I was aware of the low socio-economic issues WRT the pregnancy criminalisation issue. Since it was a US article I assumed it was mostly women of colour being targeted, but I thought for sure there would be some lower class white women included. I’m not sure how it would play out here (I think indigenous women do face some pretty appalling attitudes and treatment around pregnancy and birth but then so do white teen mothers – although again the issues may be different). But yes, it’s very damning.
The blog reportage of the pregnancy issue isn’t damning, though, is it? The other examples are, but the link the author puts in regarding the use of homicide laws against pregnant women is to an article that explicitly states that racially marginalised women are disproportionately targeted, that illustrates with a photo of prison bars, not of women, black or white, and comes from a blog that was started by a white woman, but now has contributors who identify with a variety of races. I feel pretty confident that I have never read a blog post on this issue that *didn’t* make a big deal out of the fact that it is non-white women who are suffering. I think a lot of feminists are working really hard at getting better at intersectionality, but “feminism” keeps getting lumped in with social justice movements dominated by white men who are not making a similar effort.
Orlando – this is almost the exact conversation I was having yesterday with another feminist and I think you’re right that feminism has come a long way with intersectionality, and way further than other social justice movements led by white men have come. So, I agree with you, mostly. When I read the article I originally linked to, on the criminalisation of pregnancy, I noticed immediately the race and class aspects.. but I didn’t highlight them in my post and that was probably something of an oversight, one I made possibly because racism isn’t grinding me down personally and so I don’t have the same sense of urgency that the writer of the post I’ve linked to here has about highlighting race issues.