In a groundbreaking work of investigative journalism, the author of the New York Times bestseller Kingdom Coming exposes the global war on women's reproductive rights and its disastrous and unreported consequences for the future of global development.
As networks of religious fundamentalists, feminists, and bureaucrats struggle to remake sexual and childbearing norms worldwide, the battle to control women's bodies has become a high-stakes enterprise. The Means of Reproduction travels through four continents, examining issues such as abortion, female circumcision, and Asia's missing girls to show how the battle has been globalized and how, too often, the United States has joined sworn enemies such as Iran and Sudan in an axis of repression.
Reporting with unique insight from both the rarefied realm of international policy and from individual women's lives, Goldberg elucidates the economic, demographic, and health consequences of women's oppression, and shows how women, strengthened by a solidarity that transcends borders, are fighting for freedom. Michelle Goldberg is an investigative journalist.
A former senior writer at Salon.com, Goldberg has written for Glamour, The New Republic, Rolling Stone, The Guardian (UK), and has taught at New York University’s Graduate School of Journalism. The Means of Reproduction won the 2008 J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award.
Michelle Goldberg is a senior writer for Salon.com. Because the online magazine's staff is relatively small, its reporters' beats are large, and she's covered everything from New York's drug laws to Kurdish refugees in the Middle East, reporting from all over the United States and from Jordan, Egypt, Iraq, Israel and the West Bank. One constant in her peripatetic career is a fascination with the role of ideology in politics, leading her to report extensively on both sides of America's ever-seething culture war.
In addition to working at Salon, Goldberg has been an adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Journalism at New York University, teaching a class called "Writing Social Commentary." She's also been a columnist for the San Francisco Bay Guardian and for Shift Magazine, and her work has appeared in publications including Rolling Stone, The New Republic online, The UK Guardian, The Utne Reader, Newsday and other newspapers nationwide.
Voluntary limiting of human reproduction, using such means as contraception, sexual abstinence, surgical sterilization, and induced abortion. The term was coined in 191415 by Margaret Sanger. Medically, birth control is often advised when childbirth might endanger the mothers health or substantial risk exists of bearing a severely disabled child. Socially and economically, limitation of reproduction frequently reflects a desire to maintain or improve family living standards. Most religious leaders now generally agree that some form of fertility regulation is desirable, though the means are strongly debated. See alsofamily planning.
Contraception is critical to women's choices and opportunities. A free society allows women to self-determine the size of their families, so can fully use all of their talents.
Men ARE making a power play to control women's wombs worldwide; powerful multinational men have determined a need for more soldiers (to fight "theatres of war" over resources) and women are being forced to "get with the program" and produce the supply.