“out of my bush”

I attended a feminist rally when I was 17. I am not sure of all the details of how I got there or why my mom thought it was something that my sister and I both should attend, but I remember going because it felt right.

I was 17 then, so I didn’t know all the politics behind the rally, but I knew that I believed in the right of women to make decisions about their bodies. I knew that I believed in the right of women to be intelligent enough, rational enough to have rights over their bodies and minds.

One of the rallying cries of that rally was “Bush, stay out of my bush.” I didn’t get what this meant at first, but I knew it rhymed and that everyone else was chanting it. So, I did it, too. It was after 20 minutes of chanting it and then in seeing the posters that went along with the chant, that I got it. Ohhhhhh… That bush.

The conversations that are currently being had over Planned Parenthood and abortions and some male politicians who think “vagina” is offensive and who don’t really know what happens during a transvaginal sonogram are scary. It’s scary that while we’ve come so far, we still have a long way to go.

STOP.

Have you been following the news on these topics? What are your thoughts?

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6 Responses to “out of my bush”

  1. woahmolly says:

    I don’t live in the states, but reading about what’s going on over there, quite frankly, it frightens me. I don’t know what these politicians are trying to achieve, but it’s nothing good for women and it makes me a little scared for the future, but also really glad I live in a country where the government doesn’t try to tell me what perfectly reasonable things I can and can’t do with my body. In fact, it’s only in the past few years as these issues become more and more prevalent, that I have started identifying as a feminist. Because if this is the kind of discourse that is going on, we still have a long way to go before we can reach equality.

    Great topic!

    • Jessica says:

      Thank you. Yes, we still do have a long way to go in this country and this saddens me. It saddens me that the lives of women are being jeopardized by political pundits who want to make a “point” about something just for the sake of making a point about something. It’s sad and shameful that we’re here and having to talk about these things.

  2. It is terrifying! We are heading back toward the Middle Ages, and all the advances we made toward equality over the last fifty years are being chipped away at to the point where Barefoot and Pregnant will be the only acceptable state for a woman.

    Oh, my god! They are getting ready to outlaw birth control! By legislating the wholly unnecessary vaginal sonogram they are basically advocating government-sanctioned rape. It is going to put any woman who was raped by her father or uncle or brother, or who just made a terrible mistake, at risk for back-alley life threatening abortions, a fate which Roe vs. Wade has saved us from and which is now also at risk.

    I have never had an abortion, and I was teased by my sister for using at least two forms of birth control so that I would never have to face that dilemma–even as a married woman. My children came when we planned them to come, and we were ready for them, and we are great parents because of it. They are the best thing that ever happened to me.

    But I have also never been raped. In any case, it is no one else’s business. George Carlin wasn’t joking when he said the Republicans are all for the rights of a fetus, but as soon as the child-mother or even a rape victim has an unwanted pregnancy that will ruin her life, they don’t want to pay for medical expenses or pre-school or day care or welfare. She and the baby are on their own. “Pro-life” people don’t care about the life of a terrified young girl whose poverty-ridden existence as a single mom means never getting a college education or being in a position to improve her lot. They would even prevent a scared girl or a rape victim from having access to birth control that would simply prevent conception from taking place.

    I don’t get how any woman can vote Republican. They are doing their best to take away her rights, her voice, any control over her body and her life, and send us back into the bad old days when women were chattel, property to be controlled.

    • Jessica says:

      Yes!! We are on the same page! I hate that this argument is being waged on a principal alone, a principal that is flawed and that derives from a place of disillusionment. It’s absolutely ridiculous that this is where we are in America. It’s absolutely ridiculous that views like this are being expressed openly, given an audience, and held up as “right” based upon some very loose understandings of morality. Thank you for sharing your comment!

  3. diannegray says:

    I don’t live in the US – but I’ve seen some pretty bad things coming out of there recently. It’s scary because the rest world used to look at the US as a leader but now it seems to be sliding backwards.

    Great post

    • Jessica says:

      Oh, I know! And you know what the sad part of that is? It’s sad that the ones who are doing this don’t get that. They think that America is sliding backwards on account of the things that they believe need to be changed. Yes, we’re sliding backwards, in their eyes, because we allow women to choose and because we have a president who’s “socialist” and seeks healthcare for all citizens. Yes, that’s backwards alright. It’s shameful and embarrassing. Truly embarrassing.

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