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Title:
Smearing the queer : medical bias in the health care of gay men
Author:
Scarce, Michael.
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Publication Information:
New York : Haworth Press, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
xvi, 199 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780789004109

9781560239260
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Book

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Summary

Summary

Discover how gay men's health care can be improved!

Smearing the Queer: Medical Bias in the Health Care of Gay Men explores how social prejudices embedded in scientific research and practice often act as a detriment to gay men's health. This book provides an agenda for addressing heterosexism in the health sciences and in medical care while broadening approaches to gay male wellness beyond the limited scope of HIV infection. This groundbreaking book explore a number of neglected concerns affecting the sexual health of gay men , calling for the recognition of their scientific, political, and cultural significance.

In Smearing the Queer, gay men, HIV prevention workers, health care providers, mental health professionals, policymakers, researchers, and instructors in related fields will appreciate the in-depth examination of such issues as: research and development on rectal microbicides why many gay men should be receiving periodic anal Pap smears to screen for anorectal cancer an in-depth critique of the problematic diagnosis of "Gay Bowel Syndrome" gay men's use of the Reality Female Condom for anal sex Viagara's impact on gay men's sexual cultures, erectile dysfunction, and recreational drug use a broad-based advocacy agenda for improving relations between gay men and the health sciences the politics surrounding gay men's restricted access to new and prospective safer sex technologies

Smearing the Queer challenges heterosexist bias within the health care delivery and health sciences research and calls for the development of public policy initiatives that address gay men's wellness in more sophisticated and complex ways. This is the only publication that provides in-depth social, cultural, and political analysis of the topics of Gay Bowel Syndrome, gay men's use of the female condom, rectal microbicides, and anal Pap smears while examining the social forces that direct scientific research under the guise of objectivity.


Summary

Discover how gay men's health care can be improved!

Smearing the Queer: Medical Bias in the Health Care of Gay Men explores how social prejudices embedded in scientific research and practice often act as a detriment to gay men's health. This book provides an agenda for addressing heterosexism in the health sciences and in medical care while broadening approaches to gay male wellness beyond the limited scope of HIV infection. This groundbreaking book explore a number of neglected concerns affecting the sexual health of gay men , calling for the recognition of their scientific, political, and cultural significance.

In Smearing the Queer, gay men, HIV prevention workers, health care providers, mental health professionals, policymakers, researchers, and instructors in related fields will appreciate the in-depth examination of such issues as: research and development on rectal microbicides why many gay men should be receiving periodic anal Pap smears to screen for anorectal cancer an in-depth critique of the problematic diagnosis of "Gay Bowel Syndrome" gay men's use of the Reality Female Condom for anal sex Viagara's impact on gay men's sexual cultures, erectile dysfunction, and recreational drug use a broad-based advocacy agenda for improving relations between gay men and the health sciences the politics surrounding gay men's restricted access to new and prospective safer sex technologies

Smearing the Queer challenges heterosexist bias within the health care delivery and health sciences research and calls for the development of public policy initiatives that address gay men's wellness in more sophisticated and complex ways. This is the only publication that provides in-depth social, cultural, and political analysis of the topics of Gay Bowel Syndrome, gay men's use of the female condom, rectal microbicides, and anal Pap smears while examining the social forces that direct scientific research under the guise of objectivity.


Author Notes

Michael Scarce is a doctoral student in medical sociology and Coordinator of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Resources at the University of California, San Francisco.


Michael Scarce is a doctoral student in medical sociology and Coordinator of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Resources at the University of California, San Francisco.


Table of Contents

Eric RofesEric Rofes
Forewordp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introduction: Fucking with Technologyp. 1
Section I Smear as Defamation
Dr. Kazal's Ace in the Holep. 9
Chapter 1. Harbinger of Plague: A Bad Case of Gay Bowel Syndromep. 11
Gaying the Bowelp. 19
Siting the Bowelp. 23
Speaking in Syndromesp. 24
Dual Diagnosesp. 27
Preventionp. 28
In the Bowels of the Otherp. 29
AIDS and Gay Bowel Syndrome: Causation, Correlation, and Conflationp. 32
The Homosexual Menace: Gay Bowel Syndrome As Grounds for Antigay Discriminationp. 36
Conclusionsp. 41
Section II Smearing to Spread a Wet Substance
The Plumber's Applausep. 49
Chapter 2. Gay Men and the Female Condom: Is Rectal Reality Getting a Bum Wrap?p. 51
Historical Realityp. 53
Sexual Governancep. 56
Feminizing Safer Sex Technologyp. 59
Instructing the Anusp. 62
Queering Realityp. 68
The San Francisco Controversyp. 73
The Appropriateness of Appropriationp. 77
Threadbare Backp. 83
Chapter 3. Condomless Condoms: The Politics and Prospects of Rectal Microbicidesp. 85
The Need for Rectal Harm Reductionp. 87
Rectal Microbicide Research and Developmentp. 95
Gendered and Anatomical Comparisonsp. 98
Types of Microbicidesp. 101
Prospective Politicsp. 104
Left to Our Own Devicesp. 108
Section III The Smear for Microscopic Examination
A Recipe for Rectal Tarts (or, Just Add Feces and Stir)p. 113
Chapter 4. Queering the Smear: A Detective Named Papp. 115
Carcinogenic Homosexualityp. 118
Smearing the Anusp. 121
Behind the Screenp. 122
Comparative Sexp. 128
Negotiating the Smearp. 133
Adviserp. 135
Chapter 5. Something Borrowed, Something Blue: Viagra Use Among Gay Menp. 137
Recreational Erectionsp. 141
Sex As a Class Actp. 144
Criminal Aids and Criminal AIDSp. 145
Conversion Therapy: Bottoms Become Topsp. 147
How Hard Is Hard Enough?p. 149
Real Men Don't Need Viagrap. 151
Section IV Clearing the Smear
Immaculate Infectionp. 157
Chapter 6. Heterocopulative Syndrome: Clinico-Pathologic Correlation in 260 Casesp. 159
Problem and Literature Reviewp. 160
Methodp. 161
Resultsp. 162
Discussionp. 162
Conclusionp. 163
Chapter 7. Smear-Resistant Strategiesp. 165
Notesp. 173
Indexp. 189
Forewordp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introduction: Fucking with Technologyp. 1
Section I Smear as Defamation
Dr. Kazal's Ace in the Holep. 9
Chapter 1. Harbinger of Plague: A Bad Case of Gay Bowel Syndromep. 11
Gaying the Bowelp. 19
Siting the Bowelp. 23
Speaking in Syndromesp. 24
Dual Diagnosesp. 27
Preventionp. 28
In the Bowels of the Otherp. 29
AIDS and Gay Bowel Syndrome: Causation, Correlation, and Conflationp. 32
The Homosexual Menace: Gay Bowel Syndrome As Grounds for Antigay Discriminationp. 36
Conclusionsp. 41
Section II Smearing to Spread a Wet Substance
The Plumber's Applausep. 49
Chapter 2. Gay Men and the Female Condom: Is Rectal Reality Getting a Bum Wrap?p. 51
Historical Realityp. 53
Sexual Governancep. 56
Feminizing Safer Sex Technologyp. 59
Instructing the Anusp. 62
Queering Realityp. 68
The San Francisco Controversyp. 73
The Appropriateness of Appropriationp. 77
Threadbare Backp. 83
Chapter 3. Condomless Condoms: The Politics and Prospects of Rectal Microbicidesp. 85
The Need for Rectal Harm Reductionp. 87
Rectal Microbicide Research and Developmentp. 95
Gendered and Anatomical Comparisonsp. 98
Types of Microbicidesp. 101
Prospective Politicsp. 104
Left to Our Own Devicesp. 108
Section III The Smear for Microscopic Examination
A Recipe for Rectal Tarts (or, Just Add Feces and Stir)p. 113
Chapter 4. Queering the Smear: A Detective Named Papp. 115
Carcinogenic Homosexualityp. 118
Smearing the Anusp. 121
Behind the Screenp. 122
Comparative Sexp. 128
Negotiating the Smearp. 133
Adviserp. 135
Chapter 5. Something Borrowed, Something Blue: Viagra Use Among Gay Menp. 137
Recreational Erectionsp. 141
Sex As a Class Actp. 144
Criminal Aids and Criminal AIDSp. 145
Conversion Therapy: Bottoms Become Topsp. 147
How Hard Is Hard Enough?p. 149
Real Men Don't Need Viagrap. 151
Section IV Clearing the Smear
Immaculate Infectionp. 157
Chapter 6. Heterocopulative Syndrome: Clinico-Pathologic Correlation in 260 Casesp. 159
Problem and Literature Reviewp. 160
Methodp. 161
Resultsp. 162
Discussionp. 162
Conclusionp. 163
Chapter 7. Smear-Resistant Strategiesp. 165
Notesp. 173
Indexp. 189