NIRH Action Fund President @AndreaMillerNIRH with #reprorights champions @drwillieparker and @amybrenneman! Thanks for an inspiring evening talking about how we can fight to protect abortion access for ALL of us, together.
Repost from @amybrenneman using @RepostRegramApp - Honored to serve on a panel with these heroes of mine, @drwillieparker and Andrea Miller of @nirhaction. Thoughtful, creative and committed conversation about ensuring abortion access and health care for all American women. #oneinfour#bodilyintegrity#stopkavanaugh
The incident of a hugging/kissing couple getting beaten up in the Calcutta Metro Railways by a bunch of middle and old aged men doesn’t only leave me astonished and angry but makes me furious.
It makes me think over and over again when I portrayed my city ‘Calcutta’ to the world as ‘the most liberal part of India’. Calcutta’s history of liberal women/men and protests is not new to anyone, starting from the britishers who ruled us to the left government and current one everybody has seen it.
But we must not try to hide our double standards and classism in the glory of the past and Rabindranath’s legacy. We have seen the greatest tragedy of the Bengal famine in 1943 and risen up from there where nobody had anything home. This is just another phase with a bunch of scumbags, fascists trying to impose their beliefs on us.
It’s about time we break the shackles and tell the world we stand for what our values are and elevate our minds.
As they all say “A healthy mind does not speak for ill of others.” A rally was organized outside Tollygunge Metro station on 2nd May as a protest against an alleged moral policing incident inside a train compartment in Calcutta.
#bengali#women#metro#subway#protest#incident#moral#humanrights#womenrights#couple#streets#yellow#bodilyautonomy#bodilyintegrity#unwomen @oxfam_india #saree#love#live#life#white#kolkata#calcutta
Veto à Lei da Identidade de Género
Pelo comunicado do Presidente da República, entendemos que é favorável à autodeterminação das pessoas trans a partir dos 18 anos, sem a necessidade de um relatório médico. Do mesmo modo, o Presidente da República mostra-se favorável à necessidade de proteção das características sexuais de bebés e crianças intersexo. O problema reporta-se à situação de pessoas trans menores dos 18 anos. Para esses casos o Presidente considera que deve haver esse relatório.
A ILGA Portugal, aliando a sua voz às mais altas recomendações internacionais em matéria de Direitos Humanos, reforça que a autodeterminação deve ser garantida também para menores.
Importa separar a esfera clínica da legal em todos os casos e esses testemunhos e mensagens foram passados nas várias audições na Assembleia da República e com o Presidente da República, nas quais participaram pessoas trans, mães e pais de jovens trans, ativistas e especialistas nesta matéria, todas e todos a favor da autodeterminação em qualquer dos casos.
A Assembleia da República tem poderes para ultrapassar este veto e se há de facto um caminho aberto pelo próprio Presidente da República para a autodeterminação das pessoas trans, então há que avançar por esse caminho para a garantia plena dos Direitos Humanos de todas estas pessoas.
What cha dooooin’ in May?! Oh right, coming along to thisssss ace pub quiz all in the name of #Repeal , hosted by @amnestyuk Amnesty Women & Non-Binary. .
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📆 Another date for your diaries ❤️ Amnesty Women and Non-Binary @amnestyuk are putting on a #pubquiz#fundraiser for the #repealthe8th campaign. ••• Since 1983 the #8thamendment of the #Irish constitution has given unborn foetuses and women equal rights: more or less banning #abortion entirely. This leaves people who require abortions forced to flee to the UK (expensive and traumatic) or take illegal abortion pills sourced online. The amendment is a travesty; violating #womensrights to #bodilyintegrity and #selfdetermination and we must do all we can to ensure it’s repealed.•••
The most important lessons we can teach our kids: bodily integrity & consent. So many conversations mid-play with my kids “are you listening to her?” “It’s her body, she decides” “he’s telling you to stop!” Affirming that their hair is their own: I have my bias for and against styles & colours but if I control what they do with their hair I’m setting them up to feel it normal for someone else to call the shots with their bodies. Piercings. Clothing. Even hair brushing is negotiated...my desire for tidy hair does not trump their right to say “stop!”. #feministparenting#consent#no#bodilyintegrity#rapeculture#feminism
In July 2016, #FearlesslyFRIDA embarked on its second chapter of exploring coloring outside the lines of the body. This journey began in South Africa with Fearless Collective collaborating with two local organizations, @1in9_campaign, formed as a response to the Zuma trial, and @insta_holaa Both organizations work to document and showcase the lives of women and their stories, supporting women through the process of reporting sexual crimes and moving through justice systems. Through intimate workshops and rituals, together they explored dual ideas of “pure” and “impure” unpacking what it means when it is sued in the context of a body, especially a woman's body. Seen in the images are also people from the FRIDA team--staff member @boikanyo__ and former staff member Jessica, participating in the workshop. Unfortunately, in October same year, Khwezi , whose struggle was a major inspiration behind the mural, passed away on October 8, 2016. Before her passing, Fezeka had been a symbol to all women fighting for justice of sexual assault victims as is evident with the rallying call ‘My Kanga is not an invitation’ which formed a core part of this project. The mural stands strong in Johannesburg reminding us to not feel shameful about what we wear, how we look and the body we own. "I wear my body without shame." To read the detailed story of this chapter, head to: www.youngfeministfund.org/fearlessly-frida Special thanks to the lensman @fabricebourgelle
The right to reclaim the night and not be ashamed of our bodies is ours alone. Fearless Collective Residency seeks to build more fearless spaces in South Asia. Support the right to be fearless. Anywhere. Anytime. Make a contribution by clicking on the link of this bio 👉
Amartya Sen developed the concept of human "capabilities" as a person's opportunity and ability to generate valuable outcomes, taking into account relevant personal characteristics and external factors. Building on Sen's work, Martha Nussbaum outlined ten central capabilities that must be met to at least a threshold level in any decent society, and should be supported by all democracies. These ten capabilities are also vital for individual mental wellbeing.
3. Bodily Integrity - Being able to move freely from place to place; to be secure against violent assault, including sexual assault and domestic violence; having opportunities for sexual satisfaction and for choice in matters of reproduction.
‘There’s a huge emphasis on raising good kids. Polite kids. Respectful kids. We’d like our youngsters to be hyper-aware of social nuances and considerate not to hurt the feelings of others. I’d like this too. Up to a point…
Here’s where I often put noses out of joint:
I will actively prevent other people from touching my babies.
Well-meaning people, who just want to pinch their cheeks or squidge their little tummies, or stroke their hair, or scoop them up into a cuddle...’ Read more of ‘I’ll Raise Them Rude’ via the blog link in the bio, or copy and paste: http://ow.ly/5nOw30fnx2T | Like this? For more, search #bespokeparentsblog
Who is for gender equality? 😏
If we can’t get behind the ethical and moral argument of keeping boys intact, we need to think of it in terms of sex. When reason and logic fail us, we should think with our genitals! 😜
Circumcision severs approximately 20,000 nerve endings. Can you imagine how incredible sex is going to be for your son (and his wife) if you leave his dick alone?
We don’t cut our daughter’s foreskin because that would be considered mutilation. And yes, women have a foreskin! If you didn’t know that little fact, you lack basic knowledge of human anatomy and should really get up to speed before taking a knife to your son’s genitals. The male foreskin serves 16+ functions—it’s there for a reason! If you already cut your son and didn’t know this information, well, sucks for him. Poor little dude. Don’t you wish you had some annoying outspoken friend to share this with you before you dumb-assed out? Don’t beat yourself up. I’m sure if you apologize for cutting 20% of his dick off he’ll forgive you. 🙄
Keeping boys intact is becoming the new trend. If you are someone who decides to cut off body parts based what society does, you might want to consider that rates of circumcision are on the decline. I mean, it’s just an IDEA. You don’t have to do it just because everyone else is doing it. 😆
Keeping boys intact is the norm worldwide. But here in ‘Merica, we like to do stuff backwards! We think we are smarter than everyone when really, we are just too dumb to question this barbaric practice not realizing that is recommended simply as a matter of profits for the medical-industrial complex. The American Academy of Pediatrics doesn’t even recommend routine universal circumcision. It’s being done as a matter of money (and herd behavior). Couple hundred million in hospital stays, doctor compensation of another couple hundred million, and the kicker? The $1-$2 billion raked in annually from baby-penis-derived products. Yes, that’s a real thing. Gross, eh?
Stop the gender bias. Men matter. Get informed.
I find it so frustrating that we are encouraged to dress children like pint-sized adults, and with no consideration for comfort or how easy it is to move in the clothes! Enough with the stiff shirts and thick, baggy denim jeans already! Enough with only blues & greens for boys, and a range of pastels for girls! And if you choose soft, colourful, scandi-type outfits, you often pay through the nose - even second hand. Luckily, we managed to find a whole host of brightly coloured vests on eBay. #sweatyhairdontcare due to all the climbing & crawling👌🌈🍄 #kiddiefashion#playclothes#twinstyle#genderneutralclothing | ⭐️ Like this? Find more via #bespokeparentsmemes ⭐️ |
ENEDINA VANCE'S MEME GOES VIRAL. PARENTS ACROSS NATION IN FIT OF RAGE: "So I got the baby girl's dimple pierced!! 😲😲😍😍💗💗 It looks so cute, right?!! I just know she's gonna love it!! She'll thank me when she's older lol If she decides she doesn't like it, she can just take it out, no big deal 😂😂 I'm the parent, she is MY CHILD, I will do whatever I want!! I make all of her decisions until she's 18, I made her, I own her!! I don't need anyone's permission, I think it's better, cuter, & I prefer her to have her dimple pierced. It's NOT abuse!! If it was, it would be illegal, but it's not. People pierce their babies everyday, this is no different 😂😂 MY BABY, MY CHOICE!! PARENT'S CHOICE, PARENT'S RIGHTS!! Don't judge my parenting, we all raise our kids differently, it's none of your business anyway!!" #BodilyIntegrity#MyBodyMyChoice#HumanRights#ChildrensRights#Intactivism#circumcision#genitalmutilation#IntactGeneration#sarcasm Original Post: https://www.facebook.com/LatNbtrfly/posts/10211506240844814
This is what we are up against. If this is loving parenting, I want none of it. 1. It’s not a job, it’s a privilege and an honour. 2. Kids aren’t half-formed, adults-in-waiting, they’re people living life right now. I’m not training them to become adults, I’m guiding them as they discover who they are and who they want to be. 3. I can NEVER condone shaming any child, not least my own. I, the person who is supposed to love and protect them more than anyone else in the world. That is a sacred trust. 4. We don’t need tools and tricks and techniques to manipulate desired behaviours. If we just relate to children with respect and empathy, we find that children are humans too, who can be trusted to decide the right course of action for themselves. 5. If that’s education, I want none of it. (It is, and I don’t!). 6. Just because shaming children is socially acceptable, doesn’t mean it should be or that we should perpetuate it. 7. Empathy means putting yourself in someone else’s shoes, trying to feel what they feel with a view to preventing pain. Pretty much the antithesis of shaming somebody. 8. Is the use of emotional abuse ever ‘appropriate? (Spoiler alert: not on your Nellie). The worst part? This was a member of a Feminist Parenting group. I had assumed that a fellow feminist parent would understand the damage that shame & oppression causes. This is exactly why we need to spread the word and challenge such harmful parenting ‘norms’. It’s just not okay. @racheous @lulasticblog @sara_happiness.is.here
I like to dress my kids in cute, coordinated clothing - but would it rankle me if they wouldn’t wear the clothes I chose for them? Or messed up the lovingly designed colour code that helps people tell my identical twins apart? Would I treat them as disobedient if they flat-out refused to ‘cooperate’ when I was dressing them?
At first glance this seems like pretty normal parenting. But viewed through the lense of childism, I was forced to admit that yes, I was assuming that it was a parental right to have control over how my child dressed. Never mind my child’s right to autonomy & self-expression. Essentially, I was viewing children as dolls to be dressed-up. Now obviously I need to provide appropriate clothes for the season, and keep them laundered. But once they are toddlers there’s no reason they can’t choose the day’s clothing themselves. Come to that, when they are old enough to understand, there’s every reason to involve them in the clothes shopping - an excellent opportunity to teach them about planning and budgeting for your wardrobe... Read more: click the 🔗in the bio or copy and paste http://ow.ly/TuyP30dgLrd 😊 Use the hashtag #bespokeparentsblog to find more Bespoke Parents; Unique Kids blog posts
There’s been a huge furore over Racheous’ article on body autonomy. Reading some of the more abusive comments, it’s clear that the issue parents were most struggling to accept was that she lets her kids decide how they want their hair cut - even if that means shaved down to a fuzz!
But I still have to admit that I’d struggle if my children refused to brush their hair, for example. I’d harp on about hygiene concerns, but that wouldn’t be the root issue.
It’s much more truthful to say that I’d be concerned what other parents would think of me. And eventually I would have to face it: if I want to be a respectful parent, then I don’t get a say in how they wear their hair! My children are autonomous people who need to develop intrinsic motivation when it comes to hygiene and appearance, not pets to be groomed as I see fit. Now obviously I need to ensure their hair is clean within reason, and not infested with headlice for example, but there are respectful ways of handling this. Certain boundaries might need to be mutually agreed-upon. Other than that, it’s not my choice! Read more: click the 🔗in the bio or copy and paste http://ow.ly/TuyP30dgLrd 😊 Use the hashtag #bespokeparentsblog to find more Bespoke Parents; Unique Kids blog posts @racheous .
this, my body, belongs to me and not lawmakers or other's beliefs who are given power to determine whether i am deserving of health care and bodily integrity and human rights.
i'm fighting back.
this body is my own.
and for all its broken and all its harm, i love it fiercely and fully. .