A group of women hold up their arms, showing the words “NO” printed on their palms, during a protest march demanding non-sexist education and an end to discrimination, harassment and sexual abuse by academics, students and officials in Santiago, Chile, June 6, 2018.
This article was originally published on Thred Media.
Women (defined here as both female-identifying people, and people with wombs) have always found it much harder than men to have their bodies defined in the medical sphere.
Given that histories are recorded and circumstances dictated by men, it’s not surprising that womanhood is “othered” in our self-definition as a species — pushed to the boundaries of experience — but this sense of alienation is particularly prevalent when it comes to our physiognomy.
The female body has long been admired and feared by artists, writers, theologians, and scientists alike. For all recorded history we’ve been seen