Sex Roles, Vol. 52, Nos. 1/2, January 2005 ( 2005) DOI: 10.1007/s11199-005-1202-y Book Review Am I Still a Woman? Hysterectomy and Gender enhancement” (p. 2); that is, she ﬁnds an expected Identity. Jean Elson, Philadelphia, PA, Temple continuum of answers. The group is a small “conve- University Press; 2004. 254 pp. 59.50 cloth, 19.95 nience sample” (p. 23). There are no cross-cultural paper. comparisons; the book is about a few contemporary women who seem to live in or near Boston, Elson’s Women’s reproductive capacity has a relatively home base. She is careful to say that her analysis does clear beginning, middle, and end, demarcated by not “represent the only authentic experience of hys- menarche at one end and menopause (natural or terectomy and oophorectomy (removal of ovaries) surgical) at the other. That is the biology of being for all women in all cultures at all times” (p. 204). female. How women feel about those transitions is Although her aim is to present diversity, not only of both cultural and individual; they are inﬂuenced by age, marital status, childbearing history, and sexual a host of demographic and social factors including orientation, it’s interesting that the women’s educa- social class, religion,
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