About Killing the Black Body In 1997, this groundbreaking book made a powerful entrance into the national conversation on race. She argues that race is not just a social construct, it is also politically charged and has been disguised as a biological category to justify racial injustice. Roberts uses her own observations and talks with medical professionals to conclude that race is used to prescribe, treat, and diagnose patients. Roberts and has been published by Vintage Books this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 1999 with Social Science categories. New York: The New Press.
What this fails to recognise is the ways in which reproduction for black women is a story that begins with forced rape and abduction of children during slavery, and continues through eugenicist narratives to coerced administration of birth control and forced sterilisation. While most people believe that the movement to secure voluntary reproductive control for women centered solely on abortion rights, for many women abortion was not the only, or even primary, focus. The author is able to combine the most innovative and radical thinking on several fronts--racial theory, feminist, and legal--to produce a work that is at once history and political treatise. This is one of the best books I've read in a while. Starting with slavery where black female slaves were either impregnated by their white masters or other male black slaves, usually not of their choosing, in order to create a larger labor force and increased wealth for white plantation owners. Reproduction in Bondage -- Ch.
Its a very college level book so as a highschooler i found it hard to understand at some times. When I first read this book it was sophomore year of College, and it was assigned for one of the most enlightening courses offered - Prisons, Punishment, and Democracy. During the times tot slavery, black women were sexually exploited for reproductive reasons and in order to oppress and humiliate the black community. Killing the Black Body received a 1998 Myers Center Award for the Study of Human Rights in North America. Penn Law: University of Pennsylvania Law School. The only time it would be considered in the courts was a Reading this book, I felt like I wanted to create the opposite of an inspirational calendar, for white people to read.
For instance, her chapter on reproductive technology certainly raised some problems worth addressing. In fact, the harm caused by excessive alcohol abuse far exceeds that of crack, but crack-addicted women are vilified and prosecuted to a greater extent than alcohol-addicted mothers. Roberts says that race medicine can contribute to by continuing the racial discrimination. She raised the children and was viewed as the ideal slave and mother. Despite this fact, black women fought hack, They took initiatives such as self- induced miscarriage in order to not bear a child.
Weiss University Professorof Law and Sociology and the Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights at the University of Pennsylvania. Their children might be taken from them, and sold away or rented out without any recourse. Proposed legislation to alleviate poverty focuses on plans to deny benefits to children born to welfare mothers and to require insertion of birth control implants as a condition of receiving aid. She provides a good argument for centering race not only in feminist movements, but also in constitutional interpretations of liberty. Given the subject matter, it simply cann Horrifying. This is a hefty read. A very important book on the history of medical abuse meted out upon women of color and how this practice, rooted in racism and the epitome of objectification, unfortunately still continues today.
Great, readable feminist theory isn't always that easy to find! These studies concluded that over time inferior races would die out and sterilization would merely hasten the process p. I found her discussion of the contemporary legacies of the eugenics movement to be highly fruitful. Roberts devotes a large section of her book to the punishment of drug-addicted pregnant women. Alarmingly relevant and topical for today's world, this is a must-read for anyone interested in social justice from a black feminist lens and an intersectional perspective. Dorothy Roberts scarcely makes a claim that isn't backed up with ample proof, making it quite difficult to refute her argument. Yet Roberts still managed to blow me away with some of the egregious violations she highlights, particularly in Chapter 4, which focuses on the use of the criminal justice system to infringe on especially black women's reproductive rights. Beginning with slavery and moving to the present day, she argues that white America has perpetuated a legacy of pathological social violence against black women and their reproductive capabilities.
Dorothy Roberts is brilliant and is also a clear, persuasive writer. Roberts says states have passed hundreds of laws in the last 20 years, which disproportionately affect black women, designed to keep women from accessing abortion services. Given the subject matter, it simply cannot be anything else, but it is certainly a necessary read. Overall this was an excellent book that I will be recommending to everyone. She states that the experiences of Black women since slavery has shaped the present day interpretation Of reproductive freedom. Drawing on surveys and interviews with almost 300 female military personnel, Melissa Herbert explores how women's everyday actions, such as choice of uniform, hobby, or social activity, involve the creation and re-creation of what it means to be a woman, and particularly a woman soldier. Drawn from documented cases, African-American theorists, and media reports, Roberts's knowledge of her subject is total.
As if all poor people are Black. Many white feminists get a bad rap for focusing on abortion rights to the exclusion of all else in the world of reproductive politics, and Roberts incisively highlights this by raising the issues of coercing long-acting contraception through public programs and punishments mothers on welfare receive for their stigmatized childbearing choices. In this TedX talk Roberts addresses the practice of and finds it hurtful to patients. Slave women were given incentives to bear children and were often punished for failure to procreate. The second half of the book, however, was difficult to get through. She serves as chair of the board of directors of the Black Women's Health Imperative, on the board of directors of the , and on the advisory boards of the Center for Genetics and Society and Family Defense Center. Yet, sickle cell anemia remains the only genetic disease screened for in these reproductive technologies, once again restricting the reproductive liberties of Black women.
Basically a really smart informative book spelling out yet another way the black community continues to be oppressed. The ambiguities result from the mixed messages for birth control. After Emancipation, racism continued to corrupt notions of reproductive liberty, helping to direct the birth control movement which emerged early in this century. To ensure equality in the area of reproduction, as in many other areas, requires a balance between liberty and equality as guiding principles. Myths are more than made-up stories. Now, some two decades later, Killing the Black Body has not only exerted profound influence, but also remains as crucial as ever--a rallying cry for education, awareness, and action on extending reproductive justice to all women.