For Her Own Good: Two Centuries of the Experts’ Advice to Women By Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English The book For Her Own Good: Two Centuries of the Experts Advice to Women is written by two of the most eminent feminists of our time Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English…
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180). Ehrenreich completed her doctorate in cellular biology in 1968 from Rockfeller University and was an influential figure in the democratic socialist movement during the 1980s and early 1990s (Weir, 2007). Not surprisingly, the book has many prescriptions to offer for a woman to prepare her defense from the masculine (in author’s words) culture (Ehrenreich & English, 2005, p. 37). Deirdre English has previously worked as an editor of Mother Jones and also written several editorials and television documentaries (Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, 2010). It is to be noted that the first edition of this book was released in 1978. The book has been, therefore, in the public domain for a long time. With the 2005 rewriting, authors have enhanced their previous findings. Authors illustrate how the grandmothers and mothers played their roles as women, in an interesting and interactive style. While explaining special biological events in women’s life and cures that are prevalent, authors have avoided using complicated scientific jargons, which only trained experts could understand. Terse and practical writing style is one notable feature of this book. Blaming the Brain by Elliot Valenstein is one another popular book of this genre that investigates influence of corporate world and medical professionals on the lives of women. Dream Babies: Childcare Advice from John Locke to Gina Ford by Christina Hardyment includes three centuries of counsel on child caring. The remarkable thing about For Her Own Good: Two Centuries of the Experts Advice to Women is its discussion on women’s issues keeping political, social, and economic perspectives in mind. Menstruation, pregnancy, child birth are few of the issues that require scientific approach and today’s women frequently turn to so-called “physicians,” “psychologists,” “domestic scientists,” “child-raising experts” for advice (Ehrenreich & English, 2005, p. xi). Such woman-related events today are closely tied with the state of modern healthcare business and specialized medical experts like gynecologists. The book tries to investigate whom today’s woman goes to consult their lifestyle issues. It is felt that such health experts, often designated in the words of authors “Dr. Phil” have time and again betrayed their clients or patients (Ehrenreich & English, 2005, p. xi). The concerned book narrates how women’s are allured in the name of tags such as “beautiful soft-skinned,” “sexually vital” and so on and that ultimately leads to misdiagnosis. (Ehrenreich & English, 2005, p. 349) Unrealistic expectations from women and unscientific view that at middle age women become “unattractive”, or “unnatural” and “diseased” also led to this very sorry state of affair (Ehrenreich & English, 2005, p. xiii). Many promises for magical cures mostly concerning weight loss are too unpractical and unrealistic. The book explores how under Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), women were provided remedies not only for menopausal signs like hot flashes but also unverified claims like heart disease, Alzheimer, and other types of dementia! This was something which Food and Drug Administration (FDA) never endorsed! (Ehrenreich & English, 2005, p. 349) Business interest of pharmaceutical industry together with shortsightedness of qualified doctors played their roles in the process (Ehrenreich & Eng
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