ERIC Number: ED123517
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Abortion as "Deviance"; Traditional Female Roles Vs. The Feminist Perspective.
Rosen, R. A. Hudson; Martindale, Lois J.
The paper focuses on the relationship between changing societal norms and actual, emotional acceptance of them for oneself, with regard to changing norms toward women's roles as they relate to the areas of abortion and sexual behavior. Elective abortion still is regarded by many as a "deviant" activity. Such a view has sprung from an uncritical acceptance of the traditional role of women. The implications are that women who have abortions accept traditional norms for sexual behavior, in spite of their own sexual activity, and have a generally traditional view of women's roles. They are considered to behave stereotypically and to have failed. Traditional norms for women's roles have been challenged in recent years, however, especially by the feminist movement. The authors hypothesized that women who sought early abortions tend to have feminist orientations. The paper is based on a pilot study of 71 patients at an abortion clinic, done during summer, 1974. The women studied showed little lag in emotional acceptance of changing norms about women's roles. They indicated an overt feminist orientation, and saw themselves as competent, self-directed, and legitimately sexual persons, with extra-maternal and self-acutalizing goals. They appeared to make the decision to have an abortion primarily on a rational basis, and most did not have any great conflict over that decision. The findings by and large substantiated the authors' hypotheses. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (San Francisco, California, August 25-29, 1975)