The Personal is Political (Review #1)- My Body My Choice: The Fight for Abortion Rights

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I am so excited to be starting this series!!! If you’re unfamiliar with what exactly I’m doing with this series, check out this introduction that gives a bit of an explanation. I’d also recommend those of you who have already read it to check it out again if you’re curious about how exactly I’ll be reviewing and rating, because I’ve added that information to the original post since first publishing it.

I received a free, advanced reading copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the publisher for the reading & reviewing opportunity.

My Body My Choice: The Fight for Abortion Rights
My Body My Choice: The Fight for Abortion Rights
by Robinson Stevenson
Published on May 7th, 2019 by Orca Book Publishers
176 Pages

  • How’s the writing? ★★★★★

The writing in this was primarily formal, but not in a flat, incommunicable way. The chapters were all transitioned really well and the writing was smooth so that ends and beginnings of chapters were not abrupt.

  • Was this educational/informal? ★★★★★

I learned so much while reading this book. Our current state of society has politics on the minds of many people daily, and I’m certainly one of them. With that being said, I try most often to base my own personal stances around as many facts as possible. I don’t like to go into a discussion without knowing what I’m talking about. Therefore, I really like to know the facts, and honestly thought myself to already be pretty educated on the topic of abortion in the United States. However, I will admit that Robinson Stevenson completely schooled me in the subject and I am grateful. There was an abundance of statistics and references to Women’s Rights movements that I had no idea about! Since this is so educational, I would even recommend it to readers who are pro-life. The author is very careful to not include personal biases, so at no point is there any lecturing going on. In fact, the book is set up quite like a textbook, so you are just being presented with facts, statistics, references, etc! It cannot hurt to be educated on the topic, no matter where you stand!

  • Was the information credible? ★★★★★

Because this book is meant to be informative, it is insanely important for everything to credible! The author references a multitude of information, and a full list of cited works is placed in the back of the book. Readers can find all of the information written into the book on their own accord (if they wanted to).

  • How personal was this? Did it include any biases? ★★★★★

We all know that abortion is currently a very controversial topic. I’m not going to state my stance and I don’t want any of you to, either, because this book was not about persuading people on to one side! The author did not share her own personal stance with this, though I think that from the title and her urge to write the book itself probably makes it pretty obvious. However, she kept her own feelings out of the pages in order to give the reader a full educational experience. That is why I think that this book could benefit anyone on any side. Many people won’t reach for this because they may think it will be leftist propaganda trying to convince them to think differently. It won’t!

  • Was this intersectional? ★★★★★

I truly cannot explain how happy I was to read something so entirely inclusive! This book talks a lot about the history of the fight for abortion rights, and it explicitly discusses women of color, undocumented women, trans men, non-binary people, and disabled women! It talks about their fight and statistics based solely on their experiences with reproduction rights.

“All these people- encompassing all ages, religions, nationalities, beliefs and life circumstances- have one thing in common. They are pregnant and they do not want to be.”

  • How relevant is this topic to society as a whole? ★★★★★

I’m actually not sure that this could be anymore relevant to our society here in the United States! The author had already written this book before US citizens starting to see the new restrictive laws that states are creating and enforcing on abortion, so she had no idea that when this book was going to be published, the whole nation would be in debate on the topic. People have, of course, disagreed on the topic for a long time, but it seems like this book couldn’t have come out at a better time. I also think that it’s incredibly relevant to those living in other countries, as abortion is still criminalized all over the world.

  • How relevant is this topic to the feminist movement? ★★★★★

Feminists everywhere are fighting for reproductive rights. This is not an issue for the few, but for the many.

  • My final reaction

I have to say… I had absolutely no idea what I was getting into when I started to read this book. I had no idea what to expect. My overall experience with this was very positive, though, and I’ll tell you why: I learned so much. I learned about reproductive rights in other countries, about the historical fights for these rights in countries beyond my own, about the statistics that show that abortion was more common in the 1800s than it is now, or how marginalized women may have entirely different experiences with abortion than white or rich women. I learned more than I ever expected to, and I think that a book with the intent of informing that succeeds in doing so without bias deserves recognition. The author does not intend to persuade you… instead, she aims to educate you, and that is exactly what she does. You can read this book and learn from it regardless of where you stand on the topic.

Final tally: 35/35 stars → 5 star read! 

 

10 thoughts on “The Personal is Political (Review #1)- My Body My Choice: The Fight for Abortion Rights

  1. How awesome that your first book in this series was a complete 35/35 stars! I need to get this book and read about it. Thanks so much for this comprehensive review and also for keeping it pretty objective. Like you said, abortion is such a controversial topic and the goal isn’t to persuade one side or another. I’m glad that the author felt the same way.

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    1. I know, I loved that the first book in the series was such a good experience for me! Really, this book is part of why I’ve started it in the first place! I think bringing education on hard topics to the forefront is what is truly important. There will never be a world where 100% of people agree on something, so instead of trying to persuade people, it’s best to just inform them and then let them make an education decision on where they stand!

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  2. Good job taking on a difficult subject. You presented the facts about the book and its timeliness in today’s world without personal bias. Anyone reading your review won’t feel they are being persuaded to either side. 😊

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  3. This is such an amazing review, Brittany, and I really love how you’ve decided to rate the books in this series! This book sounds really important and interesting, and I am going to have to pick it up myself to read when/if I am less angry about the current political climate.

    “statistics that show that abortion was more common in the 1800s than it is now”
    ^ This is REALLY interesting to me. Like, a lot. Also I love how you found this to be informational without forcing a bias or having an argument one way or another… this sounds like a must-read for every American no matter their feelings on reproductive rights and abortion.

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    1. Thank you! It took me a while to figure out how exactly to go about rating the books for this series, but I think what I landed on will be good! I’m so glad you liked it! The book is definitely important, and though I too am extremely on edge and angry about our political climate, I found myself really glad that the author kept personal bias out of the book, because then I feel like people who might not usually reach for this, will still give it a chance! And I think that the facts in this are SO important for people to know. Too many let their feelings about these situations effect their ability to educate themselves on the topic! I think regardless of stance, people should learn the facts!

      About those statistics- I was also very shocked by that! There was a LOT of information included in this that I had no idea about previously. I’d definitely check this out if you’re interested in learning more! I’d say it’s primarily about the history of reproductive rights and the fight for them, but the things you’ll learn will truly shock you (like the original causes for abortion bans were actually based on attempting to maintain the population of POC and the poor! White women were discouraged from abortions while women of color were at times FORCED into sterilization and abortions!)

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