Infighting: An Oppressed Person’s Narrative

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A strange thing happened the other day. I was scrolling along, minding my own Facebook business, when I came across an image shared on a public page. The image was of a VBAC "consent form," which basically read like a militant "Thou Shalt Obey My Orders, Woman." It truly was one of the most despicable, […]

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Hear Our Prayer: A Clergy Member’s Plea for Women’s Autonomy

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Last week, on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, I held a rally / memorial in my community in support of women’s rights to full bodily autonomy and choice. A friend and clergy member, Jill Terwilliger, wrote a truly beautiful prayer for the event. Jill feels especially called in her work to support feminist and […]

Dear Men, Abortion isn’t Your Platform; Get off Our Backs

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Men don’t get to be vocal about their disappointment about abortion, while women are still expected to sit in silence and in shame. Men don’t get to stake a claim in the abortion conversation, when the bodily burden of pregnancy or abortion will always be carried by those with a uterus.

When a Uterus Determines Your Humanity

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The statistical disparity is telling. Birthing folks are not offered support for their choices. Forced cesareans are the extreme examples of the brutal birth culture of slapping women around until they mouse-up or shut up or say, “yes, sir.” But there are countless other ways birthing people endure harsh treatment, from forced vaginal exams to forced separation from their babies to everything in between. One woman’s gruesome, filmed, forced episiotomy from last year highlights this rampant culture of mental abuse and hospital-sanctioned rape. She’s having trouble finding a lawyer to take her case – even with the damning footage. Because the baby is okay. And apparently slicing a woman’s vagina twelve times like she’s a swath of fabric on the counter at JoAnn’s isn’t a mutilating enough injury. What does this say about the established value of women in the judicial system? Did we ever actually come off the shelf as baby-making containers?

It’s About Community: Reflections on 2014

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2014 was a full year. For my family, it held extremes of financial terror and relational bliss. As an individual, this year led me into a deep, internal, and very personal exploration of my femininity and relationships with other womyn. As a parent, I continued to struggle with being present enough, loving enough, and forgiving enough – […]

How the Diane Rehm Show Perpetuates the Silencing of Women

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Women have held their place as an inhuman conceptual idea – one that is clothed in the dirty rags of one’s imagination so as to maintain a believable discourse. Society, at large, feels the need to leave it that way because as soon as we begin to actually listen to women’s stories and experiences it becomes complicated. We can no longer maintain our pretend image of what kinds of women make certain choices. We have to begin to acknowledge that choices are personal, that women are best positioned to know what is best for themselves and their families, and that women, alone, should be held with the responsibility and right of making their own healthcare decisions.

Powering Your Voice by Holding Your Tongue

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If you live life as a woman you know that in any given day or week something like this will happen to you. You'll be walking briskly down the bread aisle for a package of rolls to go with your soup, while your family waits in the parking lot, and as you race by a […]

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So, Time Apologized… So What?

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So, Time apologized. And I say, so what? So what about a popular national media outlet that included “feminist” in their list of banned words? So what? So what that their inclusion of a word channeled IMMENSE media attention their way? So what that the inclusion of a word defining a centuries-old social movement calling for […]

“Feminist:” The New Dunce in the Room

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So, TIME Magazine thinks the word, “feminist” ranks up there with annoying words and phrases that should be banned. Phrases like, “I can’t even” and “sorry, not sorry,” and “literally.” Yeah, feminist. It’s so annoying to be continually reminded of our STILL ass backwardness that half the population is oppressed simply because of their gender. […]

Redefining Our Own Voice

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“The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice.” - Peggy O'Mara The Power of Other's Words I have always been described as “intense.” I remember my dad reminding me from a young age and into adulthood, of the importance of “balance.” I think “balance” for him held a meaning that was important […]

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Stop with your sexist temper tantrum – feminism isn’t the problem

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Birth and reproductive justice issues are, of course, human rights issues, but more specifically, they are rights issues grounded in oppression that is gender-based. There are some who argue that we shouldn’t make these issues part of a feminist platform, however, to make violations in birth or restrictions to women’s autonomy purely a human rights […]