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March 18, 2014

A Lunch BIT from The Global Biopolitics of the IUD by Chikako Takeshita

Posted by: Susan Mai

The intrauterine device (IUD) is used by 150 million women around the world. It is the second most prevalent method of female fertility control in the global South and the third most prevalent in the global North. Over its five decades of use, the IUD has been viewed both as a means for women's reproductive autonomy and as coercive tool of state-imposed population control, as a convenient form of birth control on a par with the pill and as a threat to women's health. In Birth Control for a Nation: The IUD as Technoscientific Biopower: A BIT of The Global Politics of the IUD, Chikako Takeshita examines the early development of the IUD through a feminist science lens, describing efforts to improve and measure its contraceptive efficacy.

The American Scientist heralded the work as “...[A] fascinating and understandable history of a device that has harnessed women and that women have harnessed to control fertility, in ways that vary across time, space, ethnicity and socioeconomic status, even as it shaped scientific and political discourse.”

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