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A viral Twitter thread about body autonomy is a reminder of the ‘fear’ and ‘shame’ women still are forced to confront.

Body autonomy means that a person has the right to whatever they want with their own body.

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Body autonomy means a person has the right to whatever they want with their own body.


We live in a world where people are constantly telling women what they can or can’t do with their bodies. Women get it form all sides — Washington, their churches, family members, and even doctors.

A woman on Twitter who goes by the name Salome Strangelove recently went viral for discussing the importance of female body autonomy.

Here’s how it started.

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She continued talking about how her mother had a difficult pregnancy.
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Her mother asked her doctor about the possibility of sterilization.
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As was typical of the times, she was chastised by her male, Catholic doctor.
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Her mother was made to feel guilty about simply exploring the medical options about her own body. But later on, a new doctor made her feel more comfortable about her situation.
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Once her mother had the courage to speak up, her own family members supported her.
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Amen.