Health Disparities 11_11_09 - Health Disparities Life...

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Health Disparities - Life Expectancies vary by gender, race, class and nation - Some factors are genetic/biological o XX Chromosomes o Frequent Childbearing o Differences in hormone production - Some factors are social o Smoking o Diet o Stress o Access to preventative care Health Intersections - Health intersects with other aspects of life o Gendered division of labor o Sex and reproduction o Expectations of masculinity - Health care is structured by gender, race and class o Most care workers (paid and unpaid) are women) o Health care less accessible to poor people o Most doctors still white men Women’s Health Movements - Emerged in the late 1960s o Addressed the control of knowledge about women’s bodies o Questioned standard practices that detrimentally affected women o Sought to develop new knowledge and practices that would improve women’s lives o Teach women about their bodies and their health - The publication of Our Bodies, Our Selves o
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