Oklahomans for Reproductive Justice

Oklahomans for Reproductive Justice (OK4RJ) consists of a group of young Okies dedicated to caring and advocating for Oklahomans, using community and grassroots approaches to raise awareness and advocate for access to full reproductive freedom for all, regardless of race, class, ability, gender identity, or sexual orientation. We believe that social justice issues are inseparable from reproductive issues and advocate for a holistic view of reproductive justice Visit our site at ok4rj.org
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In the same interview, Kendall and Flavia Dzodan highlight the fact that the internet is not a bootstraps-style meritocracy, that many marginalized voices online are starting from a place of limited resources. Just like on the non-Internet! The belief that the internet is totally egalitarian has lead only to frustration for feminists of color, who have seen their work not only ignored and erased but appropriated, co-opted, and plagiarized. This problem sometimes seems insurmountable for those of us working in a WoC-centered framework in red states, especially low-resource rural red states where conventional face-to-face organizing is not possible.

#solidarityisforwhitewomen addresses a type of activism that is beginning to show itself as based in bubble-like self-preservation, rather than effective strategizing or even real movement-building. I won’t go so far as to claim that it’s malicious insofar as willful ignorance is not necessarily malicious. But it certainly requires active denial of how privilege works while simultaneously claiming to dismantle that privilege.

Corporate Feminism has a momentum going because it is very marketable. It seems simple enough to yell slogans and encouraging quotes at other women telling them ”YOU CAN DO ANYTHING YOU WANT, JUST LOOK INSIDE YOURSELF!!!”, but these words are not going to create financial ease for people who are working on minimum wage with a family or all of a sudden create a sense of security for someone who is struggling to pay their rent. Telling people to love themselves for what they are talented at or to believe in their full potential is not a negative notion. But don’t get this part of “The New Feminism” twisted as a portion of a grassroots movement which speaks to the underrepresented.


From my friend Jennifer:

pro-choice & abortion access friends: your financial help is needed! Georgia Reproductive Justice Access Network, one of the only abortion funds in the southeast, is down to $89. they need an infusion of money FAST so they can keep their fund up and helping those who are pregnant afford abortion care. please give as much as you can!

I say this often about abortion funds but they help people who desperately need to get an abortion but cannot afford it. These are people in the most dire of circumstances.

When you donate to an abortion fund you 1) know your money will go directly toward helping someone and 2) you will make someone’s life better. 

If you can, please donate to this abortion fund.


This past Monday, I had the pleasure of joining a sold out crowd at the University of New Mexico to celebrate forty (!) years of the campus’s Women’s Resource Center. You heard me: SOLD OUT. This is no small feat in New Mexico, considering we’re a state known for our lackadaisical ways with, well, everything. So the fact that an event held for the Women’s Resource Center was able to draw such a crowd was…honestly, shocking.

I guess I shouldn’t have been that surprised, though, considering the keynote of the evening was the illustrious Gloria Steinem. The Ms. Founding editor spent her day in workshops and meet and greets with students, faculty, staff, and various community members, and there was a whole lot of hype surrounding her visit.

Personally, when I think of Glo Steez (my affectionate nickname for Ms. Second Wave Herself), I always think of the episode of The L Word (season 2, episode 13) where Betteand Kit’s father passes away, and she shows up at the funeral because apparently Melvin was some champion for women’s rights, even though he was totally dismissive of his lesbian daughter’s relationship and experience. It’s also the episode where Heart plays a tribute for the Ms. Foundation for Women alongside Betty, which is a billing that I really don’t think would ever happen outside of Ilene Chaiken’s bizarro fantasy playground.

Regardless! My point here is that I’ve never really been sold on the idea of Saint Gloria. While this evening was a really nice experience, it was also a reminder of how willingly we brush aside the problematic political pieces of someone who has done our movement a whole lot of good. We tend to forget that they lead complicated lives, and put them up on the pedestal of movement leaders who can do no wrong.

Well, Gloria has done wrong. A lot of wrong, really.

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To get things done in tough states, you have to be creative and have to be risky. There is no support, and letter-to-the-editor campaigning won’t work. This climate has, in a Darwinian sort of way, created activists that cannot get away being ineffective conference-hopping scenesters most of the year, and then write some letters and declare a successful campaign. Yet, we are meant to believe that flyover activists exists in a kind of backwater of activism that is markedly inferior to the sort of cushy and easy stuff activists elsewhere do (and poorly at that). It’s hilarious.
 The Hilarious Coastal Bias - real talk on organizing in red states from @mattbruenig


WHITE WOMEN make approx. 72 cents for every WHITE MALE DOLLAR

WHITE WOMEN make approx. 72 cents for every WHITE MALE DOLLAR

WHITE WOMEN make approx. 72 cents for every WHITE MALE DOLLAR

WHITE WOMEN make approx. 72 cents for every WHITE MALE DOLLAR

WHITE WOMEN make approx. 72 cents for every WHITE MALE DOLLAR

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From the write-up at UConn’s student newspaper:

Ferguson began the presentation with an excerpt from her latest book, “Emma Goldman: Political Thinking in theStreets.” She addressed the misapprehensions frequently thought about anarchism, which include the notions that anarchists are mostly male and that they are isolated, violent and unproductive.

However, Ferguson explained how these feminists and anarchists produced journals and created a network of schools. She divided the first wave of anarchists into two stories: the old and the new. The old story of feminist anarchists consisted of immigrants and nonimmigrants to the United States. Some women like Maria Barbieri bordered on the side of Marxism, while others like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Louise Olivereau were more moderate, opposing World War I drafts.

I decided to post this link because I think it involves several important conversations happening in many social justice-minded circles at the moment, especially around intersectionality, historical amnesia (especially with regards to “radical feminists” and new-wave riot grrrls), and hand-wringing over who does and doesn’t identify as “feminist.” Feel free to reblog with thoughts!


Many of the people I went to school with already have at least one child, some have two children.  In small town Southern Oklahoma, life centers on children.  Most people have kids, and they have them at a young age.  The idea that you might not want to have children is practically unthinkable.

This focus on reproducing is not limited to where I grew up.  The United States is a very child-focused culture.  It fits into our whole American Dream, individualism-but-not-too-much-individualism, “bootstraps” metanarrative.  You will meet a person, fall in “love,” get legally married, and spawn two or more brats.  This is the blueprint for happiness according to mainstream American society.   In the eyes of the dominant culture, an individual’s failure to marry and reproduce implicates deep wrongness.  Indeed, there must be some tragic reason that they didn’t do what they were supposed to be happy. And even in communities and movements that willfully reject many of the narratives about American society, some of these narratives leave their ghosts behind to complicate and influence discussions and focuses.

A major difference between the mainstream feminist “pro-choice” movement and the reproductive justice movement is the focus on pregnancy and reproduction.  This may seem counter-intuitive.  Isn’t reproduction right there in the name?  It is, of course, but I mean that under the umbrella of “reproductive justice” we tend to talk about health care and sexual needs that do not have anything to do with trying to become or remain un-pregnant. 

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Caitlin Moran is pretty straight-forward with her view of feminism.

So here is the quick way of working out if you’re a feminist. Put your hand in your underpants.

a. Do you have a vagina? And

b Do you want to be in charge of it?

If you said “yes” to both, then congratulations! You’re a feminist!

Now, granted, Moran does come at the topic from a very cisgender perspective. Her views of womanhood are not inclusive, though she claims in interviews she is trying to change that. Basically, she approaches the topic like a straight, white woman, and there is little room for the experiences of others. This is most likely due to the fact that her book is more memoir than it is an actual manual of womanhood, much in the vein of Tina Fey’s Bossy Pants. So she isn’t really telling anyone how to be a woman so much as explaining how she slowly figured out what works for her.

If womanhood came with a manual, I don’t think high school would’ve been so hard. Rather than spending my time worrying whether or not the boy in my English class liked me, if my friends were all mad at me, what the hell was happening to my body, and why did I feel so horny and melancholy all the time, I could’ve focused on geometry, though I’m sure I still would’ve made a B.

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