Roberts, a law professor at Rutgers University, asserts that African American women have been engaged from the start in an ongoing fight to gain control of their reproductive choice. First, in the early days of American slavery, from control by white "masters" who forced slaves to produce children to work for them, and now, from government "solutions" to African American child-bearing like the distribution of the long-term contraceptive Norplant in African American communities.
Roberts also takes the mainstream feminist movement to task for working mostly for the "negative right" of liberty, that is, the right of women to not have the government involved in their reproductive decision-making. To Roberts this debate, focused mainly on government non-interference, ignores issues especially important to African American women such as access to contraception or reproduction technologies. "Reproductive freedom is a matter of social justice," she says, stating further that it is social inequality, more than any legal interference, that severely limits African American women's ability to choose how and whether to have children. "We need a way of rethinking the meaning of liberty so that it protects all citizens equally," Roberts writes. "I propose that focusing on the connection between reproductive rights and racial equality is the place to start." --Maria Dolan --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Learn about the racist and classist origins of policies like eugenics, welfare and birth control.
Don't buy it if you don't want to read some uncomfortable truths, but overall I'd say it is an informative and well written book.
As a medical and public health professional, I often refer to this book as a resource for various projects and research.
no customer service, they will ignore all and any emails. I never received my book. I am only giving 1 star because it makes me pick one. I would give no stars here. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Sidne
Not worth the money. The concepts were not interesting. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. Would never buy this book again.Published 13 months ago by Tracey
Excellent text, but highly troublesome material. Don't buy it if you don't want to read some uncomfortable truths, but overall I'd say it is an informative and well written book.Published 21 months ago by SomeCallMeDonna...
This book was new and It come within one week of purchasing it and it was in great brand new conditionPublished on September 12, 2011 by Viola Ngandu
This book was indeed eye-opening and had a profound affect on me. Still, her initial thesis is simply reinforced and repeated again and again, and this 300 page book could have... Read morePublished on April 3, 2011 by Carmen