Report of the first New View Conference March 9, 2002
The New "Female Sexual Dysfunction": Promises,
Prescriptions, and Profits
UCSF Conference Center , San Francisco
Our first conference was a political, intellectual, and
networking success. About 140 participants arrived from
as far away as England , Indonesia , and all over the USA
, and included students and health activists as well as
clinicians and social scientists.
The lectures and workshops during our one jam-packed
day focused on two topics:
- how the global pharmaceutical industry is building
a market for sexuality drugs through biased science and
- the limitations of a medical model of women's sexual
problems and how the "new view" provides a
critique and alternative.
Plenary highlights included:
- Physician and health policy analyst Thomas Bodenheimer
on biases in clinical trials due to pharmaceutical industry
- Activist Judy Norsigian on the current state of direct-to-consumer
- New View founder Leonore Tiefer's history of the "fsd" diagnosis
as it emerged from urologists' success as "penis
doctors" in the 1980s.
- Urologist Tamara Bavendam on how the measurements
currently used in "women's sexual health" clinics
lacked standardization and baseline norms.
- Women's studies scholar Maureen McHugh on how narrow
ideas of "sexuality" and "sexiness" created
by for-profit interests come to feel "natural" through
- Social psychologist Carol Tavris's concluding talk
on Americans' vulnerability to pseudoscience
Workshop topics included:
- Incorporating the “New View” into academic
- Adolescent girls’ sexualities
- Assessment dilemmas regarding low sexual desire
- Global views of women’s sexual health
The conference was cosponsored by Association for Women
in Psychology, Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, UCSF
Center for Gender Equality, SFSU Sexuality Studies Program,
UCSF Center for Lesbian Health, Boston Women's Health Book
Collective, Seattle Institute for Sex Therapy, Education
and Research, American Psychological Association Committee
on Women in Psychology, and National Women's Health Network.
We are grateful for their support.
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