• loretta-ross

    Great article, Bianca. I don’t often stop in my tracks to comment on a blog post, but your article caused me to do just that in an incredibly busy day. Gracias! The mestiza universe must have inspired you to select Gloria as your inspiration for your blog on reproductive justice, maybe without realizing her tremendous influence on the reproductive justice theory and framework. I’m writing to share that Gloria was a seminal inspiration for what we call the theory of reproductive justice, especially for me. It was reflecting on her theories of borderlands and mestiza consciousness that caused me to affirm the importance of being comfortable in the land of ambiguities that is foundational in critical reproductive theory. Women of color live in multiple locations and states of identity and consciousness at the same time, compelling us to create new words and theories to describe our resistance to certitude and borders imposed by a white supremacist construct that seeks not only to control, but limit, our bodies, our imaginings, our theories, and our spirits. We don’t have a single standpoint but standpoints! Gloria was one of the midwives of reproductive justice theory and should be credited for influencing its development. Gloria’s work helped me not only imagine the power and potential of the reproductive justice framework but also to envision its multiple voices and locations that exist simultaneously together to describe an intersectionalized universe that is constantly moving, shifting, reforming, and most of all — bridging. In this way, I see Gloria’s legacy — her fingerprints — on everything we do with the reproductive justice framework. Some have used it to establish new borders. Some realize that borders are anthithetical to the framework itself. For those who can imagine that everyone is mestiza, I thank you for reminding me of how the work of a genius is timeless.

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