chapter  9
28 Pages

"Women Get Sicker; Men Die Quicker": Gender, Health Politics, and Health Policy

The odd consequence of the gendering of health care and health research is that it has obscured the system's ability to engage in a truly rigorous evaluation of the conditions under which sex, as biology, does and does not matter to health and health care (quite apart from reproduction). Uncritical acceptance of gender role attitudes has helped to perpetuate a paradoxical approach to women's health, and the very fact that the paradox has persisted, unchallenged by those trained to think critically as "scientists," shows the power of gender as an organizing principle.