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Queering Reproduction

Author : Laura Mamo
ISBN : 082234078X
Genre : Medical
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DIVExamines the medical, social, and legal dimensions of the use of assisted reproductive technologies by lesbian women./div

Beyond Expectation

Author : Jacquelyne Luce
ISBN : 9781442610088
Genre : Social Science
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An in-depth study of lesbian, bi, and queer women's experiences of thinking about and trying to become a parent, Beyond Expectation draws on eighty-two narrative interviews conducted during the late 1990s in British Columbia. Jacquelyne Luce chronicles these women's experiences, which took place from 1980 to 2000, during a period that saw significant changes to the governance of assisted reproduction and the status of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender parents and same-sex partners. Beyond Expectation looks closely at the changing contexts in which women's experiences occurred and draws attention to complex issues such as 'contracting' relationships, mediating understandings of biology and genetics, and decision-making amidst various social, legal, and medical developments. Luce skillfully juxtaposes the stories of her interviewees with the wider public discourses about lesbian/bi/queer parenting and reproductive technology and highlights gaps in existing legislative reforms. Most importantly, Beyond Expectation foregrounds the lived experiences of lesbian, bi, and queer women as they negotiate kinship at the intersection of reproduction, technology, and politics.

Virtually Virgins

Author : Jessica L. Gregg
ISBN : 0804747563
Genre : Psychology
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This book provides a detailed, intimate portrait of a community of women living in a shantytown (favela) in northeastern Brazil, while exploring the complex interplay between gender, sexuality, power, and disease. It reveals how poor Brasileiras are constrained by dominant cultural constructions of female sexuality as a dangerous force that must be controlled by men; yet these women also manipulate these expectations by using their sexuality as a means to secure economic support from men. The book argues that these constructions affect their interpretations of medical discourse on the prevention of cervical cancer. Since women view sex as both a force they can't control and as a necessary tool for their survival, they choose to de-emphasize medical warnings against risky sexual behavior, with grave consequences for their health. The text is threaded with poignant, humorous, sometimes graphic, and always memorable depictions of the women’s lives in the shantytowns, making this serious anthropological study a highly readable one as well.

Buying Dad

Author : Harlyn Aizley
ISBN : 1555837557
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Harlyn Aizley takes the reader on one of the most personal, intimate and utterly female journeys any woman, gay or straight, can make - that of becoming a mother. Aizley's story begins with the search for sperm. The journey unfolds within the context of her relationship with her female partner, her mother's cancer diagnosis, the threat of her own possible infertility, and finally pregnancy itself. Aizley's wry voice and candid prose embrace this confluence of major life events with humour and wisdom.

Beyond Bioethics

Author : Osagie K. Obasogie
ISBN : 9780520961944
Genre : Social Science
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For decades, the field of bioethics has shaped the way we think about ethical problems in science, technology, and medicine. But its traditional emphasis on individual interests such as doctor-patient relationships, informed consent, and personal autonomy is minimally helpful in confronting the social and political challenges posed by new human biotechnologies such as assisted reproduction, human genetic modification, and DNA forensics. Beyond Bioethics addresses these provocative issues from an emerging standpoint that is attentive to race, gender, class, disability, privacy, and notions of democracy—a "new biopolitics." This authoritative volume provides an overview for those grappling with the profound dilemmas posed by these developments. It brings together the work of cutting-edge thinkers from diverse fields of study and public engagement, all of them committed to this new perspective grounded in social justice and public interest values.

Feminist Technology

Author : Linda L. Layne
ISBN : 9780252077203
Genre : Social Science
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Recognizing the different needs & desires of women & acknowledging the multiplicity of feminist approaches, this work offers a debate on existing & emergent technologies that share the goal of improving women's lives.


Author : Angus McLaren
ISBN : 9780226500935
Genre : Medical
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As anyone who has watched television in recent years can attest, we live in the age of Viagra. From Bob Dole to Mike Ditka to late-night comedians, our culture has been engaged in one long, frank, and very public talk about impotence—and our newfound pharmaceutical solutions. But as Angus McLaren shows us in Impotence, the first cultural history of the subject, the failure of men to rise to the occasion has been a recurrent topic since the dawn of human culture. Drawing on a dazzling range of sources from across centuries, McLaren demonstrates how male sexuality was constructed around the idea of potency, from times past when it was essential for the purpose of siring children, to today, when successful sex is viewed as a component of a healthy emotional life. Along the way, Impotence enlightens and fascinates with tales of sexual failure and its remedies—for example, had Ditka lived in ancient Mesopotamia, he might have recited spells while eating roots and plants rather than pills—and explanations, which over the years have included witchcraft, shell-shock, masturbation, feminism, and the Oedipal complex. McLaren also explores the surprising political and social effects of impotence, from the revolutionary unrest fueled by Louis XVI’s failure to consummate his marriage to the boost given the fledgling American republic by George Washington’s failure to found a dynasty. Each age, McLaren shows, turns impotence to its own purposes, using it to help define what is normal and healthy for men, their relationships, and society. From marraige manuals to metrosexuals, from Renaissance Italy to Hollywood movies, Impotence is a serious but highly entertaining examination of a problem that humanity has simultaneously regarded as life’s greatest tragedy and its greatest joke.

Queer Online

Author : Kate O'Riordan
ISBN : 0820486264
Genre : Computers
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Bisexual Spaces

Author : Clare Hemmings
ISBN : 9781317795131
Genre : Social Science
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A Gay Man S Guide To Prostate Cancer

Author : Jack Drescher
ISBN : 1560235535
Genre : Medical
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Discover the facts about—and personal stories of—gay men diagnosed with prostate cancer According to the American Cancer Society, one man in six will develop prostate cancer, the second leading cause of cancer death in men. A Gay Man's Guide to Prostate Cancer explores the medical facts and psychological aspects of being diagnosed and treated for prostate cancer as well as the personal experiences of gay men from various walks of life. This insightful examination from the perspective of being gay in a predominantly heterosexual medical world emphasizes the unique concerns gay men have when confronted with this life-altering disease. Many of the contributors are or have been involved with Malecare, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that provides prostate cancer support for gay men and their families. For more information, visit Malecare, Inc.: prostate cancer support for gay men and their families. (http://www.Malecare.com/). The status quo of the medical world is heterosexually assumptive. A Gay Man’s Guide to Prostate Cancer shifts the perspective to gay men’s needs, challenges, and experiences when faced with this critical health risk. The book is divided into a professional section that covers the medical and psychological aspects affecting gay men, and an experiential section in which gay men of varying ages, ethnicities, races, and HIV status describe their own very personal feelings and experiences regarding their diagnosis, treatment, and side-effects. A helpful glossary provided for the layperson explains the meanings of medical words and phrases. A Gay Man’s Guide to Prostate Cancer discusses: the basics of prostate cancer, with an overview of causes, diagnosis, screening guidelines, and treatments the history of prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment and some unique concerns that gay men face when consulting a urologist and making treatment decisions the practical questions regarding gay sex after treatment, with a matter-of-fact primer pertaining to what may happen during and what to do after treatment the depression and anxiety that gay men will likely experience, with a look at the stigmatization and alienation that may occur in the heterosexually biased world the dynamics and concerns of diagnosed gay men within the context of a self-help group, with topics that include gay identities, sexual behaviors and attitudes, feelings of helplessness, and HIV/AIDS considerations how the surgical removal of one patient’s prostate gland affected him emotionally—and physically how a patient’s diagnosis challenged his sexuality and moved him to work at alerting other men of color to their increased risk of developing prostate cancer a patient’s sexual dysfunction following radical surgery—and why he formed a gay men’s prostate cancer support group how prostate cancer devastated one patient’s sense of self and body image; and his experience of being unacceptable in a gay community that he views as consumed with youth and beauty older gay men’s thoughts when confronting prostate cancer—and how sex has evolved for them the impact of cancer on couples’ relationships and the importance of being proactive about treatment a 33-year-old man’s struggle with prostate cancer—how it changed him and how it affected his relationship of 12 years A Gay Man’s Guide to Prostate Cancer fills the gap in the literature about gay men challenged with prostate cancer, making it vital reading for physicians, psychotherapists, gay men faced with positive diagnosis, and of course, friends and loved ones. Part of the proceeds from the sale of this book will go to support the nonprofit men's cancer support organization, MaleCare, Inc. Visit the MaleCare Web site at http://www.malecare.com/

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