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University of Toronto St. George
Women and Gender Studies
June Larkin

why is orientalism, intersectionality relevant to what we’re analyzing in the course. Why do we need to understand these terms so we can understand what the issues are about? Don’t compare/contrast, just define each. 1 page: what is intersectionality, why is it relevant to issues in course, 2 page: what is orientatlism, why is it relevant to issues in the course Nationalism, Eugenics, and Population Control Guided Reading Questions: In what ways does the nation state tell us what ideal motherhood should be? How are the histories of race and imperialism embedded in the concept of population control? Formulating Reproductive Rights and Sexual Health Guided Reading Questions: How does the history of racism, colonization and imperialism affect reproductive justice? How have women organized to gain access to education and power over their reproductive rights and sexual health? Common theme: reproductive justice-> links reproductive rights to social justice Nationalism, Eugenics, and Population Control - No one wants to become a mother for their country, to nation build - Birth rate is a “national problem” - Who is encouraged to be a parent and who is not - Spreading power = spreading a population = imperialism - British empire: concerned they would not populate fast enough to fill in their territories. Problem because if they weren’t the dominate population, other “master races” would fill the territories (or native populations would still be dominant) - Overpopulation is impossible for English (white) people – kingsley 1858 (slide) - Duty for british (white) people to populate, to bring “civilization” to the world – davin 2002 p 83 - Motherhood became a national duty for middle class/upper class women, expansion of western civilization rested on their shoulders – - “positive eugenics” ; the controlled breeding of population (eugenics means well born, improving of human race) - Eugenics can be used in 2 ways: positive eugenics that encourage breeding in select groups (white upper/middle class people) negative eugenics: attempt to prevent the breeding of unfit/undesirable (disabled, mentally ill, alcoholics, criminals, poor, coloured) - Eugenics still operates today, just not in as blatant a way - The “fitter family” contest: farmer brought their products of selective breeding such as fat kids, big pumpkins, healthy horses. With support from American eugenics society, contest held at numerous fairs , families submitted health records, doctors performed examinations (physical emotional mental tests) on family members scores on social psychiatric, medical dental health habits - Families who won were white European descent Overpopulation: - Malthusianism: belief that population increases leads to poverty - Don’t provide charity to poor people, It just prolongs the suffering: they will just reproduce more = more poverty - War, disease, family “natural population checks”  not seen as unequal distribution of wealth, colonialism - Poverty causes deterioration of genetic stock over time - Sees poverty not as a social issue that needs to be tended to, but
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