Philadelphia Chapter Event
Birth Control Battles: How Race and Class Divided American ReligionWednesday, December 11, 2019
Time: 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Location: Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 South Broad Street, Philadelphia
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Contact: Jean Brubaker
Conservative and progressive religious groups fiercely disagree about issues of sex and gender. But how did we get here? In this talk, Melissa J. Wilde, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, shows how today’s modern divisions began in the 1930s in the public battles over birth control and not for the reasons we might expect.
By examining thirty of America’s most prominent religious groups—from Mormons to Methodists, Southern Baptists to Seventh Day Adventists, and many others—Wilde contends that fights over birth control had little do with sex, women’s rights, or privacy.
Cancellation and refund deadline is Tuesday, December 3. No refunds will be given after this date.