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2007 - NCA 93rd Annual Convention Pages: 28 pages || Words: 8101 words || 
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1. Charlesworth, Dacia. "Marketing Menopause and Inventing Identities: A Rhetorical Analysis of the Persona Created in Menopause Education Pamphlets" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the NCA 93rd Annual Convention, TBA, Chicago, IL, Nov 15, 2007 Online <PDF>. 2019-09-23 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p194669_index.html>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: Using Black’s notion of the second persona, this essay examines the ideal identity constructed for menopausal women in menopause education pamphlets distributed by health care providers. Twelve educational pamphlets developed by the federal government and pharmaceutical companies that produce hormone replacement therapies are analyzed. Findings indicate that the authors of these pamphlets position menopausal women’s bodies as commodities in need of restoration, in need of special care offered by health care providers, and in need of rescuing through hormone replacement therapy.

2017 - National Women's Studies Association Words: 99 words || 
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2. Brooks, Abigail. "“Once You Get it You Really Get it” and “Painful Sex After Menopause Isn’t Sexy”: A Critical Gendered and Racialized Analysis of Appearance and Menopause-Centered Anti-Aging Pharmaceutical Advertising" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Women's Studies Association, Hilton Baltimore, Baltimore, MD, <Not Available>. 2019-09-23 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1269856_index.html>
Publication Type: Presentation
Abstract: I offer an in-depth, qualitative content analysis of the language and imagery in direct-to-consumer pharmaceutical advertisements that target middle-aged and older women with products and procedures to achieve youthful-looking and youthfully-performing bodies. Such advertisements skillfully promote youth-beauty-heterosexuality imperatives coded as individually empowering, as centered in free choice, common sense, and rationality, and even in a language of second-wave feminist consciousness raising. Advertisements for these “anti-aging” interventions pathologize normal, natural aesthetic and physiological changes in the female body and, by way of an absent presence, reinforce and re-inscribe the racist, heterosexist, ageist feminine ideal of the white, young, heterosexual woman.

2003 - American Sociological Association Pages: 26 pages || Words: 6985 words || 
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3. Feng, Zhao. "Construction of Menopause: An Inquiry of Cultural Influences on Menopause and Its Associated Problems" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Atlanta Hilton Hotel, Atlanta, GA, Aug 16, 2003 Online <.PDF>. 2019-09-23 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p107558_index.html>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: Menopause has traditionally been conceptualized in medical terms. A disease model dominating medical profession for menopause indicates a loss of estrogen at menopause involves a wide range of physical and psychological symptoms such as osteoporosis, heart problem, hot flush, and melancholy. Because of that, it is to women’s benefit to seek long-term hormone replacement therapy even if they feel fit and well.
I consider the disease model as over simplistic, and propose that a better understanding of menopause requires a careful examination of the larger social context. In other words, besides biological changes such as estrogen loss, there are socio-cultural factors coming into play, which produces the diversity of menopausal outcomes.
This study, by collecting Chinese American women’s narratives about their own stories about menopause, and using the existing literature on the menopausal experiences of other groups of American women, makes comparisons between Chinese women and their female counterparts from other cultural backgrounds about their subjective menopausal experiences. Such a comparative study highlights the role of culture as it relates to the subjective interpretation of menopause.
The aim of the study is to enhance the understanding of menopause, and to contribute to increasing caregivers’ capability for delivering better health care to midlife women, and therefore improving their quality of life during this stage of life.

2011 - American Sociological Association Annual Meeting Pages: unavailable || Words: 5565 words || 
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4. Walker, Michelle. "Menopause Matters: The Implications of Menopause Research for Studies of Mid-life Health" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, NV, Aug 19, 2011 Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2019-09-23 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p508402_index.html>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: Menopause is an important life course transition for women, yet health research often fails to include menopause in a meaningful way. Menopause is often conflated with age; however, research on menopause suggests that this oversimplification obscures variability that exists among women’s menopausal experiences and the implications for differential outcomes in physical health, mental health and quality of life. This paper reviews research on the menopausal transition to highlight important findings related to menopausal differences by age, race, and lifestyle factors. These differences are relevant to any health research that seeks to understand the variability of outcomes for women’s health in middle age and later life, as well as the differences between health outcomes for men and women during these life stages. Incorporating a more sophisticated, life course¬–based view of menopause in health research has the potential to improve our understanding of women’s health outcomes on multiple dimensions.

2007 - American Sociological Association Pages: 23 pages || Words: 6047 words || 
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5. Winterich, Julie. "Gender, Medicine and the Menopausal Body:How Biology and Culture Influence Women Experiences with Menopause" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, TBA, New York, New York City, Aug 10, 2007 Online <PDF>. 2019-09-23 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p184526_index.html>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: Abstract: Much of the sociological research on menopause reflects the cultural assumption that menopause is an individual, biological event by documenting rates of physical changes, such as hot flashes, mood swings and vaginal dryness. Such research poses a social problem because it supports gendered assumptions that biology controls women’s moods and behavior. It also bolsters the biomedical approach, which views drugs as the way to treat menopausal “symptoms.” Meanwhile the larger social conditions that contribute to women’s embodied experiences are overlooked. Based on 30 in-depth interviews with a diverse group, this paper uses an integrative analytical framework to understand how biology and culture affect menopause. The findings suggest that women’s embodied experiences are less or more intense depending on medical care and various types of stress. An integrative approach illustrates how biology and culture interact in complex ways. The conclusion proposes social changes that could improve women’s embodied experiences at menopause.

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