cockrill493.doc - Women Studies Senior Thesis Sexually Transmitted Infections Social Stigmas and Gender Differences By Marnie Cockrill Thesis Advisor

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Women Studies Senior Thesis Sexually Transmitted Infections, Social Stigmas and Gender Differences By: Marnie Cockrill Thesis Advisor: Angela Ginorio PhD Psychology & Women Studies University of Washington 2003-2004
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Outline Introduction…………………………………………………………………..4-6 Literature Review…………………………………………………………….7-16 A) Misinformation B) Common Sexually Transmitted Infections C) Social Stigmas D) Gender and Social Stigmas E) Relating Race and Class to Social Stigmas Research Questions…………………………………………………………..16 Methods………………………………………………………………………17-20 a) Sample b) Recruitment c) Materials d) Procedure Results & Analysis…………………………………………………………..21-27 Discussion……………………………………………………………………28-32 A) Limitations………………………………………………………..32-33 B) Future Studies……………………………………………………..34 Conclusion…………………………………………………………………….34 Bibliography…………………………………………………………………35-36 Appendices…………………………………………………………………..37-58 I. E-Mail Recruitment II. Human Subjects Exemption Form 2
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III. Consent Form IV. Survey V. Breakdown of results VI. List of websites for STI information VII. Song Lyrics that relate to AIDS and social stigmas 3
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Introduction This thesis project will be research about the social stigmas and silent oppressions that people with STI’s face. Sexually Transmitted Infections affect a very large population of this world, and researching how these infections are reacted to by the public and those infected is very important. My focus within STI stigmas will be comparing gender differences, specifically researching if women with STI’s are more stigmatized than men and why. During my Women Studies education at the University of Washington I have often been fascinated by the discussions, readings and insights about various oppressed groups of people. While these lessons have opened my mind to a wide range of issues that include race, class, gender, sexuality, disability, and numerous other important areas that affect people’s daily lives I also noticed that there are some topics that seem to be deliberately left out and not talked about. It is my belief that the taboo topics in this country are often the ones that need the most attention and not the ones that should be ignored. When I first thought of researching STI stigmas even I hesitated because I wasn’t sure that I wanted to talk to people about that topic. That instantly made me realize just how important it would be to research an oppressed group of people that cross all other lines of oppression. People with STI’s do not look different. They could be the person
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