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Feminism, disability, and reproductive autonomy: abortion in times of Zika in Brazil

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Feminismo, deficiência e autonomia reprodutiva: o aborto em tempos de Zika no Brasil

Introdução

Em novembro de 2015, após o anúncio de que o número de crianças nascidas com a condição clínica de microcefalia no nordeste do Brasil havia aumentado dramaticamente, o Ministério da Saúde do Brasil declarou emergência nacional em saúde pública (Diniz 2016a, …

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On reproductive work and family, again

Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism Against Family

Sophie Lewis

Verso, 2019. 224 pages.

In the first segment of the 1963 Oscar-winning anthology film Ieri, Oggi e Domani, Sophia Loren plays the role of Adelina, a Neapolitan woman who sells black market cigarettes to support her family. When she receives a fine that she cannot pay, she risks jail time. However, …

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Book Forum: Saida Hodžić’s The Twilight of Cutting: African Activism and Life After NGOs

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Saida Hodžić’s The Twilight of Cutting: African Activism and Life after NGOs (University of California Press, 2017) illuminates the myriad state and non-state actors collaborating on campaigns against “Female Genital Mutilation” (FGM) in Ghana, where genital cutting was already on the decline. From a uniquely multi-scalar perspective, Hodžić reveals how cutting emerged as a problem to be shared by African …

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Reply: Feminist Anthropology as Fugitive Practice

I cannot thank the readers enough for their thoughtful and thought-provoking commentaries on The Twilight of Cutting. The beauty and creative rigor of their engagements is inspiring and humbling. Together, the commentaries raise important questions about the objects and endpoints of anthropological analysis, the modes of feminist critique, the political potential of feminist anthropological sensibility, and the challenges of …

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Remarks on The Twilight of Cutting

I]t may be useful to wonder which of the idealisms that make our hearts beat faster will seem wrong-headed to people a hundred years from now.

– Doris Lessing, African Laughter

As a subject engulfed in high-stakes controversy, female genital cutting presents daunting challenges to a researcher as attuned to subtlety and complexity as Saida Hodžić is. Even its …

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Comment on The Twilight of Cutting

The Twilight of Cutting treads new ground and newer problematics by examining how, in Ghana, it is not the eradication but the end of “cutting” that is woven into new forms of governance and sovereignty. Saida Hodžić’s important work looks at how ambivalently Ghanaians view or “disidentify” (borrowing the concept from José Muñoz) with the “success” of eradication of the …

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