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Historia y Sociedad

versão impressa ISSN 0121-8417versão On-line ISSN 2357-4720


RUSTOYBURU, Cecilia. Storytimes about Contraceptive Implants on YouTube: Disputes of Meanings and Biomedical Relationships in the Narratives of Latin American Youtubers. Hist. Soc. [online]. 2021, n.40, pp.224-242.  Epub 08-Mar-2021. ISSN 0121-8417.

This article analyses the experiences narrated by young Latin-American women on the use of subdermal implants, in their YouTube videos. These implants are long-term contraceptive methods (LTCM) that international agencies and associations have recommended especially for young women in Third World countries. As it is a device that must be placed and removed by a health professional, it is usually interpreted as an effective method because it does not depend on the adherence of the users. At the same time, it is a LTCM that does not require periodic controls or monthly or quarterly visits to the health center, such as with injectables. In this work, we are interested in problematizing implants as technological artifacts open to multiple meanings. We will focus on the stories of the young women regarding the reasons why they choose to use it, how they experience its somatic effects and what senses they attribute to it. We will problematize how these storytimes plot their experiences with the stories of the pharmaceutical industry, but also how they contribute, or not, to adherence to the method through their associations with autonomous choices and with a certain acceptance, or not, of secondary effects.

Palavras-chave : teenagers; reproductive rights; contraceptive technologies; narratives; Internet; sexuality; XXI century.

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