Medical Management of the Female Body





This upper-level seminar examines how Western medical knowledge, practices, and institutions define female health and normality and manage diseased and gender-variant female bodies. We will explore how medicine conceives of the female body as a medical problem or mystery and consider how race, class, and sexuality inflect medical conceptions of the female body. Topics include "female maladies," medicalization of childbirth and the pregnant body, medical management of transgender and intersex bodies, medical conceptions of ideal body weight and fitness, gender norms and cosmetic surgery, women and disability, and pharmaceutical marketing toward women.  Limited enrollment; Instructor's permission and application required.

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