Whitney Arey

PhD Candidate Anthropology, Brown University
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About Whitney

Arey's ethnographic study of abortion access and decision-making in North Carolina asks how interpersonal relationships impact the abortion experience within the politically contested abortion clinic space. Arey's overarching themes in writings include ethics of care, moral and biosocial experience, space, protection v. control, and violence. Arey has a Fellowship at the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, and has previously received an Emerging Scholars Research Fellowship from the Society for Family Planning and a Population Studies and Training Center NICHD T-32 Fellowship. Arey works with several abortion funds.


How City Policymakers Can Address Verbal Harassment at Abortion Clinics

    Amy E. Alterman
  • Rebecca S. Lentjes

In the News

Opinion: "Web Roundup: Measles, Vaccinations and Epidemics," Whitney Arey, Somatosphere, December 30, 2019.
Opinion: "Web Roundup: Abortion Bans, Heartbeat Bills, and the Future of Roe v. Wade," Whitney Arey, Somatosphere, June 28, 2019.
Opinion: "Web Roundup: CRISPR Babies and Bioethics," Whitney Arey, Somatosphere, December 31, 2018.
Opinion: "Web Roundup: Abortion Access," Whitney Arey, Somatosphere, July 1, 2018.


"Real Men Love Babies: Protest Speech and Masculinity at Abortion Clinics in the Southern United States" Norma international Journal for Masculinity Studies 15, no. 3 (2020): 205-220.

Examines the language used by anti-abortion protesters that is directed at men entering abortion clinics. Argues that language about masculinity in anti-abortion protest speech both reifies tropes of patriarchal masculinity and simultaneously more contemporary gender ideologies about men's participation in reproduction, to shame men for their support of abortion.