Pro-choice for Life...
This bitch had a clarifying moment about choice at the NAPW Summit in Atlanta and I’d like to share it with you.
I was invited to the press breakfast and was blessed to be sitting at a table with some fired up and committed to the cause sisters. We had a great conversation about race, class and privilege…we probably got loud (wink)…but it was wonderful to sit down and hear different perspectives mingled in with shared ideas.
I had just stood up to go over and get my fan moment on with Jessica from Feministing when the sister to my right said… “When you get back let’s talk about sex.”
Now there was no way in hell I was walking away from a comment like that…not even for a fan-based moment with the fantabulous Jessica from Feministing (wink)…so I sat down, fluffed my afro and said…
“Okay, let’s talk about sex.”
We did…specifically about the “Let’s Talk About Sex” National Conference taking place in Chicago (go Bears!) May 31, 2007 through June 3rd, 2007. SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective wants people of color to talk about sex.
This bitch is going to go there today as I blog for choice.
Let’s talk about sex…about black women and our reproductive health. About how choice impacts the treatment of endometriosis, fibroids, breast cancer and other conditions black women are at risk for. Let’s discuss choice as it relates to access to basic healthcare for women…to our ability to choose treatments rather than have them forced on us…to our ability to empower our daughters rather than hand them over to a system that expects them to get pregnant…anticipates them getting an STD…and could give a damn if they die out as a result of inadequate care and government enforced ignorance.
Hear me on this, for a bitch is a witness to choice on a different level as it relates to me and mine…to sisters of color…and the poor.
So, let’s talk about sex…about “down there” and why some of my sisters can’t call it by name even after their child was born through it. About a government that spends millions to protect ignorance but scoffs at the idea of promoting knowledge. Women of color need to recognize...our fists should be raised in anger! Listen to what is being said…that women of color aren’t capable of making sound medical decisions…that knowing shit is dangerous for us…that we don’t value our reproductive future and that we are unfit to decide what the fuck that future should be.
Don’t come at me with rhetorical bullshit when actions have been speaking volumes in my community of St. Louis city for years.
When STD infections and unplanned teen pregnancies are more prevalent than stable employment and decent grocery stores in the hood.
When HIV/AIDS infection rates are rising for women of color and many don't even know their status.
When infertility treatments are being denied some while politicians pontificate about the sanctity of the lives of others.
When fearing a generation of AIDS orphans is no longer a third world only concern.
Is that about choice?
You bet your ass it is.
A bitch wants to talk about this until I loose my voice! I want to talk about sex…about our national fear of it…about our government’s attempts to control it by any means necessary…and about all that is wrapped up in reproductive justice.
All that is wrapped up in that simple word...choice.
We need to ask ourselves why they fear it…who benefits from attacking it…and who is getting taken down in the process.
We need to talk about sex and choice and then we need to get active.
Let’s protect and defend before defeat reminds us all of why Roe matters on so many levels to so many people for so many reasons.
I did…and I am…and I will.
No doubt a bitch is pro-family, pro-community, pro-sistah and pro-choice.
Don't you see?