micha cárdenas Publishes "Pregnancy: Reproductive Futures in Trans of Color Feminism" in Transgender Studies Quarterly

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IAS faculty member micha cárdenas published a hybrid poetry/bioart project, “Pregnancy,” in the new issue of Transgender Studies Quarterly from Duke University Press.  The article presents a vision of trans Latina reproductive futures, based on cárdenas’s experiences of cryogenic tissue banking, aka sperm banking, after having been on hormones for many years.  At the 2014 Civil Liberties and Public Policy Conference, Morgan Robyn Collado stated that violence against trans women of color is a reproductive issue because they are prevented from living long enough to realize their dreams of having children. cárdenas observes that trans women of color want more than just to live and that existing literature on transgender pregnancy and family planning focuses almost exclusively on transgender men, with books such as Trans Bodies, Trans Selves focus almost entirely on trans men, while making only the most brief reference to the fact that trans women can bank their sperm.  This reproduces a trans-misogynist dynamic in which trans men are highly valued by queer communities and transgender women's concerns and existence are erased.