A feminist outpost in the desert.
It’s that time of year again: The National Abortion Funds virtual Bowl-a-thon! With reproductive rights under attack from the national to the state to some local levels, it has never been more important to help women have access to all forms of health care, including abortions.
With Equal Pay Day also falling within this week, it might seem like all the feminists are up in arms right now. But let me ask you this: Why is asking for equality considered a bad thing? Why is that when women ask for a an equal share — not more, just equal — that so many rush to shut out our voice? Why is it that when a woman wants complete autonomy and decision-making power over her own body, she’s branded a bitch, a whore, a bad mother, a sinner and someone who should be shamed?
I admit, sometimes I get so tired of having to write about these same issues. Over and over again. Year after year. When will everyone just get it?! What’s so hard about equality?! What’s so hard about access?!
Sometimes it feels dangerous to have a uterus in America.
The fact is, there is no other human organ that is so heavily regulated as a uterus. There’s no other organ that is so dangerously fought over. People have lost their lives taking a stand or fighting about abortion! And it comes down to this: If I can’t make a decision about how I will or won’t use a part of my body — the same way any man would of his body — then I am not equal. I am not autonomous from the government, from my sexual partner, from society in the same way a man is. And that very thing, that very debate, that very sentiment is what keeps me oppressed as a woman.
And not only are there laws and anti-choice terrorists trying their hardest to eliminate my autonomy over my body, but the very fact that I have a uterus is a liability on my paycheck!
So, yeah. Here we are in 2011. My blog is almost 4 years old. I’ve been an activist and writer for the better part of almost 20 years. And yes. I’m going to keep on writing about this. I’m going to keep on organizing. I’m going to keep on working to help women get equal pay and have the liberty to govern their own lives and health care.
And I hope you will join me. Please click here to make a donation to the National Abortion Funds Bowl-a-thon. My goal is to raise $100. I hope you’ll help.