#womenslives: costly, traumatic nightmare of being undocumented and pregnant – @Madame_George on @broadly

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Undocumented migrants already struggle to access healthcare, but doctors warn that the problem is especially acute among pregnant women. Li fled to the UK in 2012, escaping persecution in China for being a Christian. But her problems got exponentially worse when she found out she was pregnant. Turned away from her local GP because she didn’t have documents to prove […]

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#womenslives: I’m with her (still)

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I’m with her (still). @medium: @FitLizzy: #womenslives: On Thursday, I woke up defiant. I put my Hillary t-shirt back on. I charged the streets in broad daylight, so everyone would see. Cars honked. Men rolled down their windows. “Nice ass!” they shouted. Until I ran facing traffic, and they saw what my shirt said. “You’re a fucking pig,” snarled a […]

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#womenslives: “I have never been sexually assaulted.”

#womenslives; #womensstories: I have never been sexually assaulted.When I was eight, I was riding my bike down a main street in my home town when a group of men drove by. I would never have noticed them if one hadn’t yelled, “I WANT TO LICK YOUR PUSSY!” to me through the rolled down window as they passed. The men probably […]

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#womenslives: he thinks you’re a hoe anyway! the -1 vs. +1 woman’s value theory – @thefeministwire

By the by, this is a really great series of posts (feministwire) where women talk about their lives, stories, experiences, and feminisms. Look for emerging feminisms on feministwire. This one: He Thinks You’re A Hoe Anyway! The -1 vs. +1 Woman’s Value Theory Narrative: A woman’s “value” lowers as her sexual partners increases, while a man’s “value” rises as his […]

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#womensstories: Sexual education was severely lacking at my grade school

Sexual education was severely lacking at my grade school, because the students were only allowed to know sex is on a biological level, and how bodies grew when they went through puberty. We weren’t informed of the bigger, cultural picture of how pleasure, non-hetero relationships, and sexual health are integrated into everyday life, or the effects of what gendering and […]

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#womensstories: “I carried his name on my body for nine years”

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#womensstories: ‘I carried his name on my body for nine years’: tattooed trafficking survivors reclaim their past The flower on Jennifer Kempton’s neck starts just behind her right ear, fanning in inky petals out towards her jawbone, a tropical medley of yellow and pink and green against her skin. When she gets up in the morning, the flower is the […]

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#womenslives: “My one minute rape story.”

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My one minute rape story (on @estblshmnt) I was raped again last night. Again. It was a small rape. Un petite râpé (it sounds so much softer, less threatening, in my mangled French). A rape with a soft small limp dick, no bigger than three inches at its height, that felt barely even there. There was no tearing, bruises, or […]

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#womenslives: Four women share their stories about rape, disclosure, and dealing with rape myths

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Grim reading on openDemocracy. Four women share their stories about rape, disclosure, and dealing with rape myths. TW. Women of the World (WOW) created a public, cultural space where women’s stories of survival and their manner of telling them expanded their particular narratives into the universal and political. Four women, from Pakistan, the US, Britain and Germany, sit quietly on […]

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