Virginia state house, 3 March 2012. A peaceful protest against the state government’s attempts to require ultrasounds before abortions. Walking, chanting, holding signs, and sitting (but not blocking) on the stairs of the state house received this response.
Full riot gear. SWAT armed with automatic weapons. In the 21st century apparently everyone in the world requires a response like this when they disagree with the government and want to have their voices heard. At what point will these police officers say “wait, my sister had an abortion 10 years ago. It was unbelievably expensive then, and now we’re trying to increase costs with additional requirements? I’m NOT going to break this up, I’m going to sit this one out, even if I get in trouble.” Wait until there are Personhood marches– will someone say “but my girlfriend used Plan B last year, I’m so glad that was an option because we aren’t ready for kids yet!”?
Why is the government, the police force, so quick to quell any dissent? Are we supposed to simply sit at home on our laptops using social media to bring down misogynist pricks like Rush Limbaugh and meanwhile never take to the streets as a physical, visible entity to say “this is fucked up, and you have to hear me say it. you’re impeding on my rights as a citizen, as a woman, and as a human being, and I’m not going to sit by, apathetic, while you throw me into the dirt and spit on me because you’re too egotistical to see beyond your own needs and wants and to understand that the world is not okay!”
This video should be watched by every voter in America. The idea that all women should have access to affordable birth control shouldn’t be shocking, and it shouldn’t be up for debate. What a person does with their body is their own business, and the way that they take care of their body is their own business, not the government’s.
congressional birth control hearing– the woman on the panel gets to speak
I was put on the pill when I was 15 because the doctor was afraid I had endometriosis, just like my mother. (Who had a terrible painful and extra complicated hysterectomy eventually because of this). I was told if I’m not on some form of birth control, its quite possible that my fallopian tubes will become blocked by endometrium growth– meaning that I could be sterile, and also that I would have an increased risk of an ectopic pregnancy.
At 19 my pill had to be switched– I’m over the weight limit for the low dose pill I was taking and I was still ovulating. (period control– not birth control!, which was what I needed) I had terrible pain in my hip, and an MRI showed a golf ball size cyst on my left ovary. Less than a month later after other tests (before the MRI results came back) I had another test which showed that the cyst had grown to the size of a tennis ball. Also, I didn’t get that test result back before I was walking across my apartment one evening and collapsed onto the floor in excruciating pain. The cyst had ruptured, and its contents coated my insides. It took about a month before that pain went away. I was told that if I had another, it could mean the end of that ovary through a necessary surgery. My bc pill now keeps me from ovulating. With insurance its $30 a month. When I had to have the annual beg-and-plead with the insurance company to reauthorize it, I had to go without for a month because it was $120.
The thought of not having insurance truly scares me. The idea of having insurance one day that doesn’t cover all of my medical needs is disgusting and even scarier. Access to contraceptives is not just about unwanted pregnancy through promiscuous sex, its about basic healthcare for the well being of all women.
We have to stand together, call the men and women representing us in Washington, call the people representing us in our state capitals, and let them know that this is absolutely ridiculous and that their time is better spent on other things. Then, come November, we have to show all of America that we have the power to get rid of the idiots who are sponsoring these bills against women’s health. Standing by and doing nothing is just a form of siding with the oppressors. I refused to be oppressed in the land of the free.
My midwest university is obsessed with the double zero, zero, and size 2. It seems as if the only way to be attractive to men and even other women is to be skin-and-bone skinny to the point where we might be afraid you’ll pass out at any moment. Entering campus freshman year as a solid size 8 (Marilyn’s size, right?) I already felt out of place, and too large to fit in.
Since when did men find it so appealing to fantasize and sleep with twiggy? Why are plump breasts and real hips going out of style faster than disposable water bottles? I feel like if I were a man I would be afraid to sleep with a woman as skinny as Nicole or Kirsten, I might accidentally break them in half. But I guess if you can watch a seemingly anorexic girl in a porno, then why can’t you have that in your own life, right?
And I bet that seemingly anorexic girl in the porno doesn’t have just a neatly trimmed bikini, she’s got it completely shaven bald. So she already looks like she has the body of a pre-pubescent middle schooler, but now she has the vagina to match. Secretly, unbeknownst to men, are they all carrying around pedophile tendencies if they’re only attracted to women with bodies of ten year old girls?