This is a story about being fearful in my workplace. About terminology. I'm a health care worker. I primarily work on labor and delivery unit where the ideology is creeping in with “pregnant people” terminology and “body feeding”. In a space where women are performing their most powerful and most vulnerable act, they can't even be women. And their beautiful, functioning bodies are reduced to that which cannot be named. And yet. What is the first question any person asks of a pregnant woman? What is the first announcement after birth?…." what is the sex of the baby". Research shows that children who know and can use correct anatomical terms for their bodies are less likely to be victims of sexual abuse and violence. Yet we are removing women and their body parts from healthcare discussions?! I am just stunned and pained. Now I have to choose Politically. The side that will protect my daughters’ reproductive rights? Or the side that will protect them from dangerous gender ideology (and maybe also their reproductive freedoms from puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and sterilization).
No Conflict, They SAid
In Australia and around the world, legislation is being introduced that replaces sex with gender identity. Advocates insist that there is no conflict of interest. But governments are not collecting data on the impacts of this legislative change. We're worried about the impacts on women of men using women-only spaces, including but not limited to: changing rooms, fitting rooms, bathrooms, shelters, rape and domestic violence refuges, gyms, spas, sports, schools, accommodations, hospital wards, shortlists, prizes, quotas, political groups, prisons, clubs, events, festivals, dating apps, and language. If we can't collect data, we can at least collect stories. Please tell us how your use of women-only spaces has been impacted. All stories will be published anonymously. If you know of other women who have been impacted, please encourage them to tell their stories too.
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