This paper examines the body as a social construct that includes and expresses
power and gender relations. I describe how the female body is constructed as primarily
a reproductive body through various disciplinary practices and biopolitics. To analyze
ofﬁ cial discourse that constructs the reproductive female body, I turn to the newspaper
Sovetskaia Belorussiia. The reproductive female body is constructed in the newspaper
through a variety of discourses that legitimize some norms and practices and
pathologize others. Ofﬁ cial ideologies, transmitted through public media, enforce a
regime of “compulsory motherhood” on every woman, appealing to the role of
reproductive function in the well-being of the nation, social structure, and hierarchies.
Motherhood, presented as a signiﬁ cant value, requires a meaningful description.
Reconstructing the discourse of motherhood in the newspaper allows us to identify
the values embedded in the concept of “normative motherhood.” These values become
the criteria of the norm, based on which other forms of motherhood and lifestyles are
pathologized. This is then used to justify various practices of control over the female