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Price, Kimala. “Teaching About Reproduction, Politics, And Social Justice.” Transformations 19, no. 2 (Fall /Winter 2009 2008): 42–136.


Price’s article documents her teaching experience with undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and San Diego State. Throughout her paper, she argues that federally there has been a conservative social and political climate towards, “honest discussion about bodies, sex and sexuality” and discusses how educational programs, such as the abstinence only sex programs are ineffective because they are “misleading, inaccurate, and offer blatantly false information.” As a result of this poor education, she reports that even her own undergraduates, “do not have a basic, working knowledge and understanding of their bodies, reproduction, sex, health, sexual health, and sexuality” (42). As a Professor, she provides an alternative education to help her students’ “understand how social, political, and economic institutions and processes, and intersecting oppressions and privileges can affect the reproductive choices of individual women and entire communities” (43). Essentially, Price uses her instruction as an opportunity to expose them about the larger concepts of the reproductive rights movement and its history in the United States, while allowing them to explore an area of their individual interest. After obtaining a grasp of where her students were educationally, she provided foundational readings and texts on the reproductive movement to educate them. These texts included: “We Remember” issued by African American Women are for Reproductive Freedom, the 1996 Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act, and the 2007 film Juno. After providing her class with a better understanding and familiarity with the Reproductive movement, she asked her students to explore their area of interest through their final class project. Some of the final projects, her students turned included a handbook on reproductive rights and justice for residents of California and another was a website on menopause and estrogen replacement therapy with the goal of building a community online. Price concludes by stating that in an ideal world candid discussions about sex would be common.


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