By Laura Tropp
Within the twenty first century, being pregnant is greater than a organic event—it's a cultural phenomenon. A Womb with a View: America's becoming Public curiosity in being pregnant addresses how media impact and alterations in society have uncovered and commoditized being pregnant like by no means earlier than, whereas know-how has enabled us to percentage, list, and defend all elements of the being pregnant experience.
Each bankruptcy of the booklet specializes in a facet of the being pregnant event, together with efforts to see in and bond with the fetus, some of the methods of acquiring recommendation, the evolving position of expectant fathers, how being pregnant is depicted and taken care of in pop culture, and branding and advertising and marketing to pregnant undefined. Interviews with these advertising services and products to pregnant ladies display how being pregnant is now "big business," whereas real-life tales from pregnant ladies and photographs from tv and picture serve to demonstrate our culture's fascination with being pregnant.
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