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of reciprocation between the two. Just as the marriage-guidance initiative had been driven by Protestant actors in the first half of the twentieth century, Catholic forays into socio-scientific research were making significant contributions to the field in their recognition of ‘interpersonal concerns’. 53 It is often forgotten that one of the principal architects of the pill was a Catholic doctor who was motivated

in The Pope and the pill
John Mundy and Glyn White

affirmative than anarchistic, though we must be careful not to see the two as mutually exclusive. The danger is that such categorisations fail to acknowledge that ‘[t]he comic perspective is a crucial component’ of romantic comedy and imply it is a sub-genre which uses comedy as ‘sugar coating that helps us swallow the pill’ of its repetitive romantic narrative structure (Deleyto 2009 : 18, 20

in Laughing matters
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Brian D. Earp and Julian Savulescu

” while the drug suppresses the pain it contains. A N T I- LO V E D R UGS    1 2 5 The therapy has a good success rate. More than 70 percent of participants in a 2018 study conducted by Brunet and his colleagues reported meaningful relief from their breakup-related stress. Following treatment, many patients said reading through the details of their memory felt like “reading a novel.” In other words, the narrative remained, but the pain was gone. According to Brunet, both the drug (propranolol) and the writing exercise work together to bring about the effect: “The pill

in Love is the Drug
Gordon Pirie

financial ramifications of imperial aviation. For Britons, the price could be discounted against what one writer referred to as a repeat of ‘England’s age of plenty’ triggered by initially unprofitable overseas railways. For colonials, the pill was coated with pointers to peaceable, public-service applications of flight. As it was, these benefits were already being realised on domestic air services in

in Air empire
Preventing pregnancy
Leanne McCormick

Ireland, in common with other parts of the world there has been an epidemic of venereal disease, which is increasing rapidly . . . a good deal of this is ascribed to many of the new ideas which are being promoted – abortion, the use of the pill and the establishment of clinics which seem to assure uninformed people of freedom from the risk of diseases of this kind.64 In response, Mr Morgan explained that the policy of supporting family planning was for situations where advice was needed for medical purposes and that ‘in spite of what the hon. Member for Falls [Harry

in Regulating sexuality
The TV films
Tony Whitehead

placed ominously between them – no snuggling on the cards here. ‘Is the end in sight?’ asks Christine wearily, unable to get to sleep because the light is still on and Ralph insists on reading his pupils’ essays out loud. ‘No’, he tells her bluntly. Later, after another visit to the pub, Dick and Mandy argue more aggressively as they get into bed. ‘I’ve told you, Dick, I’m coming off the pill’, she insists. ‘Yeah, and I’ve told you you’re not, till I say so’, he says. They issue threats and counter-threats: he will force the pill down her throat; she will refuse to make

in Mike Leigh
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From May ’68 to the MLF
Rakhee Balaram

movements, and testimonies. Anne Zelensky and Jacqueline Feldman (‘Anne and Jacqueline’) (who a few months earlier had created FMA, or Féminin Masculin Avenir, as a socialist group to discuss the ‘women question’  2 ) wrote a history of May ’68, citing their participation in a conference on ‘la femme et la révolution’ at the Sorbonne, fifteen days after other debates had taken place, where it was thought that women (via a discussion on the pill) should be included. 3 The

in Counterpractice
MLF, women artists and the militant body
Rakhee Balaram

tortures volontaires (1972), which shows women going through various beauty procedures to make themselves a more valuable commodity. The conflict between ‘nature’ and ‘culture’ is expressed through women's use of cosmetics as a means of (immorally) altering their ‘natural’ or spiritual beauty. In the 1960s, the equation between the condition of women's skin and their morality was linked in debates with clear religious overtones. Françoise Giroud strongly fought such attitudes during the 1967 debate over the legalization of the pill

in Counterpractice
Marian devotion, the Holy Family and Catholic conceptions of marriage and sexuality
Alana Harris

columns and opinion pieces within the Catholic press were dominated by this issue, from the early 1960s onwards, and the pages of The Tablet were representative of the scope of the debate in middle-class circles. Such opinions included extensive discussion of the laity’s attitude to ‘the Pill’,208 personal reflections on the effectiveness of ‘the rhythm method’,209 juridical arguments about natural law, reinterpretations of the church’s current teaching on family planning210 and the importance of these issues measured against other moral imperatives such as over

in Faith in the family
Margaret Brazier and Emma Cave

promoted in the first place and withdrawn from the market a few years later, amid bitter allegations that the drug in question caused injury and even death, is long. Opren, 3 the benzodiazepine tranquillisers such as Valium, 4 human growth hormone, 5 the pill itself, 6 the painkiller Vioxx 7 and most recently, the type-2 diabetes drug Avandia 8 are but a random sample of the better-known cases. Allegations of gross profit-making by multinational drug companies have proliferated. 9 Pharmaceutical companies have been criticised for testing products destined for the

in Medicine, patients and the law (sixth edition)