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Postdoc wins prestigious award for pregnancy paper

Dr Ulandi du Plessis, a Rhodes University PhD graduate and postdoc fellow at the Critical Studies in Sexuality and Reproduction Unit, has been recognised by the British Psychological Society’s Psychology of Women and Equalities Section (POWES) and Feminism & Psychology after her submission on the governing of pregnancy in South Africa received 72/72 from the reviewers.

CSSR team meets for the second Work-in-Progress Colloquium of 2019

The Critical Studies in Sexualities and Reproduction research unit (CSSR) undertakes yearly work-in-progress (WIP) colloquia where members present on their current research. These colloquia offer a regular and ongoing forum in which members of the CSSR team can present on their research for the purpose of getting feedback from colleagues and supervisors. The WIP colloquia offer valuable opportunities for engagement at all stages of the research process - from initial conceptualisation, research design, data collection, data analysis, and preparing work for presentation or publication.

CSSR Celebrates Graduation

The April graduation ceremonies at Rhodes University were a cause for celebration at the Critical Studies in Sexualities and Reproduction Research Unit. Five researchers from the CSSR received various postgraduate degrees for their work in sexualities, all under the supervision of Distinguished Professor Catriona Macleod.

An evaluation of Youth Sexualities in South African schools

In South African schools there is a vast misconception on what youth sexualities are. Socialization plays an enormous role in how one represents their sexuality. In schools, the youth are sexualized by their educators. Youth and youth sexuality are sexual constructs. Therefore, they are hegemonic and become rife, enduring and are expressed universally (Frizelle, Jwili & Nene, 2013). Youth sexuality is constructed as dangerous, deviant and taboo in African societies. In South Africa, programs such as LoveLife and Tsha Tsha have shifted from sentimental constructs on the youth to positioning them as social agents and engaged citizens (Frizelle, Jwili & Nene, 2013).

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Expanding reproductive justice through a supportability reparative justice framework: the case of abortion in South Africa

Catriona Ida Macleod

Theoretical refinement of the concept of reproductive justice has been called for. In this paper, I propose the use of a supportability reparative justice approach. Drawing on intra-categorical intersectionality, the supportability aspect starts from the event of a pregnancy to unravel the interwoven embodied and social realities implicated in women experiencing pregnancy as personally supportable/unsupportable, and socially supported/unsupported. The reparative justice aspect highlights the need for social repair in the case of unsupportable pregnancies and relies on Ernesto Verdeja’s critical theory of reparative justice in which he outlines four reparative dimensions. Using abortion within the South African context, I show how this framework may be put to use: (1) the facilitation of autonomous decision-making (individual material dimension) requires understanding women within context, and less emphasis on individual-driven ‘choice’; (2) the provision of legal, safe state-sponsored healthcare resources (collective material dimension) demands political will and abortion service provision to be regarded as a moral as well as a healthcare priority; (3) overcoming stigma and the spoiled identities (collective symbolic dimension) requires significant feminist action to deconstruct negative discourses and to foreground positive narratives; and (4) understanding individual lived experiences (individual symbolic dimension) means deep listening within the social dynamics of particular contexts.

To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.1080/13691058.2018.1447687

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