Anna: Authors Susan Shaw and Janet Lee discuss “Health and Reproductive Justice” by slowly digesting the concept in its entirety. They start off Chapter 7 by discussing the current state of our society’s health and wellness situation. Here, Shaw and Lee state and explore various laws and regulations and how these issues affect the women in our society. Topics include women’s health care in the work force, availability of preventative care and STI testing, the cost of gender and ethnic profiling, and the impact of multiple industries. Shaw and Lee narrow their gaze to the multi-faceted subject of reproductive justice. They consider matters of sterilization practices, parenting options, contraceptive technologies, and finally, abortion. Each subcategory is explained through statistical data, laws that both regulate and encourage women’s choice, and rationalized opinions. Like every chapter, Shaw and Lee explain how these issues do not only affect women, but also other minorities and explore the intersectionality within.
Thalia: The fetal heartbeat bill is an anti-abortion legislation based on the assumption that life starts when there is a heartbeat. Currently, Ohio has passed the bill in the House at a 55-40 vote, which is a landslide. There have been two similar bills such as this one but both have been denied, the first was denied after it was taken to the senate and then the most recent was denied at the house. Also, North Dakota denied a law that was similar to this one. The chances for this bill passing in Ohio is looking very bleak, mainly because it doesn’t give support to victims of rape, incest, and ectopic pregnancies, etc. The senate is waiting to hear from a scholar at whether or not this bill is constitutional, which most think it isn’t. That seems to be the determining factor at whether or not this bill will or will not be passed.
Jackson; Putting it together: Politically the arguments surrounding the heartbeat bill are mostly personal religious and moral vindication and whether or not is acceptable for lawmakers to decide things that are traditionally decided by educated, medical professionals.What better exemplifies systemic domination of the white supremacist capitalist patriarchy than a legislature of majorly caucasian men imposing a personal, societally skewed viewpoint when then affected class is the women whose voices are not represented?
20 Years Old
Born in Salina Kansas
Major: Musical Theatre
Singer, Actor, Dancer, Thinker, Feminist, Drag Queen, Reader, Science Fiction Nerd, Crocheter, Cat-Lover, Friend, Lover of Classical Music
My interest in feminism started with my mother’s introduction to me and my sexual body as nothing to be afraid or ashamed of. Starting around age 9, my mother told me and gave me great reading regarding the inner-and outer workings of both sexes. I took this information, and had a chip on my shoulder to make sure everyone else in 4th grade at Heusner Elementary school knew that masturbation was okay and that many of the girls would soon be experiencing their periods for the first time, along with other information that most of the time was not asked; but I was more than happy to inform. I grew up in the Unitarian Universalist Church, which is very known for being a loving, accepting, spiritual discourse community. I don’t attend regularly because of my doubts in an all-encompassing higher power, but my attendance throughout my youth sparked my love of discussion. I have been pro-life for as long as I can remember. I love life and consider myself pro-life when it comes to fully enjoying the beauty of the universe and how lucky we are to be a coalescence of cells and chemicals that have evolved into highly intelligent beings. Not too many planets have made that possible (as I said, big sci-fi nerd); however. I am not a woman, nor do I have the capability, nor desire the capability, to bear children. Therefore I have NO idea what it feels like personally, politically, and socially to raise a child, and think it is disgusting that any male has ever said anything otherwise.
Anna Farris (19)
Graduating in Spring 2017 with a Bachelors in Organizational Leadership with a focus in nonprofits.
From: Amarillo, Texas
This is my second WGS class through UC, so I entered thinking I knew what to expect. Although both classes were extremely interesting and inspiring, the amount I have learned, respect I have developed for the other students, and the level of personal growth I have attained from this class in unbelievable. I have never been in a class that I fondly looked forward to everyday, until now. Each class offered new ideas to evaluate and mull over, new authors to research, new documentaries to watch, new poets to listen to (and love). The amount of passion emitted from everyone in the room has been a driving force, helping me get through this mundane semester. Through this course, I have learned that there is not one “answer.” Whether I am trying to find the reason for a societal injustice or a personal privilege, I have learned that you will never fully understand, and that is okay. It is alright to let yourself embrace the confusion and ambiguity. It is alright to not know why, as long as you know you care.
This is the concept that has struck me the hardest and been on my mind the longest. I hope to continue my growth and keep questioning our social normality. I hope to allow myself to sit in the confusion and work with it to continue my progression as a passionate feminist.
Name: Thalia Burgio
Major & Year: Philosophy & Women’s Gender double major with a minor in Psychology. Graduating in the spring of 2016.
From: West Chester, Ohio but raised in Apex, North Carolina.
I came into this class knowing a bit about women’s gender issues since I’m a women’s gender major but this class really not only touched on gender issues but race, religion, environmental issues, etc. I can’t even begin to say how much I’ve been impacted by not only the class but the amazing people within it as well. The diverse conversations and discussion board posts have really made me stronger in my views but also change my mind on some, which surprised me! Each class I take in the women’s gender department really challenge me to be a better person and hopefully by the time I graduate I could be just as knowledgeable as those activists that I look up to and identify with.
Name: Maggie Wilson
Major & Year: Social Work Major with Minor in Psychology. Graduating in the spring of 2017.
From: Fairfield, Ohio.
This is the first Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies class I have taken, and I have learned an extraordinary amount of valuable information. I was honestly surprised at how much the class impacted me. My views always sort of aligned with most of what we talked about in class, but I didn’t have anyone to relate them to or talk to them about. I have grown as an individual from this course and plan to take more courses from the same filed of study. It was interesting to learn about feminism in an all-inclusive way of other issues in ours and other societies around the world.