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Devices and Desires by Andrea Tone
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Dec 23, 10

bookshelves: nonfiction, other-nonfiction
Read in December, 2010 — I own a copy

I think I would have gotten more out of this book if Tone had gone in a coherent chronological order. However, with all of her jumping around, it was a hard to develop a real sense of timeline which would have greatly helped with analyzing changing attitudes toward contraception (especially concerning individuals such as Margaret Sanger). I did really like the chapter on the military's shifting stances on prophylactics (and the recurring discovery that just telling men to be abstinent does nothing to cut down on VD while overseas). The tone is rather dry, and I somehow expected something more from the book, though it does provide an overview of contraception use in the US and an extensive notes and references section which could be used for further investigation.

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