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Gender, sexuality and embodiment : access to and experience of healthcare by same-sex attracted women in Australia

Edwards, Jane and van, Roekel Helen 2009, Gender, sexuality and embodiment : access to and experience of healthcare by same-sex attracted women in Australia, Current sociology, vol. 57, no. 2, pp. 193-210, doi: 10.1177/0011392108099162.

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Title Gender, sexuality and embodiment : access to and experience of healthcare by same-sex attracted women in Australia
Author(s) Edwards, JaneORCID iD for Edwards, Jane orcid.org/0000-0002-2705-8478
van, Roekel Helen
Journal name Current sociology
Volume number 57
Issue number 2
Start page 193
End page 210
Total pages 18
Publisher Sage
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2009
ISSN 1461-7064
Keyword(s) Australia
embodiment
gender
healthcare
identity
lesbians
rural
sexuality
Summary This article identifies the way same-sex attracted women negotiate healthcare in a rural Australian setting. In-depth interviews were conducted with 10 women. Respondents choose general practitioners (GPs) carefully, `interviewing' them to see if they hold acceptable attitudes to same-sex attraction. However, sexuality is not the only evaluative criteria women use. Some women invoke gender-based discourse, evaluating GPs by how well they treat women's bodies. In other instances, women utilize a framework based on sexuality; good healthcare is associated with how the practitioner dealt with same-sex attraction. Sometimes women evaluated care by reference to a model of the body that did not implicate gender or sexuality and GPs are evaluated on the basis of clinical knowledge. This shows that women do not define themselves in a unitary way in relation to gender or sexuality. They selectively and strategically employ discourses of gender, sexuality and embodiment to structure and evaluate healthcare
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0011392108099162
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, Sage Publications
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30063844

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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