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“It’s Not about Health; It’s about Sex, Pumpkin”: Reproductive Autonomy, Medicalization, and Contraceptive Rhetoric in the Wake of the War on Women

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Title: “It’s Not about Health; It’s about Sex, Pumpkin”: Reproductive Autonomy, Medicalization, and Contraceptive Rhetoric in the Wake of the War on Women
Author: Guthrie, Alyson Lise
Abstract: The purpose of this study is to better understand the ways in which contemporary women describe their contraceptive needs in the wake of the war on women, primarily in the context of the Sandra Fluke and Rush Limbaugh controversy. After surveying contemporary American women, this study aligns with previous research in finding that the majority of participants describe their contraceptive needs in a variety of ways, but primarily as a means for planning, preventing, or delaying pregnancy. However, women who were not in committed relationships were much more likely to cite medical reasons for their contraceptive use, and much less likely to cite preventing pregnancy than their peers in committed relationships.
Date: 2013
Subject: Master of Arts / English, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, 2013.
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/10365/23062

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