Lorraine Berry has written for Signature, The Guardian (UK), LitHub, Catapult, Diagram, Redbook, Marie Claire, Salon, Paste, Electric Literature, and other outlets. After teaching creative nonfiction for years, she moved to Florida to be close to her widowed mother, where she hangs out with the pelicans and herons. Follow her on Twitter @BerryFLW.
Crooks and Liars is reporting that 19-year old Jennifer Fox, who was beaten and sprayed last Thursday at the same OWS demonstration in which an 84-year old woman was sprayed, miscarried her three-month fetus on Sunday.
I wonder if you can imagine what it feels like to be told, again and again, what it means to be a girl. You're not really a full human being: you're a sexualized baby-making organism who, once we are post-menopausal and no longer attractive, there really is no use for.
When it comes down to it, these laws represent legal rape. If rape is the insertion of an object into the body of an unwilling person, then what else can you call laws insisting that a woman submit to pregnancy regardless of her age, the circumstances under which she became pregnant, her health, or her general well-being?
I was told, before I had my hysterectomy, that I was a traitor to feminism and a bad person. I'm here now, five years later, to tell you that my hysterectomy was the best medical decision I've ever made.