Women Will Not Wait for Your Permission to Tell Our Own Stories


  When they first came out with the term "birthing people” I remember questioning it among other women including on the Twitter app. Ho...


When they first came out with the term "birthing people” I remember questioning it among other women including on the Twitter app. How did we feel about that?

Suddenly, another woman zoomed in to tell us that our conversation discussing the meaning of our own experiences as women.

And whether we accepted this new term as “hateful”. Among women who have birthed babies, we know that that is as close to being a superhero as a human being can get. We are amazed at what our bodies are capable of doing.

And now having gone through that, survived, birthed a preemie child with no guarantee of survival …

You’re saying that I can’t any say on the definition of that and what it meant to me? As we used to say back in the day: You are a lie.

In our ever-changing world, let's remember this: Women have an absolute right to define ourselves and our experiences in ways that have personal meaning for us. 

No one else gets to dictate who we are or what we should feel about this journey as female human beings.

It's our prerogative to own our identities & share our stories on our own terms. There is diversity & individuality that exists among women that have yet to be told....going back generations.

Our history. Our stories.  Our pain. Our growth.

All untold.

May we women continue to be inspired in part by the words of Audre Lorde and "define ourselves for ourselves".


1. I am entitled to define myself and my experiences based on my own unique perspective.

2. I have the power to determine who I am and the significance of my life journey.

3. My voice matters, and I am capable of expressing my true self without fear or judgment.

4. I am under no obligation to conform to societal expectations or limitations placed upon me.

5. I have the right to challenge and redefine societal norms that restrict my personal growth.

6. Every aspect of my life has meaning, and I am free to interpret and define it in ways that empower me.

7. I trust my instincts and intuition to guide me in defining my identity and experiences.

8. I am worthy of respect and validation, regardless of how others may perceive or define me.

9. It is my prerogative to embrace or reject labels that are imposed upon me by others.

10. I find strength and fulfillment in owning and embracing the unique person that I am, and I am committed to defining myself in ways that align with my values and aspirations.   

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WE Survive Abuse : Women Will Not Wait for Your Permission to Tell Our Own Stories
Women Will Not Wait for Your Permission to Tell Our Own Stories
WE Survive Abuse
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