Just a reminder (especially to my new followers) that you are all welcome to send me a picture of yourself with a sign/piece of paper/napkin/whatever declaring your personhood and a statement and I will happily post it! Send any contributions (or questions, or comments) to email@example.com. -Julia
I declare my personhood! I declare that my life as an already born person matters. I declare that it is my right to choose whether or not I want to be a mother, have a child, be pregnant, have sex, use birth control, etc. I declare that I will never stop fighting for reproductive justice, (so bring it on). And in the wonderful words of Amy Poehler I declare “Don’t tell me what to...
As a queer female, many people wonder why personhood means so much to me, and why it bothers me so much that reproductive rights are being taken away from me. Let me set one thing straight: regardless of my gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, socio-economic status, group of friends, romantic partners, lifestyle choices or whatever else I may be judged or categorized based on, I am a...
Cuy, age 21
I am proud to declare my personhood. I am terrified of the potential effects of making abortion illegal. Abortion will happen whether or not it is legal. When abortion was illegal, many women found themselves with serious medical problems or even died after attempting to abort a pregnancy by untrained surgeons who performed abortions in unsanitary conditions. If it is illegal, unsafe and risky...
Oberlin Sexco declares their personhood! Sexco is an Oberlin Experimental College class taught by members of the Sexual Information Center.
An article worth reading
“’Maybe human beings have not evolved enough to hold the complex idea that many things can be true at the same time,’ Paltrow of the National Advocates for Pregnant Women says. ‘We can feel a certain way. We can value the unborn as a matter of religion, ethics or experience, but we can’t do that as a matter of law and still value pregnant women.’” -The...
Alice, age 16
At least once a week, when I check my phone during lunch and find a tweet about a new law being proposed or passed, a law that restricts women, and forces them and their doctors to do things that are unnecessary and often cruel. It scares me that by now, these laws barely come as a surprise. I’m frustrated that being a girl means that my very existence is a source of controversy....
On men declaring their personhood
Many people who have talked to me about this project have asked if there is a place for men in it. So here is my (somewhat lengthy) response: This project is not specifically for women! It is for everyone who trusts and respects every human’s rights to their own decisions and bodies, and everyone who is outraged by our culture of disrespect for the living. There are many things I love about...
Sarah Lejeune, student, pictured with her artwork
It horrifies me that even the unborn are given more rights than the women who carry them.
Nancy, age 40, activist
Reproductive freedom is foundational to women’s bodily integrity, health, and participation in society.
oo The GOP’s “War on Women” describes a very real phenomenon in today’s political landscape. In Wisconsin, my home state, Governor Walker and the Republican majority have pursued an agenda that significantly hinders womens’ ability to access reproductive healthcare and equal opportunities in the workplace. Recently Walker covertly passed four bills without any...
I’m enraged by all the legislature restricting women’s rights to their own bodies. I have the ability to reproduce, not by accident, but because I can handle that responsibility.
Juliana, age 19, student
I’m concerned because I have the potential to become pregnant. I’d hope that pregnancy would be a period of happiness, not fear. When I’m worrying about morning sickness, I don’t want to worry about the rights to my body being taken away from me. If I face a miscarriage, I don’t want to face legal accusations claiming it could’ve been prevented. Laws are...
Julia, age 19, student
My name is Julia and I’m a college student. As a child, I had the privilege of being able to take my recognized status as a person for granted. I believed that I lived in a world where it would be unnecessary for me to ever declare my personhood. However, I have since grown up and realized that this is not the world I thought it was. Now, as a woman and a queer person, it feels vital...