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My name is: Michelle, but most people call me Dark online.
My gender-pronouns are: They/them/their.
I am: 26 years old, a feminist, liberal, an atheist, an omnivore, and an ISFJ.
The Feminist: Intersectional, body positive, pro-choice, and sex positive.
My privileged identities include: Female assigned at birth (trans* privilege), white, able-bodied, allistic (?), dyadic, monogamous.
My non-privileged/oppressed identities include: Gender-fluid, fat, gray-a, neuroatypical, and gay.
I have: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and Major Depressive Disorder.
I like: Pets & animals, animal welfare, pet care & pet care education, ~*SCIENCE!*~, anatomy & physiology, roleplaying, anime/manga, computer & video games, rock & metal music.
This is a call to arms.
Are you fed up with being pegged as a whore because you use birth control? Are you sick of the displaced misogynist abuse deterred towards women whom consensually have/ don’t have an avid sex life?Why are we treated as if we’re incapable of managing our own bodies?
As women, we’ve been sexually oppressed for years. Finally, within the last few decades, we’ve had the opportunity to embrace ourselves with access to contraceptives.
Then suddenly, a shit-storm of privileged, caucasian, heterosexual males are propositioning rules that are harmful to our well-being. Suddenly, we’re “whores” because we use contraception. Then we’re “prostitutes” because we want birth control to be covered by health insurance. We’re “frigid spinsters” because we choose to not have sex. Then, we’re the devil Himself because we need/ want access to safe abortions. Last but not least, if we do give birth, then we’re labeled as incompetent.
The main fact that the GOP is ignoring is that a majority of us aren’t using birth control because we want to run rampant on the streets, exposing our “orchids” to any and all pedestrians.
Sure, some of us are merely using contraceptives because we don’t want children (yet or ever). However, brace yourself, this might come off as baffling, but some of us use birth control due to medical conditions.
For example, according to WebMD, birth control (OCs) can lower the risk of cancer, make periods lighter, PMS/PMDD relief, fewer periods, and ease the pain and symptoms caused by endometriosis and polycystic ovarian syndrome.
Krystal, a fellow organizer and the brains behind this project states that: “it shouldn’t matter if women are using contraceptives for preventative measures or due to any of the reasons stated above. The [GOP] cannot and will not condemn us for wanting to prevent an accidental pregnancy and then torture us for getting pregnant without a means of prevention. What they need to do is increase sex education and make access to birth control easier.”
Personally, I use birth control for two reasons:
1. I’m in college and I’m in a monogamous relationship. However, my partner and I are not ready for a child because we are not mature enough to take care of another human-being (puppies don’t count) and we are not financially stable.
2. I have PMDD that quite literally drives myself and everyone around me insane. Because I’ve had access to birth control, I was able to graduate with two AA degrees and transfer to a University.
Not because I didn’t have a child, but because my hormones and mood-swings were finally balanced. I wasn’t falling into depression anymore. I was finally able to focus on my goals after being completely lost and confused for a year. I literally thought that I was becoming clinically insane and it was time to check myself into an asylum.
If you take birth control for any reason, may it be because of PCOS or simply because you don’t plan on starting a family any time soon, and you’re enraged over the recent controversy revolving around women’s rights…. Then I have a proposition for you.
How would you feel about stylin’ a “Scarlett Letter”? If you personally take birth control (for ANY reason at all), just find a piece of fabric and make yourself a patch.
If your significant other would want to support the cause as well, I’m sure that they can pin one on for support!
If you have any splendid ideas for what the patch/ pin could be of- shoot it over in the comments! It would be better if all the materials are practical and handy because this is a DIY grass-roots movement that could potentially take the world by storm!
Boost this shit.
Because these options exist, and because your sexual and reproductive life is your business and yours alone, you can pay for your own birth control, with your own money.
- Sprintec is avaliable from Walmart pharmacies, without a prescription. This cost is $9 for 30 days, or a 90 day supply for $24. Tri-Sprintec is avaliable in a 30 day supply for $9, as well. Sprintec is the generic version of Ortho-Cyclen, and Tri-Sprintec is the generic verison of Ortho-Tricyclen.These prescriptions are the EXACT SAME THING as the name brand, but cost less because generic companies don’t have to worry about advertising costs.
These same offers are avaliable fromKroger, Target, and Sam’s Club. If you’re having trouble locating these prescriptions on their lists, you can click “Ctrl-F” and type in Sprintec and they’ll show up for you.
- If you are interested in getting an IUD, but can’t afford the cost up front, Mirena offers monthly payment plans.
- There’s a website dedicated specifically to helping women find coupon options available for birth control.
- Northwest Pharmacy offers cheap birth control options that can be purchased online. There’s also some more birth control options on the site here.
- 144 Durex condoms can be purchased from Walmart for only $25.88. This means that each condom costs approximately 18 cents each.
- There are websites that offer free condoms. Places like Planned Parenthood offer free condoms, too, if you really can’t afford them.
Many Planned Parenthood locations also offer their services on a sliding scale, so you may be able to get longer-lasting birth control at a lower cost. There are even stories of Planned Parenthood giving away birth control for free, so always ask.
A few abortion funds can also help with the cost.
a-war-you-cannot-win linked to one website with free condoms, and Googling “free condoms” comes up with many more!
Always look into generics!
Here’s a coupon for $10 off Plan B, good at any commercial pharmacy!
I find it hard to believe that you can get Sprintec without a prescription, especially because that first link is a list of prescription drugs covered by Walmart’s plan. Oh, and because I take it and know you need a prescription for it.
Other than that, great list of resources!
Nobody tries to take away your right to use a condom. Nobody hammers into your head that you should feel guilty and shameful about preventing your gift-from-God sperm from fertilizing an egg and thus ensuring the birth of a beautiful child. No politician tells you using condoms makes you a slut. Nobody bombs a convenience store that sells condoms, threatens people who put condom vending machines in areas, or attacks politicians who support condom use.
(TW, busted terms related to anatomy erasure and cissexism)
The best term when referring people who can get pregnant while talking about abortion or the morning-after pill or whatever is “people who can get pregnant”.
“Women” is obviously cissexist.
“Women*” is not inclusive enough and dysphorias quite a few of the trans people I’ve seen commenting on it, so even if you consider it technically inclusive, it’s still not okay.
Anything involving “vagina” erases people who have what are typically considered vaginas who can’t get pregnant, like trans people without uteri due to not being born with one or having gotten surgery to remove it and infertile cis women.
“People with uteri” and the like assumes that the mentioned uterus is actually capable of pregnancy, which erases folks with uteri that aren’t capable of pregnancy.
“Biologically female” and its ilk are cissexist, cis-centric, cisnormative and generally not okay.
The clearest and most inclusive term is “people who can get pregnant”.
If you’d like to emphasize that this is mostly an issue of cis women, then you can say/type/etc “people who get pregnant (mostly cis women)” or something.
I don’t think there’s any need to to say (mostly cis women) and I think anyone who feels the need to include that is kind of a douche. But otherwise, all of this.
If you need help paying for an abortion and live in the US, the National Network of Abortion Funds can help. Clicking the link will take you to their website where you can find an abortion fund near you.
If you recently had unprotected sex and/or experienced contraceptive failure, going here will take you to a $10 off coupon for Plan B One-Step. It’s an emergency contraceptive pill available to anyone 17 and older over the counter. It is not the abortion pill so it will not work if you are currently pregnant. It simply reduces the chance of pregnancy when taken as directed up to 72 hours after having unprotected sex. If you need a little help asking for it, going here will take you to the pharmacy request card. If you need more information about emergency contraception, you can go to this website.
If you think you might be pregnant and need a test done or you’re just looking for quality and affordable healthcare, you can go here to find a Planned Parenthood near you.
For the teenagers in need of quality and comprehensive sex education, Scarleteen is here to help.