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Spring Symposium on UR and Community Engagement has ended
Tuesday, April 24 • 3:45pm - 4:05pm
Illusions Of Choice: Reproductive Control And Violence Against Black Women In The United States

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In the United States, pro-choice movements predominantly led by white women have been concerned with safe and legal access to abortion. The reality is that reproductive rights look radically different for Black women. Women of Color scholars such as Patricia Hill Collins, Dorothy Roberts, and Jael Silliman argue that Black women’s experience, and therefore, their issues surrounding reproductive rights must be understood in the historical and social contexts of coercion, sterilization, and sexual violence specific to Black women. This research argues that social control is a fluid system that is constructed by binaries of race, gender, sexuality, morality, and ability. In order to analyze patterns of social control, its production must be understood by examining how specific groups of people are targeted and controlled in specific times and locations. In the context of Black women and reproductive control, racialized, hyper-heterosexual controlling images rooted in chattel slavery have served as justification for violence. The purpose of this research is to develop a specific theoretical framework of social control to be applied to two case histories regarding Black women and their reproductive autonomy: eugenics and the coercive use of Norplant and Depo Provera. This framework of social control was developed through the theoretical analysis of scholarship on race, class, gender, sexuality, and disability to examine how three factors, namely, 1) controlling images, 2) erasure of resistance, and 3) structural racism, work to create illusions of choice regarding the reproductive control of Black women in the United States. This project proposes an intersectional method for analyzing a history of reproductive control.


Tuesday April 24, 2018 3:45pm - 4:05pm
236 Zageir Hall

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