Gretchen Sisson

Gretchen is a sociologist at ANSIRH (Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health) in the Department of OB/Gyn at University of California, San Francisco. She studies cultural reprsentations and constructions of parenthood and reproductive choice, including abortion, adoption, and young parenthood. Her current research focuses on depictions of abortion in popular culture. Gretchen also serves on the Boards of Directors for Backline and Bitch Media.


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Gretchen Sisson
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Abortion in ShondaLand: How the TV Producer Is Flipping the Script on Reproductive Health-Care Storytelling

As there have been more and more abortion stories on television in the past few years, it’s important to recognize how groundbreaking Shonda Rhimes’ work truly has been. Rhimes is a board member of Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles, and is clearly invested in how abortion is portrayed in our popular entertainment. Indeed, her shows are unique in these portrayals.

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