The Political Economy of Sexism in Industrial Health
Social Science and Medicine. 1982; 16(1): 3-13, 15-18.
Increasing numbers of American women of child-bearing age have been refused or forced to leave industrial jobs due to the presence of potential reproductive hazards in the workplace. Proof of infertility is required if these women wish to be employed or reemployed in certain industries. A model of the interactions between society, the medical system, and women in a capitalist state demonstrates the control of women by the medical system as a political agent. Stacey's accompanying comment, generally supportive of Felker's thesis, points to certain problems with the model and suggests refinements to it. (KIE abstract)
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