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WSCA 2016 ORWAC Award Winner

Wednesday, March 16, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Christina Yoshimura
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By Marnel Niles Goins

The Organization for Research on Women and Communication top paper award for 2016 went to Kathleen M. de Onís for her work, entitled: "Lost in Translation: Challenging (White, Monolingual Feminism's) <Choice> with Justicia Reproductiva"

de Onís makes important contributions to research in feminist communication studies.  By exploring the reproductive rights realities of Spanish-speaking, migrant Latin@s, this study uncovers why the term “choice” fails to translate culturally and linguistically and argues that this incompatibility necessitates a language alternative: reproductive justice (or justicia reproductiva in Spanish). Introduced in 1994 by U.S. Black feminist activists, this term fuses reproductive rights with social justice to provide a framework for communicating the intersecting inequalities encountered by Women of Color and the poor.

This essay contends that <choice> advances White, monolingual feminism, while eliding and even erasing more precarious positionalities and perspectives. Such a tendency impedes coalition building among Third-World and other feminists. The article concludes by encouraging communication scholars to recognize and resist U.S. monoculturalism and English monolingualism, which heretofore have circumscribed our research.

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