The Feminization of Health

Lee, Ellie J. and Frayn, Elizabeth (2008) The Feminization of Health. In: Wainwright, David, ed. A Sociology of Health. Sage, London, pp. 115-133. ISBN 9781412921589. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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• The past 20 years has seen the emergence of a ‘new paradigm’ of health, at the centre of which is the idea that ‘prevention is better than cure’ • Contemporary health concerns are often ‘gendered’. The emergence of campaigns about ‘men’s health’ is a notable development of recent years • There is a striking contrast between feminist constructions of the problem of women’s health in the 1970s, and the contemporary problem of gender and health • In the context of the ‘new paradigm’, ‘masculinity’ has come to be defined as a barrier to health. ‘Feminine’ attitudes such as a willingness to consider oneself vulnerable and ‘at risk’, and to seek help have, in turn, been validated as desirable characteristics for both men and women • Contemporary gendered health concerns have much less to do with evidence-based developments in science and medicine, than with developments in the spheres of politics and society • The practical outcome of the feminization of health is that men and well as women may become more anxious and worried about their health, for little discernable benefit

Item Type: Book section
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
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Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2010 16:09
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