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Our Bodies, Our Crimes: The Policing of Women's Reproduction in America

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Winner of the 2010 Distinguished Book Award from the American Sociological Association; Sex and Gender Section

The Real Issue behind the Abortion Debate
An op-ed by Jeanne Flavin in the San Francisco Chronicle

2009 Choice Outstanding Academic Title

The intense policing of women's reproductive capacity places women's health and human rights in great peril. Poor women are pressu
Hardcover, 307 pages
Published November 1st 2008 by New York University Press
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An exceptional addition to the canon of books on reproductive justice and civil rights for women. The writing style is engaging and the examples are fascinating enough to keep the pace moving briskly - so it rarely becomes boring or overly academic. The author proves her points persuasively and using excellent evidence. It is really exciting to see a book that truly champions all women and challenges the norms and expectations of what makes a good mother outside a middle class framework. I read ...more
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For a hefty topic, Flavin makes this a fairly easy read. At times it comes off pretty academic, in that it’s specific in its goals and probably will not appeal to a mass audience (their loss). I liked how Flavin went beyond he typical abortion debate and really challenged me to consider issues of class, race, and freedom. For instance, she speaks a lot about incarcerated women and the “choices” they have around whether they become mothers or not. In a lot of cases, even if they do choose to be m ...more
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"Our failure to develop a better understanding of women and families has led to policies that undermine the status of women rather than elevate it... Increasingly, the state acts as if it had the obligation to intervene in women's reproductive lives, while absolving itself of any responsibility for ensuring that the basic need for health care (including drug treatment), education, housing, and financial support are met. Ironically, at some of the
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Flavin's a genius and her book party is tonight.
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Jeanne Flavin is a Professor of Sociology at Fordham University.

Dr. Flavin earned her Ph.D. in Sociology: Justice from American University in 1995. Her scholarship examines the impact of the criminal justice system on women, and has appeared in Gender & Society, Justice Quarterly, and the Fordham University Urban Law Journal. She is the author of "Our Bodies, Our Crimes" (NYU, 2009) on the cr
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