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Reproductive justice as a framework for analyzing
issues of bodily autonomy and human rights. With
emphasis on contemporary U.S. society, the course
will survey the medicalization of birth, the
spectrum of birth work, and the rights of pregnant
and parenting people, acknowledging that
reproduction is an experience that goes beyond the
gender binary. The course centers scholarship and
narratives of historically marginalized
identities, particularly the sociocultural context
of Black/African American women in reproductive
politics. Reproductive justice is also a social
movement that seeks equity beyond birth through
the alleviation of social ills linked to
institutional racism and other mechanisms of
oppression, including heterosexism. This course
situates the body and reproductive experience as
one that is socially constructed and shaped by
social location (e.g., race, ethnicity, gender,
sexuality, class, citizenship status, age,
ability, or religion) to regulate bodily autonomy.