Amy Laura Hall argues that in God's design, family is a pretty messy thing

Amy Laura Hall’s Conceiving Parenthood (4 stars) might well be seen as science fiction in reverse.

Her journey into the cultural history of reproductive biotechnology reads like an eerie voyage into the future. Yet rather than pushing readers to the outer limits of human progress, Hall urges us to find joy in the inner limits of creatureliness.

Hall’s wide-ranging work looks at Protestant families and the germ-free home; childhood progress and the production of infant food; the eugenics movement and associating heritage with salvation; and finally, the relationship between the orderly domestic family and atomic progress. She examines these themes as they appear in such popular magazines as Parents, Ladies’ Home Journal, National Geographic, and the Methodist journal Together, and thus reminds readers that today’s biotechnological developments grow out of distorted ideals of childhood, family, gender, race, and normalcy.

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One comment on “Amy Laura Hall argues that in God's design, family is a pretty messy thing

  1. The_Archer_of_the_Forest says:

    [blockquote]Protestant families and the germ-free home[/blockquote]
    That might be pretty amusing. I know a lot of people like my aunt and her two kinds that are in that category that go after every little thing in their house with Lysol and other disinfectants.

    Ironically it is usually the kids from those ‘burb homes that have all these allergies and other medical problems. I am convinced that it is because the lack of germs makes the kids have low immune systems.

    A certain amount of germs is a good thing because it keeps the immune system in shape. Its like a muscle, if you don’t need or use it, it atrophies.