Fromthe short story, reproduction and reproduction control are criticalto the national identity and are transmitted to the supervision ofthe government. InAldrich and Jeniffer`s story, the changing societal pressures appearto affect the experiences and choices of many women. For instance,the legislation in America during the pre-Roe v. Wade period, medicaldoctors were not allowed to conduct abortions. As a result, somemedical practitioners like Buffalo doctor Barnett Slepian, weremurdered for carrying out abortion. This is a form of reproductivecontrol.
Thestory reveals how familiar the abortion procedure has become and howdiverse are the women and situations that compel them to carry outabortion. Baumgardner says,
“It’sthe record of "our lives [that] might provide the best road mapto strengthening women`s reproductive freedoms."
Thisis confirmed by Parul, one of the characters in Deepa’s shortstory, who wants to abort. After she had gone to the hospital seekingfor abortion, the doctor did not object her request. She says thateven before the doctor could tell her that she was pregnant, sheblurtedout
“Iwant an abortion.” She stared at me for a moment. “Are you quitesure?” “Absolutely,” I replied, holding her gaze. “As soon aspossible.” “All right,” she nodded, asking no furtherquestions, as though she had guessed my predicament. “Thursday,8.30 a.m.,” she said consulting a diary.”
Thetwo short stories act as an antidote to warring anti-choice,pro-choice and factions. They use personal stories of women which arerarely aired in political firestorm.
Women Empowerment in Building the Nation
Inthe first two chapters, the writer presents "PeculiarResponsibilities of American Women". The elimination ofpervasive invalidism will empower women who always feel bothemotionally and physically unequal towards execution of their globalresponsibilities. The excerpt on Hale reflects the concept of centralinfluence of most women that is central to the domestic discourse andthe sentimental ethos underwritten by the imperial expansion ofnation. Therefore, understanding imperial nature of domesticity willplay a major role in remapping critical terrain through which thedomestic fiction of women has been framed. There is need to chart thebroader national and international context that unfolds narrativesassociated with female development which is anchored in localdomestic space.
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