Following the News: Books on Birth Control and the Suppression of Women*

Following the News: Books on Birth Control and the Suppression of Women

I am just going to take this moment to side-eye every man in the room.  Long story short it has been decided that employers can decide not include contraception in their ACA health insurance plan. 

Call your MoC or Senator about the Trump Administration's decision to narrow the ACA's focus on contraception coverage:

It's time to Fight- Celeste is amazingly informed and even provides a script in case you are nervous.

Don't know your MoC or Senator?

*I realize that there are some Transmen who are directly effected by this issue as well but I wasn't sure how to phrase it correctly.  (It's me not you. I started overthinking and then blanked out completely. Consider yourself explicitly included) Suggestions welcome.


The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade by Ann Fessler

The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade
by Ann Fessler

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Published: May 4th 2006 

“For women born after 1949, the odds were that they would have sex before they reached age twenty.1 Despite the increase in the number of young people having sex in the 1950s and 1960s, access to birth control and sex education lagged far behind. Fearing that sex education would promote or encourage sexual relations, parents and schools thought it best to leave young people uninformed. During this time, effective birth control was difficult to obtain.” 

Beyond Choice: Reproductive Freedom In The 21st Century by Alexander Sanger

Beyond Choice: Reproductive Freedom In The 21st Century
by Alexander Sanger

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Published: July 6th 2005 

"As they describe it, abortion permits lifestyle choices of which they disapprove. In their view legal abortion, like birth control, makes it easier to have sexual intercourse outside of marriage and contributes to the weakening of the moral fabric of society."

Beggars and Choosers: How the Politics of Choice Shapes Adoption, Abortion, and Welfare in the United States by Rickie Solinger

Beggars and Choosers: How the Politics of Choice Shapes Adoption, Abortion, and Welfare in the United States
by Rickie Solinger

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Published: September 18th 2002

"In the struggle to win reproductive freedom, many activists didn’t think about the fact that pregnancy and childbearing have historically and dramatically separated women by race and class in this country."

Pregnancy and Power: A Short History of Reproductive Politics in America by Rickie Solinger

Pregnancy and Power: A Short History of Reproductive Politics in America
by Rickie Solinger

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Published: March 1st 2007

"A profound source of danger has always rested at the heart of definitions of “real womanhood.” These definitions have, as we’ve seen, changed over time and have been applied to different groups of women differently, depending on their race and class. But when women have acted reproductively against laws, policies, religious dicta, and community attitudes, they have violated the citadel of traditional gender roles. Social and legal rules have historically governed who can be a legitimate mother, under what circumstances, and how women can and cannot legally manage their fertility. These rules have always been linked to traditional assumptions about women’s “natural work” as mothers. They have also always been linked to ideas about women’s “naturally” subordinate social role and status."

Choice: True Stories of Birth, Contraception, Infertility, Adoption, Single Parenthood, and Abortion by Karen E. Bender

Choice: True Stories of Birth, Contraception, Infertility, Adoption, Single Parenthood, and Abortion
by Karen E. Bender

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Published:

"Instead of trying to limit access to contraception or the morning-after pill, why not make it part of every employer’s health care plan? And make it free and available for low-income women? We should make it illegal for a pharmacist to refuse to fill any valid prescription, regardless of personal beliefs. With education and access, we can significantly decrease the numbers of unplanned pregnancies and their corollary—abortion."

How the Pro-Choice Movement Saved America: Freedom, Politics, and the War on Sex by Cristina Page

How the Pro-Choice Movement Saved America: Freedom, Politics, and the War on Sex
by Cristina Page

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Published: December 26th 2006

"Through his megaphone Rush was proclaiming loudly what I’d found whispered six years ago; that many people in the anti-contraception movement believe at their core that sex for pleasure is wrong and anyone using contraception, particularly women, should be shamed. It is difficult to escape the view that what they most pine for is a world in which the role of women is simple and straightforward. Women should stay home and raise children. This is a bedrock pro-life ideal."

Our Bodies, Our Crimes: The Policing of Women's Reproduction in America by Jeanne Flavin

Our Bodies, Our Crimes: The Policing of Women's Reproduction in America
by Jeanne Flavin

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Published: November 1st 2008

"Women who we perceive to have failed to establish themselves as responsible citizens by controlling their reproduction in socially acceptable ways do not have their contributions to society recognized . Instead, their status as citizens is discounted, and their access to societies benefits is extremely restricted."

Contraception: A History by Robert Jütte

Contraception: A History
by Robert Jütte

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Published: May 1st 2008 

"In most Western societies, if was for a long time, completely taboo to talk about contraception at all."

The Story of Jane: The Legendary Underground Feminist Abortion Service by Laura Kaplan

The Story of Jane: The Legendary Underground Feminist Abortion Service
by Laura Kaplan

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Published: June 9th 1997

“The clergy spoke with the moral force of religion. The American Baptist Convention’s tradition encouraged individual freedoms in theology, church practice and morality. In an article on abortion that he wrote in 1967, Howard Moody stated: “It is a violation of every Protestant ethical stance to support with civil law any matter of personal morality….”

Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi

Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women
by Susan Faludi

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Published:August 15th 2006 (first published 1991)

“The anti-feminism backlash has been set off not by women's achievement of full equality but by the increased possibility that they might win it. It is a pre-emptive strike that stops women long before they reach the finishing line.” 
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