Hey, Girl! Your Body: A Cultural and Political Sphere (Blog 1)

Birth by Joosy Loosy
Birth, a photo by Joosy Loosy on Flickr.


I have yet to see such a serene and a positively explicit depiction of birth. When you utter that word “birth”, people imagine many things. Some of them are the sheer pain, the epidurals, the vaginal tears. But the occurrence of a birth is also a communal time. The mother experiences a new relationship and those associated with her (boyfriend/ husband, mother, sisters, cousins). There are definite times of worries on if there is enough money for diapers to raising the best possible human being. The depictions of conscious deliveries are not always so serene. The mother does not have to have that glow and joy on her face. She may not have wanted that infant in the first place. Or the mother had “scheduled” (yes, you read that correctly) a C-section.

Of course, those women who do face particular health risks should opt for a cesarean birth. But most women do not even realize a cesarean is a high-risk surgery; it is not meant to be a typical and convenient procedure.

Now, many have pointed to this theme of fiscal deregulation and women’s bodily regulations. The War on Women has been waging since the Supreme Court had decided Roe v. Wade. This area of pregnancy, which occurs in the body of the women, is protected under a zone of privacy according to the Constitution under the 14th Amendment.

But women continue to face other forms of abortion resistance despite the legality of the issue to be in favor of them. Many states do not have a nearby clinics, not all HMOs will cover the cost (especially if it is not deemed to be medically necessary), and organization that do offer affordable abortion and birth control services, are politically harassed and defunded. Planned Parenthood is the most famous victim. Three percent  of Planned Parenthood services are abortions.

Planned Parenthood is one of the gateways for minority and poor women to access healthcare in the United States. They offer services such as pap smears and breast exams. Defunding such institutions is a war on women coming from disadvantaged backgrounds and demographics (many men and adolescents also receive medical care from Planned Parenthood). This is not only a lack of control to preventive care, but it is a lack of systematic access for women of marginalized populations.

Women face agitation towards purchasing contraception as well. There are barely any commercials that outwardly say the purpose of any one the pills or patches on the market. From the times of Margret Sanger to the current, contraception was a way for women (and men) to attain control over the body that affect one’s sociological life. Women face too many obstacles to pursue such means under current healthcare red tape. There has been a bill proposed by Senator Roy Blunt to allow employers to exempt medical coverage for a procedure found to be morally objectionable. The implications of this would go far beyond contraception and birth control.



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