Because of its messiness, 1968 serves as a productive staging ground for imagining what feminist reproductive politics could mean today.
Claire McKinney is assistant professor of Government and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at the College of William & Mary. Her work has been published in Disability Studies Quarterly and Politics, Groups, & Identities. She is currently working on a book project that conceptualizes U.S. abortion politics in the context of women’s citizenship and the professionalization and politicization of medicine. The book argues that abortion politics in the United States have failed to be guided by feminist political judgment and articulates the need to decenter concerns of reproductive health in order to open new political possibilities for reproductive freedom.
Posts by Claire McKinney
The real Elvis is American, remember, and America is a consumer society. The desires we project, the stuff we buy—that is what feels real to us. It lets us have any Elvis we want. He left plenty of kitsch in his wake, plenty of pseudo-religion, plenty of Elvis jokes—but he was not, is not, a joke. He lived our contradictions, released our inhibitions, and lost himself in the process.