Call for Papers: Organizing against the Tide: Alternative Economies and Gendered Labor
We are pleased to invite submissions for the ninth issue of Kohl: a Journal for Body and Gender Research, slated for publication in June 2019. Young activists, independent researchers, graduate students and fresh graduates are particularly encouraged to apply. We also welcome submissions from seminal contributors in the field.
Reproductive justice, reproductive rights, and reproductive health are often used interchangeably. While these concepts do not intentionally contradict one another, they do however hold different commitments, approaches, and actions. More importantly, the contexts wherein they have emerged are significant to their different usages. The development of this paper takes the form of exposition; its methodology and format are atypical. While it may appear that there is a plethora of questions asked, there is but one question posed, albeit a large one: can a Reproductive Justice approach and analysis be a praxis befitting the multitude of our struggles in a Lebanese context?
Like most Nubian women born in the displacement villages, I underwent a clitorectomy during my first weeks on earth, one that was performed by a trained, educated, and certified doctor. Doctors in the Nubian settlements were often appointed from the north of Egypt; they were usually regarded as civilized, trustworthy, and knowledgeable, as they were one of the “modernizing” factors the state promised Nubians after resettlement. However, they voiced very little opposition against this practice.
A denunciation of Capernaum’s content can be easily appropriated and weaponized by trolls and misogynists against feminist causes. But this review is not for them. It is for us to imagine what conversation the film could have started, had it not inquired “are you happy to be alive?” and focused instead on “who is responsible for this misery?” The questions we ask are of considerable importance as they inform the action we partake in to address the issues at hand.