In this episode we will talk about abortion rights and political protest in the United States and about films and series.
Our guests is Gretchen Sisson, a qualitative sociologist whose research focuses on social constructions of parenthood, specifically examining teen pregnancy and young parenthood, infertility and assisted reproductive technologies, and adoption and birth motherhood. Her current research focuses on representations of abortion and reproductive decision-making in popular culture, including film and television. She is working in the collaborative research group “Advancing New Standards in Reproductive” at the University of California in San Francisco.
Also with us is the New York City based film critic and journalist Marietta Steinhart. She is a member of the network DEINE KORRESPONDENTIN.
“DIRTY DANCING remains a favorite film in 1987 and it’s funny that people forget that the movie is about abortion. The characters have no other motivation driving forward than helping someone to get an abortion. The whole reason why BABY is going to dance is to recover for PENNY so that she can get an abortion.”