Pretty Women Use Birth Control – my guest post at Nursing Clio

I’m very excited to have written a guest post for one of my favorite blogs, Nursing Clio. For this piece, I re-visited my very first blog post in which I critiqued, with a sort of “literary analysis” approach, the function of the “silent woman” in a short, Disney-produced 1968 Family Planning film.  For the historians at Nursing Clio, I expanded on the historical context of the creation and production of this film, and I also elaborated on how and why I made connections between a 1960s American production and 1920s medical and (pseudo)scientific research in Spain.


I recently came across this amazing vintage video, “Family Planning,” produced by Disney in 1968. Do yourself a favor and take 10 minutes to watch it. In addition to the frivolous use of Donald Duck and the caricature of a “simple” heterosexual couple who appear clueless as to how babies are made, this short film provides us with a wealth of information regarding attitudes towards reproduction in the U.S., and abroad, during the late 1960s. After doing a bit of research, for example, I found out… [read the full post over at Nursing Clio].

About Dr. Rebecca Bender

Spanish professor
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1 Response to Pretty Women Use Birth Control – my guest post at Nursing Clio

  1. Pingback: Bicycles, typewriters, and sex!?!? Cultures of the Erotic in early 20th Century Spain | Rebecca M. Bender, PhD

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