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Jaworski, Beth K. “Reproductive Justice and Media Framing: A Case-Study Analysis of Problematic Frames in Popular Media.” Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning 9, no. 1 (2009): 105–21.


Jaworski criticizes the portrayal of reproductive justice in popular media, pointing out that common frames “limit reproductive justice for women” (105). The article explores the roles media play in reflecting and perpetuating existing attitudes towards reproductive-related issues, such as sex, pregnancy, and contraception. Jaworski identifies three problematic frameworks as they relate to reproductive justice: hip-hop lyrics that depict women who use contraception as promiscuous and immoral; primetime television shows that emphasize teen mothers disposing of newborn babies in dumpsters; and inaccurate information about contraception and reproductive healthcare access that perpetuates the notion of sexuality being dangerous. She explains that these frames deprive women of the ability to develop healthy attitudes toward sexuality and prevent them from achieving personal agency in decision making. Jaworski explores media as a sexual education tool, which reproductive justice advocates can exploit to counter negative messages and distribute positive ones. This article will be useful for those interested in how the media frames reproductive related issues. It reinforces the importance of a shift away from rights-based frames, because a comprehensive definition of reproductive justice can more effectively influence popular views on the issues.  


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