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v. 5, no. 1: Reproductive Technologies

Drawing of diaphragm rings with different diameters. Article

December 11th, 2016 by: Donna Drucker

Materializing Gender through Contraceptive Technology in the United States, 1930s–1940s

Technology’s Stories vol. 5, no. 1 – DOI: 10.15763/JOU.TS.2017.4.1.01 PDF: Drucker_Materializing Gender This essay focuses on the intersection of gender, sexuality, and technology in the use of barrier methods (diaphragms and cervical caps) along with spermicides as contraceptive technologies in the 1930s and 1940s United States. Documents on contraceptive technologies in this era favor doctors’…

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Three silhouettes, two of pregnant women and one of a non-pregnant woman. One image shows the pregnancy in a contrasting color showing ambiguity between pregnancy and non-pregnancy. Article

December 11th, 2016 by: Jenna Healey

Bluetooth Babies: Reproductive Technology in the Information Age

Technology’s Stories vol. 5, no. 1 – doi: 10.15763/JOU.TS.2017.4.1.02 PDF: Healey_Bluetooth Babies   At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, Church & Dwight Co., the makers of First Response pregnancy and ovulation test kits, unveiled the latest and greatest innovation in the world of do-it-yourself reproductive testing: the Bluetooth-enabled pregnancy test.[1] Christened the “First Response Pregnancy…

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Women's health image includes a caduceus centered on the international symbol for female. Article

December 7th, 2016 by: Heather Prescott

“This is Not a Dalkon Shield”: The Renaissance of the Intrauterine Device in the United States

Technology’s Stories vol. 5, no. 1 – doi: 10.15763/JOU.TS.2017.4.1.03 PDF: Prescott_This is Not a Dalkon Shield In March of 2015, a group of Colorado lawmakers began wearing earrings shaped like intrauterine devices (IUDs) to demonstrate their endorsement of a bipartisan but controversial bill that would provide IUDs and other long-acting contraceptives for low-income women.  The…

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