Psychobiology of Women

Class Schedule and Reading List

Fall Quarter 2017

All readings listed here are found in the the course reader that you can purchase form EZ Copy N Print, 4336 University Way NE. The articles listed in black are at the front of the reader; the ones in red are in the back. Those listed in black print are also found in the "lectures" folder the course Commonview page . Those listed in red are found in various folders of the course Commonview page as indicated in the note immediate preceding the listing.

September 28
Introduction to Course

October 3-5
Biological Differentiation

October 5-17
Ovum Development

Required Readng:
McChesney, K. Y
. (2015) Successful approaches to ending female genital cutting. (2015) Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare 42,3-23.
Davis, G. (2015) Chapter 4. The power in an name. Contesting Intersex: The Dubious Diagnosis. New York: NYU Press, pp. 87-115.

These 2 articles, along with articles by Spade, Gorman & Cole, and Olson et al. listed in red below MUST be read before quiz section on October 5-6.

October 17-19
Introduction to the Endocrine System
Ovarian Endocrinology

Required Reading:
Preview/Review of Women's Reproductive Biology, pp. 1-7 (stop at "The Anterior Pituitary")
Preview/Review of Women's Reproductive Biology, p. 9 ("The Uterus") to p. 11 (stop at "Pregnancy")

October 19
The Hypothalamus and the Posterior Pituitary
Anterior Pituitary - Tropic Hormones

Remember: In addition to the McChesney and Davis readings listed above, the following readings from discussion section also are included on Test 1. They are found at the back of your course reader or on the Catalyst Commonview in the folders labeled "Gender and Gender Identity " and "Egg Donation and Surrogacy."

1. Spade, D. (2006) Mutilating Gender. In Transgender Studies Reader, S. Strycker and S. Whittle (eds). New York: Routledge.
2. Gorman, C. and Cole, W. (Mar.1, 2004) Between the sexes. Time 163(9), 54-56.
3. Olson, K. R. et al. (2015) Gender cognition in transgender children. Psychological Science 26, 467-474.
4. Kenney, N. J. & McGowan, M.L. (2010) Looking back: egg donors' retrospective evaluations of their motivations, expectations, and experiences during their first donation cycle. Fertility and Sterility 93, 455-466 .
5. Kenney, N. J. & McGowan, M. L. (2014) Egg donation compensation: Ethical and legal challenges. Medicolegal and Bioethics 4, 15-24.
6. Parks, J. A. (2010) Care ethics and the global practice of commercial surrogacy. Bioethics 24, 333-340.

October 24 - TEST 1

October 24-31
Anterior Pituitary and Hypothalamus - Releasing Hormones

Required reading:
Preview/Review of Women's Reproductive Biology, pp. 7-9 (stop at "The Uterus")

October 31
Hormone Interactions - Putting Together the Menstrual Cycle
Adrenal Cortex

November 2-7
Puberty and Adolescence

Required Reading:
Steingraber, S. (2007) The Falling Age of Puberty in US Girls: What We Know, What We Need to Know. San Francisco: The Breast Cancer Fund, pp. 16-34. On-line at: http://www.breastcancerfund.org/assets/pdfs/publications/falling-age-of-puberty.pdf
Lee, J. (2009) Bodies at menarche: Stories of shame, concealment and sexual maturation. Sex Roles, 60, pp. 615-627.
McClintock, M.K., & Herdt, G. (1996) Rethinking puberty: The development of sexual attraction. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 5, 178-183. Kreukels, B.P.C. & Cohen-Kettenis, P. (2011) Puberty suppression in gender identity disorder: the Amsterdam expereinces. Nature Reviews Endocrinology 7, 466-472.

November 7-9
Mood, Behavior and the Monthly Cycle

Required Reading:
Freeman, E. W. (2003) Premenstrual syndrome and premenstrual dysphoric disorder: Definitions and diagnosis. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 28, pp. 25-37.
Rapkin, A. (2003) A review of treatment of premenstrual syndrome & premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 28, pp. 39-53.

November 14-16
Sex Drive/Sex Behavior

Required Reading:
Wilcox, A. J. et al. (2004) On the frequency of intercourse around ovulation: evidence for biological influences. Human Reproduction 19, 1539-1543.
Roberts, S. C. et al. (2004) Female facial attractiveness increases during the fertile phase of the menstrual cycle. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B (Suppl.), 271, pp. S270-S272.

Remember: In addition to the readings listed above, the following readings from discussion section also are included on Test 2. They are found at the back of your course reader or on the Catalyst Commonview in the folders labeled "Medicalization of Women's Lives" and "Eating Disorders and Body Image."

1. Hyde, A. et al. (2010) Menopause narratives: The interplay of women's embodied experiences with biomedical discourses. Qualitative Health Research 20 (6), 805-815.
2. Pinn, V. W. (Jan. 22/29, 2003) Sex and gender factors in medical studies: Implications for health and clinical practice. JAMA 289(4), pp. 397-400.
3. Miller, C. A. & Golden, N. H. (2010) An introduction to eating disorders: Clinical presentation, epidemiology, and prognosis. Nutrition in Clinical Practice 25, 110-115.
4. American Psychiatric Association (2013) http://www.dsm5.org/Documents/Eating%20Disorders%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf.
5. Wingfield, N. et al. (2011) College students’ perceptions of individuals with anorexia and bulimia nervosa. International Journal of Eating Disorders 44(4), 369-375.

November 21 - TEST 2

November 21-30

Required Reading:
Davidson, M. R. (2003) Contraception update: The latest hormonal options. Clinician Reviews, 13, pp. 53-58.
Hudepohl, D. (November/December 2011) Your guide to choosing the right birth control for you. Fitness Magazine.
Harper, C. C. et al. (2005) The effects of increased access to emergency contraception among young adolescents. Obstetrics and Gynecology, 106(3), 483-491.

November 30
Unwanted Pregnancy - Abortion and Adoption

Required Reading:
Steinberg, J. R. et al. (2009) Science prevails: abortion and mental health. Contraception, 79, 81-83.
Leon, I. G. (2002) Adoption losses: Naturally occurring or socially constructed? Child Development 73(2), 652-663.

December 5-7
Pregnancy and Childbirth

Required Reading:
Chang, S.-R. et al. (2006) I am a woman and I'm pregnant: Body image of women in Taiwan during the third trimester of pregnancy. Birth 33(2), 147-153.
Goodman, P. et al. (2004) Factors related to childbirth satisfaction. Journal of Advanced Nursing Research 46(2): pp. 212-219.

December 7

Required Reading:
Utz, R. L. (2011) Like mother, (not) like daughter: The social construction of menopause and aging. The Journal of Aging Studies 25: 143-154.
Dillaway, H. E. (2005) (Un)changing menopausal bodies: How women think and act in the face of a reproductive transition and gendered beauty ideals. Sex Roles 53, 1-17.

Remember: In addition to the readings listed above, the following readings from discussion section also are included on Test 3. They are found at the back of your course reader or on the Catalyst Commonview in the folders labeled "Reproductive Rights and Mandates" and "Reproductive Technology, Genetics, and Eugenics."

1. Chase, S.E. (2001) "Good" mothers and "bad" mothers. In: S. E. Chase & M. F. Rogers (eds.), Mothers & Children: Feminist Analyses and Personal Narratives. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, pp. 30-47.
2. Zylbergold, B . (July 18, 2007)Are you kidding? Retrieved from: http://cregs.sfsu.edu/article/tubal_ligation_denied, March 24, 2012.

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Contact the instructor at: nkenney@u.washington.edu