Am I Still a Woman?: Hysterectomy and Gender Identity Jean Elson

ISBN: 9781592132102

Published: November 1st 2003

Hardcover

254 pages


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Am I Still a Woman?: Hysterectomy and Gender Identity  by  Jean Elson

Am I Still a Woman?: Hysterectomy and Gender Identity by Jean Elson
November 1st 2003 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 254 pages | ISBN: 9781592132102 | 10.49 Mb

Recent scientific findings regarding the potential dangers associated with hormone replacement therapies brings renewed attention to the relationship between womens bodies and gender identity. In Am I Still A Woman? Jean Elson offers the testimonyMoreRecent scientific findings regarding the potential dangers associated with hormone replacement therapies brings renewed attention to the relationship between womens bodies and gender identity. In Am I Still A Woman? Jean Elson offers the testimony of women who have thought deeply about this issue as a result of gynecological surgery.

For the women in this book, gynecological surgery for benign conditions proved to be a crisis that prompted questions about the meanings of sexual and reproductive organs in relation to being female and feminine. Is a woman who no longer menstruates still a woman? What about a woman who can no longer bear children? Elson looks closely at the differences in responses to understand the impact of surgery and lost fertility on sexuality and partnerships as well as the steps some women take to deal with a sense of a stigmatized identity.

Whether they reconceptualized their old nations of what it means to be a woman or put a new focus on making themselves attractive, they made conscious efforts to reclaim their female identity and feminity. This book provides a wealth of insight into the choices women make regarding gynecological surgery and maintaining their sense of themselves as women.



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