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Gender, Health and the Body
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I Introduction: Medicalization of women’s bodies • Diseases and conditions to be diagnosed and treated
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II Reproduction and Fertility 1. Control over fertility Central to equality and independence Liberal feminists: access and choice Socialist feminists: undervalued labour Radical feminists: control and ownership over women’s bodies
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2. Pregnancy and the fetus i) Anti-feminist views • Woman and fetus as separate entities, adversaries • “public” fetus • Woman as “containers”
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ii) Feminist views • Situation of mother • Not gender neutral • Health, economics, poverty, homelessnes
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Larger campaign for women’s reproductive rights • Access to birth control • Good conditions in which to raise children
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3. Abortion and Birth Control prior to 1969 i) early laws • Abortion and birth control illegal • “race suicide” • Declining birth rate • 1851: 7 children • 1921: 3.54 children
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This note was uploaded on 09/26/2011 for the course WS 101 taught by Professor Kate during the Spring '09 term at Simon Fraser.

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