Life is never how we design it.
But maybe that’s for the best.
Maybe we can’t design life
because life is designing us.
Or maybe life writes notes to its friends:
“People are never how I design them.
But maybe that’s for the best.”
Why are we so afraid to say what we really think, what we really want, how we really feel?
Anybody who tells you what you “should” or “should not” like, because you’re a girl, is a big fat liar. You ARE like the other girls, like we all are, in that none of us came off some Female Assembly Line. We’re all individuals. We should all get to express it without being judged – either by pop culture or by ourselves.
– from “I’m not like other girls” by Claudia Gray
I am afraid of being, on this shore,
a branchless trunk, and what I most regret
is having no flower, pulp, or clay
for the worm of my despair.
Excerpted from the poem “Sonnet of the Sweet Complaint” by Federico García Lorca
Women’s reproductive healthcare has become a political football, with Congress and States acting in concert to remove funding for Planned Parenthood, and to establish numerous and capricious restrictions on legal procedures, and with presidential candidates, Congressmen, and pundits who don’t even believe a woman has a right to contraception.
These positions are inconsistent with women’s equality and liberty. If women and other people with uteri are full and free citizens of this nation, then they must have the right to make decisions about their own bodies from a full spectrum of choice. As that is currently being denied, women et al. evidently need a Personhood Amendment to guarantee agency over their own bodies.
One such Personhood Amendment has been written. You can sign the petition here and help raise awareness and take a stand for women’s fundamental rights.