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Activism on the medicalization of sex and female genital cosmetic surgery by the New View Campaign in the United States.
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PMID:  20541084     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The New View Campaign is a grassroots initiative begun in 1999 to challenge the over-medicalization of sex in the wake of publicity following the release of Viagra. This paper describes the history of the campaign and its activities, which started with analysing the construction of female sexual dysfunction, and moved on to develop a critical understanding of sexuality as a market for the pharmaceutical industry to exploit. The campaign has also had much to say about a positive model for sexuality, sex education, treatment of sex problems, and sex research. From 2006, we began to look at the new female cosmetic genital surgery industry. In 2008, we wrote letters to many government and medical professional groups expressing our concerns about female cosmetic genital surgery and asking for support. We also organised a demonstration outside the office of a New York surgeon who was doing this surgery and developed a webpage as a resource for students, scholars, journalists and activists. In 2009, we held an event in an art gallery that celebrated artists who support and encourage female sexual diversity. Supporters and colleagues of the campaign have published books and articles, and created visual and training materials, including a project called Vulvagraphics.
Leonore Tiefer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Historical Article; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Reproductive health matters     Volume:  18     ISSN:  1460-9576     ISO Abbreviation:  Reprod Health Matters     Publication Date:  2010 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-06-14     Completed Date:  2010-10-04     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9420826     Medline TA:  Reprod Health Matters     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  56-63     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 2010 Reproductive Health Matters. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
New York University School of Medicine and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NY, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Community Networks / history
Consumer Advocacy*
Drug Industry
Genitalia, Female / surgery*
History, 20th Century
Sexual Dysfunction, Physiological / surgery*
Surgery, Plastic*
United States

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