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Taking it off, putting it on: women in the strip trade

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English
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Chris Bruckert
Publisher: 
Women's Press
Publication Date: 
2002
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

Document the stories of the women who work as strippers. Presents a feminist ethnography that tackles the strip trade’s regulations and organization, power relations, stigmas, and labour processes.

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ISBN 0889614059
SEXP.B73 2002
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Includes bibliographical references. --- Review, February 2004: The experiences and lived realities of sex workers have been marginalized, silenced, and objectified in popular texts and, until recently, in much feminist work on pornography. Chris Bruckert worked as a stripper for a time to support herself and her family before she went to university. Unable to reconcile her experiences as a stripper with what academia said (and didn’t say) about sex work, Bruckert set out to document the stories of the women who work as strippers. Taking It Off is a feminist ethnography that tackles the strip trade’s regulations and organization, power relations, stigmas, and labour processes. Bruckert uses the words of the strippers that she interviewed as a point of departure to explore this industry. Taking It Off is richly textured because Bruckert also worked in a strip club as a bartender and waitress as part of her research process. Her work as this “outsider within” adds layers of insight into the complex dynamics between strippers, club staff, and the patrons. Taking It Off begins with descriptions of the inner workings and atmosphere of a strip club, its ‘Champagne Rooms’ and the working routines of club staff. It documents the strategies strippers use to ‘work the club’. These descriptions and the interviews reveal that strip club labour is much like any other non-unionized working-class employment. Through these stories, Bruckert explores the politics of an industry that sells sexuality embroiled in exploitation and oppression. She explores the ways strippers resist and challenge power relations and stereotypes, and the ways that they define and negotiate their identity.

Daughters and mothers: making it work

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English
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Julie Firman
Dorothy Firman
Publisher: 
Health Communications, Inc.
Publication Date: 
2003
Publication Place: 
Deerfield Beach, FL

Presents a place a daughter or mother can go to examine and heal what can be the most intense relationship of their lives, a place that allows a woman to reflect the good in daughters and mothers and to heal the hurtful.

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FAMR F57 2003
ISBN 075730124X
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Includes bibliographical references. --- Review, December 2003: "We are all daughters, and that fact alone includes us in a world full of many things: pain, fear, expectations, anger, hurt, love, pride, joy, disappointment, fulfillment and much, much more. Being a daughter and having a mother is one of the most profound experiences of a woman's life. It can be a wonderful, empowering experience or a frightening, disabling one." In this work, the authors present the reader with a workshop in a book - a place a daughter or mother can go to examine and heal what can be the most intense relationship of their lives, a place that allows a woman to reflect the good in daughters and mothers and to heal the hurtful. Just in time for the holidays!

Women's experiences with HIV/AIDS: mending fractured selves

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English
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Paper
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Desirée Caimbrone
Publisher: 
The Haworth Press Inc.
Publication Date: 
2003
Publication Place: 
New York, NY

Explores the effects of HIV/AIDS on women’s daily lives. Looks at how women with HIV give meaning to their illness experience. Emphasizes the importance of social support, AIDS activism, and support groups.

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AIDS.C53 2003
ISBN 078901758X
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Includes bibliographical references and index. --- Review, January 2004: Women are becoming the fastest-growing subgroup of the worldwide HIV-infected population. Women are biologically and socially more vulnerable to HIV infection than their male counterparts: male-to-female transmission is more efficient than female-to-male transmission. Women with HIV infection are more likely to be victims of domestic violence and are more likely to lack financial support. Women's lack of power and their dependence on men may make it extremely difficult or even impossible to negotiate safe sex via condom use. This book, based on interviews with 37 HIV positive women, explores the effects of HIV/AIDS on women's daily lives. It looks at how women with HIV give meaning to their illness experience - how they talk about and describe the impact of the illness on their lives and the ways in which the disease is linked to broader social constructions and institutions. The author emphasizes the importance of social support, AIDS activism, and support groups.

Hormone replacement therapy studies: a reference guide

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English
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Paper
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Sara T. Goulden
Publisher: 
McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers
Publication Date: 
2003
Publication Place: 
Jefferson, NC

Reports the findings of both large and small clinical, case-control and cohort studies on HRT that have been peer-reviewed and published in medical and scientific journals.

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ISBN 0786416831
MENO.G65 2003
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Includes bibliographical references and index. --- Review, Network Winter/Spring 2004: Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has been in and out of the news since July 2002, when the important Women’s Health Initiative study dropped its bombshell, announcing that one arm of the study would be halted prematurely because study findings demonstrated that long-term use of HRT had greater risks than benefits. Women who received combined hormone therapy (estrogen plus progestin) in the study demonstrated increased risks for heart attack, stroke and breast cancer, and other popular health claims of HRT, such as improved moods or cognitive capacity, were found to be unsupported. Yet confused media reports, deceptive advertisements and inadequate or biased information from medical practitioners continue to muddy the debate and obscure the important study findings -- making it difficult for women to evaluate the pros and cons of HRT for their personal situation. Goulden now offers women a way out of the maze of (mis)information. In reader-friendly fashion, she reports the findings of both large and small clinical, case-control and cohort studies on HRT that have been peer-reviewed and published in medical and scientific journals. She summarizes major findings, defines terms and keeps statistics to a minimum. The most helpful section of this work, entitled, “Understanding Research Studies,” explains the various different types of studies, how to interpret the data and how to evaluate study findings.

Hysterectomy: exploring your options

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English
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Paper
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Edward E. Wallach
Esther Eisenberg
Publisher: 
The John Hopkins University Press
Publication Date: 
2003
Publication Place: 
Baltimore, MD

Offer clear information on all aspects of hysterectomy. Also includes descriptions of symptoms of gynaecological disorders that may require hysterectomy and discussions on the full range of diagnostic tests and treatments.

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ISBN 0801876230
WGYN.W35 2003
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Includes index. --- Review, Network Winter/Spring 2004: Hysterectomy has long been considered the first and only solution for treating women with certain gynaecological problems. Today, however, there may be other options available. Hysterectomy is a major surgical operation and a permanent procedure so it makes sense that women contemplating a hysterectomy have many questions – and they deserve clear answers. This book can help women considering hysterectomy with their decision-making process. The authors do not scare women out of hysterectomy -- if it is the best treatment for their condition -- nor do they sell hysterectomy as a cure-all for all gynaecological problems. Rather, they offer clear and complete information on all aspects of the procedure. The book also provides descriptions of symptoms of gynaecological disorders that may require hysterectomy, discussions on the full range of diagnostic tests and treatments required, and details of the surgery itself. The authors also include discussions on sexual and reproductive issues post-hysterectomy, and hormone replacement therapy issues, which take into account findings from the Women’s Health Initiative study.

Women's health surveillance report: a multi-dimensional look at the health of Canadian women

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English
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Online
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Marie DesMeules, editor
Donna Stewart, editor
Publisher: 
Canadian Institute for Health Information
Publication Date: 
2003
Publication Place: 
Ottawa, ON

Provides information and descriptive statistics on determinants of health, health status, and health outcomes for Canadian women. Provides recommendations for change, and identifies the gaps in and policy implications of the findings.

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ISBN 1553922514
WOMH.W66 2003 (CWHN Offices)
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Includes bibliographical references. --- Review, Network Winter/Spring 2004: Canadian women live longer than men, but that doesn’t mean they’re healthier. A new report shows that both younger and older women are actually at a higher risk than men for many serious health problems. This report, a collaborative project between the Canadian Population Health Initiative (CPHI), Health Canada and academic institutions across Canada, provides gender relevant analyses and considerations for health policy and program development, based on currently available national secondary health data. It focuses on "key" women's health issues and builds on the literature and presents data from national administrative and survey databases. The report highlights gender differences and identifies disparities in the distribution of determinants of health, health behaviours, health outcomes, health care utilization as well as vulnerable subgroups of women. The report attempts to remedy the current lack of health information focussing on gender and women in particular, and provides a baseline of data from which a comprehensive, gender sensitive national women's health surveillance system can be built.

The vulvodynia survival guide: how to overcome painful vaginal symptoms & enjoy an active lifestyle

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English
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Howard I. Glazer
Gae Rodke
Publisher: 
New Harbinger Publications
Publication Date: 
2002
Publication Place: 
Oakland, CA

Looks at ways to identify vulvodynia and avoid triggers, modify diet to reduce symptoms, find knowledgeable medical help, reduce or eliminate pain, and begin to enjoy healthy sexual relations and daily activities.

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ISBN 1572242914
WGYN.G55 2002 (CWHN Offices)
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Includes bibliographical references and index. --- Review, May 2003: Vulvodynia is a chronic vulvar discomfort or pain, characterized by burning, stinging, irritation or rawness, and painful intercourse. These symptoms are not caused by an infection or skin disease. And as with most chronic pain conditions, it can have a profound impact on a woman's quality of life, affecting her ability to engage in sexual activity and interfering with daily functioning (e.g., sitting at a desk, engaging in physical exercise, participating in social activities, etc.). These limitations can negatively affect self-image and lead to depression. To make matters worse, when it comes to vulvovaginal pain disorders, there is a true lack of knowledge in the medical community - many doctors do not yet even acknowledge the condition as a real problem with a physical component! As the authors contend, since the medical community is not yet up to speed on vulvodynia, those women who suspect they have this condition must be in the know. They present the reader with medical information and self-help solutions to identify and avoid triggers, modify diet to reduce symptoms, find knowledgeable medical help, reduce or eliminate debilitating pain, and begin to enjoy healthy sexual relations and daily activities.

The first casualty: violence against women in Canadian military communities

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Deborah Harrison
Publisher: 
James Lorimer & Company Ltdl, Publishers
Publication Date: 
2002
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

Looks at violence against women in Canadian military communities.

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ISBN 1550287419
VIOL.M37 2002
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Includes bibliographical references and index. --- Review, July 2003: In "The First Casualty" Deborah Harrison argues that within the Canadian military an environment exists where violence against women is both encouraged and hidden. Because the military relies on aggressive male behavior, because it is based on a model where you don't question the boss, and because it values secrecy, a culture exists where military personnel often abuse their partners and this fact is kept well hidden within the military community. Drawing from extensive interviews with military personnel and spouses of military personnel the author uses personal stories and first hand accounts to explore why violence against women occurs within military communities. The book begins by discussing violence against women and the military way of life. It then looks at the services currently available to spouses of military personnel and determines that these services are inadequate, leaving military spouses isolated and vulnerable. It concludes by making recommendations to improve services. While the subject matter of the book is difficult, the tone is not hopeless. The author uses the courageous voices of women who have survived domestic abuse to end the secrecy and create positive change.

Anorexia's fallen angel: the untold story of Peggy Claude-Pierre and the controversial Montreux Clinic

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English
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Author: 
Barbara McLintock
Publisher: 
HarperCollins
Publication Date: 
200
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

Charts the rise and fall of Peggy Claude-Pierre’s Montreux Clinic. Tells a compelling story of desperate families grasping at unrealistic promises for a cure in the absence of proof.

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ISBN 000200092X
WEIP.M35 2002
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Includes bibliographical references. --- Review, Network Spring/Fall 2003: Barbara Walters told 20/20 viewers that Peggy Claude-Pierre and her Montreux Clinic in Victoria, British Columbia, were “a last hope” for those critically ill with eating disorders. Oprah Winfrey tearfully described her as “an angel on earth.” This media coverage earned Claude-Pierre's clinic a worldwide reputation before allegations of force-feeding patients and patients being held against their will ultimately led to the clinic losing its license in 1999. In this book, journalist Barbara McLintock charts the rise and fall of Claude-Pierre’s clinic, and in doing so, tells a compelling story of desperate families grasping at unrealistic promises for a cure in the absence of proof.

Eve's rib: the new science of gender-specific medicine and how it can save your life

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English
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Marianne J. Legato
Publisher: 
Harmony Books
Publication Date: 
2002
Publication Place: 
New York, NY

Explores the physiological differences between women and men, looking at the brain, drug metabolism, the gastrointestinal tract, the lungs, the heart, the circulatory and immune systems, the skeleton and even the skin.

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GEND.L44 2002
ISBN 0609608304
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Includes bibliographical references and index. --- Review, Network Spring/Fall 2003: Until very recently, women’s and men’s bodies were seen as essentially identical, except for the differences in our reproductive function. In fact, it was commonly assumed in medicine that it was necessary to study only men, and that the data collected from men could be extrapolated to women without modification. The rules, thankfully, are beginning to change. As Marianne Legato, an expert on gender differences explains, the medical community is finding that in every system of the body there are significant and unique sex-based differences in human physiology. This book explores these differences, looking at the brain, drug metabolism, the gastrointestinal tract, the lungs, the heart, the circulatory and immune systems, the skeleton and even the skin.
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