“The Birth Control Divide”

  title={“The Birth Control Divide”},
  author={Ana C. Garner and Angela R. Michel},
  journal={Journalism \& Mass Communication Monographs},
  pages={180 - 234}
For more than 140 years, religious, medical, legislative, and legal institutions have contested the issue of contraception. In this conversation, predominantly male voices have attached reproductive rights to tangential moral and political matters, revealing an ongoing, systematic attempt to regulate human bodies, especially those of women. This analysis of 1873-2013 press coverage of contraception in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Chicago Tribune shows a division between… 


The never-ending struggle: US press coverage of contraception 2000–2013
In 1873, the Comstock Act labeled contraceptive information and materials obscene and banned their distribution. The issue divided the United States then, and it divides the nation today. This essay
The Pill at Fifty: How the New York Times Covered the Birth Control Pill, 1960–2010
Abstract The birth control pill is a scientific innovation turned cultural phenomenon whose use has been entangled with health concerns, ethical choices, religious opposition, and political and legal
Voluntary Motherhood; The Beginnings of Feminist Birth Control Ideas in the United States
terms, no doubt such male behavior is an incapacity. Yet that conceit failed to remark on the power and privilege over women that the supposed "incapacity" gave men. This omission is characteristic
The Birth of a Notion: Media Coverage of Contraception, 1915–1917
This article analyzes the emergence of media discourses on contraception from 1915 to 1917, focusing on coverage in the New York Times, The New Republic, and Harper's Weekly. Considered legally
Domestic Devils, Battlefield Angels: The Radicalism of American Womanhood, 1830–1865
Women accused of murder fascinated nineteenth-century Americans, and spectators crowded into courtrooms to witness their trials. Female lecturers and Civil War workers striving to improve society
Anarchy Meets Feminism: A Gender Analysis of Emma Goldman's Mother Earth, 1906–1917
Abstract This article explores how the anarchist magazine Mother Earth published by Emma Goldman framed women's issues during its twelve-year run. The magazine's major contributions to female
Wicked or Warranted?
This study examines the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times press coverage of contraception during one key period: 1873–1917. The first 30 years after the passage of the Comstock Act in 1873
From Women’s Liberation to Their Obligation: The Tensions Between Sexuality and Maternity in Early Birth Control Rhetoric
This essay examines discussion of maternity and sexuality in Margaret Sanger’s birth control rhetoric during the early twentieth century. Studying the rhetorical relationship between women’s
‘Strictly Confidential’: Birth-Control Advertising in a 19th-Century City
,The period from 1850 to 1880 represented a time when the birth-control industry in America expanded. Several developments explained this expansion. Technological innovations in the vulcanization of
Women, Men and News
In the twenty-teens, there are increasing numbers of women occupying executive positions in politics, business and the law but their words and actions rarely make the front page. In this article, we