Title

Do Metaphors Matter? Fibromyalgia and Women's Embodiment

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Fall 2018

Department

Philosophy

Language

English

Publication Title

IJFAB: International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics

Abstract

In this paper, I argue that women who experience fibromyalgia may find themselves in a double bind. They may feel the need to describe their pain as extreme weakness or violence to convince health care providers and loved ones of the severity of it, but having to describe themselves repeatedly in these ways may be internalized and lead to a diminished sense of agency, especially in a culture that already systematically denigrates the strength and credibility of women.

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DOI

10.3138/ijfab.2018.01.15

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