Grabbed by the Pussy

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 4:00pm - 5:30pm, IWM library
Despite the moral justifications voiced by medical professionals, obstetrics was and still is designed in a biopolitically driven fashion that conquers its subjects hospitalization,discipline regimes and a variety of legal ties. This condition is rooted in the three centuries of history of obstetrics in the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, and has a lot to do with the ongoing battle for professional dominance between midwives and doctors and a historical process of women’s liberation.
Ágnes Geréb’s story is a case study that represents this regimen of overlapping interests and habits. Geréb is a doctor and midwife disobedient to the industrial fashion of birthing care. She has grown to be a symbolic figure of the resistance of an underground free birth movement by seeing through home births even when hunted by the authorities. She has been persecuted several times, even jailed up in 2010 and is currently on trial. Her means of communication, or rather a special lack of communication reflects the unspeakable nature of the values at stake in natality care.

Reka Kinga Papp is a freelance journalist and anchorperson in Budapest. Currently she is a Milena Jesenská Visiting Fellow at the IWM.

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