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Reproductive Justice: An Introduction (Reproductive Justice: A New Vision for the 21st Century Book 1)

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Reproductive Justice is a first-of-its-kind primer that provides a comprehensive yet succinct description of the field. Written by two legendary scholar-activists, Reproductive Justice introduces students to an intersectional analysis of race, class, and gender politics. Loretta J. Ross and Rickie Solinger put the lives and lived experience of women of color at the center ...more
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Published March 21st 2017 by University of California Press
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Adrian Chiem
Mar 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
How does one review a manifesto?

All I can be is grateful to learn and to have been radically mothered by this primer of reproductive justice. All I can do is my best to uphold and recognize the rights of my future patients — to have a child, to not have a child, to parent children in safe and healthy environments, to have sexual autonomy and gender freedom. It is my privilege and my duty.
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It is exactly what it says it is: an introduction to reproductive justice. And in that vein, it's like any intro book: tries to cover as much as possible, but it doesn't give a ton of depth. It's very dense: because they have to cover as much as possible, each page is packed. But you could get many many dissertations out of expounding on the stories and issues in this book.

As a couple sentence intro: Reproductive justice is the larger umbrella over reproductive rights. It entails 1) the right to
Reproductive Justice as a concept has been around since 1994, but I only heard it a few years ago. Since then I've seen several debates about what it means and who should have the right to use it. But that's beside the point -- read this book. The concept takes the rhetoric of "choice" and exposes how narrow it is, how it may work for white women of a certain income, but for lots of folks there's a whole lot more going on than whether they individualistically need or want to terminate a pregnanc ...more
Megan Seely
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book. Anyone interested in women. The body. Politics. History. Reproduction. Justice. Racism. Classism. Movements. Feminism. Read this book! I had the honor of working briefly with Loretta Ross with the 2004 March for Women’s Lives when I was with NOW. Her voice, leadership, and work with SisterSong inspire me to be a better teacher, activist and ally. I know Rickie Solinger’s work academically. Together they have created an amazing work of truth and justice. A must read!
Yari Aquino
Mar 13, 2021 rated it liked it
Interesting and informative. Gives a fantastic picture of reproductive justice and how it ties to every area of our lives. Gave it 3 stars because while some parts were really interesting, there was a lot that felt repetitive from the first few chapters. It was also heavy on the research/stats - some more anecdotal evidence would have been helpful to digest.
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Eye opening!
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a very good introduction to reproductive justice as a framework and a movement. It explains in full the history of reproductive justice and violence in the United States, following how the concept of pure white womanhood fueled the policies and ideologies that oppressed those who deviated from that ideal due to their race, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, nation of origin and religion. Throughout this book, Ross and Solinger reiterate how the past led up to certain, modern ...more
A super informative and comprehensive introduction to the subject of reproductive justice, a coin termed in 1994 by Black women to emphasize the need to intersect reproductive health issues with social justice issues. Reproductive justice goes beyond the pro-life/pro-choice debate to insist that reproductive health is more than just the right to have an abortion and the right to afforable, accessible contraception. To be able to make choices surrounding childbirth and motherhood, people need (an ...more
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book! This lays out why the American reproductive system isn’t as fair as mainstream news and history books make it out to be. Loretta Ross passionately tells the history of Black America and women left out of decisions, laws, legal decisions and even protests.

Rickie Solinger has been one of my favorite authors and historians on these issues and her collaboration in writing this book.

This book tells history with a new and broader view than most folks have heard it. I am using this as a te
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A must-read! Everyone should be aware of the reproductive justice movement.
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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"Reproductive justice is not difficult to define or remember. It has three primary values: (1) the right NOT to have a child; (2) the right to HAVE a child; and (3) the right to PARENT children in safe and healthy environments.

I highly recommend reading this book, especially in our current environment!
Leslie Lopez
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There are 4 main sections: A Reproductive Justice History, RJ in the 21st Century, Managing Fertility, and RJ and the Right to Parent. All the sections were really insightful but fertility and parenting caught my attention the most. I will say that reading about the history behind contraceptives and who was/is encouraged and discouraged from having children was really eye-opening. I also think that when it came to the managing fertility section, I found the answer to many arguments people like t ...more
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Loretta J. Ross is a Visiting Professor of Practice in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University teaching "Reproductive Justice Theory and Practice" and "Race and Culture in the U.S." for the 2018-2019 academic year. Previously, she was a Visiting Professor at Hampshire College in Women's Studies for the 2017-2018 academic year teaching "White Supremacy in the Age of Trump." ...more

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