Janna A. Zinzi is a strategist and storyteller using writing and movement to address the beauty and complexities of women’s lives. As a communications strategist, she assists small businesses and social justice organizations in promoting their work online. As a writer, she has contributed to a variety of progressive and feminist blogs including AlterNet, Feministing and Racialicious. Janna (also known as “jaz”) is a reproductive justice advocate and a performer with Brown Girls Burlesque, an all women of color theatrical burlesque troupe.
Melissa Harris-Perry’s recent announcement about the birth of her daughter via a surrogate, and the broader conversation about redefining family that she hopes to instigate, could help other women, particularly in communities of color, talk about aspects of their reproductive lives that have previously been little discussed.
A reproductive justice framework is critical—but it’s not the same thing as “pro-choice.”
It’s unpopular not to celebrate the Pill because there’s enough opposition to reproductive rights; why add fuel to the fire? Yet while many women happily use them, a significant share find that side effects largely outweigh the benefits.
My mom prepared me to make good decisions for myself and my body. I’m sure she had no idea at the time that she was fostering at a reproductive justice advocate. But I thank her for it.
While BPA (bisphenol A) is now receiving a lot of attention from environmental and reproductive health advocates, another chemical affecting women’s reproductive health is sliding under the radar: Dioxin.
A new single by former Disney “Cheetah Girl” Kiely Williams, member of girl group 3LW, is essentially an ode to a night of unconscious, unprotected sex.
Breastfeeding may not be a panacea to maternal and infant health disparities but it is a proven way to improve health outcomes. But to make it real, we have to holistically support new mothers and their babies in breastfeeding.
If the Radiance Foundation is truly concerned about black children, then it should focus on eliminating the undeniable dangers of maternal and infant mortality in the black community.