Silent Miscarriage and Deafening heteronormativity: An Experiential and critical feminist account

Cain, Ruth and Peel, E. (2008) Silent Miscarriage and Deafening heteronormativity: An Experiential and critical feminist account. In: Experiencing Reproductive Loss: Working together to change practice , October 2nd, 2008, Open, University, Milton Keynes. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

In this paper we provide a critical feminist analysis of ‘silent’ miscarriage using our experiential accounts as a catalyst to explore both the academic and ‘lay’ literatures surrounding pregnancy loss. We delineate the similarities and differences in our own experiences before focusing on relational context as a prime site of diversity and difference. Through an examination of scholarly and ‘selfhelp’ writing on miscarriage we argue that pervasive heteronormativity doubly marginalises the experiences of lesbians – and women otherwise located outside the realm of heterosexual relationships. In conclusion, we suggest a more thorough engagement with ‘non-normative’ experiences of pregnancy loss will substantially enhance our understandings of miscarriage. Moreover, placing marginalised experience at the centre of pregnancy loss scholarship could significantly augment critical, feminist and social scientific theorising and contribute to pregnancy loss being more firmly located on reproductive health agendas.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Subjects: K Law
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Law School
Depositing User: Philip Robinson
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2011 13:32
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2013 09:35
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/27643 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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