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Reexamining the Pelvic: The Pelvic Instruction Controversy of the 1970s

in Bodies of Knowledge

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780226443058
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226443072 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226443072.003.0003
Reexamining the Pelvic: The Pelvic Instruction Controversy of the 1970s

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This chapter addresses feminist pedagogy and medical education by tracing the rise and fall of the Pelvic Teaching Program created by feminist health activists at Boston's Women's Community Health Center in 1976. This program promoted the idea that knowledge production should begin with a woman's individual subjective experience rather than with that of the physician. The chapter argues that the subject of pelvic exams as a source of shame and secrecy became fodder for feminists, who began to view unpleasant memories of the procedure as indicative of sexist medicine.

Keywords: feminist pedagogy; medical education; Pelvic Teaching Program; Women's Health Center; Boston; knowledge production; pelvic exams; sexist medicine

Chapter.  9736 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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