Freedom from reproductive hazards


20.   Doug Minkler          1982
        Freedom from reproductive hazards          32x20          serigraph

A deadly genie rises from the reagent-pot of piecework industry in Silicon Valley, to wreak vital damage. Minkler's cartoon is a graffitum of anguish scrawled against the precise, dispassionate substrate of our technolgical society's chemical dependency, translating its meaning. As a visual ground, the dense roster of agents is neutral yet energetic, pulling us to scan its arcane names for the scattered, familiar terms that say danger's everywhere. The woman's image, suggesting an Asian immigrant, is the Oppressed Worker in new circumstance and danger -- and new political context as well, for the poster directs feminists and environmentalists to an emergent front of workforce struggle.