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Belabored: A Vindication of the Rights of Pregnant Women

Belabored: A Vindication of the Rights of Pregnant Women (Hardback)

By Lenz, Lyz

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An impassioned and irreverent argument for dismantling our cultural narratives around pregnancy. The U.S. has the worst rate of maternal deaths in the developed world, a rate that is increasing, even as infant mortality rates decrease. Meanwhile, the right-wing assault on reprodu...ctive rights and bodily autonomy has also escalated. We can already glimpse a reality where embryos and fetuses have more rights than the people gestating them, and even women who aren't pregnant are seen first and foremost as potential incubators.In Belabored, journalist Lyz Lenz lays bare the misogynistic logic of U.S. cultural narratives about pregnancy, tracing them back to our murky, potent cultural soup of myths, from the religious to the historical. In the present she details, with her trademark blend of wit, snark, and raw intimacy, how sexist assumptions inform our expectations for pregnant people, whether we're policing them, asking them to make sacrifices with dubious or disproven benefits, or putting them up on a pedestal in an Earth mother role. Throughout, she reflects on her own experiences of being seen as alternately a vessel or a goddess--but hardly ever as herself--while carrying each of her two children. Belabored is an urgent call for us to embrace new narratives around pregnancy and the choice whether or not to have children, emphasizing wholeness and agency, and to reflect those values in our laws, medicine, and interactions with each other.
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ISBN 9781541762831
Released AU 13 Oct 2020
Publisher Misc - Alliance Distribution
Format Hardback
62 In stock at publisher; delivery usually 15-20 working days due to covid19 delays

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ISBN-13 9781541762831
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; delivery usually 15-20 working days due to covid19 delays
Publisher Misc - Alliance Distribution
Imprint PublicAffairs,U.S.
Released 13 Oct 2020
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Lenz, Lyz
Category Women's Studies
Social & Ethical Issues: Abortion
Gynaecology & Obstetrics
Number of Pages 240
Dimensions Width: 148mm
Height: 216mm
Spine: 28mm
Dewey Code 306.87430973
Weight 380g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Reproductive rights - United States, Pregnant women - United States, Pregnancy - Political aspects - United States, Human reproduction - Political aspects - United States, Motherhood - United States
NBS Text Gender Studies / Gay & Lesbian Studies
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly