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Catholic Ethicists on HIV/AIDS Prevention [Hardcover]

Jon Fuller , Lisa Sowle Cahill , James F. Keenan

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Book Description

For much of the twentieth century, books for children encouraged girls to be weak, submissive, and fearful. This work discusses such traits, both blatantly and subtly reinforced, in many of the most popular works of the period. Quoting a variety of passages, Deborah O'Keefe illustrates the typical behavior of fictional girls - most of whom were passive and immobile while other girls were actually invalids. They all engaged in approved girlish activities: deferred to elders, observed the proprieties, and, in the end, accepted conventional suitors. Even rare feisty tomboys like Jo in "Little Women" eventually gave up their dreams and their independence.This discussion is interlaced with moments from the author's own childhood that suggest how her developing self interacted with these stories. She and her contemporaries, trying to reconcile the conservative reading with the changing world around them, learned ambivalence rather than confidence. "Good Girl Messages" also includes a discussion of books read by boys, who were usually depicted as purposeful, daring, and dominating. The final chapter reviews the enormous changes for the better in children's books, stories of girls who do

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group (2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826412513
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826412515
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 15.9 x 3.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 726 g

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"...a brilliant collection of essays. This powerful new book...will appeal to both Catholic and non-Catholic HIV/AIDS strategists..." -- Developing World Bioethics, 2001

"A significant book...The volume presents not only the depth and breadth of the problem but also its complexity." -- Theological Studies

"Insightful and well-organized, this is an excellent study/discussion text. A valuable practical resource..." -- Vision, April 2002

"This book is a milestone in understanding and responding to the HIV/AIDS epidemic from the point of view of Christians." -- Aids Care, 2001

"This is a challenging and unsettling book with the capacity to produce moral outrage...” -- British Journal of General Practice, April 2001

“...it is a fascinating investigation into the Church’s evolution in response to the global pandemic.” -- Positive Nation, July/August 2001

“...provides a useful snapshot of Catholic efforts to deal with this terrible epidemic in a compassionate way.” -- The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, Spring 2001 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

James F. Keenan, S.J., is professor of theological ethics at Boston College. He was principal editor of Catholic Ethicists on HIV/AIDS Prevention and is the author of numerous books, including The Works of Mercy: The Heart of Catholicism, Moral Wisdom: Lessons and Texts from the Catholic Tradition, Virtues for Ordinary Christians, Commandments of Compassion, Goodness and Rightness in Thomas Aquinas's Summa Theologiae, and (with Daniel Harrington) Jesus and Virtue Ethics annd Paul and Virtue Ethics. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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