What we're reading - Fall 2009

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Publication Date: 
Wed, 2009-09-30

Rising to the Challenge: Sex and Gender-based Analysis for Health Planning, Policy and Research in Canada
By Barbara Clow, Ann Pederson, Margaret Haworth-Brockman, and Jennifer Bernier (2009) 

Rising to the Challenge is a book that describes the process of sex- and gender-based analysis and offers a collection of case studies and commentaries that illustrate SGBA in action. The book is of interest to people working on policy, planning and research and to people at various levels of government. It will help readers understand sex- and gender-based analysis and learn how to apply it in their work for and with women and men, girls and boys. Sex- and gender-based analysis reminds us to ask questions about similarities and differences between and among women and men, such as:

Do women and men have the same susceptibility to lung disease from smoking? Are women at the same risk as men of contracting HIV/AIDS through heterosexual intercourse?  Are the symptoms of heart disease the same in women and men? Are x-rays equally useful for reflecting the level of disability and pain experienced by women and men living with osteoarthritis? Do boys and girls have similar experiences of being overweight or obese? Do international tobacco control policies work the same way for men and women?

By introducing such questions, sex- and gender-based analysis can help lead to positive changes in how programs are offered or how resources are allocated.

To download an electronic copy or request a print copy, visit the website www.pwhce.ca www.acewh.dal.ca  or www.bccewh.bc.ca

Dissonant Disabilities: Women with Chronic Illnesses Explore Their Lives
Diane Driedger & Michelle Owen (Women’s Press, April, 2008) 

This collection of original articles invites the reader to examine the key issues in the lives of women with chronic illnesses. The authors explore how society reacts to women with chronic illness and how women living with chronic illness cope with the uncertainty of their bodies in a society that desires certainty. Additionally, issues surrounding women with chronic illness in the workplace and the impact of chronic illness on women’s relationships are sensitively considered.

Racialized Migrant Women in Canada: Essays on Health, Violence, and Equity
Vijay Agnew (University of Toronto Press, 2009) 

Despite legislative guarantees of equality, immigrant women in Canada often experience many forms of prejudice in their everyday lives. Racialized Migrant Women in Canada delves into the public and private spheres of several distinct communities in order to expose the underlying inequalities within Canada’s economic, social, legal, and political systems that frequently result in the denial of basic rights to migrant women.

Diversity and Women’s Health: No Woman Left Behind
Sue V. Rosser (John Hopkins University Press, June 2009) 

Once focusing solely on reproduction and reproductive matters, the study of women’s health has expanded to include cardiovascular disease, breast cancer, colorectal cancer, osteoporosis, and more. Yet the health care issues affecting diverse groups of women remain underfunded and understudied. Diversity and Women’s Health calls attention to this glaring discrepancy and presents cutting-edge reserach on women’s health from a femenist perspective. The contributors argue that health issues specific to lesbians, elderly women, women of colour, immigrant women, and disabled women must become a central part of the broader conversation on women’s health in the United States.

Polygendered and Ponytailed: The Dilemma of Femininity and the Female Athlete
Dayna B. Daniels (Women’s Press, June 2009)

Since the 1970s North American women and girls have engaged in every sport that interests them and have become champions in their fields. One of the consequences of this success is ongoing criticism, not of how they perform, but of how they look. In Polygendered and Ponytailed, Dayna Daniels argues that the femininity-masculinity divide prevents women athletes from being taken seriously in their sports. As long as sports remains a male domain, girls and women who participate will be viewed as either masculine to begin with or masculine through their involvement. By embracing a polygendered way of being, which emphasizes the similarities between women and men, female athletes will be given the chance to achieve their full sporting potential and be judged for their performance, rather than their appearance. 

Textual Mothers/Maternal Texts
Elizabeth Podnieks and Andrea O’Reilly (Wilfred Laurier University Press, December 2009) 

Focuses on mothers as subjects and as writers who produce autobiography, fiction, and poetry about maternity. International contributors show how these authors use textual space to accept, negotiate, resist, or challenge traditional conceptions of mothering and maternal roles.

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