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28 August 2013

Review: ‘Reproductive Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know’

Writing in BioNews, Jennie Bristow reviews Rickie Solinger's new book about the landscape of reproductive politics in the USA.

Bristow writes:

‘An important shift highlighted by Solinger is that traditional family forms have changed in recent decades: a process that both gives rise to, and is shaped by, “the new reproductive logic”, in which sex can occur without reproduction (e.g. using contraception or between same-sex couples) and reproduction can occur without sex (via assisted reproductive technologies, or ART) (p.100). The creation of a new normality, in which women can confidently expect not to become (or remain) pregnant unless they want to, and have access to fertility treatment if they have difficulties conceiving, clearly changes the terrain on which reproductive politics is played out, by foregrounding parenthood less as a natural destiny than as a choice.

‘Yet it is around that question of choice that things begin to get interesting…’

Read the full review here:

Book Review: Reproductive Politics - What Everyone Needs to Know. BioNews 718, 19 August 2013

Reproductive Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know, by Rickie Solinger, is published by Oxford University Press. Buy this book from Amazon UK or Amazon USA.