Women's health, men's health, and gender and health: implications of intersectionality

Soc Sci Med. 2012 Jun;74(11):1712-20. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2011.11.029. Epub 2012 Jan 25.


Although intersectionality is now recognized in the context of women's health, men's health, and gender and health, its full implications for research, policy, and practice have not yet been interrogated. This paper investigates, from an intersectionality perspective, the common struggles within each field to confront the complex interplay of factors that shape health inequities. Drawing on developments within intersectionality scholarship and various sources of research and policy evidence (including examples from the field of HIV/AIDS), the paper demonstrates the methodological feasibility of intersectionality and in particular, the wide-ranging benefits of de-centering gender through intersectional analyses.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Men's Health*
  • Models, Theoretical*
  • Prejudice*
  • Research
  • Sex Factors
  • Women's Health*