Lifting the Taboo: Women, Death and Dying
Lifting The Taboo is the first major study of the sexual politics of death in the West.
As such, it splits open the silence which both surrounds mortality and shrouds women's
relationship to it. Illuminated by a profound yet humorous vision, Lifting The Taboo
explores the specific relationship women of many colors, cultures, ages, and sexual
orientations have to their own deaths, their attitudes towards loss, and their disposition to
their role as primary care-givers to the dying.
Lifting The Taboo weighs the implications of breast cancer and examines in detail
Alzheimer's Disease which (contrary to popular myth) can in several significant ways be
perceived as a woman's disease. Investigating mothers' response to children's deaths, Cline
establishes that women's relationships to death are intricately connected to the experience of
giving birth. They are, she argues, therefore psychologically and emotionally different from
those of men. Cline goes on to examine women's roles and responses to AIDS and suicide,
women's sexual relationships while dying, the ways widows are considered as leftover lives,
and women's radical work in hospices and death therapy, as well as their roles as female
funeral directors. Lifting The Taboo is a ground-breaking, benchmark publication of
impressive scope and scholarship.