12.07.2011 lecture - Improving Womens Health: Asking hard...

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1 Improving Women’s Health: Asking hard questions and questioning assumptions Lisa Kane Low PhD CNM Acknowledgement to Joanne Motiño Bailey How does the social construction of gender impact women’s health? Language Beliefs Knowledge production Authoritative Knowledge Emergence of dominant accepted beliefs Often better at explaining the world Associated with a stronger power base Dismissal of other ways of knowing “The power in authoritative knowledge is not that it is correct, but that it counts” Persuasive because it seems natural, reasonable
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2 Authoritative knowledge devalues other forms of knowledge Self knowledge Traditional knowledge systems Examples within western health care Recommendations change, authoritative knowledge remains Authoritative knowledge is transmitted and solidified through Educational systems All media forms Professionals Institutions Economic power Women themselves as participants So, how does this affect women’s health and well-being?
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Menopause- a change in life Loosing femininity? Value of women as reproducers Youth, beauty, worth tied together Disregard of historical presence of women past childbearing years Medicalizing Menopause Cessation of menses Associated with temporary symptoms Uncertain process….varied length of time, perimenopausal phase, loss of the protective benefits of estrogen. Medical treatment: estrogen
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12.07.2011 lecture - Improving Womens Health: Asking hard...

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