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