Reproductive Freedom.

Essay by cuetUniversity, Bachelor'sA-, December 2005

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The main thesis of this essay is that the use of birth control is stated to be "unnatural", this then becomes intertwined with "nature" thus nature becoming the logical connection among feminists attempts to gain control over one's own reproductive freedom.

The main argument for this thesis is that nature has become the enemy, a "natural disaster" in which women produce child after child; nature becomes as despicable as those linked with it; female, the lower class and, racially marked bodies.

Despite many arguments that the "natural" role of a women is to reproduce, it is argued that the birth control is as unnatural as the majority of human activities and should instead be thought of as an extension of nature. Women's lack of reproductive control is not due to nature but to culture; the use of birth control is viewed as a threat as it allows women empowerment over their own bodies.

If women are not used solely for reproduction, then they are seen as having no purpose.

I found this to be an interesting essay, and I really enjoy Margaret Sanger's response to the notion of birth control being unnatural. The prohibition of women using birth control because it is unnatural is a ridiculous perception and an obvious attempt at keeping women impregnated, and oppressed. I view giving birth as one of the most trying experiences of ones life, the pain, and emotion that it encompasses is beyond what anyone would understand unless they too had experienced it. Childbirth is life-long lifelong commitment; this commitment must be a woman's choice and not her duty. Since the birth of my daughter I have made an assiduous decision to not have any more children. Something that I have come to realize is that there is...