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Damaged Goods?: Women Living with Incurable Sexually Transmitted Diseases Paperback – 6 Aug 2008


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"Damaged Goods? extends major ideas about stigma and links them to women's sexual selves. It makes the most explicit links that I have seen between sexually transmitted disease and how women construct and reconstruct their sexual selves and does so in an engaging, accessible way. Nack's emphasis on how these women see themselves as sexual beings is particularly strong. She advances the literature in this area." --Kathy Charmaz, Sonoma State University

"Nack's detailed writing successfully captures women's voices. It is clear she immersed herself in understanding the process of what one goes through before, during, and after being diagnosed with an incurable STD.... Another strength of the book is the way she frames women's experiences in the context of the stages of sexual transformation.... This book offers the unique perspective of women living with chronic STDs, and provides information that would be invaluable to clinicians, educators, and policy makers. The book is especially helpful to those who are creating programs and/or policies regarding public awareness, sex education content, and screening practices of clinicians." --Gender & Society, Aug 2009

"Verdict: Nack's book is relevant to researchers interested in the psychological effects of sexually transmitted diseases on women. Primarily research-based, it appears to be the first of its kind on the subject. Recommended for academic libraries serving that population as well as public health libraries." Library Journal "[A] valuable volume...comprehensive." - Women, Girls & Criminal Justice, February/March 2009 "This book makes a significant addition to the sexual health research literature by focusing on women who live with a condition other than HIV, but its most important contribution is the concept of a reintegrated sexual self that not only can survive a chronic STD, but also triumph over stigma, sexual health politics, and the social construction of immorality. This work will interest sexual health educators, feminists, women's health specialists, and scholars who integrate qualitative methodology into their research. Summing Up: Recommended." --Choice, Feb 2009

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x901926e4) out of 5 stars 21 reviews
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x900ef4d4) out of 5 stars I'm my daughter's mother again 14 Jun. 2008
By Living Life - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As a mother of a young woman living with HPV, this book helped me understand her feelings and fears. Whether your daughter is 13 or 30, this is a must read for parents. After sharing this book ,we were able to sit down and begin a dialogue. Her mood swings and anger that had been directed at me were really symptoms of her trying to cope with her diagnosis. I didn't realize how alone and "damaged" my daughter felt. Our relationship is so much stronger now.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x900ef48c) out of 5 stars A Real Page Turner! 15 Dec. 2008
By A. Hallam - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Damaged Goods? easily brings to life the reality of STDs in a way that so many other educational books fall short. Even if you are not yourself suffering from an STD, Damaged Goods?, gives you a glimpse into the life of someone living with HPV or HSV and how their life is no more different from mine or anyone else's. The book was a quick and interesting read that presented information in an easy and tangible way for anyone, you don't need a strong academic background to understand that these are the real lives of women everywhere and they need their voices to be heard. I would recommend this to any woman: mother, daughter, or friend.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x902b2e70) out of 5 stars Insightful Book! 19 May 2009
By changetheworld - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
After reading this book for a class, I was amazed at how insightful and helpful this book is to not only someone living with HPV or HSV, but also to all of those people who they encounter and are possibly affected by it (significant others, doctors, parents, friends, etc.). Adina Nack nails every single feeling and account of women going through this painful experience, and brings it into the light of sympathy, not judgement. The stigma that goes along with this situation is wrong, hurtful and unfair. Nack's efforts to de-stigmatize this problem are impressive and encouraging and her words really have something for everyone to benefit from. The jokes need to stop. The ignorant comments need to stop. The stigma needs to stop. This book is definitely amazing and should be experienced by everyone because everyone is affected in one way or another.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9025e210) out of 5 stars Good book 11 Aug. 2008
By LindseyHMSX Doc Student - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I found this book to be very good for normalizing chronic STDs for women and displaying a wide range of coping strategies and reactions to infection. As a doctoral student, I found it helpful to review the data in a much more readable way!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x901963fc) out of 5 stars Insightful and honest 23 Jan. 2010
By ALwaiting2009 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is no doubt an open account of attitudes held socially and internally by the women who live with incurable STD's. Nack has created an outlet for frustration, fear, anxiety, and a floodgate of emotions held by these women and also serves as support to others that may seek solace from shared experiences. Not only is this book helpful to those women and men who need allies in the struggle to regain their sexuality, but also to those loved ones who may need help to understand what social stigma is, and how to support appropriately. I encourage women and men who live with these conditions to read all the material they can both research and honest accounts that Nack has brought here. This is ethnography at its best.
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