Complaints & Disorders: The Sexual Politics of Sickness

Complaints & Disorders: The Sexual Politics of Sickness

by Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English

In order to subdue women's voices throughout the years, women were treated by professionals in the medical field as weak, pathological, and polluted. Many women were diagnosed with hysteria and made to rest all day every day; in this way, women were effectively excluded from the public sphere and locked up at home. Complaints & Disorders delves into the history of the common medical practice of silencing and discriminating against women, and the introduction by Susan Faludi emphasizes that this sexism persists today in women's struggle to be heard and fight for their reproductive rights.

 delves into the history of the common medical practice of silencing and discriminating against women, and the introduction by Susan Faludi emphasizes that this sexism persists today in women's struggle to be heard and fight for their reproductive rights.