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Body Sovereignty

August 3, 2009

I haven’t gotten around to posting much, but I’d like to share a quote that’s been motivating me lately. Although we have yet to write a proper review of Yes Means Yes: Visions of Sexual Power & A World Without Rape, I hope it’s clear by now that you should BUY IT and READ IT. Hazel/Cedar Troost writes an article, “Reclaiming Touch” about how our culture demands public ownership of the body, and how we can reclaim ours. She starts with discussing coalition:

If we organize around body sovereignty, we won’t have only the strength of feminists behind us in challenging rape culture, nor only the strength of sex-posotive, polyamorous, and BDSM communities in fighting sex phobia, nor only fat people in fighting medically mandated eating disorders-we’ll have the sum total of everyone who wants their body back. And that’s most of us.

SO TRUE, right? I love the reminder that reclaiming our bodies is not just about one issue; that although bodies are sites of violence, shame, and oppression, they can also be a place for coalition forming. Fighting for body sovereignty is fighting racism, ableism, and sexism, it’s creating freedom of expression of gender, sexuality, and sexual orientation, it’s demanding choices about what’s healthy for our bodies and reminding the world that all bodies are beautiful and deserve to be the sites of pleasure rather than violence.

I’m glad we’re doing this.

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