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Roosevelt expert can discuss changing abortion landscape and its impact on families

As changes to abortion policies sweep U.S. states, pitting sides staunchly against one another, a Roosevelt University professor can weigh in on factors shaping the debate, including rhetoric, discourse and legal history.

Marjorie Jolles, a Roosevelt University associate professor of women’s and gender studies, has studied changing attitudes and political tactics on abortion since the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade decision became law.

She has looked most closely at rhetoric and theory used over time in the ongoing abortion debate, concluding that the argument today is more about preserving patriarchy as an institution on one side vs. investing and lending support to our public institutions and services on the other than it is about “pro-life” vs. “pro-choice” labels and causes.

As a result, and as the coming Presidential election approaches, Jolles is a strong advocate for turning our attention to the real, underlying issues of the abortion fight rather than simplifying the debate in “pro-choice” and ”pro-life” terms. A Roosevelt professor since 2008, Jolles also is the editor of the book “Fashion Talks: Undressing the Power of Style.” She has published articles on the Oprah phenomenon, feminism as self-determination in women’s popular culture, feminism and fashion, post feminism and the privilege of breaking rules, as well as many other topics. Jolles also has been quoted in the media on everything from history of the pantsuit to how the body matters to gender, sexual politics and 21st Century parenting.

Also a leading expert on the changing dynamic and makeup of the American family, Jolles won an Innovate Course Design Award in 2018 for the Roosevelt University class, The Politics of Sex, and created a National Endowment for the Humanities Enduring Questions course at Roosevelt entitled “What is a Family?” in 2013-14.

kcesarotti • June 5, 2019

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