- Very different from my usual literary diet and I have a nasty feeling that not much has changed since the 70s.
- Evidence of the establishment’s use of medicine as a tool of oppression, whether cruelly or patronisingly meant, is presented in very strong terms.
- Hysteria and invalidism are very familiar to me from Victorian literature and it’s even referenced a few times.
- Elitism playing its part: the poor are condemned for getting sick and the rich have nothing more exciting to do than be a delicate invalid.
- Morbid and intimate subject matter – nothing is off limits in this book.
- Eye-opening to think that racism and classism was what got birth control the support it needed – why does progress always happen for the wrong reason?
- Not a lot of progress since the 70s. How often are womens’ illnesses not taken seriously enough with catastrophic consequences?
- The answer is not an easy one – even this book struggles to provide one and acknowledges the fact that every argument can easily be turned against women.
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