One of the sessions at Women’s Worlds focused on maternal feminism, looking specifically at the challenges and issues facing mothers in our society.
I swear, I’m SOOOOOO SICK of choosing not to have kids being seen as INHERENTLY more feminist and “subversive” (UGH, I HATE that word; just because something goes against the norm doesn’t mean it’s necessarily better! And besides, isn’t giving everything a hierarchical rank EXACTLY how the patriarchy functions?) and then women like ME who want kids but can’t THROUGH NO CHOICE OF OUR OWN are treated like we’re crazy and regressive or something… Reproductive choice goes BOTH WAYS and should include not just birth control and abortion but also fertility treatments, including research to make uterine/ovarian (and I guess testicular but I have NO desire to claim to speak for men) transplants medically viable, as well as transitional hormone therapy (which should be available AS SOON AS PUBERTY HITS and NOT require parental consent since they’re likely to be brainwashed bigots who will say no even though that’s TORTURING their teenage child!) genital reconstructive surgeries (I prefer this term to SRS) for those who want it/need it to function! Just remember, we all have different equilibria, and what’s “liberating” for one woman can be extremely painful and traumatic for another… I’d go so far as to say that any “feminism” that treats motherhood as negative and shameful is nothing more than patriarchy by another name (Eve and the apple, anyone?)