Lying to children about the nature of their disabilities and illnesses is insulting, infantalising, and harmful. Children deserve to play a role in their medical decisions.
From a very young age, I’ve known that I didn’t want to have children. I declared it high and low to anyone who would listen to me, even as a child, when people seemed to think it was cute and they just laughed and moved on with whatever they were doing. As I grew older, […]
There is a strange relationship that exists between fathers and daughters, one in which no matter how old daughters grow, there always seems to be a certain amount of infantalisation. She’ll always be, they say, daddy’s little girl, and they don’t seem to consider the fact that this is a deeply creepy and ugly statement, […]
Over a year ago, I wrote about the problem of rape in progressive communities, and the harsh fact that anyone can be a rapist, even someone you like and respect, someone you look up to, someone you don’t think could possibly be ‘that kind of person.’ This post is sort of the logical extension of […]
The reactions to my decision to get a tubal ligation at 27 have utterly fascinated me as a reminder of the immensely proprietary attitudes people seem to have about other people’s bodies. There’s a particular presumption of ownership over bodies assigned or read as female that really comes into play here; when you get sterilised, […]
I’ve spent a lot of my life being told I am rude for asserting basic boundaries and making sure the spaces around me are comfortable for me and the people I love. I’m rude for not wanting to answer intrusive questions, I’m rude for asking people to refrain from engaging in behaviours that I think […]
Late last year, a working group issued an opinion on growth attenuation, one aspect of the highly controversial Ashley X case that made headlines in 2006. Ashley X, a young girl with developmental disabilities, was subjected to hormone treatment to stunt her growth, removal of her breast buds, and removal of part of her reproductive […]
I am far from the first (or the last) person to bring this up, but, people, is anyone else confused by the fundamental conflicts in extreme conservative rhetoric in the United States when it comes to the dichotomy between fiercely advocating for states’ rights, and denying rights to women? Because it’s really starting to bother […]