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Pain and Prejudice


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Introduction Chapter 1: Repeat after me, vulva: the female reproductive system Chapter 2: 'Worse than the Loch Ness monster': menstruation and menopause Chapter 3: From clitoridectomy to the talking cure: a history of hysteria Chapter 4: Neither Madonna nor whore: rethinking female sexuality Chapter 5: It's the culture, stupid: understanding modern medical practice Chapter 6: 'The pain that can't be seen': a new appreciation of women's pain Chapter 7: Time to ditch the bikini: the women's health conditions you never hear about Chapter 8: 'Ripe for disruption': why medical science must improve its knowledge of women Epilogue Acknowledgements Notes Index

About the Author

Gabrielle Jackson is an associate news editor at Guardian Australia, and was previously opinion editor there. Before that, she was a senior journalist at The Hoopla. Gabrielle has lived and worked in the USA, UK and Australia as a journalist and copywriter. She currently lives in Sydney and commutes regularly to the Riverina district of New South Wales. Gabrielle was first diagnosed with endometriosis in 2001. In 2015 she was also diagnosed with adenomyosis. After writing about endometriosis for the Guardian 2015, she became interested in how women's pain is treated in modern healthcare systems and has been researching and writing about the topic since then. Gabrielle loves cooking and is a kebab connoisseur. In 2011-2012, she spent eight months travelling from Europe through the Middle East to Asia sampling and researching the history of the kebabs and their journey to the western world. She returned to Australia after being run over by a train in India.

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