Decolonizing Feminism: From Reproductive Abuse to Reproductive Justice


  • karen stote Wilfrid Laurier University


This paper asks why reproductive gains have sometimes amounted to reproductive abuse for Indigenous women in Canada. Guided by an intersectional and decolonial approach, it provides a historical material critique of the individualized rights discourse and reformist goals that tend to underlay feminist struggles in Canada. It explores how western feminism might support decolonization and reproductive justice.stice. Résumé Cet article demande pourquoi les gains en matière de reproduction se sont parfois traduits par des abus en matière de reproduction pour les femmes autochtones au Canada. Guidé par une approche intersectionnelle et décoloniale, il fournit une critique matérielle historique du discours sur les droits individualisés et des objectifs réformistes qui ont tendance à sous-tendre les luttes féministes au Canada. Il explore comment le féminisme occidental pourrait soutenir la décolonisation et la justice reproductive.


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Author Biography

karen stote, Wilfrid Laurier University

Karen Stote is an assistant professor of women and gender studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. She teaches courses on the history of Indian policy and Indigenous-settler relations, feminism and the politics of decolonization and issues of environmental and reproductive justice. She has recently published a full length manuscript entitled An Act of Genocide: Colonialism and the Sterilization of Aboriginal Women (Fernwood 2015).


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