Body Talk: Rhetoric, Technology, Reproduction

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In recent decades, human reproduction has been transformed in ways never imagined in 1900; new methods of contraception, treatments for fertility and sexual dysfunction, and new diagnostic tools have rapidly become an integral part of our culture and discourse. Body Talk explores the rhetoric of reproductive technology throughout the twentieth century, examining the ways discourse about these technologies has shaped thinking about reproduction and women's bodies, framed public policy, and empowered or marginalized points of view.

The chapters in Body Talk delve into such varied topics as the ownership and control of knowledge about birth, societal definitions of normality and pathology, definitions of the self, issues regarding granting rights as citizens to fetuses, the rights of mothers, and views about the relationship between technology and religion.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299167943
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Series: Rhetoric of the Human Sciences Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 338
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Rhetoric of Reproductive Technologies 3
Pt. 1 Historical Bases of Reproductive Discourse
Ch. 1 Figuring the Reproductive Woman: The Construction of Professional Identity in Eighteenth-Century British Midwifery Texts 29
Ch. 2 Minding the Uterus: C. T. Javert and Psychosomatic Abortion 49
Ch. 3 Gym Periods and Monthly Periods: Concepts of Menstruation in American Physical Education, 1900-1940 67
Ch. 4 God Willed It! Gynecology at the Checkout Stand: Reproductive Technology in the Women's Service Magazine, 1977-1996 98
Pt. 2 Reproduction, Language, and Medical Models
Ch. 5 Women's Reproductive Choices and the Genetic Model of Medicine 125
Ch. 6 Bodies, Minds, and Failures: Images of Women in Infertility Clinics 142
Ch. 7 The Politics of Language in Surgical Contraception 161
Ch. 8 Baby Talk: The Rhetorical Production of Maternal and Fetal Selves 184
Pt. 3 Reproduction and Legal/Policy Issues
Ch. 9 Medical Insurance as Bio-Power: Law and the Normalization of Infertility 207
Ch. 10 The Legal Status of Direct-Entry Midwives in the United States: Balancing Tradition with Modern Medicine 226
Ch. 11 Hot Tomalley: Women's Bodies and Environmental Politics in the State of Maine 244
Ch. 12 The Construction of Public Health in the FDA Hearnings on Silicone Breast Implants 262
Afterword: Technologies of the Exterior, Technologies of the Interior - Can We Expand the Discourse of Reproductive Studies? 277
Contributors 301
Index 305
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