By Wendy Simonds
These are the questions that force Wendy Simonds' Abortion at Work. Simonds files the methods in which employees at a feminist health center 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 by way of rethinking abortion using those activists' phrases. In completely attractive prose, Simonds frames her research with a relocating account of her personal own knowing of the issues.
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While I believe Stacey argues persuasively about the potential hazards of any kind of social science observation, I also think that, to use Stacey's own words, "rigorously self-aware" researchers can guard against betrayals or misrepresentations, and that feminist methods (such as the desire to portray research participants' conceptions as they see them and to take pains to protect their interests) can make ethnography coherent with feminist goals. We are well served by Stacey's reminders that we must be careful and honest in our research relationships.
My experiences talking with them and watching them on the job have led me to conclude that everyone ought to take a holistic approach to procreative issues; we need to look into our pasts (both our individual and our collective histories) and to pull all the strands of the "story" together in order to imagine productive developments for the future. Of Sexuality and Silences Not long after I learned to read, my mother gave me a book called How Babies Are Made. I think I must have been about five or six years old.
We didn't tell the teachers, and we didn't tell our parents. I cried when my mother took me to J. C. Penney's to buy my first bra. " "Shut up," I said. To me, breasts were simply a regrettable burden, something my body was doing to me against my will. I slumped, not consciously trying to hide my breasts, but, in retrospect, they seem the obvious reason for an adolescenthood of bad posture. The same year my breasts sprouted, I became convinced I would get my period. My mother had gotten Page 3 hers early, at nine, and I was almost eleven.
Abortion at work: ideology and practice in a feminist clinic by Wendy Simonds