Siegel Finer Publishes Collection on Women’s Health Rhetorics

Posted on 4/5/2019 7:53:10 AM

Bryna Siegel Finer (English, Writing Across the Curriculum) has co-edited a collection of essays of feminist perspectives and research studies on the rhetorics of women’s health advocacy and activism. The book contains a chapter by IUP Composition and Applied Linguistics PhD student, Marissa McKinley.

Women’s Health Advocacy: Rhetorical Ingenuity for the 21st Century, published by Routledge, brings together academic studies and personal narratives to demonstrate how women use a variety of arguments, forms of writing, and communication strategies to effect change in a health system that is not only often difficult to participate in, but which can be actively harmful. It explicates the concept of rhetorical ingenuity―the creation of rhetorical means for specific and technical, yet extremely personal, situations. At a time when women’s health concerns are at the center of national debate, this rhetorical ingenuity provides means for women to uncover latent sources of oppression in women’s health and medicine and to influence matters of research, funding, policy, and everyday access to healthcare in the face of exclusion and disenfranchisement. This accessible collection will be inspiring reading for academics and students in health communication, medical humanities, and women’s studies, as well as to activists, patients, and professionals.

Siegel Finer also wrote the afterword, an essay arguing that feminist rhetorics must focus “beyond the bikini” in order to effect change culturally, politically, and medically.

Co-edited with Jamie White-Farnham (University of Wisconsin–Superior) and Cathryn Molloy (James Madison University), the book is currently available for pre-order on Amazon (for August 2019) and from its website.

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