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I was asked recently to blog at Fantasy Cafe, and asked to use the month's women in fantasy theme. After some thought, here's what I blogged.

http://www.fantasybookcafe.com/2012/04/women-in-sff-month-lynn-flewelling/

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laurie_ky
Apr. 21st, 2012 06:18 pm (UTC)
The birth control aspect was fascinating. I'm curious to know what the Catholic church thought of that, and if this was knowledge passed down in secret from older women to younger, or if you went to the local wise-woman or herb-woman or witch for the herbal ingredients.

Laurie
ellid
Apr. 21st, 2012 09:15 pm (UTC)
Until the 19th century the fetus was not considered to have an independent soul (and thus life) until the woman felt fetal movement about 4-5 months along. Until then abortion (often called "menstrual regulation" in polite society) was practiced by women at all levels of society who wanted to "keep their courses regular."
laurie_ky
Apr. 21st, 2012 09:28 pm (UTC)
So birth control or early stages abortion was under the radar of the church.

Laurie
ellid
Apr. 21st, 2012 11:32 pm (UTC)
Basically, yes. The criminalization of abortion in the 19th century came about due to lobbying by doctors who were horrified by the butchery and maternal deaths that came about when women tried to use home remedies to end an unwanted pregnancy.
razziecat
Apr. 21st, 2012 06:47 pm (UTC)
How have I never found that site until now?? Cool post, Lynn, and one more site to bookmark!
moonriddler_mim
Apr. 21st, 2012 07:33 pm (UTC)
intersting facts about the birth control. I don't know for a fact what they used here in Sweden back in the day, but there is a traditional song about "meeting in the fields" *cough* and it's often said the flowers that the song incorporates were used as birth control, or at least post-coital birth control, and for the girl who ended up in a certain way she only had to sing the song to know the ingredients, seeing as it might be frowned upon. crafty, them people.
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