Designed as a supplement in courses on the psychology of women, the psychology of gender, and gender-role development, this collection of short, accessible lectures, written by experienced and committed teachers, spotlights topics that often receive less in-depth coverage in core textbooks. While topically arranged to align with standard texts, each "favorite lecture" stands alone: essentially instructors can assign the readings to meet their own course needs. Among the student-friendly features are the informal writing styles, with each author speaking directly to the reader; questions and ideas that encourage critical thinking; and biographical statements and photographs that introduce each contributor. The authors represent a variety of personal backgrounds and experiences, but they believe in the importance of gender equality. To that point, the book addresses common feminist themes, including the social construction of gender, power, the value of diversity, inclusive language, the global status of women, and the value of social activism.
Table of Contents: I. STATUS OF WOMEN 1. Transforming the Debate on Sexual Inequality(Bem) 2. Who's In and Who's Out (Ostenson) 3. Poor Women in a Wealthy Nation (Belle) 4. Sex Discrimination at Work (Crosby) 5. Feminist Perspectives on the Personal and Political Aspects of Mothering (Hall) 6. Gender Socialization, Or How Long a Way Has Baby Come? (Basow) II. WOMEN'S BODIES 7. Sweating It Out (Hall) 8. Women, Weight, and Body Image (Smith) 9. The Intersexed and the Transgendered (Golden) 10. PMS as a Culture-Bound Syndrome (Chrisler) 11. Understanding Emotional Responses after Abortion (Russo) 12. Women with Disabilities (Olkin) 13. The Health Risks of Being Black, Latina, Woman, and/or Poor (Bowleg) III. DIVERSITY OF WOMEN 14. Asian American Women and Adolescent Girls (Chan) 15. Life as a Lesbian (Garnets) 16. Gender Issues among Latinas (Castañeda) 17. Triple Jeopardy in the Lives of Biracial Black/White Women (Gillem) 18. Mammy, Jezebel, Sapphire, and Their Homegirls (West) 19. Crossing the Color Line in Women's Friendships (Rose) IV. VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN 20. Women's Fear of Rape (Rozee) 21. Women and Pornography (Scott) 22. Battered Women (Stahly) V. WOMEN S MENTAL HEALTH 23. Positive Aging for Women (Gergen) 24. A Feminist Approach to Agoraphobia (McHugh)
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Joan C. Chrisler is Associate Professor of Psychology and Associate Dean of the Faculty at Connecticut College. Dr. Chrisler has taught courses on the psychology of women since 1979 at Connecticut and at Mercy College and St. Thomas Aquinas College. She has published extensively on issues of women and gender, especially on women’s health, menstruation, weight, and body image.
Carla Golden is Associate Professor of Psychology at Ithaca College. Dr. Golden has taught courses on the psychology of women and gender since 1977 at Ithaca, Smith College, and the University of Pittsburgh’s Semester at Sea Program. She has published and lectured widely on feminist psychoanalytic theories and on the development of women’s sexuality.
Patricia D. Rozee is Associate Professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies at California State University at Long Beach. Dr. Rozee has taught courses on the psychology of women since 1983 and has conducted research on a variety of women’s issues. She is best known for work on trauma, abuse, and psychosomatic blindness in Cambodian women immigrants.
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