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.

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12 comments:

Jaime Nicole said...

Isabella, I could not have stated it more clearly or beautifully myself. Well done.

jennifer zuna said...

This is a great post!

Angela Christopher said...

Perfectly said! I wouldn't worry about getting political on your site. This is you! Your opinions. If readers don't agree, that's ok. If they decide not to follow you anymore because they have different beliefs, that's ok too. I myself would not stop reading a blog if I disagreed with something the author said. I think you are a very talented writer and photographer and I enjoy reading your articles.

Isabella Grey said...

Awe, thank you so much! This is a message I really feel strongly about

savannah said...

I love this post! And everything you said is true <3

Erin Slocum said...

I think everyone should share what they feel on their blog no matter if it's political or not. If people don't like or respect it then they can stop reading.

Brr23 said...

You did a great job in the way you approached this and I don't think you need to worry about loosing fans/followers! This video gave me goose bumps! Thank you for sharing!

Jennifer said...

I totally and completely agree. Very well said!

A little crunchy - Kimberly said...

Thank you for posting this. I can't even picture what added torment, pain, and anguish a rape victim specially might be facing when it comes to those kinds of ultra sounds.

Maria Briggs said...

As you know Isabella, I am pro-life but with certain reservations. If a rape victim who has already been violated in a horrible way, has to undergo a trans vaginal ultrasound...well that's just plain ridiculous! While many women use this as a last result, it should not be mandatory to undergo an even more invasive procedure than what they already have to endure. Thank you for sharing this video and your thoughts with us!

Holly @ Woman Tribune said...

I can do nothing but commend you for posting about this on your blog. While I can definitely understand why most people choose to leave politics (and religion) out of their blogs for fear of offending someone and losing readers, as you mentioned, I think when it comes to women's rights, it's hard to not want to speak up and raise awareness that a woman's right to her own body, to her autonomy, and her right to live her life by her own standards should not be legislated to the point where women feel like they are on the chopping block every time a group of politicians get together.

Thanks for this post. It was amazing to read, and I could not agree with you more.

Kimberly C. said...

Why is there an attack on women in this area? I just do not understand. Why are people not fighting more against rape, or poverty, or corporate greed? Why is the topic about women's bodies and taking choice away from them? I just don't get it. It seems like so many people don't want to help those already born but want to force their religious views on others bodies rather than taking care of their own moral responsibility to feed the poor and help the sick.