Our Bodies, Our Crimes: The Policing of Women's Reproduction in America

Jeanne Flavin, Author New York University Press $36 (307p) ISBN 978-0-8147-2754-6
Author and sociologist Flavin (Class, Race, Gender and Crime) turns with typical vigor and abundant research to the subject of women's reproductive rights. Taking a historical perspective, Flavin outlines a set of progressive arguments focusing on abortion and family planning, the parental rights of incarcerated women, and ""structural barriers posed by our drug laws and child welfare policies that disproportionately and adversely affect poor and minority women."" Flavin's text faces tough issues head on from a viewpoint somewhere to the left of liberal, and her passion for women's rights makes a powerful narrative engine. Bolstered by quotes and firsthand accounts, Flavin delivers eye-opening reports on topics including abortion rights, infant abandonment and battered women, detailing little-noticed or taken-for-granted policies that restrict and remand women. Written in a flowing academic style, Flavin's attention to historical detail and unfailing moral compass make her progressive reexamination of women's rights thorough and convincing.
Reviewed on: 11/03/2008
Release date: 11/01/2008
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