Category Archives: black women

The Story that Took 10 Years to Tell

by Shanelle Matthews

Originally published at Crunk Feminist Collective.

“Are you in college?” The doctor could tell from my face I wasn’t at all interested in having a conversation. “You speak well. I mean, you’re articulate.” The wrinkles in my forehead deepened. I wrung my fingers tightly around the scratchy, blue exam gown and briefly thought about the woman who wore it before me; what was she like? I looked at him, desperately wanting to not have to actually speak, wishing he could just read my mind. “Yes. I’m in college,” I responded shortly. I was really thinking, “That’s none of your business and really, is this the time to make small talk? When your elbow is deep in my vagina?”
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The Story that Took 10 Years to Tell

by Shanelle Matthews

Originally published at Crunk Feminist Collective.

“Are you in college?” The doctor could tell from my face I wasn’t at all interested in having a conversation. “You speak well. I mean, you’re articulate.” The wrinkles in my forehead deepened. I wrung my fingers tightly around the scratchy, blue exam gown and briefly thought about the woman who wore it before me; what was she like? I looked at him, desperately wanting to not have to actually speak, wishing he could just read my mind. “Yes. I’m in college,” I responded shortly. I was really thinking, “That’s none of your business and really, is this the time to make small talk? When your elbow is deep in my vagina?”
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Reproductive Emancipation

by Heidi Williamson

The institution of slavery depended heavily on black women’s ability to produce and reproduce. Black women worked in the fields, as well as bore the responsibility of bearing future generations of human beings to sustain the institution of slavery itself. Both were expected and both were delivered. Read more…

Reproductive Emancipation

by Heidi Williamson

The institution of slavery depended heavily on black women’s ability to produce and reproduce. Black women worked in the fields, as well as bore the responsibility of bearing future generations of human beings to sustain the institution of slavery itself. Both were expected and both were delivered. Read more…

The Road to Roe

by Cynthia Greenlee-Donnell

Every year when the anniversary of Roe v. Wade rolls around, I am troubled by the loud silences in our triumphant tales of struggle. Our pro-choice creation myths—including true stories about 26-year-old Sarah Weddington facing the Supreme Court, the Jane collective of Chicago referring women to safe abortion care in the 1960s, and countless women who died from unsafe abortions—are largely narratives without the voices and contributions of African Americans. Read more…

The Road to Roe

by Cynthia Greenlee-Donnell

Every year when the anniversary of Roe v. Wade rolls around, I am troubled by the loud silences in our triumphant tales of struggle. Our pro-choice creation myths—including true stories about 26-year-old Sarah Weddington facing the Supreme Court, the Jane collective of Chicago referring women to safe abortion care in the 1960s, and countless women who died from unsafe abortions—are largely narratives without the voices and contributions of African Americans. Read more…

Policing African-American Motherhood from Every Angle

by Alicia Walters

And yet, on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, it would be nice if things were that cut and dry: good doctors are politically left and provide abortions, bad doctors are on the right and don’t support abortion. The truth is that for Black women, there is manipulation on both sides of the aisle, in all regions of this country. Read more…

Policing African-American Motherhood from Every Angle

by Alicia Walters

And yet, on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, it would be nice if things were that cut and dry: good doctors are politically left and provide abortions, bad doctors are on the right and don’t support abortion. The truth is that for Black women, there is manipulation on both sides of the aisle, in all regions of this country. Read more…