Planet History

Kategorie: Foucault-Blog

Re-Patriarchisation of Female Bodies: Nationalism and Abortion Crisis in Poland

This essay engages in Foucauldian understanding of power-knowledge to explore the intersection between the notions of nation, gender and sexuality, that produces gendered dimension of nationalism. It takes the case of Poland to contextualise reproduction, abortion and women’s rights in the light of nationalist policies and aims to illustrate the influence of far-right nationalism on the control over women’s reproductive rights and marginalisation of the LGBTQ community. It also highlights the dangers of state’s monopolisation of ‚public health‘ and the subjugation of women’s rights to re-patriarchised family policies, particularly, in the times of the pandemic, when policies strictly regulating women’s reproductive rights may slide through under the pretext of ‚common good‘ – demographic growth.