A Feminist Criticism on the Medicine of Barbara Ehrenreich

Barbara Ehrenreich, the main representative of radical feminism in the 1970s, has given a sharp criticism on the medical and health system in the United States by the approach of Marxist political economy, and she argues that"the Health Crisis" of American society is rooted in the capitalist system, which aims at making profits instead of taking people' s health into consideration. There is a serious gender politics in the medical field and the decline of the status of the female therapist in the medical field is the epitome of women' s position in the wider social life. Medicine demonstrates and reinforces the social ideology of gender discrimination by portraying women as sick. The study of Ehrenreich' s ideas helps us understand the application of political economy in the field of medical criticism as well as the practicality of feminism and its social impacts.