The Wandering Uterus
Politics and the Reproductive Rights of Women
Publication Year: 1997
From the FDA review of RU-486 to the recent growth of fertility clinics to the rights of lesbian parents, women's reproductive lives are aggressively regulated by law and medicine. While a great deal has been written on such issues as abortion and postpartum depression, no single volume has offered a broad discussion of the interface between the legal, medical, and political aspects of women's reproduction in a manner accessible and informative to non-specialists.The Wandering Uterus fills that gap. Taking her title from an ancient Greek belief that women's health problems were caused by a wandering uterus that needed to be confined and controlled, Meyer exposes the way in which myths and prejudice about female sexuality continue to influence the practice of law and medicine today.
This book offers new insights and provides a wealth of up-to- date information on a subject that changes every day. The text is divided into three main parts: political issues of pre- conception, the politics of pregnancy, and the politics of motherhood. Throughout, Meyer argues passionately that while technology and medicine must progress, they should not be allowed to do so at women's expense.
Published by: NYU Press
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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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Writing this book has been an adventure. As this adventure came to a close, another began: I learned I was pregnant. This news truly moved the research and work I had completed for this book to another level of meaning and relevance. In the few short months since her birth, my daughter, Rachel, has...
Introduction: The Wandering Uterus
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The issues surrounding women's reproduction and reproductive rights have historically been tinged with the devaluation of women. The theory of the wandering uterus is a perfect example. The Greek physician Hippocrates...
 Politics and Reproductive Technologies I: Gamete Donation
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Rosanna and Mauro della Corte were devastated when their only child, Riccardo, was killed in a traffic accident at seventeen. Rosanna said, "If you only knew what darkness there is in this house, without a young boy who filled it with his joy and smile. I desire so much to have...
 Poitics and Reproductive Technologies II: The Legacy of IVF
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Unrelentingly the media report spiraling rates of infertility. Illusions of rising infertility rates represent part of the backlash against American women for choosing careers over family or careers in addition to family: 1 infertility is their penance. Perhaps now, women will learn,
 Politics and the Control of Women's Bodies
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Americans are becoming more health-conscious. Smoking is now prohibited or restricted in most public facilities. Membership in a health club is de rigueur for the monied classes. Shoppers have begun to read the labels on food products, and the FDA has begun to require manufacturers ...
 Politics and Reproductive Issues in the Workplace
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The politics of reproduction and the family were showcased in the 1992 presidential election. Pivotal campaign issues focused on the reproductive rights of women and support for the family, particularly in the workplace....
 Politics and Reproductive Choice
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Each state or federal election, every nomination to the Supreme Court, reminds Americans of the pivotal role that women's reproductive rights play in politics. In elections, some individuals vote solely on a candidate's stance regarding reproductive choice, that is, regarding abortion. Similarly,...
 Reproductive Interventions
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Angela was only thirteen years old when she was diagnosed with leukemia. For nearly a decade she battled the cancer, which cost her her left leg and hip. Finally, the cancer went into remission; Angela married and became pregnant. Unfortunately, the disease returned, and...
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The Constitution guarantees certain rights to all citizens of the United States, regardless of gender. Many of these rights have been discussed in this book. Yet men and women are often treated quite differently, by the law, the medical profession, and society in general, when they...
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Page Count: 208
Publication Year: 1997