Abortion at work: ideology and practice in a feminist clinic by Wendy Simonds

By Wendy Simonds

How do feminist identification and abortion politics intersect? particularly, what does feminism suggest to girls operating to feminist healthiness care and abortion prone within the overdue Eighties and early Nineteen Nineties? What are the ideological effects and emotional tolls of doing such paintings in a antagonistic socio-cultural setting? Can feminism and forms coexist productively? How do feminists confront the anti-feminist competition, from anti-abortion protesters outdoors to racism inside feminist organizations?

These are the questions that force Wendy Simonds' Abortion at Work. Simonds records the methods in which employees at a feminist sanatorium build compelling feminist visions, and in addition watch their beliefs fall brief in perform. Simonds translates those women's narratives to get at how abortion works on feminism, and to exhibit what feminism can achieve via rethinking abortion using those activists' phrases. In completely enticing prose, Simonds frames her research with a relocating account of her personal own knowing of the issues.

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I quit my job at the clinic to write my dissertation but also because I'd had enough of the clinic. I didn't consider it to be a feminist place. While the clients got adequate medical care and the counselors were solicitous, I felt the staff, in general, was overly directive, paternalistic, and even callous at times. I was tired of feeling like an apologist for the organization's routines and Page 8 practices. I was burned out. I focused on my research (which was not related to abortion) and teaching.

We also saw film versions of sperm and egg uniting, like underwater sea creatures. We made carefully labeled drawings of the reproductive organs of men and women: vulva, urethra, fallopian tubes, vas deferens (which I remembered by thinking of Dick Van Dyke). " What happened when we "did it" was not addressed except with the moral tale of venereal diseases, with their various vile and pus-swollen manifestations, some of which, if we were lucky, could be treated with antibiotics. Probably there were people "doing it" then, or so my mother seemed to think.

I vividly remember my mother confronting me about my friend's misadventures after overhearing us talking. " my mother asked me. I didn't want to talk about it; it embarrassed me. My biggest concern was that my mother would tell my friend's mother what my friend had been doing. The common threads that run through my sex story so far include: a dread of bodily embarrassments, a lack of control, a number of hidden deeds. There was some openness and a little ice cream, but these goodies were overshadowed by misgivings about and silence on the subject of sexuality.

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