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Fit to be tied : sterilization and reproductive rights in America, 1950-1980

Author: Rebecca M Kluchin
Publisher: New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, ©2011.
Series: Critical issues in health and medicine.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The 1960s revolutionized American contraceptive practice. Diaphragms, jellies, and condoms with high failure rates gave way to newer choices of the Pill, IUD, and sterilization. Fit to Be Tied provides a history of sterilization and what would prove to become, at once, socially divisive and a popular form of birth control. During the first half of the twentieth century, sterilization (tubal ligation and vasectomy)  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rebecca M Kluchin
ISBN: 081354999X 9780813549996
OCLC Number: 706626430
Description: xi, 269 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Introduction --
1: From eugenics to neo-eugenics --
2: Fit women and reproductive choice --
3: Sterilizing "unfit" women --
4: Fit women fight back --
5: Unfit women fight too --
6: Irreconcilable conflicts --
7: Endurance of neo-eugenics --
Notes --
Index.
Series Title: Critical issues in health and medicine.
Responsibility: Rebecca M. Kluchin.

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"The 1960s revolutionized American contraceptive practice. Diaphragms, jellies, and condoms with high failure rates gave way to newer choices of the Pill, IUD, and sterilization. Fit to Be Tied provides a history of sterilization and what would prove to become, at once, socially divisive and a popular form of birth control. During the first half of the twentieth century, sterilization (tubal ligation and vasectomy) was a tool of eugenics. Individuals who endorsed crude notions of biological determinism sought to control the reproductive decisions of women they considered "unfit" by nature of race or class, and used surgery to do so. Incorporating first-person narratives, court cases, and official records, Rebecca M. Kluchin examines the evolution of forced sterilization of poor women, especially women of color, in the second half of the century and contrasts it with demands for contraceptive sterilization made by white women and men. She chronicles public acceptance during an era of reproductive and sexual freedom, and the subsequent replacement of the eugenics movement with "neo-eugenic" standards that continued to influence American medical practice, family planning, public policy, and popular sentiment."--Publishers description.

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