Our Bodies, Our Voices

I have a new essay up at The Rumpus called “Bodies That Mattered,” where I talk about the use of the word “choice,” the silencing of Texas women, and other stuff.

I never thought I’d end up writing so publicly about abortion – it’s a scary issue to become involved with because of the violence, both rhetorical and physical, that has surrounded it for decades in this country. But women my age are waking up to the fact that options our mothers (and grandmothers) fought for and won are being taken away from us. The pro-life position, however sincere, is fundamentally at odds with women being able to have the same degree of physical autonomy and the same types of life choices as men. It isn’t the only issue we have to fight for, but it is pretty critical. And I am beginning to realize that women who make this choice have been demonized and demeaned by the silence of women like me on this issue as much as by the words of the opposition.

So anyway, check out my essay, and if you have your own personal and direct experience with abortion and you’re brave enough to tell it, I hope you find a way to do so.

*Yesterday I was interviewed live about this issue, and about rape culture, for an ACLU radio show  called “Give Me Liberty” on KPFT Houston. You can find and listen to the episode here – scroll down to June 30, 7:00 pm – and tell me whether I sound as terrified as I felt.

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5 thoughts on “Our Bodies, Our Voices

  1. Thank you. Texas is my home-state and i feel much pride and pain reading your essay. Keep it coming; this debate needs a grounded perspective without all the posturing :/

  2. Kim says:

    Listened to the radio interview- yes, you sounded nervous at times, but you also sounded well informed, with well developed passion for the subject. Thank you for the work you do and for helping with this important issue. Keep up the good works!

  3. jamie lewis says:

    thank you again. so pleased to hear awareness of the very things us older feminists have been screaming about for a while. so many young women in recent generations have dismissed feminism or refused to be “tagged” with it. i feel it is at their peril and have been frustrated with my inability to close the argument. i do think these republican and far right activists are making it for me these days. the very basic issue is autonomy of self and when our government begins limiting options, no matter why, then that right is STOLEN and we become less equal. when we haven’t even finished “equaling” yet, damnit! go, girl!

  4. Lori says:

    I loved your piece in The Rumpus — so glad to have found your blog. I’ve just moved back home to Austin after 10 years in NYC and am thrilled to be joining Wendy Davis and all those who are fighting this (really? still? we still have to do this?) battle.

  5. Angela Palmer says:

    An absolutely amazing essay. Thank you for bearing witness.

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