[TW: self injury, miscarriage, forced sterilization]
“I need feminism because I am not allowed to be sterilized even though I have severe tocophobia to the point where I have injured and starved myself trying to induce a miscarriage. I wasn’t pregnant, and I’m on the pill AND still a virgin.”
EDIT: I think I should also add that I have been diagnosed with tocophobia by a licensed psychologist. This was not a self-diagnosis.
Note: tocophobia refers to a phobia of pregnancy/childbirth.
This topic becomes especially relevant to discuss when you consider the number of women - both in the past and in the present - who have been forcibly sterilized against their will. Forced sterilizations often disproportionally targeted POC and poor people. When we have a system that does not allow certain people to be sterilized when they want it/are making an autonomous choice for themselves, but pushes other people towards sterilization when they have not expressed a desire for it, we have a clear problem.
Anyone who tells me that my double chin, jelly belly, thunder thighs, stretch marked body, can’t wear horizontal stripes is clearly wrong. Don’t feel the need to flatter people with what you wear or do, period. If you like your crop top that shows your belly: wear it. If you like your pencil skirt that shows your vbo: wear it. No one should have to walk around, spending their days wondering what is appropriate to other people. People will knit-pick everything about you. They’ll find a reason to snicker behind your back regardless of what you do, or what you wear. So why not wear things that empower you? That make you feel beautiful? That make you feel attractive, or sexy? Do things for yourself. Love yourself. And realize that your body is the most beautiful thing. It’s resilient. It overcomes. It brings you pleasure, joy, happiness. It mends. It scars. It struggles. It lives. It’s completely and utterly amazing. Never allow someone else to ever make you feel badly about it. You don’t owe your attractiveness to anyone but yourself
Loving this manifesto and confidence.
- Reblogged from fuckyeahchubbygirls
Potential new in-house activity to do at the Center…we certainly have enough vibrators for a number of relay teams!
- Reblogged from expertcosmotips
Bound by erocrush
Two incredible people of color doing incredibly kinky things, I’m glad to say that I’ve had the pleasure of knowing them.
Sexy & beautiful work by two wonderful POC in the kink community. Minorities are sadly underrepresented in the kink community sometimes, so we’re always happy to showcase them.
“Open Books, Not Legs?” Who says you can’t enjoy being naked and being an intelligent, exciting, well-read person at the same time?
(We’re currently adoring Bookz n Slutz, a blog tackling slut-shaming by accepting user submissions portraying just that. Check it out for some lovely people unabashedly sharing their bodies & books - we couldn’t pick just one to reblog as they’re all marvelous!)
To follow up on our previous post - the HPV vaccine isn’t just for those with cervixes, although it is still a good idea to take control of your own sexual health if you possess one. Take a look at the latest harm reduction research regarding HPV vaccination in men:
The vaccine is most potent if given before the onset of sexual activity. Boys and girls should be vaccinated when they’re 11 or 12, the doctors say. Older boys and young men, ages 13-21, should get the vaccine, if they weren’t immunized earlier.
Last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that boys also get the vaccine, paving the way for the pediatricians’ decision. Immunizing boys against HPV can help curb the spread of the virus to girls…
…The cost-effectiveness of vaccination for boys is an issue. The recommendation notes that “a range of assumptions,” including the vaccination rates for girls, can affect how much each prevented case of illness costs. Still, the group concluded HPV vaccination would be worthwhile for boys and men up to 21.
Thanks to Megan E. for the submission!