I never really studied any formal gender studies classes at high school so, as a result, never had the opportunity to cover some of these topics formally. Nonetheless, they are highly relevant and important, so I was really pleased to have the opportunity to read this book.
In Reproductive Politics I felt I’d found a well-researched, well-presented title, covering a range of current topics, many of which are highly controversial. They are also issues that we are often reluctant to talk about, perhaps because they can provoke highly emotional or passionate responses. ‘Politics’ seems a perfect word for the social, legal and moral complexities surrounding issues such as abortion and birth control. And nothing’s going to change if we can’t find a way to talk about these issues more openly.
Despite being British and still living in the UK, I still felt this was highly relevant to me. Not all of the laws and policies applied, but these are international issues. The tagline says it all: ‘What everyone needs to know.’
Or, perhaps more fitting would have been the tagline ‘What everyone needs to talk about…’