Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Blogging for Choice: Choosing my body

Bodies on the margins have always had to fight for integrity.

Untidy, abnormal, non-compliant, oppositional bodies.

Bodies that can't be ignored when they're too big or small or too female or too ambiguous or too uncaring of gender rules altogether or too mobile in a power chair or too loud with their sign language or too brown or too black or too difficult to categorize or too fertile/infertile or too damn many of the above all at once.

Choice is the insistence on my body

My queer
fat
woman
body
My quasi-colored body

I use my body
in the service of these
illegal border crossings

I spill over
the sides of my seat
on a plane

I am a
passing
threat
toowhiteortoobrown
for you

I lay as a woman
with a woman
unscripted
in a world
that denies us

My choice
My daily choice
Is not solely about
abortion

It is that
this body
is
my body
even as it is

just as it is

without
anybody's
permission

7 comments:

Veronica said...

Well said.

dawn224 said...

whoa.

(in a good way)

frog ponds rock... said...

Well said indeed..

:) kim xxx

scully said...

i love you, my radical, feminist!

ms.cripchick said...

AHHHHH!! I LOVE YOU....
your blog is so refreshing.
and fruity. obviously.

Otter said...

I hope you don't mind - I excerpted part of this post with a link at ottermatic.wordpress.com.

This poem is absolute beautiful and so moving. Thanks!

belledame222 said...

wonderful.