When I was pregnant with my first child, my primary care doctor prescribed me one of her favorites, “the wisteria-based herbal medicine for pain”.
He told me that, as a woman, it was essential to get rid of my period as well as to avoid having a child as I was very sensitive to the effects of estrogen and progesterone.
That was years ago.
The same thing happens with women who have experienced an abortion.
And it’s just not the case anymore.
As with women, men are no longer considered to be in control of their own bodies, as women once were.
They are now regarded as the source of the world’s problems, the source that has to be addressed.
For women, that means addressing all of the social and cultural issues that women face, like violence and misogyny, and that includes the ways in which our bodies are commodified.
For men, it means addressing issues like sexism and homophobia and, yes, the way that men are treated.
I want to know more about this.
We need more voices to tell stories of women’s bodies.
We’re still seeing a lot of silence in our stories.
I’m asking you, for the sake of my daughter and my community, to tell me more.