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This comics anthology delves deeply into the messy and often taboo subject of human reproduction. Featuring work by luminaries such as Carol Tyler, Alison Bechdel, and Joyce Farmer, Graphic Reproduction is an illustrated challenge to dominant cultural narratives about conception, pregnancy, and childbirth.

The comics here expose the contradictions, complexities, and conflue
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Paperback, 232 pages
Published May 2nd 2018 by Penn State University Press
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Dave Schaafsma
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Graphic Reproduction is a comics anthology that is part of the great Graphic Medicine series, a book that focuses on women’s varied experiences with a range of topics not always addressed in mainstream childbirth and pregnancy books. Topics include abortion, miscarriage and stillbirth, homophobia, infertility, and postpartum depression, told by a range of authors reaching back to the seventies, including Lyn Chevley's alt comix "Abortion Eve," Leah Hayes's "Not Funny Ha-Ha," and an excerpt from ...more
Bri
Dec 14, 2019 rated it liked it
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Not so much a graphic *novel* as a collection of excerpts from other comics. For a mother of young children, some things were hard to take--abortion, stillbirth, and other topics were somewhat distant, such as infertility. But on the whole I did find it interesting and challenging. Not sure if I plan to read any of the authors who contributed to this volume/books from which they were excerpted; Pregnant Butch, maybe.
C
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it

A comics anthology of stories relating to reproduction, whether that is abortion, infertility, miscarriage, or pregnancy relating to same-sex relationships.

The first story was written in the 1970's, and goes over - pretty thoroughly - what the process of abortion is like from the patient's point of view. It does not give a great deal of detail on the physician's side of the encounter. It follows a group of different women who have all come for counseling about abortion, all for different reason
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Weekend Reader_
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow this graphic novel opened my eyes to a number of reproductive conversations. It focused mostly on whether or not to have children but was done as nuanced as possible. The introduction alone was well done. The first panel-story showed it's age and I could have done without it but as Johnson points it was one of the first reproductive comics so it was almost paying homage. I didn't care for it though.

There was one comic I read before but I'm not sure if it was shortened for the anthology but
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Kristin MB
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
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This is a hard collection to rate. Most of the comics (or more commonly, excerpts of comics) were 5-star comics, IMO. I appreciated the diverse perspectives and topics it contained. And yet, I feel it was missing a very important topic, which is the high levels of maternal and infant mortality in the US, especially among Black womxn and babies. For some folx, pregnancy, labor, and the postnatal period are more dangerous than others, which may be attributed partially or fully to discrimination th ...more
Jamie
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love the times we are living in. No longer are we content to allow the white, middle class, able-bodied, heterosexual narrative dominate. Books like Graphic Reproduction are very intentionally broadening the scope for how we look at life experiences, in this case reproduction and child birth. No longer is the Spiritual Midwifery stress-free in the woods birth the focus. In this book we’re talking about abortion, infertility, butch pregnancies, still births, postpartum depression. In this book ...more
Tim Butzen-Cahill
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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This book is so solid, IMHO. I love how it's positioned as a start to a broader discourse and that it's obviously missing important narratives and voices and challenges the reader to identify and fill those gaps. It's also positioned as a feminist work that challenges the medicalization of reproduction. Because it draws on comics from a variety of time periods and contexts, the types and expressions of feminism vary greatly. At times, I was entirely uncomfortable but that's when I knew this was ...more
Delanie
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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This should be required reading for every high school or college sex ed class. I learned more here then from my college health counselor.
Bethany
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was blown away by the up close and personal nature of this anthology. Definitely in my top 10 of books read this year.
Heather
Good! Although some of it made me sad. It was very honest though. Could definitely see how this would be a good textbook.
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Jenell Johnsonis Mellon-Morgridge Professor of the Humanities and Associate Professor of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the author of American Lobotomy: A Rhetorical History.

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