The Controversy of a Woman’s Body

19 Sep


The article I found made the point that there is no controversy when it comes to porn or any objectification of a woman’s body or sexuality in media and society. The conversations surrounding those subjects have seemed to die out. This article points out that the real controversy occurs when women take ownership of their bodies.

It’s in the news time and time again. Whether it be invasive vaginal ultrasounds, limiting access to birth control, reproductive issues, public breastfeeding. This thread of opinions and legislation limits a woman’s ability to decide these issues for herself. This thread of invasive legislation is nothing compared to the objectivity of women around the world. Virginity tests were performed on women in Tahir Square during the Arab Spring, and only because those women had the audacity to come out and help protest for their cause. Part of the reason the band Pussy Riot was sentenced to 2 years in Russian prison is because they stripped onstage.

I feel like legislation regarding women’s reproductive rights doesn’t belong in a country like America. Birth control should be widely available so abortions are less frequent. Women should be the leaders in discussions on women’s issues, not squeamish white men.

I believe women are on nearly equal footing with men in this country, until prejudices and judgments of powerful men (and even women) get in the way. To me, rights should be granted, and women should be trusted to have the discretion to use them or not. Broader access to birth control and services won’t make a woman more likely to have sex. Her beliefs about sexuality will.

What do you guys think?

2 Responses to “The Controversy of a Woman’s Body”

  1. forwomenseyesonly September 20, 2012 at 5:08 am #

    You have put it beautifully when you state “the real controversy occurs when women attempt to take ownership of their bodies”. It is heartbreaking to think of the abuse towards women that is tolerated, ignored, and covered up, But saying the word “vagina” to describe a part of our anatomy, or breastfeeding in public to nourish an infant, is not tolerated. Your post highlighted for me the reason for the lack of tolerance. To do these things implies ownership. Great post, thanks for this.

  2. jennifer ludy grove September 20, 2012 at 2:14 pm #

    Great post Jessica. It brought to mind one of Margaret Sanger’s most famous quotes, “No woman can call herself free who does not control her own body.” How true that is.

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