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Republican LensGender, Visuality, and Experience in the Early Chinese Periodical Press$
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Joan Judge

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780520284364

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520284364.001.0001

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Republican Lens

Joan Judge

University of California Press

The nuance and insight of women’s writings is apparent in their discussion of issues related to women’s reproductive health. Chapter 4 probes the complexity of obstetrical and gynecological discourses in the early twentieth century, a period of creative and chaotic encounters between Chinese medical principles and scientific biomedicine. The chapter examines the full range of materials related to women’s reproductive health in Funü shibao. These include Bao Tianxiao’s editorial promotion of a new biomedical imperative, advertisements for pharmaceutical products targeting women’s health, articles by obstetrical experts, and accounts of experience by women authors. The chapter highlights three tensions in the medical discourse: between reform and commerce, between experience and expertise, and between male constructions of pathologically modest women and women’s own graphically candid writings on childbirth, menstruation, and breast health.

Keywords:   reproductive health, childbirth, menstruation, breast health, Chinese medicine, biomedicine, experience, expertise, modesty

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