Contraceptive Diplomacy : Reproductive Politics and Imperial Ambitions in the United States and Japan / Aiko Takeuchi-Demirci.
- Stanford, CA : Stanford University Press, 
- Asian America.
1 online resource (318 pages) : illustrations.
- Birth control -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Birth control -- Japan -- History -- 20th century.
United States -- Population policy -- History -- 20th century.
- Electronic books.
- In English.
- A transpacific history of clashing imperial ambitions, Contraceptive Diplomacy turns to the history of the birth control movement in the United States and Japan to interpret the struggle for hegemony in the Pacific through the lens of transnational feminism. As the birth control movement spread beyond national and racial borders, it shed its radical bearings and was pressed into the service of larger ideological debates around fertility rates and overpopulation, global competitiveness, and eugenics. By the time of the Cold War, a transnational coalition for women's sexual liberation had been handed over to imperial machinations, enabling state-sponsored population control projects that effectively disempowered women and deprived them of reproductive freedom. In this book, Aiko Takeuchi-Demirci follows the relationship between two iconic birth control activists, Margaret Sanger in the United States and Ishimoto Shizue in Japan, as well as other intellectuals and policymakers in both countries who supported their campaigns, to make sense of the complex transnational exchanges occurring around contraception. The birth control movement facilitated U.S. expansionism, exceptionalism, and anti-communist policy and was welcomed in Japan as a hallmark of modernity. By telling the story of reproductive politics in a transnational context, Takeuchi-Demirci draws connections between birth control activism and the history of eugenics, racism, and imperialism.
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Note on Japanese Names and Words
One. The Women Rebels
Two. Spreading the Gospel of Birth Control
Three. Danger Spots in World Population
Four. Between Democracy and Genocide
Five. Re-producing National Bodies
Six. Birth Control for the Masses
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 23. Jul 2020)
- Publisher Number:
- 10.1515/9781503604414 doi
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