SOCIOL 135 Lecture 8: Oct. 24, 2014 - Medicalization
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Department
Sociology
Course
SOCIOL 135
Professor
Jill A.Bakehorn
Semester
Fall

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MEDICALIZATION Friday October 24, 2014 1. Female Genital Cosmetic Surgery 2. Erectile Dysfunction Heterogendered anxieties are mapped onto sex bodies Commodifying anxieties Creatingdiagnosing a problem then producing a solution to the problem Proliferation of pornography Mainstreaming of waxing and hair removal Greater emphasis on womens sexual pleasure Increased attention to pleasure = increased attention to the body and technique What are the legitimated medicalized reasons for the surgery? Enhancing female sexual pleasure, specifically orgasm Pursuit of sexual pleasure is a valid and legitimate pursuit for women Drive for sexual pleasure is used against them sold back to them Particular models of sexual bodies and practices o Some sex toys are made from the moldings of womens vulvas o ^ The blame on pornography What are the various types of FGCS? Gspot amplifications Vaginal tightening Cliteral hood reduction Hymen reconstruction Both surgical practice and cultural product and practice o Rise in popularity of the designer vagina is due to the media coverage of these procedures o Womens bodies in media help us construct our social understandings of them o Mediacultural ideas have real life consequences for women
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