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Besides almost being killed by horrible drivers in combonation with the shitty weather…the meeting with the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence rep Camille H. went well. She even gave me a cool book to read + share with everyone that she helped work on.
She also is a bad ass blogger. Women of color domestic violence victim advocates for the win!
Her blog is: ladytroubles.com
There’s a link to buy the book “Get out My Crotch!” on her website, the book is published by a woman named Kim Wyatt, written/contributed to by ONLY women [Roxane Gray, Betty MacDonald, Katha Pollitt, Dolores P., Sari Batton, Addy Robinson McCulloch, Rebecca Cohen, Sarah Mirk, Kari O’Driscoll, Martha Bayne, S.E. Smith, Janet Frishberg, Mira Ptacin, J. Victoria Sanders, Camille Hayes, Rebecca K. O’Connor, Lidia Yuknavitch, Elissa Bassist, Kate Sheppard, Tara Murtha], and the artwork on the cover was by a woman. The woman who printed it owns her own publishing company and is actually losing money on the book…but it was so important to her that the issues the book covers be discussed she did the damn thing and took one for the team.
The book is 18.00 and a portion of the 18.00 bucks goes to fund Planned Parenthood!
Check it out ya’ll.
L-R: Contributing writer Janet Frishberg, publisher Kim Wyatt, Camille Hayes.
“No woman should pay with her life for a lack of options. But every year, 47,000 women die from unsafe abortions. Complications of pregnancy and childbirth are the number one killer of young women aged 15 to 19 worldwide. It is unacceptable that we continue to talk about deaths we can prevent. What is really at stake here is the right to life: a woman's right to life, and all the other human rights to which every woman is entitled. Women must enjoy full and equal rights – to sexual and reproductive health, to education, to be equal participants and leaders in their economies and societies, and to be free from violence and discrimination.”—Michelle Bachelet, former President of Chile, at the Center for Reproductive Rights Gala
pro-life a forced birth advocate, but you can’t tell me I’m un-feminist, and I’m sick of being shamed for my opinions by all you angry pro-choicers.”
Nope. I will not be sorry for shaming you for those opinions, because you should be ashamed of them. You should certainly be ashamed for voicing them publicly and for using them as rationale to deny legal access to abortion to women who need it. And no, if you think women should have anything less than full fucking autonomy over their bodies, you’re not a feminist in my regard.
“I don’t understand why anyone would want an abortion after 12 weeks anyway.”
EXACTLY. YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND. Just the fact that you have to ask why anyone would need to proves that you have no fucking idea what you’re talking about and no clue what is at stake here. You are clearly incapable of having any empathy for circumstances that are outside of your own personal life experience, and that’s why YOU SHOULDN’T GET TO MAKE THAT DECISION FOR SOMEONE ELSE.
“I’m just tired of women who get abortions because they think being pregnant is inconvenient.”
I swear to fuck, nothing raises my blood pressure faster than when asshats on the internet try to argue with me about abortion.
“Why are you sad and angry that challenge to TRAP laws got shot down in committee? Won’t they just make women safer?”
And I can feel it happen. I feel my chest tighten and my pulse skyrocket. And it takes me so fucking long to calm back down.
I swear half the reason I feel this tugging impulse to run for office is so I can call a spade a spade while campaigning. Yeah, if you’re someone who thinks you know better than I do what’s right for my life and my body, you’re a misogynist. I don’t care if you don’t want to be called one. The only reason to oppose reproductive rights is because you hate and fear the idea of women making their own sexual and reproductive choices. Ergo, misogynist. I am so tired of how the Dems pussyfoot around this sort of thing. We shouldn’t be making nice with these people. We should call them what they are so that they can’t hide behind their hypocrisy and lies.
“Real" Women Have Babies Whether it's repro[ductive] rights, violence against women, or just plain old vanilla sexism, most issues affecting women have one thing in common -- they exist to keep women "in their place". To make sure that we're acting "appropriately". A huge part of keeping women in their place has to do with creating a really limited definition of what a "real" woman is like. And a ton of that what-makes-a-woman non-sense is attached to motherhood. Apparently, by virtue of having ovaries and a uterus, women are automatically mommies or mommies-to-be.”—
Full Frontal Feminism [page 151], Jessica Valenti
I shuddered when I read that last part…because it’s so damningly true.