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Read my lips: Learning with the Vajionary

Introducing the Vajionary.

The Vajionary serves as a reference tool for feminist jargon and vocabulary. It’s sole purpose is to educate and enrich language use for activists, teachers and feminists in any capacity.  I know this will sound corny but knowledge is power. Also doesn’t vajionary sound an awful lot like visionary? Oh the power of feminine prefixes.

Doula (dou·lah)

noun-

The word doula is an ancient Greek term that translates to “caregiver.”  A doula provides emotional support, pain management and relaxation techniques, and information to her clients as needed. 

Types of Doulas

 Birth Doulas will provide all of the above throughout a client’s labor and delivery, as well as the immediate postpartum period (about two hours after the baby has been born).  The doula meets with clients prenatally to talk about birthing preferences, the creation of a birth plan, and to practice different positions and relaxation techniques for labor. Additionally, a birth doula provides a postpartum visit to review the client’s birth experience and refer them to any resources they may need. 

 Abortion Doulas will provide all of the above to clients who are choosing to terminate the pregnancy.  The doula will stay with the client throughout her procedure, as well as part of the recovery period, and will remain in touch with the client as she desires thereafter.

({This definition has been provided The Doula Project of NYC})

 

Now for extra credit use Doula in a complete sentence. I’ll go first who is your Doula?

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Why bother?

“Because women’s work is never done and is underpaid or unpaid or boring or repetitious and we’re the first to get fired and what we look like is more important than what we do and if we get raped it’s our fault and if we get beaten we must have provoked it and if we raise our voices we’re nagging bitches and if we enjoy sex we’re nymphos and if we don’t we’re frigid and if we love women it’s because we can’t get a “real” man and if we ask our doctor too many questions we’re neurotic and/or pushy and if we expect childcare we’re selfish and if we stand up for our rights we’re aggressive and “unfeminine” and if we don’t we’re just typical weak females and if we want to get married we’re out to trap a man and if we don’t we’re unnatural and because we still can’t get an adequate safe contraceptive but men can walk on the moon and if we can’t cope or don’t want a pregnancy we’re made to feel guilty about abortion and…for lots of other reasons we are part of the women’s liberation movement”-The Torch

Just leting you all know I’m working on two new but longer posts an exciting project with Jessi Arrington of Workshop and lots more exciting news.

ALSO TRIP TO DC THIS FRIDAY. Will you be there?

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Happy Abortion Provider Appreciation Day

I just want to say Happy Abortion Provider Appreciation Day.
I want to recognizing that abortions alone are not something to celebrate. But the right to exercise ones choices for their body is something to celebrate. I want to thank the courageous women and men who are so often putting their lives and careers at risk by keeping a valued service available so that no woman has to seek unsafe, un-sterile and life threatening abortions.
I hope that fewer women need to seek their service and use birth control and other contraceptives. I am so grateful that women and doctors are safe under the law. They deserve our appreciation.
I’d like to send my condolences to the family of Dr. George Tiller and those who have lost loves ones at the hands of crazed individuals.

Please continue supporting NARAL and your local Planned Parenthood. Also, check out and support Aspen Baker of Exhale, the first non-political forum for women who have had abortions to tell their unique and individual stories and find support.

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