Gender and Women’s Studies 24, Section 1

Reproductive Liberty and Justice for All (1 unit, P/NP)

Professor Laura Nelson
Wednesday 4:00-6:00, 602 Social Sciences Building, Class number: 33213

This Freshman Seminar for students of all genders will situate the current attacks on abortion in the US within larger issues of reproductive justice. We will consider how and why reproduction became a politicized issue; what the Reproductive Justice movement is and what other related social movements are; and how the history of enslavement, settler colonialism, racism, eugenics, and pronatalism have influenced the fights over control of fertility. We will read Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale in the context of contemporary ideological shifts. After a break during the month of October, we’ll meet one last time in November to recap and to consider what the November 2022 elections might portend.

Instructor Bio

Laura C. Nelson was trained in cultural anthropology and urban planning. Her professional work has ranged from research in South Korea on how gendering was effected through designed consumer sector development; on the experience and politics of breast cancer in South Korea; and on South Korean elders who have opted out of marriage and/or child rearing; she has also done applied work in microenterprise development and employment programs in the USA.