Women’s Health Advocacy brings together academic studies and personal narratives to demonstrate how women use a variety of arguments, forms of writing, and communication strategies to effect change in a health system that is not only often difficult to participate in, but which can be actively harmful. It explicates the concept of rhetorical ingenuity—the creation of rhetorical means for specific and technical, yet extremely personal, situations. At a time when women’s health concerns are at the center of national debate, this rhetorical ingenuity provides means for women to uncover latent sources of oppression in women’s health and medicine and to influence matters of research, funding, policy, and everyday access to healthcare in the face of exclusion and disenfranchisement. This accessible collection will be inspiring reading for academics and students in health communication, medical humanities, and women’s studies, as well as for activists, patients, and professionals.
Table of Contents
Jamie White-Farnham and Cathryn Molloy
Section 1: Rhetorics of Self
1. Writing My Body, Writing My Health: A Rhetorical Autoethnography
Kim Hensley Owens
2. Temporal Disruptions: Illness Narratives Before and After Web 2.0
3.Analyzing PCOS Discourses: Strategies for Unpacking Chronic Illness and Taking Action
4.Rhetorics of Empowerment for Managing Lupus Pain: Patient-to-Patient Knowledge Sharing in Online Health Forums
5. Rhetorics of Self-Disclosure: A Feminist Framework for Infertility Activism
Maria Novotny, Lori Beth De Hertogh
Section 2: Rhetorics of/and the Patient
Bridging the Gap in Care for Women
6. Making Bodies Matter: Norms and Excesses in the Well-Woman Visit
7. Doula Advocacy: Strategies for Consent in Labor and Delivery
8. Gendered Responsibility: A Critique of HPV Vaccine Ads, 2006-2016
9. "Pregnant?" You Need a Flu Shot!": Safety and Danger in Medical Discourses of Maternal Immunization
Lisa M. DeTora, Jennifer A. Malkowski
10. "Most Doctors Will Just Say ‘Stop running’": Women Runners’ Narratives, Agency, and Identity
11.Reframing Efficiency through Usability: The Code and Baby-Friendly USA
Section 3: Rhetorics of Advocacy
Fighting Cancer from Every Angle
12. "You Have to Be Your Own Advocate": Patient Self-advocacy as a Coping Mechanism for Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Risk
13. Activism by Accuracy: Women’s Health and Hormonal Birth Control
Kristin Marie Bivens, Kirsti Cole, Amy Koerber
14. Altering Imaginaries and Demanding Treatment: Women’s AIDS Activism in Toronto, 1980s-1990s
15.Costly Expedience: Reproductive Rights and Responses to Slut-Shaming
"The Rhetorician [of Health and Medicine] as Agent of Social Change": Activism for the Whole Woman’s Body
Bryna Siegel Finer
Jamie White-Farnham is Associate Professor and Writing Coordinator at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.
Bryna Siegel Finer is Associate Professor and the Director of Writing Across the Curriculum at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Cathryn Molloy is Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in James Madison University's School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication.