By Wendy Simonds
These are the questions that force Wendy Simonds' Abortion at Work. Simonds files the methods in which employees at a feminist medical institution build compelling feminist visions, and likewise watch their beliefs fall brief in perform. Simonds translates those women's narratives to get at how abortion works on feminism, and to convey 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 did not like the boys, and I did not like them touching me, but I let them do it anyway. The summer after seventh grade, I began to menstruate. I was the last in the group of my four closest friends. My mother bought chocolate ice cream, and we celebrated (a pleasant contrast to one of my friend's experiences: her mother had actually slapped her across the face). I asked my mother not to tell my grandparents, but she did anyway. They said that they were proud of me and that I was growing into a fine young woman.
Doing Feminist Research After graduate school, I decided to get back into abortion work but this time as a researcher. So much was changing so fast: all of a sudden the legal right to abortion seemed so precarious that it reminded those old enough to remember of the time before Roe. I wondered what other feminists were thinking. I wanted to find out what people working "on the front lines"in the words of one woman I interviewedwere thinking about abortion, in terms of how they evaluated their day-to-day work experiences and how they looked at the issue on a broad political and ideological level.
I learned in brief about screwed-up relationships galore through my conversations with these women, who were ashamed or afraid to tell their parents and boyfriends but brave enough to subvert their relationships in order to claim an often unsatisfying, yet precious, sliver of liberation. A bigger problem than screwed-up relationships was poverty: countless times women told me they ''couldn't afford" a child. These women were resolute, even if regretful, by the time they got to me. I saw only a few women cry during my two years as an abortion counselor and met only one woman who had clearly not made up her mind.
Abortion at work: ideology and practice in a feminist clinic by Wendy Simonds