Pandora's Box: Feminism Confronts Reproductive Technology (Paperback)
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Pandora's Box: Feminism Confronts Reproductive Technology (Paperback)

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Paperback 208 Pages / Published: 01/01/1998
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With the rigor of a dedicated scholar and the passion of a committed activist, Nancy Lublin offers a fresh perspective on the ethical dimensions of providing and using reproductive technologies, including contraception, assisted conception, and antenatal and childbirth interventions. Combining feminist philosophy and legal theory, Lublin considers these issues under a single category that she calls 'technological intervention in the womb.' She addresses the positions of technophiles (who advocate acceptance of technological intervention in the womb as a source of liberation), technophobic feminists (who reject artificial invasions as anti-natural and anti-women), and other feminists who have argued that technological intervention in the womb should be legal and available to women because freedom of choice should be gender-neutral. Lublin identifies core principles that are common to a kaleidoscope of feminist theories, and she argues that a materialist feminism provides the most effective framework for establishing public policy and creating social change in the name of gender justice.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780847686377
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 313 g
Dimensions: 228 x 149 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Lublin presents a concise, constructive study of the question, Is technological reproductive intervention a friend or foe of women? . . . This volume offers a clearly presented, well-documented source to inspire debate and further study regarding the social change affiliated with reproductive technology. * CHOICE *
Nancy Lublin, one of the rising generation of young feminist theorists brings to the table something much needed: cutting edge analysis of new technologies of reproduction as well as keen insight as to how these might play out in real women's lives. -- Naomi Wolf, author of Promiscuities
Ms. Lublin, a young feminist theorist, makes a compelling case for expanding the constitutional protection of reproductive rights to embrace the equal protection clause and for encouraging state intervention to create universal free reproductive health care-all while guaranteeing women's autonomy. * The Buffalo News *
It should be read from cover to cover, including the notes, by everyone concerned about technological intervention in the womb. * Reproductive Health Matters *
Pandora's Box is a provocative challenge to anyone who thinks that there are easy answers to what feminists should do about reproductive technology. Clearly written and forcefully argued, Lublin's book provides us with an original feminist analysis of a pressing problem for all feminists. -- Drucilla Cornell, Rutgers University
In this provocative and detailed analysis, Lublin courageously tackles a continuing feminist debate: do these technologies really advance women's reproductive freedom? -- Helen Bequaert Holmes, cofounder, International Network on Feminist Approaches to Bioethics
It is refreshing to find a young author/activist like Nancy Lublin who understands that for feminism to succeed, we must seek to unite theory and practice. Lublin has set a pace for young women everywhere through her own brand of 'praxis feminism'-combining action with principle-in her work and her writing. There may be hope yet for an intrinsically feminist future. -- Kelli Conlin, executive director, National Abortion Action League (NARAL) of New York State
Lublin's creative recasting of material feminism as praxis feminism constitutes an intriguing addition to feminist discussions of reproductive technology. A thought-provoking read in feminist bioethics. -- Ryan J. Sauder, University of Pittsburgh * Religious Studies Review *
Nancy Lublin's clear and insightful text truly does open the Pandora's box associated with reproductive technologies . . . I strongly recommend this book as an addition to any undergraduate, graduate, or medical library. -- Rosemarie Tong, Distinguished Professor in Health Care Ethics and director of the Center for Professional and Applied Ethics, University of Nort * Medical Humanities *
Reviews conventional feminist paradigms in developing a framework for interpreting new reproductive technologies. It is concluded that a real feminism dialogue about gender justice is needed so that the diaspora of feminist theories can become a strength rather than a weakness of feminist practice. * Sociological Abstracts *
offers a clearly presented, well-documented source to inspire debate and further study regarding the social change affiliated with reproductive technology. -- M. P. Tarbox, Mount Mercy College * CHOICE, Vol.35, No. 10 *
It serves to illustrate both the importance and the challenges of breaking out of feminist academic cirlcles with books that cross over to a larger trade audience, and it is sure to generate more debate on these critical issues. * Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society *

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