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  • Everyday Mutinies: Funding Lesbian Activism (Monograph Published Simultaneously As the Journal of Lesbian Studies, 3)
    by Esther D Rothblum , Nanette Gartrell
    ISBN 1560232595 (1-56023-259-5)
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    Who are the women who struggled to form lesbian communities--and how did they fund their activism?

    In Everyday Mutinies: Funding Lesbian Activism, two dozen lesbians--including well-known activists such as Martina Navratilova, Alison Bechdel, Dee Mosbacher, and Jewelle Gomez--tell the stories of their activism, with an emphasis on how they support themselves and fund their political activities. Their examples can help you deal with raising and allocating money. Less than 0.3 of all philanthropic dollars are awarded to lesbian and gay projects each year. Yet Everyday Mutinies shares amazing success stories of women surviving, thriving, and making an impact by using the resources they have with intelligence and skill. You will be moved and inspired by the stories behind Naiad Press, The Ladder, Straight from the Heart, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights.

    Everyday Mutinies presents the voices of scientists, political strategists, artists, writers, fundraisers, and community organizers. These courageous women discuss their strategies for getting and using money to pursue their visions, including:

    • funding scientific studies in creative ways
    • liberating corporate resources
    • encouraging responsible stewardship of inherited wealth
    • getting paid for working on lesbian causes
    • choosing a job to support activism
    • financing lesbian media from magazines to documentaries
    • giving time versus giving money

      Everyday Mutinies is an essential resource on the history and practice of lesbian activism. It also contains valuable ideas for any political lesbian who has wondered how she can possibly pay her bills and make the rent while remaining a full-time activist.

  • Faces of Women and Aging
    by Ellen Cole, Esther D Rothblum , Nancy C Davis
    ISBN 1560230428 (1-56023-042-8)
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    Discover the diverse ways aging women attempt to deal with the universal challenges of loss, sickness, and death along with the problems of being old women in a society that values women mainly as sexual partners or producers of children. Old women are often seen as poor, powerless, and pitiful in our sexist and youth-oriented society. The truth is that women age much more successfully than do men and they are increasingly in the majority as our population ages. These truths and others are presented in Faces of Women and Aging--a collection written by women, a number of whom are themselves older women who bring their unique life experiences and personalities to the topic.

    This uplifting book emphasizes that middle and old age are merely stages of growth and development, not just seasons of loss and decline as the end approaches. A wealth of topics are covered in Faces of Women and Aging that broaden the readers awareness of the problems of women and aging including:

    • how to maintain self-esteem in the face of sexism, ageism, and severe illness
    • the problems of being single or divorced in the later years
    • the problems of maintaining a good body image for older women in a society which values the young and the beautiful
    • the additional difficulties of minority women, specifically lesbians and native American women
    • increased dependency brought on by illness and loss of partners

      Faces of Women and Aging combines personal narratives that serve as reminders of the human beings behind statistics and case studies with theoretical observations which help therapists assist older women cope with the daily hardships as well as the more catastrophic problems of aging.

  • Fat¿A Fate Worse Than Death?: Women, Weight, and Appearance (Haworth Innovations in Feminist Studies)
    by Ellen Cole, Esther D Rothblum , Ruth R Thone
    ISBN 0789001780 (0-7890-0178-0)
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    Despite the gains of the womens movement, women are still judged by what they look like--and men, by what they do. Fat--A Fate Worse Than Death? offers hardy resistance to the narrow, random, and irrational appearance standards set for American women through an approach that is personal, eclectic, courageous, and funny. If you are interested in giving up your diet, throwing out your scales, and concentrating on who you are on a deeper level, this book will show you how to accept, appreciate, and even love your body!

    Using statistics, research, anecdotes, and personal experiences, Fat--A Fate Worse Than Death? explores how appearance standards have built a prison for women. With the books helpful advice, reading suggestions, and list of more than 100 ways to fight looksism, sexism, ageism, and racism, you will learn to express your rights and needs, regardless of your shape or size, and tear down those prison walls. Designed to transcend the boundaries between the personal and the political, Fat--A Fate Worse Than Death? discusses:

    • examples of how weight and size constitute the last socially accepted prejudice
    • the national War on Fat
    • counteracting societal influences that support weight preoccupation
    • connection between appearance standards for older women and large women
    • nurturing your body
    • resisting male-defined standards of beauty for women
    • the myth of diets and dieting
    • how the body resists weight loss
    • how women are disempowered by concentration on weight and appearance
    • how concentrating on appearance leaves real-life issues unaddressed
    • how feeling bad about yourself can turn you into a willing consumer

      Feminists, faculty and students of womens studies programs, aging women, women of radical politics, and other concerned women and men will find that Fat--A Fate Worse Than Death? states explicitly how women are kept powerless by subscribing to cultural and social edicts on physical appearance. Dont live silently in a society that degrades and discounts women because of their physical stature and dont let obsession with thinness keep you passive, docile, and unable to give your energy to things that really need your passion and intelligence. Read this book and learn to not only value yourself for who you are, but also to counteract American cultures equality-denying prejudices and practices.

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  • Feminist Foremothers in Women's Studies, Psychology, and Mental Health
    by Ellen Cole, Esther D Rothblum , Phyllis Chesler
    ISBN 1560230789 (1-56023-078-9)
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    Feminist Foremothers in Womens Studies, Psychology, and Mental Health is by and about the more recent wave of feminist foremothers; those who were awakened in the 1960s and 70s to the realization that something was terribly wrong. These are the women who created the fields of feminist therapy, feminist psychology, and womens mental health as they exist today. The 48 women share their life stories in the hope that they will inspire and encourage readers to take their own risks and their own journeys to the outer edges of human possibility.

    Authors write about what led up to their achievements, what their accomplishments were, and how their lives were consequently changed. They describe their personal stages of development in becoming feminists, from unawareness to activism to action. Some women focus on the painful barriers to success, fame, and social change; others focus on the surprise they experience at how well they, and the womens movement, have done. Some well-known feminist foremothers featured include:

    • Phyllis Chesler
    • Gloria Steinem
    • Kate Millett
    • Starhawk
    • Judy Chicago
    • Zsuszanna Emese Budapest
    • Andrea Dworkin
    • Jean Baker Miller
    • Carol Gilligan In Feminist Foremothers in Womens Studies, Psychology, and Mental Health, many of the women see in hindsight how prior projects and ideas and even dreams were the forerunners to their most important work. They note the importance of sisterhood and the presence of other women and the loneliness and isolation experienced when they dont exist. They note the validation they have received from grassroots feminists in contrast to disbelief from professionals. Although these women have been and continue to be looked up to as foremothers, they realize how little recognition theyve been given from society-at-large and how much better off their male counterparts are.

      Some foremothers write about the feeling of being different, not meshing with the culture of the time and about challenging the system as an outsider, not an insider. These are women who had few mentors, who had to forge their own way, hit the ground running. Their stories will challenge readers to press on, to continue the work these foremothers so courageously started.

      Throughout the pages of Feminist Foremothers in Womens Studies, Psychology, and Mental Health runs a sense of excitement and vibrancy of lives lived well, of being there during the early years of the womens movement, of making sacrifices, of taking risks and living to see enormous changes result. Throughout these pages, too, sounds a call not to take these changes for granted but to recognize that feminists, rather than arguing over picayune issues or splitting politically correct hairs, are battling for the very soul of the world.

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  • Paludi, Michele: Foundations for a Feminist Restructuring of the Academic Disciplines
    Foundations for a Feminist Restructuring of the Academic Disciplines
    by Michele Paludi, Gertrude A Steuernagel, Ellen Cole, Esther D Rothblum
    ISBN 0918393647 (0-918393-64-7)
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  • Foundations for a Feminist Restructuring of the Academic Disciplines (Haworth Women's Studies)
    by Michele Paludi, Gertrude A Steuernagel, Ellen Cole, Esther D Rothblum
    ISBN 0866568786 (0-86656-878-6)
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    Here is a useful and illustrative guide for those interested in the impact of feminist scholarship on traditional academic disciplines. This important book explores the changes that have taken place in the academic world as a result of feminist approaches to scholarship, including issues of staffing, organization, administration, recruitment, student support, faculty advancement, and learning. Appropriate for readers not familiar with feminist scholarship as well as for those who are deeply interested in the message of feminist scholarship, Foundations for a Feminist Restructuring of the Academic Disciplines comes out of the experiences of women who are intimately involved with feminist pedagogy and curriculum transformation. The contributors describe a variety of educational environments that feminists have established in the academy, reflecting various disciplines.

    This profoundly important book raises new questions about the bias in traditional education and challenges basic assumptions about women--in education and society. In chapter after chapter, readers discover changes in perspective and knowledge brought on by feminist approaches to scholarship:

    • the common images of women in literature written by men and contrast them with women writersrevisions of these traditional images
    • the elimination and/or misrepresentation of women in the history books
    • a feminist perspective on and critique of the image of women as traditionally analyzed by economists
    • the major feminist challenges to political science
    • the traditional and contemporary approaches to women in psychological theory and research
    • how the teaching and practice of medicine, as it is related to women and womens health issues, has served to communicate an unfair and erroneous image of woman

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  • Hippocrates' Handmaidens: Women Married to Physicians (Haworth Women's Studies)
    by Ellen Cole, Esther D Rothblum , Esther Nitzberg
    ISBN 0866568808 (0-86656-880-8)
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    The doctor's wife is like other women . . . She is no longer part of the creative, collective effort, but has been powerfully pushed aside , and like women all over the world, she was made into the proverbial handmaiden. Unlike her historical counterpart, she would not be in charge of herself, her body, or her destiny or that of her children. She would spend her life doing the bidding of a gender dedicated to healing while simultaneously embracing force, sterility, and technology without touching. She would provide the soft, female perspective to the men heading a profession that at once ironically values healing and life all the while perpetuating authority, fear, and control.--From HippocratesHandmaidens

    This riveting new book tells what it is like to be a woman married to a physician. The author, a counseling psychologist and doctor's wife herself for 31 years, has compiled a comprehensive look at these women--from interviews with more than 100 doctorswives around the country--and their most intimate feelings and experiences.

    Until now, there has been little information available about doctorswives, especially from their perspective. Because they have played their roles well--as self-effacing, staunch supporters of their husbands and their husbandswork--they have kept quiet. In HippocratesHandmaidens, these women speak candidly about the benefits and the disadvantages of being married to physicians. They share their universal fears and frustrations--of being abandoned for another woman and often, of having few skills or little work experience if they are; of fitting into the very rigid and highly critical medical community; of their feelings of jealously and/or competition with their husbands; and of their lack of power and control in their marriages. They also address the sanctity of medicine and doctors in our society and the traditional values and paternalistic attitudes within the medical community that directly influence their lives. Comments such as Do you know what it is like to be married to God? Doctors take care of their own. It's the wives who are forgotten, and I have a vague notion of what it is like to have to sit in the back of the bus, are common.

    HippocratesHandmaidens unravels the misunderstandings and myths that surround the lives of doctors--and more importantly, their wives. This fascinating book gets to the core of how and why the doctor's wife is the last great stronghold of the feminine mystique in America today. It is an important and readable book for women's studies scholars, therapists, counselors, doctorswives or women contemplating marriage to doctors, and women and men who are involved in the training and practice of medicine.

    Among the myriad topics covered in HippocratesHandmaidens are:

    • Experiences of the doctor's wife--fulfilling a mother's fantasy by becoming a doctor's wife; the role of self esteem and identity; social expectations; perfectionism; and jealousy and lack of ambition
    • The husband/doctor-wife relationship--repression and denial; sex and intimacy, or lack of it; the extra-marital affair; who controls the money and finances; coping with pressure; and vacations and leisure time
    • Interaction of the doctor's wife with society--dependence on others; friendships with women; the role of the women's medical auxiliary; hardships of malpractice; the strain of moving and relocation; should you work in or out of your husband's office; and looking to the future in all aspects of being a doctor's wife

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  • Rothblum, Esther D: Learning from Our Mistakes: Difficulties and Failures in Feminist Therapy
  • Lesbian Communities: Festivals, RVs, and the Internet
    by Esther D Rothblum , Penny Sablove
    ISBN 1560233370 (1-56023-337-0)
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    “I had just witnessed women who shingled their own roofs, drove eighteen-wheeler trucks, and built their own houses—as well as kept them clean and cooked a damn good meal. On womens land I am a first-class citizen, Im treated as an equal. I now see the world with righteous anger and hope. Living in womyns community has provided that lens for me.”
    —Elizabeth Sturrus, third wave feminist


    One of the driving forces in the lives of many lesbians is the search for community in a society that favors heterosexuality and often turns a cold shoulder toward women who love women. Lesbian Communities: Festivals, RVs, and the Internet takes you inside flourishing lesbian communities—physical, spiritual, and virtual (online)—that provide practical help, emotional support, and much-needed outlets for creative expression. Exploring communities functioning in harmony with general American society as well as separatist groups, “festival communities” which form for short times annually, and informal online groups offering meaningful communication to physically isolated lesbians, this book offers a ray of light to those whose search is still ongoing. It also provides much-needed analysis of the current state of lesbian communities—some decades old now—for educators, researchers, and social scientists.

    In Lesbian Communities: Festivals, RVs, and the Internet, Susan Krieger revisits the vibrant community she first explored in The Mirror Dance. An African American member of Old Lesbians Organizing for Change shares the details of her search for a cooperative, caring space for aging lesbians—and what led to her eventual decision to create this space herself. And one of the founders of Hallomas, a back-to-the-land community that has survived in northern California since the late 1970s, reflects on that unique communitys birth and life—with 13 photographs and illustrations. The book also bears witness to a life-changing encounter and dialogue between second-wave feminists from the woman's land collective of Arcadia and third wave feminists.

    Youll also learn about:

    • the birth, joys, and tribulations of an online community that becomes physical each year at the Michigan Womyns Music Festival
    • the accidental birth of a lesbian community in isolated and fundamentalist-dominated West Texas
    • the international online lesbian parenting community called MOMS (affectionately known as Dykes and Tykes)—how it began, what belonging to this community provides for its members, and a look toward the future
    • the debate on inclusiveness versus exclusiveness (of bisexual women, transgender people, and the male children of lesbians) in lesbian communities
    • the current decline of availability and dilution of the purity of lesbian-only space—and the rise of segregation (by social class and financial status) and oppression within the lesbian community
    • the current plight of lesbian bookstores, which since the 1970s have served not only as gateways to a multitude of lesbian communities, but as the centers of lesbian communities themselves
    • the online experience of lesbians searching for community in Japan
    • the issues facing Jewish lesbians and the formation of Nice Jewish Girls, a Montreal group for anyone who identifies as a lesbian, bisexual, or queer woman and their non-Jewish partners and friends
    • the power of myth and mythmaking to help women regain lost strength and reclaim lost history
    From the efforts of back-to-the-land groups creating “wimmins space” to life in modern residential/retirement settings, this book explores the places created by and for lesbians. Photos and illustrations bring these women and their communities to life. Lesbian Communities: Festivals, RVs, and the Internet w

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  • Rothblum, Esther D: Lesbian Ex-Lovers: The Really Long-Term Relationships
  • Lesbian Ex-Lovers: The Really Long-Term Relationships (Monograph Published Simultaneously as the Journal of Lesbian)
    by Esther D Rothblum , Jacqueline Weinstock
    ISBN 156023282X (1-56023-282-X)
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    “We have earned a certain place in each others lives, and in the best of times we can rest on what we have made together.”

    Lesbian Ex-Lovers: The Really Long-Term Relationships examines the need for the development of better understanding and more critical analysis of lesbian ex-lover relationships. This eye-opening look into the minds and hearts of women offers personal insight into the possibilities for and potential pitfalls of lesbian ex-lover relations. This book contains personal stories, fictional accounts, poetry, and theoretical analyses of the frequency and significance of ex-lovers at different stages in a relationship.

    Topics of interest in Lesbian Ex-Lovers include:

    • the roles ex-lovers play in our lives
    • ex-lovers as contexts for change and development
    • how we continue to be influenced by ex-lovers
    • letting go and moving on
    • ex-lovers as current friends and family
    • themes of betrayal and loss of faith
    • reconstructing friendships and community
    • the mystique of the ex-lover
    • friend/family connections among lesbian ex-lovers
    “Rather than totally scrap a relationship, we recycle it—from lover to ex-lover to friend in a relatively short half-life.”

    Lesbian Ex-Lovers is the only book in print that explores how a lesbians ex-lovers impact her subsequent romances and lifestyle. This special collection adds a new dynamic to the current literature for and about the lesbian community.

    Lesbian Ex-Lovers offers advice, anecdotes, and interpretations from such authors, poetesses, and artists as:
    • Michelle Gibson, PhD—educator and editor of Femme/Butch: New Considerations of the Way We Want to Go— who says goodbye to her lover in a sad, passionate elegy
    • Marny Hall—Psychotherapist, editor of the anthology Sexualities, and author of several books, including The Lavender Couch: A Consumers Guide to Psychotherapy for Lesbians and Gay Men—who muses on the unique bonding between lesbians and their ex-lovers, lending a mystique that surrounds the lesbian lifestyle
    • Alison Bechdel—creator of the comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For—who presents a humorous comic strip thanking her former lovers for teaching her about herself
    • Jane Futcher—newspaper reporter and author of three novels—who uses a chapter in her novel to illustrate the tensions that can occur when ex-lovers choose to remain friends, especially when those bonds provoke jealousy in both current and ex-lovers
    • Renny Christopher—educator and award-winning poetess—who expresses her love, loss, and regret in three poems about her ex-lover
    • and much more!

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  • Cole, Ellen: Lesbian Step Families: An Ethnography of Love (Haworth Innovations in Feminist Studies)
  • Cole, Ellen: Lesbian Therapists and Their Therapy: From Both Sides of the Couch
  • Love Matters: A Book of Lesbian Romance and Relationships (Haworth Innovations in Feminist Studies)
    by Ellen Cole, Esther D Rothblum , Linda Sutton
    ISBN 0789002884 (0-7890-0288-4)
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    Love Matters: A Book of Lesbian Romance and Relationships is a collection of advice columns and personal reflections that will help lesbian couples validate and appreciate their unique relationships. With excerpts taken from the authors Love Matters column in the lesbian newspaper New Phazes, this book explores real-life questions and issues that lesbians have about dating, sex, love, and relationship longevity. From Love Matters, youll receive honest, informative advice that can help you and your partner share a more open and fulfilling relationship.

    Offering support, care, and understanding for lesbian couples, Love Matters seeks to recognize the new female role for lesbian women. Using her 15-year long relationship as a basis for many of the responses, the author provides you with suggestions and insight into topics relating to lesbian relationships, such as:

    • keeping sex alive in a long-term relationship
    • handling finances fairly and successfully
    • supporting your partner through the physical, emotional, and spiritual changes caused by menopause
    • identifying the difficulties of dating and what lesbians look for on a date
    • questioning the purpose of and emotions caused by a long-distance relationship
    • realizing how homophobia affects love and relationships
    While focusing on the joys and experiences of couples, this book also addresses depression and loneliness felt by single lesbians, break-ups, and the death of a partner. Youll find that Love Matters offers comfort, hope, and humor that will help you understand the difficulties and rewards of your lesbian relationship.

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  • Cole, Ellen: Loving Boldly: Issues Facing Lesbians
    Loving Boldly: Issues Facing Lesbians
    by Ellen Cole, Esther D Rothblum
    ISBN 0918393582 (0-918393-58-2)
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  • Cole, Ellen: Loving Boldly: Issues Facing Lesbians (Women and Therapy Ser: Vol. 8, Nos. 1-2)
  • A Menopausal Memoir: Letters from Another Climate (Haworth Innovations in Feminist Studies)
    by Ellen Cole, Esther D Rothblum , Anne C Herrmann
    ISBN 0789002965 (0-7890-0296-5)
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    The only extended, first-person narrative about menopause, A Menopausal Memoir: Letters from Another Climate explores the connection between menopause, mourning, and memory through nine fictional letters written to different addressees. The letters explain the authors own experience of having a hysterectomy (without her permission) during surgery for endometriosis and being thrown into instant menopause. Herrmann expresses her experiences differently in each letter based on the recipients gender, sexual identity, and age, revealing the complexities of accepting menopause. Psychotherapists, psychologists, physicians, medical students, academics, and those interested in womens health and womens studies will receive insight into one womans experience and will learn how our bodies mold our sexual identity and shape many aspects of our lives.

    Writing these letters from the point of view of a scholar engaged in personal narrative but not in the familiar narrative of a woman married with children, Herrmann examines her journey of loss, recovery, and healing through feminist theory. The letters in A Menopausal Memoir reveal many other issues, including:

    • the relationship between the female body and the meanings attached to it
    • the different ways women tell their stories about difficult experiences
    • negotiating the relationship between growing older and sexual identity
    • the bodys response(s) to the loss of organs that form/inform its history
    • the connection between body, identity, and disease A highly personal, yet theoretical, approach to the experience of menopause, A Menopausal Memoir explores how changes in the body affect your sexual identity, your relationships, and your feelings as a woman.

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  • Overcoming Fear of Fat
    by Esther D Rothblum , Laura Brown
    ISBN 0866569545 (0-86656-954-5)
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    Here is an enlightening new volume that presents an integration of anti-fat-oppressive attitudes into the work of feminist therapy. Overcoming Fear of Fat is unique among professional work in the area of women and fat in that it does not approach size as the problem; rather it approaches prejudice against fat as the problem.

    Although for nearly a decade, fat activists have been raising the issues that are confronted in this book, therapists, including feminist therapists, have been colluding with their clients in pathologizing fat, celebrating weight loss, and failing to adequately challenge cultural stereotypes of attractiveness for women, instead of empowering clients and encouraging them to take on expert authority about their own experiences. The contributors, including therapists and fat activists, aim to disconnect the issues of food intake and eating disorders from those of weight. They share personal and professional experiences of challenging fat oppression, offer strategies for therapists to rid themselves and their clients of fat oppressive attitudes, and most importantly, they confront long-held cultural myths that fat is unhealthy, and that fat women are physically unfit and are in hiding from their sexuality or personal power.

    A practical and informative resource for therapists, especially those who work with fat women or who themselves struggle with issues of feeling critical of their own body size, Overcoming Fear of Fat will also be a valuable guide for fat women who wish to feel supported in their struggle for self-worth and respect.

  • Prisoners of Ritual: An Odyssey Into Female Genital Circumcision in Africa
    by Hanny Lightfoot Klein, Ellen Cole, Esther D Rothblum
    ISBN 091839368X (0-918393-68-X)
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    This unique volume focuses on the psychosexual and social effects of female genital mutilation, an ancient, deeply entrenched custom saturating the larger part of Africa. Over a period of six years, Author Hanny Lightfoot-Klein trekked through outlying areas of Sudan, Kenya, and Egypt, where she lived with a number of African families. What she learned by way of in-depth personal interviews and firsthand observation has enabled her to add a previously unknown and often astonishing dimension to our knowledge of ritual practices and human sexuality. This valuable book will be extremely helpful to professionals and scholars in women's studies, social psychology, psychotherapy, psychiatry, gynecology, sexology, as well as cross-cultural and African studies. It should also interest anyone who is concerned with male circumcision in the United States.

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  • Prisoners of Ritual: An Odyssey Into Female Genital Circumcision in Africa (Haworth Series on Women)
    by Hanny Lightfoot Klein, Ellen Cole, Esther D Rothblum
    ISBN 0866568778 (0-86656-877-8)
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    This unique volume focuses on the psychosexual and social effects of female genital mutilation, an ancient, deeply entrenched custom saturating the larger part of Africa. Over a period of six years, Author Hanny Lightfoot-Klein trekked through outlying areas of Sudan, Kenya, and Egypt, where she lived with a number of African families. What she learned by way of in-depth personal interviews and firsthand observation has enabled her to add a previously unknown and often astonishing dimension to our knowledge of ritual practices and human sexuality. This valuable book will be extremely helpful to professionals and scholars in women's studies, social psychology, psychotherapy, psychiatry, gynecology, sexology, as well as cross-cultural and African studies. It should also interest anyone who is concerned with male circumcision in the United States.

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  • Psychopharmacology From a Feminist Perspective
    by Ellen Cole, Esther D Rothblum , Jean Hamilton, Margaret Jensvold
    ISBN 1560230592 (1-56023-059-2)
    Hardcover, CRC Press

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    This unique book seeks a more gender-sensitive approach to pharmacologic research and treatment by focusing on scholarly work connecting psychopharmacology and feminism. The chapters document the links between feminism, women's studies, and practice and research in psychopharmacology. Psychopharmacology From a Feminist Perspective explores the relationship between feminism and psychopharmacology and stresses the need to make drug testing and treatment gender-sensitive. Chapters range from feminist critiques of science and medicine to the roles of sex and gender in determining responsivity to psychoactive drugs.

    Psychopharmacology From a Feminist Perspective helps therapists and their female patients understand sex differences in pharmacology and the need, in some cases, to tailor drug dosages for women. Contributing authors, both women and men, include psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and laypersons. They cover a wide array of topics, including:

    • patterns of drug use by gender
    • recognition of sex/gender differences in medication side-effects
    • the impact of medication side-effects on clientswillingness to cooperate with treatment recommendations
    • special aspects of prescribing for women of color
    • how women's reports of medication side-effects are often dismissed
    • how women and the elderly are portrayed in psychotropic drug advertisements

      This illuminating book is appropriate for all levels of nonphysician therapists who work with clients receiving medication, psychiatrists and other physician prescribers of psychoactive drugs, policymakers, and women's studies scholars. Psychopharmacology From a Feminist Perspective is an involving reader for graduate courses in women's health and feminist critiques of science, as well as an informative reference for professionals involved in therapy and the dispensing of psychoactive drugs.
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  • Cole, Ellen: Treating Women's Fear of Failure: From Worry to Enlightenment
  • Treating Women's Fear of Failure: From Worry to Enlightenment (Women & Therapy Series: No. 3)
    by Ellen Cole, Esther D Rothblum
    ISBN 0918393418 (0-918393-41-8)
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    This new book looks at an important issue--the emotional impact of success upon women--at a time when opportunities are more available to them than ever before. Using research, clinical experience, and personal anecdotes, the contributors examine the timely issues of women and worry, women's sense of their own entitlement, fear of success and fear of failure, and women's impostor feelings. The dilemma that feminist therapists frequently experience of encouraging women clients, often superbly qualified in their fields, to take a risk that might involve rejection or failure, is highlighted here. Therapists will recognize the often expressed fears of academic and intellectual failure, as well as the fears of various interpersonal failures that result from a combination of women's opportunities in society as well as socialization.

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  • When Husbands Come Out of the Closet (Haworth Series on Women: No. 1)
    by Jean Gochros, Bonnie Domrose Stone, Ellen Cole, Esther D Rothblum
    ISBN 0918393612 (0-918393-61-2)
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    The discovery that ones husband is gay or bisexual is a surprise for which most women are totally unprepared. With no guidelines and few professionals able to provide adequate help, both partners, but especially the wives, are apt to feel enormous isolation and confusion. When Husbands Come Out of the Closet, based on the results of a landmark study and years of clinical experience, is a poignant and compassionate look at the conflicting emotions experienced by women who learn of their husbandshomosexuality. Focusing on the wivesperspectives, author Jean Schaar Gochros offers support, encouragement, and practical advice for coping with the stigma, fear, and stress experienced by women trying to cope with their husbandshomosexuality. She addresses the often harmful myths surrounding these wives, husbands, and marriages, and questions the quality of help that women usually receive from friends and professionals alike.

    Combining comprehensive research and personal case histories, she has developed crucial guidelines for helping professionals who counsel such couples. This readable book is informative and fascinating reading for both the professional and lay person.

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  • When Husbands Come Out of the Closet (Haworth Women's Studies)
    by Jean Gochros, Bonnie Domrose Stone, Ellen Cole, Esther D Rothblum
    ISBN 0866568689 (0-86656-868-9)
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    The discovery that ones husband is gay or bisexual is a surprise for which most women are totally unprepared. With no guidelines and few professionals able to provide adequate help, both partners, but especially the wives, are apt to feel enormous isolation and confusion. When Husbands Come Out of the Closet, based on the results of a landmark study and years of clinical experience, is a poignant and compassionate look at the conflicting emotions experienced by women who learn of their husbandshomosexuality. Focusing on the wivesperspectives, author Jean Schaar Gochros offers support, encouragement, and practical advice for coping with the stigma, fear, and stress experienced by women trying to cope with their husbandshomosexuality. She addresses the often harmful myths surrounding these wives, husbands, and marriages, and questions the quality of help that women usually receive from friends and professionals alike.

    Combining comprehensive research and personal case histories, she has developed crucial guidelines for helping professionals who counsel such couples. This readable book is informative and fascinating reading for both the professional and lay person.

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  • Wilderness Therapy for Women: The Power of Adventure (Women & Therapy, Volume 15, Numbers 3/4)
    by Ellen Cole, Esther D Rothblum , Eve Erdman
    ISBN 1560230584 (1-56023-058-4)
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    Wilderness Therapy for Women offers women risktaking adventure activities in the outdoors as an alternative to traditional therapy. The contributing authors illustrate the empowerment, confidence, and self-esteem women can derive from adventure and experiential activities. This is the first book of its kind devoted to the symbolic value of wilderness accomplishments to womens mental health.

    Wilderness Therapy for Women unites women with nature and each other by lifting the social constraints surrounding women in adventure pursuits. It offers women a new method of healing while developing an appreciation for the uniqueness of the environment. Daring experiences in the outdoors rekindles a sense of strength and a respect for the provider of that strength. A therapeutic experience from the outdoors provides women with an awareness of their capabilities to strengthen and preserve themselves and their surroundings. This book is divided into four parts: Theoretical Perspectives, Wilderness Therapy in Action, Special Populations, and Personal Narratives. Readers will find many topics of interest including:

    • Body image and wilderness therapy
    • The therapeutic value of the wilderness
    • Ethical considerations of experiential therapy
    • Ropes courses for women
    • All-womens river trips
    • Special populations: rape and incest survivors, welfare mothers, and mid-life women.

      Intended as a guide book, Wilderness Therapy for Women is ideal for mental health professionals who are either practicing wilderness therapy or merely inquisitive about it. Outfitters and professional outdoor leaders will benefit from chapters on theory, applications, and special populations. Outdoor program administrators and educators who must remain on the cutting edge of their industry will also profit from this book.

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  • A Woman's Odyssey Into Africa: Tracks Across a Life (Haworth Women's Series)
    by Hanny Lightfoot Klein, Ellen Cole, Esther D Rothblum
    ISBN 156023007X (1-56023-007-X)
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    Here is the intriguing story of one womans mid-life flight from her stultified, middle-class, psychologically crippling, and unfulfilled existence into a world of high adventure, danger, hardship, and endurance, which ultimately leads her to autonomy and recognition.

    In her new book, A Womans Odyssey Into Africa, Hanny Lightfoot-Klein chronicles three year-long solo backpacking treks through remote areas of sub-Saharan Africa. In the process, she discovers the mainsprings of strength within herself as she follows her own drummer, finding the courage to face the darkest and most secret convolutions of her own mind. She weaves the story of her journey through the men, women, and children she meets, and the dangers and adventures she faces as a lone woman traveler--part and parcel of the path she has chosen to take.

    She infuses readers at any stage of life, especially women, with the courage to do what their individual drummer dictates, as she did, to find fulfillment in life. Lightfoot-Klein assures readers in her book: Even a life of quiet desperation is not beyond redemption. Change starts with a reassessment of the distortions in self image one has been programmed to accept. It starts with an inner rebellion, a realization that something has been amiss and a desire to set it right, if only to leave a better heritage for ones children. And then, most important of all, it begins with a single, wild, breathless moment, where one picks up an unaccustomed load and steps off into the unknown . . .  Her message is truly for everyone.

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  • Women and Aging: Celebrating Ourselves (Haworth Women's Studies)
    by Ellen Cole, Esther D Rothblum , Ruth R Thone
    ISBN 1560230053 (1-56023-005-3)
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    In our youth-oriented, patriarchal society, aging and older women often find themselves either ignored, pitied, or feared. Women and Aging is a valuable guide to help women break through the negative stereotypes of old age and find personal fulfillment through the stages of maturity. Full of warmth and support, Women and Aging strongly enables women to take and remain in control of their lives instead of passively letting others make life-changing--and possibly harmful--decisions for them. This essential guide for aging will help women increase the vitality of their old age, as it urges them to continue to plan for the future, keep and develop strong relationships, increase their overall wellness, and not be afraid to take risks. Truly a celebration of aging, the authors illuminating descriptions of her own aging and how she has overcome societys restrictions are sure to be a source of inspiration for all women--no matter what their ages.

    Women and Aging begins by addressing cultural attitudes toward women, including appearance, language, behavior, and womens work. The middle section encourages women to face their fears and limitations and express their emotions, while the concluding chapters are a virtual guide to life, showing how to live life to the fullest and find inner fulfillment while aging. Along with her own continuing narrative, the author includes a multitude of personal glimpses into the aging processes of other women. This uplifting, helpful book will be of great value not only for aging women, but for women of all ages who are interested in taking active control of their own lives.

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  • Women and Sex Therapy: Closing the Circle of Sexual Knowledge
    by Ellen Cole, Esther D Rothblum
    ISBN 091839354X (0-918393-54-X)
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    Outstanding feminist scholars present seldom discussed womens views of sexuality. In the past, there has been little feminist discussion among sexuality professionals and between feminist therapists and sex therapists. The valuable ideas expressed by the contributors to this book are aimed at increasing the possibilities for all therapists and counselors to discuss with their clients the nature of sexuality, and in particular, what women feel about sex. Professionals provide remarkable perspectives on issues that concern all women--orgasm, the double standard, new reproductive options, intimacy, bisexuality, and more.

  • Women in the Antarctic (Haworth Innovations in Feminist Studies)
    by Esther D Rothblum , Jacqueline Weinstock, Jessica Morris
    ISBN 0789002477 (0-7890-0247-7)
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    Whether you know nothing at all about the Antarctic or actually live and work there, you'll enjoy reading Women in the Antarctic. You'll read many fascinating firsthand accounts of the women whose courage and undaunted spirit of adventure made the Antarctic much less remote to the world's social and scientific communities.

    The only book of its kind, Women in the Antarctic recounts the journeys of over 36 women--Navy personnel, research psychologists, scientists, members of the ASA (Antarctic Support Associates), and the American Women's Trans-Antarctic Expedition team members. You'll hear their voices and stories rise above the chilling howl of the Antarctic wind and come to understand the social and interpersonal impact such nontraditional female behavior had--and still has--on the world. Specifically, you'll read about:

    • women and risk-taking
    • women and nontraditional roles
    • the scientific and environmental expeditions of women
    • the Antarctic's social, environmental, and psychological impact on women
    • the firsthand accounts of female research scientists, Navy personnel civilian staff, and expedition members

      How much do you know about the Antarctic? Better yet, how much do you know about the female pioneers who braved the blizzards, subzero temperatures, and isolated conditions to bring back crucial geographical and scientific data? For the most part, their stories have remained untold, encased in ice--until now. Don't let the overcrowded conditions and fear of isolation turn you back. Read Women in the Antarctic and trek back in time with the women who chiseled a permanent historical niche in the coldest and most challenging region of the world.

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  • Women Murdered by the Men They Loved
    by Ellen Cole, Esther D Rothblum , Constance Bean
    ISBN 1560230037 (1-56023-003-7)
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    This important new book presents eye-opening documentation of the often-overlooked problem of domestic violence and murder. Alarming statistics show that in Massachusetts alone a spouse/partner murder occurs every 22 days, and approximately fifty percent of female homicide victims are murdered by their husbands or lovers. Women Murdered by the Men They Loved examines the critical problem of male violence against spouses and partners and societys tendency to regard domestic violence as an insignificant problem. While the media publicizes only sensational cases, this powerful volume reveals that domestic murder is a worldwide problem affecting people of all educational and economic levels.

    A readable, empowering book, Women Murdered by the Men They Loved assists women, their families, counselors, and medical and social service providers in avoiding and preventing violence in a realistic manner. This book goes beyond the limited literature available and provides tools for professionals to identify male violence, work with victims and potential victims, document evidence, and assist women and care providers in removing women from the victim category. Warning signs and predictors of male violence, recognition of controlling behaviors, cycles of violence, and societal factors enabling hidden violence in the home are described in detail in order to help eradicate such violence. Focusing on patterns of domestic violence and negating the belief that the womans behavior provokes violence, this valuable book aides professionals strategies to combat domestic violence that can also be used by women, the community, medical care providers, and professionals in the legal system.

  • Women's Conflicts About Eating and Sexuality: The Relationship Between Food and Sex (Haworth Women's Studies)
    by Ellen Cole, Esther D Rothblum , Lillie Weiss, Rosalyn Meadow
    ISBN 0918393981 (0-918393-98-1)
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    Womens Conflicts About Eating and Sexuality explores the strong relationships food and sex have represented to women over the years. No other book has spelled out so clearly the parallels between sex and eating nor integrated the relationship of these to womens basic need to be loved.

    Todays dilemma for women--be fat or go hungry--and the endless variations and unsatisfying solutions to this problem have contributed to the incidence of anorexia, bulimia, and obesity. The pursuit of slimness, the obsession with having the perfect body, excessive aerobicizing, and diet books ad nauseam are all part of this phenomenon. Authors in Womens Conflicts About Eating and Sexuality skillfully discuss the parallel between womens obsession with sex and romance in the fifties and their obsession with food today. An important book for all women, it sheds light on the complex issues facing women and devotes special attention to the career woman and the additional pressures to be slim and stay slim.

    The woman who reads this potentially life-changing book can examine, question, and change her behavior, using the specific step-by-step program aid included in the book. This book is for every woman who has ever worried about being too fat or too sexual. Womens Conflicts About Eating and Sexuality will appeal to women of all ages--young women and their mothers will be fascinated by the parallels between sexual obsessions of thirty years ago and the eating obsessions of today.

    This healing book will particularly attract single career women for whom sex and relationships are fraught with complications. Counselors and therapists will find this book an excellent resource in their work with helping women. It is also a good auxiliary text for courses in Womens Studies focusing on psychology and history of women and the sociology of women and eating disorders.

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  • Cole, Ellen: Women's Mental Health in Africa
    Women's Mental Health in Africa
    by Ellen Cole, Esther D Rothblum
    ISBN 0918393868 (0-918393-86-8)
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  • Women's Work: A Survey of Scholarship By and About Women (Haworth Innovations in Feminist Studies)
    by Ellen Cole, Esther D Rothblum , Donna M Ashcraft
    ISBN 0789002337 (0-7890-0233-7)
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