“While I was thankful to have answers, the experience navigating the reproductive health world was highly gendered and left me feeling angry”
Of course, this exhibit won’t be vandalized, unlike dozens of campus pro-life exhibits across the country.
Campus Reform reports:
University sponsors art exhibition on ‘Reproductive Justice’
The event website describes the exhibit as “‘full of fantastic artists creating art that facilitates conversation and positive change.’”
“The thirty pieces included in this exhibition were selected by jury process from nearly seventy submissions,” the description reads. Exhibited artwork represents topics including “police violence,” “abortion rights and access,” “historical abortion and fertility control,” “motherhood, being intentionally childfree, being denied the right to have children, and more.”
One artist’s painting, Lorraine, belongs to a series depicting “‘non-hierarchical networks’” for women “‘sharing reproductive information with other women, sidestepping patriarchal systems of control,’” according to its description.
The artist gave examples of these women. “‘In 1971, Lorraine Rothman and Carol Downer created the Del Em menstrual extraction device, designed to allow women to perform safe, simple, at-home terminations of early pregnancy,’” the description reads.
“‘Rothman and Downer sought to return reproductive sovereignty to women, mitigating the need for medical training, equipment, or even the legality of abortion.’”
Another artist exhibited an animated short called Not a She, inspired by the artist’s diagnosis with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). The Mayo Clinic describes PCOS as a condition impacting women in which symptoms “start around the time of the first menstrual period.”
“‘While I was thankful to have answers, the experience navigating the reproductive health world was highly gendered and left me feeling angry,’” the artist said. “‘I wasn’t a woman, and yet I was forced to occupy the space of womanhood in order to seek proper healthcare.’”
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