1. Discuss changes that could be made to the structure of our society that would improve health for everyone by addressing the following. How are common illnesses socially constructed versus medically constructed? What factors contribute to the disparities in health among ethnic, socioeconomic, and gender groups in the United States? Should the United States move toward a national health insurance model found in other Western nations?
2. Many critics of medicalization claim that medicalizing womenâ€™s health issues is a form of institutional sexism. As described in our text, medicalization is the process where previously normal aspects of life get redefined as deviant and needing medical attention to remedy. Address and discuss if medicalizing womenâ€™s health issues such as menstruation, pre-menstrual syndrome, pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause amounts to institutional sexism.