BOOK SALON: Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology

FEB 14, 2018 | 6:30 PM TO 8:30 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


9100: Skylight Room


February 14, 2018: 6:30 PM-8:30 PM




Center for the Study of Women and Society


Deirdre Cooper Owens wrote Medical Bondage:  Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology to reveal the historical connections of slavery to the development of professional American women's medicine. She explores how concepts like blackness, health, and biological sameness and difference were shifting as well as being defined by white medical men intent on advancing their careers and "fixing" women's ailments.  As some doctors repaired so-called broken bodies, categories that confined black women to only being thought of as strong were cemented in antebellum medical thought and practice. Cooper Owens is an Assistant Professor of History at Queens College, CUNY.< /br>< /br> Co-sponsored with the Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean (IRADAC), the CUNY Graduate Center PhD Pro-gram in History, and the Feminist Press.