Women Take Care: Gender, Race, and the Culture of AIDS

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Self-sacrificing mothers and forgiving wives, caretaking lesbians, and vigilant maternal surrogates―these "good women" are all familiar figures in the visual and print culture relating to AIDS. In a probing critique of that culture, Katie Hogan demonstrates ways in which literary and popular works use the classic image of the nurturing female to render "queer" AIDS more acceptable, while consigning women to conventional roles and reinforcing the idea that everyone with this disease is somehow suspect.In times of crisis, the figure of the idealized woman who is modest and selfless has repeatedly surfaced in Western culture as a balm and a source of comfort―and as a means of mediating controversial issues. Drawing on examples from journalism, medical discourse, fiction, drama, film, television, and documentaries, Hogan describes how texts on AIDS reproduce this historically entrenched paradigm of sacrifice and care, a paradigm that reinforces biases about race and sexuality. Hogan believes that the growing nostalgia for women's traditional roles has deflected attention away from women's own health needs. Throughout her book, she depicts caretaking as a fundamental human obligation, but one that currently falls primarily to those members of society with the least power. Only by rejecting the stereotype of the "good woman," she says, can Americans begin to view caretaking as the responsibility of the entire society.

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Katie Hogan is Associate Professor of English and Director of Women's Studies at Carlow University in Pittsburgh. She is coeditor of Gendered Epidemic: Representation of Women in the Age of AIDS.

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"Hogan takes a personal as well as scholarly approach in examining the issue of AIDS, women, and cultural representations of women with AIDS."

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"In this unique book, Katie Hogan makes a persuasive and timely contribution to the analysis of a continued problem in the social understanding of the AIDS crisis: the systematic devaluation of women's medical and social risks. Through careful literary and filmic readings, Hogan makes a strong and persuasive plea for the need to resist the sentimentalization that has worked to promote the nostalgic return of women to traditional roles. Women Take Care is a humane and important book."

(John Nguyet Erni, University of New Hampshire)

"Katie Hogan has already distinguished herself as one of the most prominent critics and scholars dealing with contemporary literature and representations of AIDS. Well-rooted in literary and historical images of illness and aimed toward promulgating a more progressive representation of women, her new book will become a central text."

(Jeffrey Williams, University of Missouri, Editor of The Minnesota Review)

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