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Women’s Power, Sexuality, and Aging: A Multicultural View
by Gisèle Maynard-Tucker
In her research on rural Peru and urban Los Angeles, Gisèle Maynard-Tucker assesses the impact of the environment, culture, economics, and gender inequalities on the treatment of women as they age. Based on literary data, observations and other research, it seems that women acquire more respect in ethnic societies with age, while in Los Angeles aging becomes a curse because of the cult of youthfulness.
Gisèle Maynard-Tucker is a medical and applied anthropologist affiliated with the Center for the Study of Women (CSW) at UCLA since 1989. She holds a Ph. D. in anthropology from UCLA (1988) and has worked as an international consultant since the 1990s for development agencies such as WHO, USAID, World Bank, European Union, POPTECH, Development Associates, Academy for Educational Development and many others. She has conducted research and evaluation of health programs regarding family planning, reproductive health, maternal and child survival and HIV/AIDS prevention in Africa, India, South America, Asia, and the Caribbean. Her recent book examines women’s health in developing countries and is titled “Rural Women’s Sexuality, Reproductive Health and Illiteracy: A Critical Perspective on Development (Lexington Books, 2015).