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Table of Contents for
Gender, Health, and Popular Culture, edited by Cheryl Krasnick Warsh

Introduction | Cheryl Krasnick Warsh

Part I: The Transmission of Health Information

Confined: Constructions of Childbirth in Popular and Elite Medical Culture in Late Nineteenth-Century Australia | Lisa Featherstone

Eating for Two: Shaping Mothers’ Figures and Babies’ Futures in Modern American Culture | Lisa Forman Cody

Advice to Adolescents: Menstrual Health and Menstrual Education Films, 1946–1982 | Sharra L. Vostral

Controlling Conception: Images of Women, Safety, Sexuality and the Pill in the Sixties | Heather Molyneaux

All Aboard? Canadian Women’s Abortion Tourism, 1960–1980 | Christabelle Sethna

Controlling Cervical Cancer from Screening to Vaccinations: An American Perspective | Kirsten E. Gardner

The Challenge of Developing and Publicizing Cervical Cancer Screening Programs: A Canadian Perspective | Mandy Hadenko

II: Popular Representations of the Body in Sickness and Health

Hideous Monsters before the Eye: Delirium tremens and Manhood in Antebellum Philadelphia | Ric N. Caric

From La Bambola to a Toronto Striptease: Drawing Out Public Consent to Gender Differentiation with Anatomical Materials | Annette Burfoot

Let Me Hear Your Body Talk: Aerobics for Fat Women Only, 1981–1985 | Jenny Ellison

“The Closest Thing to Perfect”: Celebrity and the Body Politics of Jamie Lee Curtis | Christina Burr

“Every Generation Has Its War”: Representations of Gay Men with AIDS and Their Parents in the United States, 1983–1993 | Heather Murray




Contributors’ Bios

Annette Burfoot is an associate professor of sociology at Queen’s University, teaching feminist science studies and visual culture. She edited The Encyclopedia of Reproductive Technologies and co-edited (with Susan Lord) Christina Burr is an associate professor of history at the University of Windsor. Her publications include Spreading the Light: Work and Labour Reform in Late-Nineteenth-Century Toronto and Canada’s Victorian Oil Town: The Transformation of Petrolia from Resource Town into a Victorian Community. Her current research focuses on global beauty ideals and the body using the personal care products manufactured by the multinational corporation Unilever from the 1920s to the present.

Ric N. Caric is a professor of international and interdisciplinary studies at Morehead State University in Kentucky. His social theory and American history articles have appeared in Philosophy in the Contemporary World, Pennsylvania History, and other journals. Caric is finishing a book on popular culture in antebellum Philadelphia, and his political commentary can be found at his “Red State Impressions” blog.

Lisa Forman Cody is an associate professor of history and associate dean of the Faculty of History at Claremont McKenna College in Los Angeles. She is the author of Birthing the Nation: Sex, Science, and the Conception of Eighteenth-Century Britons (2005), which won the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians Best First Book of the Year Prize, the Phi Alpha Theta Best First Book Prize, and the Western Association of Women Historians Frances Keller Richardson-Sierra Prize. She is working on two books tentatively entitled Divided We Stand: Divorce and Sexual Scandal in the Age of the American Revolution and Imaginary Values: Health, Wealth, and Human Labor in the British Imperial imagination, 1660–1840.

Jenny Ellison recently received her doctorate in history from York University in Toronto. Her research on the fat-acceptance movement has appeared in the Fat Studies Reader (2009) as well as the Journal of the Canadian Historical Association. Her current research examines self-esteem as a women’s health issue.

Lisa Featherstone is a lecturer in Australian history at the University of Newcastle, Australia. She has published in gender history, medical history, and the history of sexuality, and is currently writing a book entitled Let’s Talk about Sex: Histories of Sexuality in Australia from Federation to the Pill, to be published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing in 2011.

Kirsten E. Gardner is an associate professor of history and women’s studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is the author of Early Detection: Women, Cancer, and Awareness Campaigns in Twentieth-Century United States

Mandy Hadenko is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History, York University, Toronto. Her dissertation is entitled “Cervical Cancer and the Canadian Woman: Provincial Roles in Cancer Prevention.”

Heather Molyneaux recently received her doctorate in history from the University of New Brunswick. Her dissertation examines the representation of women in the Canadian Medical Association Journal pharmaceutical advertisements. She has published in Acadiensis and has an article co-written with Linda Kealey in the Journal of Canadian Studies.

Heather Murray is an assistant professor in the Department of History, University of Ottawa. Her monograph, Not in This Family: Gays and Their Parents in North America, 1945–1990s, was published in 2010 by the University of Pennsylvania Press.

Christabelle Sethna is an associate professor at the Institute of Women’s Studies and Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa. She has published numerous articles on sex education, contraception, and abortion history. She has completed a SSHRC-funded study on the impact of the birth control pill on single Canadian women between 1960 and 1980. She is currently working on another SSHRC-funded research project on the travel that Canadian women undertake to access abortion services, past and present.

Sharra L. Vostral is an associate professor, holding a joint appointment in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies and the Department of History at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her book, Under Wraps: A History of Menstrual Hygiene Technology (2008), examines the social and technological history of sanitary napkins and tampons, and the efforts to hide menstruation and menstrual artifacts, as well as the effects of technology upon women’s experiences of menstruation. She co-edited Feminist Technology (2010), which explores feminist methods, theories, politics, and interventions in the design of artifacts. Her current research is a history of toxic shock syndrome and its relationship to tampon use during the early 1980s.

Cheryl Krasnick Warsh is a professor of history at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, British Columbia. Her publications include Prescribed Norms: Women and Health in Canada and the U.S. since 1800; Moments of Unreason: The Practice of Canadian Psychiatry and the Homewood Retreat, 1883–1923;