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Semiotics 1996

Maureen Connolly, Tom Craig
Pages 3-12

Medicalization of the Body, Feminization of Disease, Developing Regimes of Silence

In this paper we address the objectivist logic of bipolar gender attribution, the entitlement of ideal masculine virtues, and the repression of so-called non-male characteristics in persons who live with chronic disabling conditions. More specifically, we show how the living experience of chronic disability continues to be co-opted by patriarchal strategies designed to keep particular bodies both invisible and silent.

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