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Teaching Reproductive Justice: An Activist’s Approach

  • Loretta J. Ross
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Abstract

Teaching Reproductive Justice explores a liberatory pedagogical approach developed by Loretta Ross, a Black feminist who co-developed the concept of reproductive justice in 1994, which challenges the pro-choice/pro-life binary in today’s politics. Based on popular education methodologies, the essay explores how to teach about biological and non-biological reproductive politics using a Black feminist lens incorporating intersectionality, white supremacy, and neoliberalism through the human rights framework. The essay offers guidelines, key issues, and approaches to be considered when developing a reproductive justice syllabus. It also discusses how teaching reproductive justice while honoring its radical roots requires incorporating non-European philosophical foundations beyond the Enlightenment to consider human interdependence instead of individualism as a basis for collective resistance to reproductive oppression.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Loretta J. Ross
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  1. 1.Former National CoordinatorSisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice CollectiveAtlantaUSA

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