Teaching Reproductive Justice: An Activist’s Approach
Black Women's Liberatory Pedagogies : Resistance, Transformation, and Healing Within and Beyond the Academy
Cham : Springer International Publishing : Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
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.