By Wendy Simonds
These are the questions that force Wendy Simonds' Abortion at Work. Simonds records the methods in which employees at a feminist sanatorium build compelling feminist visions, and likewise watch their beliefs fall brief in perform. Simonds translates those women's narratives to get at how abortion works on feminism, and to express 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 figuring out of the issues.
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Though qualified support for legal abortion remains consistent, support for women's decision making does not. People's willingness to conceive of abortion as the result of a woman's irresponsibility or her cavalier attitude toward pregnancy may indicate (as Tatalovich and Daynes predicted) that the rhetoric of anti-abortion activists has been successful. However, abortion has been repoliticized since the early 1990s, so the 70 percent commitment to aboration in general may now be more strongly felt.
D. program in sociology through feminism and hoped, ultimately, to be able to combine activism and scholarship. The isolation I felt spending most of my time reading made me long for an immediate way to express my feminism in activism. I began at the clinic by learning how to do "contraceptive counseling" and then advanced to abortion counseling. My prescribed goal was to describe the abortion to each client; to make sure she was certain she wanted to have an abortion; to take her blood pressure, temperature, and pulse; and to guide her through the signing of various informed-consent formspreferably in under twenty minutes.
While I believe Stacey argues persuasively about the potential hazards of any kind of social science observation, I also think that, to use Stacey's own words, "rigorously self-aware" researchers can guard against betrayals or misrepresentations, and that feminist methods (such as the desire to portray research participants' conceptions as they see them and to take pains to protect their interests) can make ethnography coherent with feminist goals. We are well served by Stacey's reminders that we must be careful and honest in our research relationships.
Abortion at work: ideology and practice in a feminist clinic by Wendy Simonds