Thursday 14 December 4:00pm
Today all politics are reproductive politics, argues Laura Briggs, feminist critic and Chair of the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. From longer work hours to the election of Donald Trump, our current political crisis is above all about reproduction. Households are where we face our economic realities as social safety nets get cut and wages decline. Briggs outlines how politicians’ racist accounts of reproduction—stories of Black “welfare queens” and Latina “breeding machines"—were the leading wedge in the government and business disinvestment in families. She argues that with decreasing wages, rising McJobs, and no resources for family care, our households have grown ever more precarious over the past forty years in sharply race-and class-stratified ways. This crisis, argues Briggs, fuels all others—from immigration to gay marriage, anti-feminism to the rise of the Tea Party. Pembroke Hall, Room 305, 172 Meeting Street.