Women's Studies Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 31, No. 1/2, Spring

A Darker Ribbon: Breast Cancer, Women, and Their Doctors in the Twentieth Century / the Breast Cancer Wars: Hope, Fear, and the Pursuit of a Cure in Twentieth-Century America
The claim that mammographic screening saves women's lives was accepted as scientific fact and institutionalized within American medicine almost 3 decades ago. Since then, the debate over how often and at what age mammographic screening should begin has...
Arguing Breast Cancer: The Feminist Views of Two Women's Health Activists
The fact that we are here and that I speak now these words is an attempt to break that silence and bridge some of those differences between us, for it is not difference which immobilizes us, but silence.-Audre Lorde, The Cancer JournalsFeminism's brilliance...
Bringing Activism Inside the Academy: Teaching Women's Health to Health Professionals
All veterans of women's and feminist studies have stories to tell about translating a grassroots movement into an academic field. Moreover, once programs and courses have been created, teachers and scholars have still faced problems. They may find that...
Changes in Wellness Practices and Health Care Utilization after an Educational Intervention for Perimenopausal Women
The perimenopause is a time when women seek health care, not only to assist with the symptoms they may be having, but also to help them answer the questions they have, such as whether to start or continue hormone replacement therapy (HRT), whether alternative...
Editorial
Both editors of this volume have been involved in women's studies and women's health for almost 3 decades. In a chapter written more than a decade ago and published in The Knowledge Explosion, a volume in which the contributors analyzed the impact of...
Excerpts From: Body of Mine: A Mother-Daughter Love Story (Memoir in Progress)
Diagnostic ImagingThe nurse presses me down on the steel table, unties the gown at my throat, as the technician wheels an enormous, ungainly bag of water close to my body. It feels soft, almost comforting, pressed against the side of my bare breast....
Medical Careers and Feminist Agendas: American, Scandinavian, and Russian Women Physicians
In her probing analysis of the history and contemporary condition of women physicians in the United States, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Russia, Elianne Riska seeks to determine, through comparison, the various factors that shape women's status...
New Evidence about Hormone Replacement Therapy: Turning the Tide in the Menopause Wars
A media frenzy erupted recently when the news broke that an American federal study of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) was halted midway because study participants were at a significantly increased risk for breast cancer, heart attack, stroke, and blood...
Nursing, Physican Control, and the Medical Monopoly: Historical Perspectives on Gendered Inequality in Roles, Rights, and Range of Practice
Strongly typed as a "women's profession," nursing should have obvious links to women's studies. Feminist evaluations of health care, such as the critiques of the medical monopoly within the classic feminist health text, Our Bodies, Ourselves (1998) should...
Politics and Issues in Women's Health: A Women's Studies Course
We all know that good health is important; that it is important for women (and men) to stay fit, to exercise, to eat the right foods, to have coping mechanisms for stress, and to see a doctor for regular checkups. We may also know that women have "special...
Reflections on Sonagachi: An Empowerment-Based HIV-Preventive Intervention for Female Sex Workers in West Bengal, India
India is second only to South Africa in the number of persons diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, with an estimated 4 million HIV infected persons (UNAIDS, 2002b). Nevertheless, overall HIV seroprevalence in India remains relatively low, estimated at about 1% (UNAIDS,...
Service and the Spin Cycle: Women's Health Outreach Project at a Laundromat
As of 1999, women constituted 45% of medical students, 38% of residents, and 28% of medical faculty (Bickel et al., 2000). Clearly, it will still be some time before women are equally represented in the medical profession, but this is a major improvement...
Silence and Complicity: Violence against Women in Peruvian Public Health Facilities by the Center for Reproductive Law and Policy (CRLP) & the Latin American and Caribbean Committee for the Defense of Women's Rights (CLADEM) (Lima: CLADEM & New York: CRLP, 1999)
Silence and Complicity is a well-researched report revealing the shocking range of violence against women that is manifest in Peruvian public health facilities. As is noted by the authors, "In Peru, a complex web of silence, fear, and complicity serves...
Stories Based on Realities: Breast Cancer in India
I immigrated to Canada some 30 years ago from India. After I finished my master's degree in biochemistry at York University, Toronto, I started working as a research associate in the medical research field, first in Toronto, and then in Calgary.During...
Taking a Biological Turn: The Push for a "Female Viagra" and the Medicalization of Women's Sexual Problems
Sex is a topic of perennial interest for feminists, with ever-changing opportunities for scholarship and activism. Somewhat unexpectedly, the turn of the 21st century finds a major resurgence of biomedical thinking about women's sexuality in popular...
Teaching Women's Health at the Graduate Level
The University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) is a health sciences campus, has no undergraduates, and offers graduate and health professions degree programs (in nursing, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, basic life sciences). There are four social...
The Physical Health Consequences of Rape: Assessing Survivors' Somatic Symptoms in a Racially Diverse Population
Sexual assault is a devastating problem for women's health. In national studies of women's perceptions of their health, rape victims' assessments of their physical well-being are considerably poorer than national norms (National Center for Health Statistics,...
The Tremin Program: Sixty-Eight Years of Research on Menstruation and Women's Health
How did a project begun in 1934 by a male biometrician and biochemist named Alan Treloar end up under the direction of two feminist women's health researchers, first Ann Voda in 1984, and then Phyllis Kernoff Mansfield in 1998? How did a study designed...
Tinnitus
Don't listen, the doctor sayswhen I tell him about the soundsI'm hearing in my newly deaf ear.They aren't real sounds, becauseI won't hear those again. The inner ear,those thumbnail-sized canalswe call the cochlea and labyrinth, is partly destroyed,and...
Tuberculosis in the Sierra Santa Marta, Veracruz: An Analysis from a Gender Perspective
Analysis of women's health has historically been associated with women's reproductive roles (Gender and Health Group, 1999). Thus, it is necessary to differentiate between analysis of women's health and gender analysis of health, which "focuses attention...
Wind Chill Factor
When my grandmother had hers removed,she complained of the cold.We wandered down the windy beach in the evening.You don't think of that beforehand.She crossed her arms over the flat plainsof her chest as she spoke.Our walks were always after the sun...
Women's Health Nurse Practitioners, Feminism, and Women's Studies
Women's health is an interdisciplinary field concerned with meeting the health needs of women across the lifespan in the context of their own lives. Women's health is a philosophical worldview and approach to working with women that evolved from the...