Clarification as obfuscation

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A Conceited Empress ‏@TheAngryFangirl Jan 7
Let’s clarify a few things about reproductive health and abortion specifically.

Abortion IS NOT a cis woman only issue. Cis women ARE NOT the only people on hearth who get, want, or need abortions.

When you center cis women in your speech and activism around abortion, you’re excluding the other people who need access to it.

Who are these other people? Trans men, non binary people, agender individuals, etc. In short, a whole lot of folks.

Changing your language to say “pregnant people” or “people with uterti” is easy and super inclusive.

NO ONE is saying “women” is a dirty word. NO ONE is saying you should erase the word women from your vocabulary.

We’re asking you to EXPAND your vocabulary to INCLUDE all of these people so they’re not erased and forgotten.

Now, if you wanna talk about what cis women go through because you’re a cis woman and that’s what you know? That’s cool.

Speak about what you know and amplify the voices of others to educate not only yourself but your followers.

You do not, however, get to sit around and pretend like cis women are the only people on earth who need/get abortions.

Women are in fact the people who need abortions. Men don’t need abortions; women do.

When you remove the word “women” from your speech and activism around abortion, you’re obscuring the fact that abortion rights are contested because women are subordinated.

Trans men, non binary people, and agender individuals who get pregnant have the bodies of women and they share in the subordination of women for that reason. It doesn’t do them any good to pretend the war on abortion rights has nothing to do with women and the way women are treated as public property.

Changing your language to say “pregnant people” is politically imbecilic.

You do not get to pretend (whether you do it sitting or standing) that the war on abortion rights doesn’t target women.

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