Complaints & Disorders: The Sexual Politics of Sickness by Barbara Ehrenreich, Deirdre English

By Barbara Ehrenreich, Deirdre English

From prescribing the "rest cure" to diagnosing hysteria, the scientific career has continuously taken care of girls as susceptible and pathological. Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English's concise historical past of the sexual politics of clinical practices exhibits how this biomedical purpose used to be used to justify intercourse discrimination during the tradition, and the way its vestiges are obtrusive in abortion coverage and different reproductive rights struggles today.

Barbara Ehrenreich is the writer of many bestselling books, together with Bright-sided: How the Relentless merchandising of optimistic pondering Has Undermined America and Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting through in America.

Deirdre English, former editor of Mother Jones journal, is a professor on the collage of California, Berkeley Graduate college of Journalism.

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But it’s Chapter 2: The Sexual Devaluing System 41 women who keep marriage alive and benefit most from it. So get this straight. If she is going to keep her man monogamous, it’s the woman’s responsibility to give him the sexual variety and adventure at home that he could find easily on his own elsewhere. I know that’s a tall order. ”3 Damn, you weren’t kidding. Unfortunately, our beliefs today are quite similar. Have you ever heard anyone, anywhere, talk about how familiarity breeds boredom in the female?

Why though? I don’t get it. What difference does it make if people don’t get married? Who cares? I don’t know. Possibly it’s because the more people think the same and the more rigid their beliefs, the easier they are to control and manipulate. So conformity could be one reason, but another reason could be money. Weddings are a multi-billion dollar industry. And divorce isn’t exactly bad for the economy either. When our past and present political figures preach about the importance of the family or family values, I think what they are really trying to do is condition people to believe that there is only one way to live—married with kids.

As a matter of fact, have you seen anything lately on TV about women and their loss of sexual desire? No, but I know Tracey has. One night she told me that it was normal for her not to want to have sex with me because she heard something on TV about how millions of women don’t want to have sex. The problem isn’t that women don’t want to have sex, the problem is that women don’t want to have sex with their husbands, which is very similar to the widespread problem we have been 40 Women’s Infidelity hearing about for years: men not wanting to have sex with their wives.

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