By Wendy Simonds
These are the questions that force Wendy Simonds' Abortion at Work. Simonds files the methods in which employees at a feminist hospital build compelling feminist visions, and in addition watch their beliefs fall brief in perform. Simonds translates those women's narratives to get at how abortion works on feminism, and to exhibit what feminism can achieve by way of rethinking abortion using those activists' phrases. In completely attractive prose, Simonds frames her research with a relocating account of her personal own realizing of the issues.
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Outside pressures always intruded on these women's efforts to diminish the intensity of their labor because abortion work cannot be an ordinary job in a culture that casts abortion as a deeply contested moral issue. Helping to Page 14 provide abortions might become ordinary, routine, and repetitive for these women, but, outside the clinic, abortion was deemed a giant dilemma, an unresolvable gray area, and a social problem. The women could not ignore the sociopolitical ramifications of doing abortion work.
As always, my family sustained my work by taking an interest in it and by making me feel worthy of it. Thanks to Bobbie Simonds, Gordon Simonds, Lauren Simonds, Danny Malamud, and Judie Malamud. Randy Malamud and Jacob Simonds-Malamud inspire me on a daily basis, each in his own way; together they make my life happy, which makes writing possible. Dweeb Simonds, once again, deserves praise for consistently warming and refraining from eating the pages. Page 1 INTRODUCTION Abortion Work and Feminist Ideology When Roe v Wade made abortion legal in this country, I was ten years old.
We would shout, but they didn't. We didn't tell the teachers, and we didn't tell our parents. I cried when my mother took me to J. C. Penney's to buy my first bra. " "Shut up," I said. To me, breasts were simply a regrettable burden, something my body was doing to me against my will. I slumped, not consciously trying to hide my breasts, but, in retrospect, they seem the obvious reason for an adolescenthood of bad posture. The same year my breasts sprouted, I became convinced I would get my period.