Public Health, Private Parts: A Feminist Public-Health Approach to Trans Issues

  title={Public Health, Private Parts: A Feminist Public-Health Approach to Trans Issues},
  author={Krista Scott-Dixon},
  pages={33 - 55}
This paper identifies and examines the possible contributions that emerging fields of study, particularly feminist public health, can make to enhancing and expanding trans/feminist theory and practice. A feminist public-health approach that is rooted in a tradition of political economy, social justice and equity studies, and an anti-oppression orientation, provides one of the most comprehensive “toolboxes” of perspectives, theoretical frameworks, methods, practices, processes, and strategies… 
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    Journal of Medical Ethics
  • 2006
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