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Introduction to Gender Studies Class Notes

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Introduction to Gender Studies Class Notes GS 1173

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Week 4 notes for Intro to Gender Studies.
Gender Studies
Dr. Emily Ryalls
Class Notes
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Victoria Notetaker on Sunday April 24, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to GS 1173 at Mississippi State University taught by Dr. Emily Ryalls in Winter 2016. Since its upload, it has received 9 views. For similar materials see Gender Studies in Communication Studies at Mississippi State University.

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Date Created: 04/24/16
Chapter Six  Breast cancer o Feminist critiques  Focus on walks (raise money for awareness, rather than a cure).  Misses causes of disease  Bodies as biological entities o Feminist Sociological Approach= links individual experiences to larger culture. o Focus on “treating” rather than “preventing” o Breast cancer awareness month= October  Breast cancer awareness o “Pink washing” o Does any money from this purchase go to support breast cancer programs? How  much?  Answer: zero o What organization will get the money? What will they do with the funds and how  do these programs turn the tide of the epidemic?   Answer: Cancer society. None for research. o Is there a “cap” on the amount the company will donate? Has this maximum  donation already been met? Can you tell? o Does this purchase put you or someone you love at risk for exposure to taxins  linked to breast cancer? o What is the company doing to ensure that its products are not contributing to the  breast cancer epidemic?  Feminist approach to disease o Diseases follow a gendered pattern.  Social and cultural factors o Healthcare Industries  Focus on profits. o Healthcare is a system of inequality  Emphasize curing o Feminist social epidemiology= looks at social and cultural approaches­ asks as  about social factors contributing to numbers.  o Disproportional burden of health= women, the poor, and members of  ethnic/minority groups.  Is HIV/AIDS a gay man’s disease? st o The 1  U.S. case of AIDS in 1979. o 1985­1  reported case in Mexico was a woman. o Not a gay man’s disease. o Pandemic: a global or regional epidemic of infectious disease. o Biomedical model vs. Social epidemiology  Biomedical model: looks at body as biological entity and sees a  problem/health as an individual problem.  Social epidemiology: more beyond biology and see it as a social problem. o HIV/AIDS is fundamentally a social disease.  Affects people in marginalized populations.  Social marginity and HIV/AIDS o Commitment to medicalizing the “gay lifestyle”  “Innocent victims” vs. “guilty culprits”  Framing as a moral issue instead of a public health issue.  Women  Means of transmission   Mothers and prostitutes  8% in 1985 to 27% in 2000.  African Americans (less accepting of LGBTQ community)  Women, men, teens o 68% AIDS in 2010 o 15% of total teen population  Privilege and inequality  o “Medicalizing” like “hysteria” with women  Just stop having sex o Sense of this as “God’s punishment” o Babies became primary, innocent party. o MSM= men who have sex with men.  Modes of Transmission o The Center for Disease Control (CDC) constructs knowledge.  Rank order system­doctor has to put down mode of transmission of  HIV/AIDS.


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