Working to Address Gender Justice

WORKING TO ADDRESS GENDER JUSTICE

Adapted from Translate Gender’s “Resisting Gender Oppression: Tips on Being an Activist/Ally" (www.translategender.org) and Third Wave Fund's language on gender and reproductive justice (www.thirdwavefund.org).

Language and Communication

CLPP strives to make the conference a safer space for people who are marginalized because of their a/gender* identity (such as women, non-binary people, transgender people, and/or gender non-conforming people) and/or intersex status. In general, our hope is that we can challenge gender assumptions and stereotyping. Please let people self-identify their a/gender and the pronouns they use to describe themselves (e.g., he/him/his, she/her/hers, they/them/theirs, ze/ hir/hirs—or no pronouns at all), and use gender-neutral language until pronouns are established. Conference name badges include space to self-identify your pronouns. It is respectful and an act of trans solidarity to ask everyone, "What pronouns do you use?" It is often helpful to mirror back language that people use to identify themselves. Honor people’s pronouns and a/gender identities, whatever they may be. We each have different comfort levels around our bodies. Don’t press for answers just because someone revealed details about themselves earlier; it can be exhausting to be seen as a full-time educator simply because of our gender. Many resources are available online and in print, as well as at this conference!

As we build conference community for reproductive justice, we want to ensure that the reproductive needs, health, and rights of everyone are recognized, regardless of a/gender identity. When we are clear and specific about who is affected, we build a movement in which everyone can take part. We have found that the history of framing abortion as a "women's issue" doesn't leave space for the many people who aren't women but who might have had abortions or may need abortion services. Reproductive justice was founded on the idea that a "pro-choice" framework is inadequate for reaching full reproductive freedom. One way this framework is limited is that it neglects the needs of some of the people most marginalized by sexism: trans women, assigned-male-at-birth non-binary people, and/or intersex people who do not need abortion services. Let's work together to center solutions to transmisogyny and intersex oppression in reproductive justice spaces in order to build freedom for us all.

We believe that speaking about abortion—as well as other reproductive justice issues—in a gender non-specific manner creates space for women, non-binary, and/or transgender people to include themselves in the reproductive health, rights, and justice movements, and that this inclusion is critical for success.

*CLPP uses "a/gender" here to include people who are agender, meaning that they do not have a gender identity.