Confinements: fertility and infertility in contemporary by Helena Michie

By Helena Michie

While a girl within the usa turns into pregnant or attempts to turn into pregnant, she enters an international of data, expertise, and services. unexpectedly her physique turns into public in a brand new manner: drugs, legislations, and pop culture all supply her occasionally contradictory "expert" recommendation. this article explores the recommendation provided to pregnant and infertile girls via studying assumptions approximately femininity, classification, and the reproductive physique that constitution the language of craftsmanship. Even suggestion books written from a particularly countercultural or feminist viewpoint usually try to police the best way ladies take into consideration their our bodies. The authors the following argue that our perceptions approximately either being pregnant and infertility are restricted via our culture's battles over the which means of selection and regulate, arguments over what's normal or unnatural, and the stricken courting among copy and the family sphere.

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Confinements: fertility and infertility in contemporary culture

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4. WomenSocialization. 5. Feminist theory. 6. Feminist criticism. I. Cahn, Naomi R. II. Title. 1'98178dc21 97-1779 CIP British Cataloging-in-Publication information available Figure 1 is reproduced courtesy of The Mount Sinai Hospital, Grace and Rothschild Advertising. Copyright © 1997 by Helena Michie and Naomi R. Cahn All rights reserved No part of this book may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without written permission from the publisher.

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