Informs Health Issuesgender as a primary factor in healthrelated behavior2002Canada life expectancy for women 821 years Men 772 Men
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