The Traffic In Women Summary

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As stated in the article, provinces such as Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick that have fought for years to maintain their strict abortions laws making it difficult for pregnant women to have access to abortion. The anti-abortion sentiments that prevail in western provinces prevent women from freely choosing abortion and restrict women financially, perpetuates inequality and limits their societal roles.

As Renzetti mentions in her article, abortion is a procedure that is medically necessary and therefore should be easily accessible for women and publicly funded and insured by the government. “The situation in New Brunswick just highlights how unequal abortion provisions are across the country. There are 46 clinics or hospitals providing
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In Gayle Rubin’s essay, The Traffic in Women: Notes on the “Political Economy” of Sex, she introduces sex gender systems and critiques predominant theoretical models. Rubin explains through each theoretical model how this oppression of women occurs and says that women are treated like objects that can be exchanged. She further explains that men control production and woman control reproduction. Women are considered to produce bodies and are known for labour and men produce commodities. She explains that patriarchy is not something that is escapable, and as a community we need to think of it as a social construct, these are social collaborations. This is similar to the situation with abortion in Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick, the issues governing women are heteropatriarchy. Rubin argues that we take certain elements of our body, and we elaborate on them and create certain gender binaries and we script these meaning onto our bodies as to how we are supposed to behave and identify based off of social and cultural constructs. Women who go against their “societal role” and choose not to bear children and instead choose to have abortions have limited access to it. As mentioned in the article, up until this 2015, New Brunswick had some of the most strict abortion laws in Canada. If a woman wanted to consider abortion, she would require signatures of

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