Wednesday, January 23, 2013

This is my Body, not Yours

It's not normal for me to become political on this blog, in fact I try to avoid it most of the time. Politics just angers people, and causes you to lose readers. But when I watched this video last night, I knew I had to share it. Everyone, despite their age, education, gender, or political affiliation should see this video.

As a young woman on little income, I rely on free clinics for my women's health services. Cancer screenings, reproductive health check-ups, general health screenings...all are conducted at a free clinic. Without those clinics, I would not be able to afford general healthcare, and the chances that I could get cancer and not know, skyrocket. The birth control supplied by these clinics also gives women a chance to take their own sexual health into their own hands. At a clinic, birth control is roughly $4 a month. To go out and buy that same pill pack from a pharmacy is about $75.

Some of the things said in this video may not make complete sense to you without the proper knowledge beforehand. When the woman says," I determine who and what goes into my vagina, and when." She is referring to the current trans-vaginal ultrasound debate. For those who may not know, Virginia recently proposed a law that would require a woman to have a trans-vaginal ultrasound before having an abortion performed. They claimed the much more invasive ultrasound was more detailed, and clearer. This particular ultrasound procedure requires a woman to be penetrated with a lubed up, condom covered, plastic rod. Women were in an uproar.

When women are continually denied the way to protect themselves from pregnancy, based on what others think their rights are, how is that fair? How does that solve the issue at hand? Abstinence has never been a widespread viable option of birth control, and it's doubtful it ever will be. Only by empowering women to take their own sexual safety into their own hands, can some semblance of a compromise be reached.

Denying us our right to protect ourselves is not the answer. Legislating away our rights as women is not the answer. Treating us as underclass citizens based on the fact that we have a uterus, IS NOT THE ANSWER. The answer is mutual respect between genders. What men receive in terms of rights, pay, respect, etc...we are entitled to that same level of recognition in this society.

We are strong, brave, and beautiful creatures. Every one of us has an inner Goddess, and we need to realize that she is no one's lesser being. We are not mindless, we are not subservient, we are women, and we are proud to be such.

Love and Lightning Bugs,
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