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Reproductive Politics in YA Literature

Everyone’s read The Handmaid’s Tale, right? With its dystopian vision of a future where the few women who are fertile are kept like slaves? Well, with reproductive rights being so hotly contested right now, it’s no surprise that the topic is popping up in literature again. This time, YA (Young Adult) novels offer a variety of perspectives on how a disturbing yet plausible future might emerge from our currently debated policies. It makes you wonder… Continue Reading →

Rape Culture, Pro-Life, And Anti-Women Rhetorics

There is a connection between various cultural messages about sex that reach us through the media, politics, and everyday life. I’ve seen it helpfully articulated on feminist blogs and in conversations with feminists and other allies, but it wasn’t until I was reading the footnotes of Sex at Dawn (because I am a nerd like that) that it all fell into place for me. First, I’d read Echo Zen’s Slutwalk address, which was awesome and thought-provoking. Speaking from the perspective of a reproductive health advocate, he defines rape culture as a culture that punishes women for trying to be in control of their sexuality, especially when that means choosing to be sexually active. Rape culture normalizes sexual violence and employs victim-blaming and slut-shaming strategies to cow women into complying… Continue Reading →