My take on body politics.
Coverage of Maternal Health Threats Overlooks Black Expertise
In August, Propublica investigative reporter Nina Martin shared a Washington Post story about Beyoncé and Serena Williams’ serious pregnancy-related health complications, along with a challenge to her journalism colleagues via Twitter. In response, Twitter users suggested dozens of black individuals and organizations who could help flesh out future maternal health coverage. Columbia Journalism, Review, November 29, 2018.
‘It Behooves You To Understand Why People Are Getting Sick’: A Q&A About Police Violence And Reproductive Health
Police violence and interaction could be seen as particularly extreme forms of maternal stress. If one lives in a community that is frequently policed, the accumulative effects of these interactions can have health consequences more insidious than those caused by actual physical violence. Rewire.News, March 21, 2017.
The Largely Forgotten History Of Abortion Billboard Advertising—and What Pro-Choice Advocates Can Learn From It
Ideological warfare about abortion via advertising has a long track record, though it’s a past largely forgotten in history’s fog and the present’s relentless attacks on abortion rights. Today’s reproductive rights and justice advocates can’t afford to forget that past. Rewire.News, July 30, 2015.
Beyond The Coat Hanger: What’s Next For Abortion Rights Iconography?
For me, and many others born after Roe v. Wade, the fixation on coat hangers as the prevailing imagery of the reproductive rights movement excludes the possibility of alternatives that are more relevant to current struggles. Rewire.News, February 17, 2015.
Percy Sutton’s 1966 Abortion Rights Bill: Groundbreaking, But Often Unremembered
Though many remember New York's Percy Sutton as an investor, lawyer, and power broker, he also introduced the state's first bill that would have relaxed abortion restrictions—opening the door for the liberalization of New York's abortion laws before Roe v. Wade.Rewire.News, February 24, 2015.
T.R.M. Howard: Civil Rights Rabble-Rouser, Abortion Provider
Dissent Magazine, May 16, 2013.