1) In Deepa Agarwal’s short story and the excerpt from Aldrich and Baumgartner’s I Had an Abortion. Using examples from the texts, why is reproduction and reproductive control so important to national identity and historically submitted to governmental control?
2) Amy Kaplan’s “Manifest Domesticity,” examines how Godey’s Lady’s Book constructed the US/Mexican War and aided in the process of nation-building. Anna Davin’s “Imperialism and Motherhood” examines how motherhood and birth rates/reproduction have been used in a similar process, condoning the reproduction of some and forbidding the reproduction of others (Angela Davis takes this up in an examination of sterilization campaigns in the US and Puerto Rico.) Can you think of an example of how women are called to take part in the process of nation-building today?1. Amy Kaplan’s “Manifest Domesticity,” examines how Godey’s Lady’s Book constructed the US/Mexican War and aided in the process of nation-building. Anna Davin’s “Imperialism and Motherhood” examines how motherhood and birth rates/reproduction have been used in a similar process, condoning the reproduction of some and forbidding the reproduction of others (Angela Davis takes this up in an examination of sterilization campaigns in the US and Puerto Rico.) Can you think of an example of how women are called to take part in the process of nation-building today?