Reproductive Politics And Birth Control

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.Reproductive Politics.
Although birth control was approved as contraception by the FDA in the 1960s, the use of it is still a hot topic of debate nearly sixty years later. While birth control has many different uses, from medical reasons to family planning, this has caused the debate on whether it should be considered basic health care to be split into two separate categories: women having a right to resources vs women having a right to regulate their sex life. For years women have been concentrating on arguments that downplay their sexual freedom such as medical reasons to obtain birth control with little to no results. “They understood that if women did not control their own reproduction, someone else would control it, since states, capitalists, churches, and families have serious investments in controlling women’s bodies” (Ferguson). Women should fight for a right to birth control as a resource and to also regulate their sex life.
To analyze the debate of birth control further, we can use Kessler Harris’ spheres and Connell’s Theory of embodied gender to characterize the gender regime. Harris’ spheres are four categories of society: a capitalist economy, the government, the public sphere, and the nuclear family model. These are split into a system world and a life world. The system world is comprised of a private economic system and a public governmental system. The Life world becomes differentiated into a private family and a public sphere or civil society. We can

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