The Hemispheric Institute on the Americas is showcasing Professor Natalia Deeb-Sossa’s collection of photographs “Reproductive Oppression.” The collection complements her research which focuses on the multiple difficulties Latinas in North Carolina have in gaining access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH).
While celebrating life through the pictures of children and multigenerational families, Natalia’s work challenges the perception that there is a cultural preference among Latinas to maintain pregnancies. She also documents the obstacles placed by the North Carolina health and legal system and the concomitant use of homemade remedies and clandestine abortions. Teenage mothers and older women were told that not getting pregnant (like motherhood) is a woman’s obligation and responsibility.
Erna Martinez is also showcasing an altarpiece.
The photographs and altarpiece are on display in the Social Science and Humanities Building, on the 5th floor (above the office of the Dean of Letters and Sciences) for the Winter and Spring quarter 2008.