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Bodies of Knowledge – Sexuality, Reproduction, and Women's Health in the Second Wave - Chicago Scholarship Online
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Bodies of Knowledge: Sexuality, Reproduction, and Women's Health in the Second Wave

Wendy Kline


Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, women argued that unless they gained access to information about their own bodies, there would be no equality. This book, which considers the ways in which ordinary women worked to position the female body at the center of women's liberation, shows that the struggle to attain this knowledge unified women but also divided them—according to race, class, sexuality, or level of professionalization. Each of the five chapters here examines a distinct moment or setting of the women's movement in order to give life to the ideas, expectations, and pitfalls encountered by ... More

Keywords: women, bodies, equality, female body, women's liberation, women's movement, women's health, abortion, pelvic exam, contraception

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780226443058
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226443072.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wendy Kline, author