One of the significant issues is the pregnancy intentions of the Latina girls and how this is influenced by culture and social class. Its increasing is difficult for a healthcare provider to convince Latina teens to use birth control methods as a means of controlling pregnancy. This is due to the intention of the girls about becoming pregnant. One of the reasons why they aren’t using birth control methods is due to free will; they are just not willing to, and some have a high intention of being pregnant. It’s surprising how Latina girls doubt their fertility and are eager to become pregnant as a means of testing if they are fertile. Besides cultural influence has contributed a lot to the high pregnancy rate as it cultural norms associated with the valorization of motherhood make them fret about their capacity to meet their cultural expectation even at adolescence.
The discourse of female victimization and male predation is one of the contributing factors to increasing Latina girls pregnancy. The heterosexual relationships are coupled with high large age difference leads to manipulation of the young girls by their older partners to have babies even at a young age. For this reason, the girls in this kind of relationships have no voice for themselves but adopt the desires of their partners as their own. The desire to become pregnant and have babies is therefore not authentic as it’s the bolder boyfriend’s influence. It also erupts an age discourse that due to their young age they don’t know what they want or what’s better.
Feminism Women Health Centres (FWHCs) were developed with the aim of mainstreaming the health care provided to women in America. However, this has caged with health centers and entrepreneurs perceiving it as a cash cow, leading to co-optation. One of the causes of the co-optation is the shift in focus from the woman-centered approach to revenue centered approach. The original principle of FWHC was based on feminism and empowerment. This was to be achieved through positioning women as experts on the healthcare decisions right for them, through comprehensive education for information. However, this motive has been shifted by health centers to attracting more women and increasing profits. This has greatly been influenced by the change in political and economic climate.
There is a drastic shift in the locus of control of the initial motive of the FWHCs which indicates a co-optation. Health centers have shifted from women controlled to the provider or corporate controlled care. This is indicated by the current federal policies and structure of health care which have become capitalist. For this reason, women have become participants in health care rather than partners who were the original intention for the FWHC. The radical feminist ideology has been eroded, and they can no longer challenge the healthcare system.
Hospitals and healthcare services providers have been at the forefront in improving the Women’s healthcare. Healthcare professional has been in the first line in preventing sexual and reproductive discourses and practices that inhibit the development of girl citizen who is healthy, educated and well empowered.This is through the prevention of harmful exercises that target young women like pregnancy, through sex education and the provision of health care. Hospitals also have invested in human health through women health programs that creat women centers which are repackaged and well equipped to care for diverse women health needs. This Feminist model care is focused on providing superior women health care with experts and physician that focus on the empowerment of women and putting women at the center of healthcare.
My opinion is that the healthcare system has turned out to be one of the profitable ventures in the United States. This has largely diluted the main intention for healthcare service providers, diverting their main aim to investments and revenue generation rather than the provision of health services. Women being the largest consumers of healthcare services, there is a need to lay down strategies and policies that are aimed at ensuring their interests and needs are taken care off effectively. This is more to women of color, marginalized groups and low class who have less access to healthcare.
To reduce class and racial stereotypes, there is a need to formulate and implement policies that are aimed at eliminating this social vices. The government and the healthcare system should come with relevant policies that are aimed at ensuring that reducing racial and ethnic stereotypes. It’s also crucial that healthcare institutions recruit racially and ethnically diverse health care providers to neutralize racial discrimination that occurs primarily when people of specific colors are hired in a different racial group. Besides, patient –care relationships especially in publicly funded health plans should be increased, and similar services provided to urban areas should be provided to low-class regions.
Mann, E. S. (2013). REGULATING LATINA YOUTH SEXUALITIES THROUGH COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS: Discourses and Practices of Sexual Citizenship . University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Thomas, J. E., & Zimmerman, M. K. (2007). FEMINISM AND PROFIT IN AMERICAN HOSPITALS The Corporate Construction of Women’s Health Centers .