Oncofertility: Beyond Biological Motherhood, Towards Reproductive Justice

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Is Childlessness Really Another Side Effect of Cancer?

The emphasis on biological motherhood in the field of oncofertility masks at least two societal forces contributing to the cancer/infertility equation.

First, the conditions in which people live and work are are already linked to cancers and adverse effects on women’s . . . → Read More: Oncofertility: Beyond Biological Motherhood, Towards Reproductive Justice – 3

Oncofertility: Beyond Biological Motherhood, Towards Reproductive Justice

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Rethinking Normative Expectations

As professionals, we have to balance our responsibility to care, inform and research for safer fertility treatments while respecting women’s choices that may at times go against dominant models of womanhood. In doing so, it is crucial to acknowledge several problems stemming from norms about reproduction . . . → Read More: Oncofertility: Beyond Biological Motherhood, Towards Reproductive Justice – 2

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Cancer and cancer treatments can have a huge impact on women’s sexual and reproductive health. Yet, when I started my research on breast cancer and social inequality in Spain a decade ago this issue was hardly being addressed in international scholarly debates or in clinical settings. Several of the . . . → Read More: Oncofertility: Beyond Biological Motherhood, Towards Reproductive Justice

Beatriz Figueroa: Relinking cancer treatments, incapacity to work, the social security system, and patients economic rights

I met Beatriz Figueroa in cyberspace. We started having e-discussions after I learned about her provocative new awareness campaign, “Life is not the same after breast cancer.” She leads a national e-campaign calling for a law to protect the economic rights of cancer patients. I was humbled and inspired by her work because she pushes . . . → Read More: Beatriz Figueroa: Relinking cancer treatments, incapacity to work, the social security system, and patients economic rights,

Perilous equations? Empowerment and the pedagogy of fear in breast cancer awareness campaigns

Published in the Women’s Studies International Forum, 2014.

Abstract: Breast cancer awareness campaigns are the major strategy used by public institutions and private organizations to empower women about breast cancer. Yet, drawing on my own research and observations as an academic and activist over the past 9 years in Spain, I argue that these mainstream . . . → Read More: Perilous equations? Empowerment and the pedagogy of fear in breast cancer awareness campaigns

Nov 9: Breast Cancer and Dissident Corporealities’, Barcelona, Spain

Oncogrrrls and Marimachos cancerosas proudly announce a public event on ‘Breast Cancer and Dissident Corporealities’. This is the first of its kind event in Spain that seeks to challenge heteronormativity and biomedical authority in breast cancer policy discourses and practices.

When: 11/9/2013 at 3pm

Where: Ca la Dona, Barcelona, Spain

Agenda:

15:00 h. Projection ‘Pink . . . → Read More: Nov 9: Breast Cancer and Dissident Corporealities’, Barcelona, Spain

“Pink Ribbons, Inc.” Screening and Panel Discussion for International Women’s Day on March 5th, 2013

Breast cancer campaigns are all around us. Everything from marathons to bake sales are regularly organized to raise money for breast cancer. More and more companies have ‘pink ribbon products’ – teddy bears, perfume, and bras to name very few – with sales that allegedly result in donations to breast cancer programs and charities.

But . . . → Read More: “Pink Ribbons, Inc.” Screening and Panel Discussion for International Women’s Day on March 5th, 2013