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HLTC02 Lecture 8 - March 4, 2013 1. From Morrow’s account, what are some of the most longstanding and consistent concerns of women’s health movements in Canada?  The way the body was viewed – women subordination to men  Overgeneralization: taking male body as research model  Fighting for the right to have medicalization of birthing processes and practices  Structural determinants of health: poverty  Gender roles: double burden- women’s roles as caregivers, this has been neglected by health professionals  Violence against women  Women’s disproportionate poverty; ways in which poverty is gendered 2. What are the major theoretical shifts characterizing 3 wave feminism?  cultural, radical feminism  Third-wave feminism seeks to challenge or avoid what it deems the second wave's "essentialist" definitions of femininity, which often assumed a universal female identity and over-emphasized the experiences of upper- middle-class white women  Anti-racism and individualism  Liberal feminism: what we discussed last week (concerned with equality)  Disabled, queer, aboriginal, women of colour—women were a homogenized category – challenge to dominant feminist understanding  shaped by white, upper class, privileged women  marginalization, race, poverty, etc. affects getting healthcare Major theoretical innovation: Social constructionism (Rayna Rapp)  medical knowledge shapes …  Biology  Judith Butler -> not only gender is socially constructed but also sex (egg + sperm)  Queer theory: lesbians and queer women contributed to a broader critique white-women (gender orientation being fixed) - intersex people: neither biological female nor male - sexual orientation may be fluid: homosexuality pathologized as a psychiatric disorder in the DSM, revoked in the early 1970s and greater understanding that people might be attracted differently 3. How does Morrow’s account reveal the different interests and priorities of women in different social locations? Or in other words How have Aboriginal women, women from other racialized groups, lesbians and queer women, and women with disabilities, both contributed to and critiqued the women’s health movement in Canada? Differential access to education, depending on social class, and also white women mostly. Aboriginal women would have to go to the U.S to be trained. Racialized women are the patients- white women are the professionals. Moral reform: sets of interests in women’s health movement.  Germ theory  Public health inspectors  Child welfare workers  Public health discourses including early feminist discourses, inspecting people’s home, removing children working to not get enough care, deeming mothers unfit for childcare  Aboriginal women got more focused – women as a category (sisterhood – organizing for solidarity)  Started developing their own organization – Shelters for counseling support for domestic violence  Reproductive health: white women were busy campaigning for abortion rights in 1960s- rights to contraception  Long history in the U.S or Canada  Women have suffered involuntary sterilization  For Lesbian women, they risk losing their children – removed by the State (at this time, homosexuality is considered a psychiatric disorder)  She’d be deemed an unfit mother if she’s a lesbian – 70‘s and 80’s  Women Centered Care Model : critique from a women of colour or disabled women it focuses on exclusively on sex and gender, but what about racism? And disabled women?  so it’s not helpful to reify sex and gender and ignori
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