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Young women are having difficulty accessing tubal ligation, despite it being a relatively safe (death rate is 1-2 per 100,000) and elective surgery.
There is a waiting period of 30 days for women seeking tubal ligation, yet no waiting period for men seeking vasectomies.
Young women are often discriminated against when seeking sterilization. Many doctors ask offensive questions (“What if you met a billionaire who wanted to have kids with you?”), state categorically that their patients are too young to consider the surgery, and generally act as though, as one woman who tried unsuccessfully to be sterilized at the age of 21 in the U.K. put it, ”just because I was a woman, I’d reach a point where an urge to breed would overcome all rational thought.” (Perhaps unsurprisingly, that woman’s 25-year-old husband faced no such presumptions when he asked his doctor for a vasectomy. The procedure was quickly approved.)
Say that at 18 I slap down enough money so I could have my whole body covered head-to-toe in tattoos, piercings all over myself, a mountain of cigarettes, plastic surgery, and plan to have like 20 babies… but if I try at all to safely make it impossible for me to breed for the sake of my health suddenly its like WOAH THERE SLOW DOWN MISSY YOU’RE NOT READY FOR THIS KIND OF COMMITMENT YET
I have stage III Endometriosis, which means I have to get my uterus removed because I literally have terrible cramps ALL THE TIME and not just when I’m on my period. Now, I’ve always said I don’t want any children for personal reasons and I don’t need my uterus, really. I am not worried about that surgery and I don’t feel any kind of nostalgia over an organ I won’t ever use.
The thing is, my doctor is a ‘man’. This ‘man’ told me I had to get pregnant right now before it’s too late. I told him I didn’t want to get pregnant and explained the multiple reasons but what, do you ask, did my doctor have to say about this? 'Well, better have a kid now because just imagine how depressing it must be being a thirty-something woman without children and a husband?'
I was diagnosed a year ago. I should have gone through surgery six months ago and I still can’t find a doctor that will perform the surgery without trying to force me to have children first. Basically, if you’re a woman you don’t have a say in what can and cannot be done to your body without a shitload of people getting in the way AND I’M FUCKING SICK OF IT.
I have a friend that doesn’t want to raise kids, but she wants to have one because she feels that it’s a life experience she wants to be able to say she did, and every time she tells someone she doesn’t want to be a mom, they give her this condescending look and insist she’ll “change her mind later” and it’s literally the most ridiculously stupid fucking thing. And hell even if she DID changer her mind, even if you did, which you clearly won’t, there’s no reason to deny surgery on those grounds because hello, ADOPTION is a thing if you suddenly decide you wanna be a mom. This is just 100% bullshit and a way to guilt women into being moms when they don’t want to be and taking away their body autonomy and it NEEDS TO STOP
The inability to get a tubal litigation is a problem of people with privilege (that’s not a dismissal of the fact that it is a problem, it just affects a certain demographic). The flipside to this story is people without privilege who are not allowed to say no to a tubal litigation. The patriarchy forces motherhood on some, but colonialism, white supremacy, ableism, transphobia, and homophobia actively denies it to others.
When articles like this fail to note that “young women” isn’t a generalizable, all-encompassing group of people with a shared experience of inaccessible tubal litigations, those who are at risk for forced sterilization get the message loud and clear: feminist-informed reproductive justice is not concerned with you and your problems.
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being homosexual or bisexual isn’t disgusting. but you know what is disgusting? when a man finds it ok for two girls to be making out or something of the sort just because it makes his dick hard, but when its two girls or, god forbid, two men that are in an actual, well-founded relationship and in love, the man finds that disturbing and immoral and wrong. now thats disgusting.
i hope all the homophobes read this.
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