Broadcasting Birth Control (2010-2013)

Broadcasting Birth Control  (Rutgers University Press, 2013) explores the films and radio and television broadcasts developed by twentieth-century birth control advocates to promote family planning at home in the United States, and in the expanding international arena of population control. Mass media was critical to the movement’s attempts to build support and later to publicize the idea of fertility control and the availability of contraceptive services. Public communications experts gradually professionalized the field of “health communication” drive largely by the work to design and measure the impact of family planning promotion around the world. In this way, they made a private subject—fertility control—appropriate for public discussion. This project is part of ongoing consortium research on the uses of culture to promote health. Author/Researcher: Manon Parry