Lady Lushes: Gender, Alcoholism, and Medicine in Modern America - Critical Issues in Health and Medicine Series (Paperback)Michelle L. McClellan (author)
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In Lady Lushes, medical historian Michelle L. McClellan traces the story of the female alcoholic from the late-nineteenth through the twentieth century. She draws on a range of sources to demonstrate the persistence of the belief that alcohol use is antithetical to an idealized feminine role, particularly one that glorifies motherhood. Lady Lushes offers a fresh perspective on the importance of gender role ideology in the formation of medical knowledge and authority.
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Number of pages: 234
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
"From 'fallen angels' to 'lit ladies, ' the drinking women who haunt these pages embody the ambivalence of alcohol. McClellan traces the fluctuations in American expectations, taking pharmacology seriously but situating it squarely within gendered social constraints."
--Nancy D. Campbell "author of Using Women: Gender, Drug Policy and Social Justice "
"Lady Lushes provides an important supplement to the established historical insight that affluent white women tend to elicit sympathy while other groups of substance users are vilified. As McClellan deftly demonstrates, although the inebriety paradigm for female alcoholism evoked more sympathetic attitudes than the medical paradigm, neither produced a cure that benefited women."--Bulletin of the History of Medicine
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