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Women as Wombs: Reproductive Technologies And The Battle Over Women’s Freedom

Women as Wombs: Reproductive TechnologiesAnd The Battle Over Women’s Freedom Janice Raymond Spinifex 1993 In an age of in vitro fertilization (IVF), sex predetermination, embryo transfer, and reproductive contracts, women have become abstract entities called “surrogates,” “population polluters,” “maternal environments,” and “human incubators.” The rhetoric around reproductive technologies is, according to Raymond, part of the…

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The Menopause Industry: How the Medical Establishment Exploits Women

The Menopause Industry: How the Medical Establishment Exploits Women Sandra Coney Penguin 1991 Healthy women in their 40s, 50s, and 60s have become a commodity to be exploited for commercial gain. They are being targeted by pharmaceutical companies, medical manufacturers, and doctors with products and services to sell. They are asked to mistrust their own…

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Health Motherhood

RU 486: Misconceptions, Myths and Morals

RU 486: Misconceptions, Myths and Morals Renate Klein Spinifex 1991 From Spinifex: An award-winner when first published, this book has become a classic text for health activists and feminists interested in the complexities of how drugs are developed, marketed and sold to women around the world. In this book the authors review the unusual history…

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Health Motherhood

Angels of Power and Other Reproductive Creations

Angels of Power and OtherReproductive Creations Susan Hawthorne andRenate Klein Spinifex 1991 From Spinifex: In the tradition of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, these writers rework images of the body. Imagination, vision and a sense of the absurd come together and demonstrate that women can resist the power of god-like scientists who long to create monsters and…

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Women and Madness

Women and Madness Phyllis Chesler Doubleday Books 1972 This definitive book was the first to address critical questions about women and mental health. Combining patient interviews with an analysis of women’s roles in history, society, and myth Chesler concludes that there is a terrible double standard when it comes to women’s psychology.  A conversation with…

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Health Women of Colour

The Cancer Journals

The Cancer Journals Audre Lorde Aunt Lute Books 1980 Moving between journal entry, memoir, and exposition, Audre Lorde fuses the personal and political as she reflects on her experience coping with breast cancer and a radical mastectomy. From Penguin Random House: Long before narratives explored the silences around illness and women’s pain, Lorde questioned the…

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Test Tube Women: What Future for Motherhood?

Test Tube Women: What Future for Motherhood? Rita Arditti, Renate Klein and Shelley Minden Pandora 1984 This anthology is the first feminist collection of articles about both old and new reproductive technologies. It significantly influences feminist thought and action concerning these technologies. One of the goals of the book is to help us decide whether…

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Our Bodies, Our Selves

Our Bodies, Our Selves Boston Women’s Health Book Collective Simon & Schuster 1973 From Wikipedia: Our Bodies, Ourselves is a book about women’s health and sexuality produced by the nonprofit organization Our Bodies Ourselves (originally called the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective). First published in the late 1960s, it contains information related to many aspects…

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Health History Motherhood

Of Woman Born: Motherhood as Experience and Institution

Of Woman Born: Motherhoodas Experience and Institution Adrienne Rich WW Norton & Company 1976 “In order for all women to have real choices all along the line,” Adrienne Rich writes, “we need fully to understand the power and powerlessness embodied in motherhood in patriarchal culture.” Rich’s investigation, in this influential and landmark book, concerns both…

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Health History

Witches, Midwives and Nurses: A History of Women Healers

Witches, Midwives and Nurses Barbara Ehrenreich,Deirdre English The Feminist Press 1973 Witches, Midwives, & Nurses, first published by the Feminist Press in 1973, is an essential book about the corruption of the medical establishment and its historic roots in witch hunters. In this new edition, Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English have written an entirely new chapter…