How could we overlook the nonwhite experience in “natural birth literature,” whatever the heck that is?
Finally, since this is a blog about academia and not journalism, I’ll forgive the commenters for not understanding that it is not my job to read entire dissertations before I write a 500-word piece about them.
Q: What do you call a black man flying an aeroplane?
A: The pilot, you fucking racist!
First, while her position may seem to be obviously racist, it's actually the default position of many left-wing intellectuals and academics. This positions assumes that ethnic studies are irrelevant and unserious
That’s what I would say about Ruth Hayes’ dissertation, “‘So I Could Be Easeful’: Black Women’s Authoritative Knowledge on Childbirth.” It began because she “noticed that nonwhite women’s experiences were largely absent from natural-birth literature, which led me to look into historical black midwifery.” How could we overlook the nonwhite experience in “natural birth literature,” whatever the heck that is?
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