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Abortion at work : ideology and practice in a feminist clinic

Author: Wendy Simonds
Publisher: New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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How do feminist identity and abortion politics intersect? Specifically, what does feminism mean to women working to provide feminist health care and abortion services in the late 1980s and early 1990s? What are the ideological consequences and emotional tolls of doing such work in a hostile socio-cultural environment? Can feminism and bureaucracy coexist productively? How do feminists confront the anti-feminist
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Wendy Simonds
ISBN: 0813522447 9780813522449 0813522455 9780813522456
OCLC Number: 32546301
Description: x, 262 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Feminist work: health care provision and identity --
Feminist abortion practice: getting graphic --
Anti-feminism personified: encounters with the enemy --
Feminist workplace? Examining contradictions in institutional ideology --
Purging the enemy within: feminist approach racism --
Feminism and (f)utility: assessing the future of procreative freedom.
Responsibility: Wendy Simonds.

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How do feminist identity and abortion politics intersect? Specifically, what does feminism mean to women working to provide feminist health care and abortion services in the late 1980s and early 1990s? What are the ideological consequences and emotional tolls of doing such work in a hostile socio-cultural environment? Can feminism and bureaucracy coexist productively? How do feminists confront the anti-feminist opposition, from anti-abortion protesters outside to racism within feminist organizations?

These are the questions that drive Wendy Simonds's Abortion at Work. Simonds documents the ways in which workers at a feminist clinic construct compelling feminist visions, and also watch their ideals fall short in practice. Simonds interprets these women's narratives to get at how abortion works on feminism, and to show what feminism can gain by rethinking abortion utilizing these activists' terms. In thoroughly engaging prose, Simonds frames her analysis with a moving account of her own personal understanding of the issues.

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