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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Temple University Press; 1 edition (June 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592137083
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592137084
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Damaged Goods? extends major ideas about stigma and links them to women's sexual selves. It makes the most explicit links that I have seen between sexually transmitted disease and how women construct and reconstruct their sexual selves and does so in an engaging, accessible way. Nack's emphasis on how these women see themselves as sexual beings is particularly strong. She advances the literature in this area." Kathy Charmaz, Sonoma State University "Verdict: Nack's book is relevant to researchers interested in the psychological effects of sexually transmitted diseases on women. Primarily research-based, it appears to be the first of its kind on the subject. Recommended for academic libraries serving that population as well as public health libraries." Library Journal "[A] valuable volume...comprehensive." - Women, Girls & Criminal Justice, February/March 2009 "This book makes a significant addition to the sexual health research literature by focusing on women who live with a condition other than HIV, but its most important contribution is the concept of a reintegrated sexual self that not only can survive a chronic STD, but also triumph over stigma, sexual health politics, and the social construction of immorality. This work will interest sexual health educators, feminists, women's health specialists, and scholars who integrate qualitative methodology into their research. Summing Up: Recommended." Choice, Feb 2009 "Nack's detailed writing successfully captures women's voices. It is clear she immersed herself in understanding the process of what one goes through before, during, and after being diagnosed with an incurable STD... Another strength of the book is the way she frames women's experiences in the context of the stages of sexual transformation... This book offers the unique perspective of women living with chronic STDs, and provides information that would be invaluable to clinicians, educators, and policy makers. The book is especially helpful to those who are creating programs and/or policies regarding public awareness, sex education content, and screening practices of clinicians." Gender & Society, Aug 2009

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Adina Nack, Ph.D. has been researching and writing about health, sexuality and stigma since 1994: starting as an outreach educator for Girls, Inc. of Orange County, CA and continuing through her doctoral work at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Author of the book Damaged Goods? Women Living with Incurable STDs, Nack has also published articles and essays on topics including STD stigma, sex education, and HIV/AIDS. Her academic articles have been reprinted in over a dozen anthologies, and she has won awards for her research, teaching, activism, and public policy work.

As a medical sociologist, sex educator, and sexual health researcher, Nack has been seen and heard in MTV documentaries, CBS's The Doctors, local and regional newspapers and magazines, and interviewed on a variety of radio programs, including NPR and FOX News Radio shows. She gives talks and workshops to a variety of audiences: e.g., college students, national academic associations, and national youth pastor conferences. Always focused on how academic research can inform real-life solutions to social problems, she addresses a range of topics - including how to have better sex in a world with STDs, the personal and public health implications of mixing morality with medicine, HPV vaccines, pop culture, and youth culture.

In the past, Dr. Nack has directed the University of Colorado's Sexual Health Education Program, been a professor at the University of Maine, and served as a reviewer for top academic journals and the National Science Foundation. Currently she is a tenured Associate Professor of Sociology at California Lutheran University, where she was the founding Director of their Center for Equality and Justice. The lead organizer of Ventura County, CA's annual World AIDS Day events, Nack lives in Thousand Oaks, CA with her daughter and husband. Visit her online at www.adinanack.com.

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Adina Nack, through her sophisticated analysis, gives voice to a population that largely remains silent in today's society.
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Reading a book that balances logos and pathos in such a compelling way is a rare pleasure indeed.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Living Life on June 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
As a mother of a young woman living with HPV, this book helped me understand her feelings and fears. Whether your daughter is 13 or 30, this is a must read for parents. After sharing this book ,we were able to sit down and begin a dialogue. Her mood swings and anger that had been directed at me were really symptoms of her trying to cope with her diagnosis. I didn't realize how alone and "damaged" my daughter felt. Our relationship is so much stronger now.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. Hallam on December 14, 2008
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Damaged Goods? easily brings to life the reality of STDs in a way that so many other educational books fall short. Even if you are not yourself suffering from an STD, Damaged Goods?, gives you a glimpse into the life of someone living with HPV or HSV and how their life is no more different from mine or anyone else's. The book was a quick and interesting read that presented information in an easy and tangible way for anyone, you don't need a strong academic background to understand that these are the real lives of women everywhere and they need their voices to be heard. I would recommend this to any woman: mother, daughter, or friend.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By changetheworld on May 18, 2009
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After reading this book for a class, I was amazed at how insightful and helpful this book is to not only someone living with HPV or HSV, but also to all of those people who they encounter and are possibly affected by it (significant others, doctors, parents, friends, etc.). Adina Nack nails every single feeling and account of women going through this painful experience, and brings it into the light of sympathy, not judgement. The stigma that goes along with this situation is wrong, hurtful and unfair. Nack's efforts to de-stigmatize this problem are impressive and encouraging and her words really have something for everyone to benefit from. The jokes need to stop. The ignorant comments need to stop. The stigma needs to stop. This book is definitely amazing and should be experienced by everyone because everyone is affected in one way or another.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Cam on August 4, 2008
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I have just finished reading Damaged Goods? and I highly recommend it. This well researched book provides a fascinating and informative read into the lives of women with chronic sexually transmitted diseases. Adina Nack, through her sophisticated analysis, gives voice to a population that largely remains silent in today's society. While herpes and HPV affect millions of Americans, they are topics that are rarely discussed. The impact of this book should not be limited to people who share the condition, as this book can also provide valuable insight for both clinicians in the field and the general public. One can only hope that exploring the concerns and challenges faced by women with these conditions will help not only others with herpes and HPV, but also assist in decreasing the stigma surrounding the conditions.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By LindseyHMSX Doc Student on August 11, 2008
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I found this book to be very good for normalizing chronic STDs for women and displaying a wide range of coping strategies and reactions to infection. As a doctoral student, I found it helpful to review the data in a much more readable way!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By ALwaiting2009 on January 22, 2010
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This book is no doubt an open account of attitudes held socially and internally by the women who live with incurable STD's. Nack has created an outlet for frustration, fear, anxiety, and a floodgate of emotions held by these women and also serves as support to others that may seek solace from shared experiences. Not only is this book helpful to those women and men who need allies in the struggle to regain their sexuality, but also to those loved ones who may need help to understand what social stigma is, and how to support appropriately. I encourage women and men who live with these conditions to read all the material they can both research and honest accounts that Nack has brought here. This is ethnography at its best.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Emmi on April 7, 2010
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In Damaged Goods ?, Dr. Nack combines the tools of a rigorous social scientist with the voice of an empathetic advocate to convey the experiences of women living with chronic STD's.
She provides readers with a medical, historical and political background to understand HPV and the way in which HPV vaccination campaigns have been constructed. Nack argues that STD's are strongly stigmatizing to women and that the focus of HPV campaigns has been on presenting the vaccine as a way of preventing cervical cancer instead of portraying the vaccine as an immunization against sexually transmitted disease. She critically questions the consequences of this portrayal and gives policy and research suggestions to improve national public health treatments of this disease.

What makes Damaged Goods ? unique is that it seamlessly accomplishes a multitude of tasks: While providing statistical data, historical, political and medical facts, it focuses on the personal experiences of women living with chronic STD's. In this way, Nack bridges a gap that is often found between an empirical, academic undertaking and the accessibility of empirical research to women who seek to understand their diagnosis and their daily experiences with their disease.
A further strength of this book is that Nack uses her empirical findings and criticism in a constructive way: She gives specific policy and research recommendations for improvements to sexual health education, doctor-patient communication and interaction style. Finally, she questions the HPV-vaccine campaign for presenting itself as a cervical cancer vaccine and disassociating itself with STD stigma.
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