Zest for Life: lesbians' experiences of menopause

Kelly, Jennifer (2005) Zest for Life: lesbians' experiences of menopause. Spinifex Press, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

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Abstract

Zest for Life draws on lesbians' experiences of menopause to highlight how lesbians, particularly at midlife, are invisibilised in society at large. Many writers and researchers have critically analysed the medical construction of menopause, yet even they fail to ask whether the issues are the same for lesbians. Zest for Life includes the voices of lesbians who tell us that despite lesbian invisibility and homophobia, many are resisting current standards that exclude them. The experiences of these women challenge negative, stereotypical views of menopause and add a new positive dimension to the presently narrow and medicalised view of women at midlife. An important uplifting book both for lesbians and heterosexual women as well as health professionals which shows that menopause need not be a time of despair.

Item ID: 19471
Item Type: Book (Research - A1)
Keywords: lesbians, health and hygiene, menopause, body image in women, psychological aspects
ISBN: 978-1-876756-46-8
Projects and Grants: PhD Thesis
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2012 02:02
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society > 169901 Gender Specific Studies @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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