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“The Diaphragm Debates: Protestants, Jews, Catholics, and A Changing Culture of Contraception” with Professor Samira Mehta

Posted by on Friday, December 4, 2020 in Events.

Co-sponsored by Department of Religious Studies and Jewish Studies

On the eve of the 1960 FDA approval of the birth

control pill, debates about how

American should understand contraception raged. Using fictional depictions of unmarried women

 

 seeking diaphragms and a debate about whether diaphragms should be available in public hospitals, Professor Mehta explains how society understood contraception in the late 1950s. Taken together, these depictions allow us to delve into a network of complicated issues including religious freedom; interfaith approaches to contraception; the surveillance of women, their bodies, and

 the sexuality; and the implications of that surveillance for women’s access to and feelings about contraception.

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