Rationalizing Sex: Family Planning and the Making of Modern Lovers in Urban Greece

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Abstract

Family planning has been imported to Greece as a means of encouraging individuals to become modern adults by rationalizing their sexual relations and fertility-control efforts. But family-planning discourse neglects how such factors as emotion and so-called traditional belief-including gender norms-guide people's reasonable actions. In this article, I examine how the purported gender neutrality of family-planning advocacy and its reliance on risk-management models fails to speak to women's experiences and undermines family planners' goals for women's autonomy.

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  • Heather Paxson

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