In this episode, the team tackles one of the most sensitive topics within current social discussions – reproductive politics. Using Rickie Solinger’s seminal book Reproductive Politics, we discuss how the women’s bodies have become a site of public political struggle, thereby, determining the level of personal autonomy and privacy available to women. We highlight an aspect of Solinger’s work on fetal personhood, and how the rights of the fetus have been constructed, in some ways, in conflict with the mother’s rights.
*NOTE: This episode was recorded last year in 2018 (hence, the breakdowns are old), but we did not want to release it until we had covered the umbrella topics around reproductive politics. For a primer on episodes to listen to before this episode, check out the following:
- SOC109 – Illness & Morality: A Look at Medical Sociology
- SOC126-Medicalizing Behavior: Common or “Abnormal”?
- SOC204 – The Spectrum: An Introduction to Sex and Gender
- SOC205 – The Matrices of Oppression: An Introduction to Intersectionality
- SOC 213 – Doulas and Midwives and Women’s Health, Oh My!
Reproductive politics, fetal personhood, autonomy, sex, gender
- Reproductive Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know by Rickie Solinger (2013)
- Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity by Judith Butler (2015)
- The Status Syndrome: How Social Standing Affects Our Health and Longevity by Michael Marmot (2005)
- Breastfeeding in public is finally legal in all 50 US states
- Roe v. Wade: The Constitutional Right to Access Safe, Legal Abortion
- Does the GOP tax bill introduce anti-abortion ‘fetal personhood’ legislation?
- Abortion after the first trimester
- Induced Abortion in the United States
- Trump just basically said he’s anti-childbirth
- The Criminalization of Bad Mothers (New York Times)
- State Laws on Fetal Homicide and Penalty-Enhancement for Crimes Against Pregnant Women
- Unborn Victims of Violence Act
- Woman whose rapist was granted joint custody of child speaks out
- How can US rapist win joint custody of victim’s child?
- Ronald Reagan, The Silent Scream and the Slow Rise of Fetal Pain
- Abortion in the US: Five Key Facts
- Characteristics of U.S. Abortion Patients in 2014 and Changes Since 2008
- Waiting Periods and the Rising Price of Abortion