“Consider this: no matter what the situation, men are only required to think about safe sex right before or as it’s happening, but never in the interim. Whether or not she’s sexually active, a woman is constantly being asked if she’s pregnant, might be pregnant, or is planning on getting pregnant. She’s getting check-ups to make sure she doesn’t have a disease, or cancer, or polyps, and is probably on or considering some form of birth control based on the possibility that she might have sex in the future. Because male birth control doesn’t exist, we don’t even think about it.”—“Why I Want A Male Birth Control Pill” by Kyle Munkittrick (via itsjustsex)
There is a country where the leading cause of death of pregnant women is murder by a partner. In this same country, more than a million women were raped in 2008 and women are much more likely to live in poverty than men. Local laws don’t protect their right to bodily freedom and integrity; some rape laws even state that once a woman initially consents to sex, she doesn’t have the right to change her mind.
You may have caught on by now — yes, I’m talking about the United States.
Tomorrow I am venturing out alone to a Drs appointment. I am going to see a psychiatrist for treatment of my agoraphobia and possible other anxiety disorders. I am tired of living like this- living in fear- panic and I want to get better. I have googled the place I am going-studied google maps, Mapquest, asked my mom and husband to repeat the directions to me a million times over. I have been doing this everyday for the past week. I can’t wait till this is something I can conquer move past. I want to be normal. I want to be able to take my kids to the park, to be able to visit my friends, to go to the post office and most importantly I don’t want to be so dependent on other people any more. I feel so scared and yet energized.