The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power & the Future of the World

Stories — Means of Reproduction

Why Conservative GOP Voters Aren’t Giving Up on Rick Santorum

The more the Republican establishment pushes Mitt Romney, the more alienated the religious right becomes. Why the party’s hard-core base isn’t coming around.

Lila Rose- The Woman Who Sparked the Planned Parenthood Flap

The Planned Parenthood flap was a triumph for conservative mischief-maker Lila Rose. The woman who lit the fuse.

Cain’s Abortion Blunder

As the GOP front-runner scrambles to recant his seemingly pro-choice rhetoric, Michelle Goldberg asks: Will social conservatives trust him now?

Marry—or Else

Forced weddings and ‘honor’ killings aren’t just a developing-world issue. New research shows how it happens in England and the United States.

Norway Killer’s Hatred of Women

Anders Breivik used anger against women to cast himself as a crusader, believing feminism is destroying the West from the inside and creating space for Islamism, says Michelle Goldberg.

Today’s Hidden Slave Trade

Modern human slavery isn’t just about sex trafficking—up to 27 million people are forced into labor in the global economy, from tomatoes to electronics to American military contracting in places like Iraq. Michelle Goldberg on our underreported slave trade.

Policing Pregnancy

Utah prosecutors and conservative politicians are determined to lock up the young woman known in court filings as J.M.S. for the crime of trying to end her pregnancy. Her grim journey through the legal system began in 2009, when she was 17 and pregnant by a convicted felon named Brandon Gale, who is currently facing charges of using her and another underage girl to make pornography. 

Made in Heaven

Israel has enthusiastically embraced advanced reproductive technologies. Now a court is considering whether parents have the right to use their dead son’s frozen sperm to create posthumous grandchildren.


A proposed San Francisco ballot measure prohibiting circumcision arises from a debate over ritual, sexuality, and identity. What’s become an American norm might soon again be a mark of difference.

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The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power & the Future of the World

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