Welcome to Body Politics by Mary Morgan

Hi huns.

Welcome to Body Politics. Here, we will talk about all things related to the fight for full body autonomy for all. We’ll talk about fun things like sex, masturbation, pleasure, emotions, but we’ll also talk a lot about hard topics, like assault, harassment, rape culture, rape myths, catcalling. All of these things are related under body politics, because at their core, they’re about our body autonomy.

Each Body Politics issue will be a combination of research, history, theory, and personal experience. The ultimate goal is to secure body autonomy for all, something that most of us have been deprived of. These issues are all cultural issues — they stem from our society, they are not innate or inherent. This means the culture around our bodies can be changed.

My body is mine, and mine alone. Yours is yours, and yours alone. Body autonomy is as simple as that. We all deserve the exclusive right to our own bodies.

I want this to be a space where we can come to learn about these issues safely and comfortably. Please feel free to comment if you want to have it as a public discussion, or to message me separately if you have any thoughts or questions you only want to discuss with me.

A little about me: My name is Mary Morgan, and I am a writer, artist, activist and scholar focusing on Body Politics. Originally from Buffalo New York, I now live in London. Previously I lived in Beirut, working as the UK Foreign Office’s communication lead on Syria, and prior to that I worked in international public diplomacy in D.C. I have a BA from the University of Richmond, an MA in Journalism from Georgetown University, and an MFA in Photography from the University of the Arts London. My dissertation for UAL focused on the history of rape culture and rape myths, and how false representation of rape, rapists and victims perpetuates rape culture.

Some things I love: dancing enthusiastically, eating in baths, disco balls, sunbeams, cold red wine, talking loudly, fully binging tv series, really good coffee, anything chocolate, the word “cunt.”

Follow me on Instagram and Twitter @Msmarymorgan.

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