Week 6: 3/9 Discussion Board

In honor of International Women’s Day next week, let’s watch the 1983 feminist utopian/dystopian documentary-style film Born in Flames: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgUU41D4T7g. We can also discuss these three very short historical essays about the original Liberation School consciousness-raising groups:

3 thoughts on “Week 6: 3/9 Discussion Board

  1. Cat says:

    As we get into the herstory and practice of women’s lib, I wanted to share this article a friend just published on Margaret Sanger and the control of women’s bodies for the 31 Days of Revolutionary Women project in Seattle. Mostly, I love it – my only note was her romanticizing about women who used to be so in touch with plant medicine and ancient wisdom, as though these women are no longer with us. But we know better than that. Enjoy. http://southseattleemerald.com/2016/03/04/31-days-of-revolutionary-women-04-margaret-sanger/#more-6392

    • Anjali Nath says:

      I’m afraid that Margaret Sanger was an open advocate of eugenics: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/may/5/grossu-margaret-sanger-eugenicist/. This reality informs the legacy of suspicions many communities of color have of Planned Parenthood and aids a subsequent patriarchal view held by some men of color that birth control = (white supremacist) population control. The reproductive justice movement has done much to challenge the Eurocentric framing of reproductive rights in a way that’s attentive to the eugenic forced sterilization & specter of a (more) brown planet invoked by folks in the U.S. & other WEIRD (Western “Educated” Industrialized Rich “Democracies”) nation-states who cry overpopulation to detract awareness away from mis-allocated priorities and uneven resource distribution. For women of color, reproductive justice has more often required a struggle to be able to have children when we want, rather than a narrower focus on contraception and pregnancy termination that’s emblematic of the reproductive rights framework in the US today.

  2. Cat says:

    Thank you, Anjali for this necessary reality check. In fact, after that article I shared was published, someone commented on that blog about the same thing. I did not know who Margaret Sanger was before reading the article, and was completely unaware of the context of eugenics in that particular white supremacist plot of reproductive “rights.” Another reason for vigilant attention to historical context and detail.

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