The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power, and the Future of the World
Award-winning journalist Michelle Goldberg shows how the emancipation of women has become the key human rights struggle of the twenty-first century in The Means of Reproduction. Deeply reported across four continents, the book explores issu...more
A few months ago, my local NPR hosted a radio program about proposed changes to PA's abortion law. These changes would've included a vagina ultrasound as well making the woman carry around a picture from said ultrasound. The woman on the NPR show pointed out that in countries where men control reproduction that abortion is not really an issue ...more
The author clearly has a bias on this issue. She clearly thinks that reproductive rights and family planning are good and necessary. She is clearly pro-choice, pro-birth control, and anti-oppression. I happen to agree with her. However, I greatly admired that, despite her bias, she always included the arguments and reasonings of the people on the other side of the fence. I ...more
It starts out with the infuriating consequences that crop up when abortion is criminalized. The fact that women have died of ectopic pregnancies and incomplete miscarriages because doctors can't intervene before the fe ...more
The book concludes with some very powerful statements. "In a perfect world, the prospect of Malthusian doom would not be required to ...more
Back in college, I did a major report on FGM and have been fascinated by the practice ever since. I was 17 and had never known much outside my WASP-y ho ...more
Throughout, Goldberg maintains a ...more
"This was a book that I might refer to as a vegetable of nonfiction—a healthy book to have read, but often hard to get through due to the dry prose style. Goldberg writes about a variety of issues that relate to women’s health—abortion, population control, etc.—and describes how culture wars between the East and the West, the First and Third World, and, in some c ...more
All around good and informative and at times depressing read. Sheesh, what's wrong with you, world? It's sickening how many decisions about women's lives are still made by men. Both inside families and in governments, NGOs and whoever else feels they should chime in. Not that I was surprised.
It's a good read, the style is accessible and the amount of i ...more
This book does an excellent job of presented a LOT of information but making it extremely accessible to the reader. Goldberg takes us around the world, looking at family planning and reproduction policy and how it affects both women's health and reproductive issues, but also the balance of power and the economic development of those countries. She goes to great lengths to find al ...more
She does an excellent job of interweaving related areas of discourse (e.g. the intersection between over- and under-population concerns, women's rights, and family planning/abortion policies).
For anyone broadly interested in feminism, gender equality, reproductiv ...more
Goldberg starts by going into the history of the global reproductive rights movement, which really grew out of a desire to stem population growth back in the 1950s. The US was actually a large proponent of helping other countries to better plan their families, and so started funding for contracepti ...more
The author makes a persuasive case arguing that inc ...more
This book doesn't necessarily ...more
The book starts out with the most controversial subject- the history of abortion and wrestles through a myriad of sticky issues surrounding it like cultural relativism, poverty, and neoimperialism.
The book starts ends up on much more neutral territory- which seems like a backwards structural strategy for attracting or persuading disparate readers ...more
Goldberg earmed a Master's degree in journalism fr ...more