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Gretchen Sisson

Gretchen is a sociologist at ANSIRH (Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health) in the Department of OB/Gyn at University of California, San Francisco. She studies cultural representations and constructions of parenthood and reproductive choice, including abortion, adoption, and young parenthood. Her current research focuses on depictions of abortion in popular culture. Gretchen also serves on the Boards of Directors for Backline and Bitch Media.

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A Century of Abortion Onscreen, 1916-2016

Gretchen Sisson

The end of 2016 marks the close of a century since the first silent film in the United States addressed abortion. In these past 100 years, film, television, and our popular culture have addressed abortion in evolving ways: from the pre-code films of the 1920s, to the exploitation films of the 1940s, to television plotlines […]