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Just Get on the Pill: The Uneven Burden of Reproductive Politics

Friday, March 4, 2022 | 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

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Krystale E. Littlejohn will discuss insights from her book, "Just Get on the Pill: The Uneven Burden of Reproductive Politics," published by University of California Press in August. In Just Get on the Pill, Littlejohn draws on interviews with 103 young cis women to understand the intersectional politics of pregnancy prevention. She shows how taken-for-granted ideas about gender shape how women and their partners think about birth control, how they use methods, and how they inequitably allocate responsibility for preventing pregnancy. She documents how these practices encroach on women’s ability to exercise bodily autonomy, prevent pregnancy, and protect themselves from disease. In the end, she shows that the gendered organization of pregnancy prevention is not natural. It is unjust.

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The Colloquium Series invites guest faculty to Washington University to give research presentations and meet with members of the University community. In this, the Series aims to provide opportunities to engage with sociologists outside of WashU and their research, and to strengthen inter-institutional scholarly networks. Colloquium presentations are free of charge and open to all students, staff and faculty.

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