Women Resisting AIDS

Feminist Strategies of Empowerment

Edited by Beth E. Schneider and Nancy Stoller
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PB: $39.95
EAN: 978-1-56639-269-3
Publication: Jan 95

HC: $91.50
EAN: 978-1-56639-268-6
Publication: Jan 95

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352 pages
6 x 9
3 tables, 6 figs.

Original essays discuss the increasingly rapid spread of AIDS among women, including the responses of women of color, lesbians, and low-income women


This collection of original essays discusses the increasingly rapid spread of AIDS among women, considering the varying experiences and responses of women of color, lesbians, and economically impoverished women. The essays range widely from policy assessments to case studies, focusing on women as sufferers, caretakers, policy activists, community organizers, and educators.


"...a welcome addition to the women's health section.... These original essays discuss the increasingly rapid spread of AIDS among women, including women of color, lesbians, and low income women."
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"Finally! This book doesn't just repeat well-known data about women and AIDS or stop at flagging the inextricable connection between women's social roles, status, and rights and their vulnerability to HIV/AIDS—it deals directly with how to make a difference. The editors have made a major contribution to global learning—by providing examples from the United States and around the world which speak directly and honestly about successes and failures. This book signals the long-awaited and critically important linkage between feminist strategies and action for HIV/AIDS prevention and care. Through its accounts of struggle and action, this book sharply illustrates the fundamental linkage between human rights and health. Many this book catalyze women and men of courage and conscience!"
Jonathan Mann, Director, International AIDS Center, Harvard School of Public Health

"Schneider and Stoller have provided an invaluable resource to researchers and policymakers who often overlook the impact of AIDS on women and women of color in particular. This collection documents and analyzes women's experiences with AIDS, always pointing to the centrality of gender in understanding AIDS. Drawing on analyses of sexuality, law, public policy, public health, and sociology, these essays fill and important void in our knowledge of this important social problem."
Margaret L. Andersen, Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies, University of Delaware

Table of Contents

Introduction: Feminist Strategies of Empowerment – Beth E. Schneider and Nancy Stoller

Part I: Women Confront the Problem of AIDS
1. AIDS in the 1990s: Individual and Collective Responsibility – Eka Esu-Williams
2. Complications of Gender: Women, AIDS, and Law – Nan Hunter
3. African-American Women at Risk: Notes on the Socio-Cultural Context of HIV – Diane Lewis
4. Social Control, Civil Liberties, and Women's Sexuality – Beth E. Schneider and Valerie Jenness

Part II: Women and the Problematics of HIV Prevention
5. Sex Workers Fight Against Aids: An International Perspective – Pricilla Alexander
6. Women in Families with Hemophilia and HIV: Improving Communication about Sensitive Issues – Cathy Greenblat
7. AIDS Prevention, Minority Women, and Gender Assertiveness – Barbara Sosnowitz
8. Transferability of American AIDS Prevention Models to South Afircan Youth – Ntombifuthi Agnes Mtshali
9. Constructing the Outreach Moment: Street Intervention to Women at Risk – Cathy J. Reback

Part III: Women Organize AIDS Care and Foster Social Change
10. Call Us Survivors! Women Organized to Respond to Life-Threatening Diseases (WORLD) – Rebecca Dennison
11. CAL-PEP: The Struggle to Survive – Gloria Lockett
12. Lesbian Denial and Lesbian Leadership in the AIDS Epidemic: Bravery and Fear in the Construction of a Lesbian Geography of Risk – Amber Hollibaugh
13. Some Comments on the Beginnings of AIDS Outreach to Women Drug Users in San Francisco – Moher Downing
14. Action-Research and Empowerment in Africa – Brooke Grundfest Schoepf
15. Lesbian Involvement in the AIDS Epidemic: Changing Roles and Generational Differences – Nancy Stoller
16. The Role of Nurses in the HIV Epidemic – Marcy Fraser and Diane Jones

Part IV: Problems and Policies for Women in the Future
17. Challenges and Possibilities: Women, HIV, and the Health Care System in the 1990s – Helen Rodriguez-Trias and Carola Marte
18. AIDS, Ethics, Reproductive Rights: No Easy Answers – Cheri Pies
19. How AIDS Changes Development Priorities – Mabel Bianco

About the Author(s)

Beth E. Schneider is Professor of Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara, and the co-editor of The Social Context of AIDS.

Nancy E. Stoller is Professor of Sociology and Community Studies and Director of the Women's Health Institute, University of California, Santa Cruz.

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