Killing the Black Body

Killing the Black Body

Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty

Book - 1997 | 1st ed
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Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c1997
Edition: 1st ed
Branch Call Number: 363.96 R
Characteristics: x, 373 p. ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9780679442264


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List - Reproductive Justice
SkokieStaff Aug 17, 2016

For adults: This nonfiction title explores the impact of recent legislation, social policy, and welfare reform on black women's--especially poor black women's--control over their bodies' autonomy and their freedom to bear and raise children with respect and dignity.

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Mar 03, 2021

I probably don't have my full-fledged feminist card as I've never really read much non-fiction about reproductive rights. So, it was especially interesting for me in that I learned a lot in general & also more specifically about how/why the white perspective (conservative &/or liberal) often differs from the Black perspective on reproductive rights & body autonomy. Sometimes the end goals may be the same, but the reasoning is different. Sometimes the end goals may be different for a variety of reasons. Lots of history, culture, race, & legal information here; lots of food for thought & discussion. Fascinating & eye-opening, but also chilling, heartbreaking, & infuriating.

(I would love to see an updated addendum to cover the years since this was first published in the 1990s, but I know that would be a major undertaking for the author.)


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