My friend and the wonderful writer, Avital Norman Nathman, profiled my reproductive rights blog, Keep Your Boehner Out of my Uterus, for a series she is doing at Ms. Magazine’s blog titled, “The Femisphere.”
I am beyond honored to be profiled in such a space and feel lucky that I got the chance to discuss a few topics in the reproductive rights movement that are very important to me. An excerpt:
And I will admit–have admitted multiple times on KYBOOMU–that until I got onto Tumblr, I had never even considered how the language of the movement works to create insider/outsider groups, even if the laws and culture we are fighting have an impact on more than just cis women.
Over time, my language has evolved. Most of the time it is just me writing a note at the end of a blog post (either reblogging someone else’s commentary or linking to a post on another website) that reads “NB: More people than just cis women are affected by these laws.” Something simple.
I have had MAJOR arguments with other pro-choice advocates over my desire to be inclusive. I used to lose 20 followers whenever I would fight for inclusivity. That doesn’t really happen anymore. I have had many trans* people thank me for the inclusivity, though I don’t feel that I should be thanked. It should just be how we talk about reproductive rights. I have had other people tell me that they themselves try to be more inclusive now (including John Darnielle, lead singer of The Mountain Goats, who follows KYBOOMU on Twitter and actually reads the things I write).
The profile is accompanied by my most favorite image from the blog, of Boehner in a uterus, that my friend, Cory Tobin, created for me right as the blog was taking off in March 2011. Since my blog was anonymous for a long, long time, Cory never received any public credit for this masterpiece. It’s time to start correcting that!
My favorite thing about the piece is the list of other reproductive rights blogs (and names of some specific bloggers), many of whom I suggested:
- Team Uterati, founded in 2012 by Imani Gandy (Angry Black Lady), aims to provide comprehensive up-to-date information about anti-choice, anti-women’s health and anti-reproductive rights legislative measures in various states. Gandy started Team Uterati as a “community-based organizing tool for feminists fighting for equal rights and reproductive justice.” The project, which is the first of its kind on the Internet, also contains a continually growing Wiki with resources, articles, databases and a forum.
- Abortion Gang: Abortion Gang’s website says it best: “We are unapologetic activists for reproductive justice.” The site discusses reproductive health and justice, and reminds us again and again that the personal truly is political.
- Bebinn: A collection of pro-choice information, rants and unrelated gifs, “for all your pro-choice needs!”
- Care2: An array of comprehensive coverage under the heading “Dispatches from the War on Women.”
- Huffington Post – Laura Bassett: HuffPo’s politics writer tackles both state and national reproductive rights news in a concise, easy-to-understand fashion.
- Prolonged Eye Contact: With articles and commentary on abortion and reproductive rights, this site, according to Jessica Luther, “is REALLY phenomenal at being inclusive in how they talk about repro rights.”
- Rabble: “Radically pro-choice” site that offers the tagline, “It’s pro-choice or NO choice.”
- Radical Doula: Almost defying categorization, Radical Doula is site run by activist Miriam Zoila Pérez, and connects the dots between reproductive rights, birth activism, doula work, LGBT issues, immigrant rights and racial justice.
- Reproductive Rights Prof Blog: This website keeps tabs on reproductive rights issues from legal and academic perspectives.
- RH Reality Check: The one-stop shop for breaking news and opinion on sexual and reproductive health and rights, with updates throughout the day.
- Shakesville: At Melissa McEwan’s one-stop shop for progressive and feminist news, bloggers Misty Clifton and Shark Fu have done a great job of keeping the Shakesville community informed and aware of various reproductive rights news.
Thank you, Avital and Ms. Magazine for this.