“When you have to fight this hard to care for the health and safety of the body you need, who has time for the body you have?
It’s also scary to accept the parts of your body that are gendered female. Going to a gynecologist can maybe even feel like defeat? Like no matter how much T is in your shot or how many push ups you do, people will still call you “she”.
At the same time, the fight to take care of people who have/had a uterus has been extreme and it’s so far from over. Right now, the American Cancer Society is attempting to redefine the guidelines that recommend annual Pap screenings. While it should be a right, Pap smears are still a privilege. Cervical cancer screenings are a privilege. I can’t let anything, especially my fears, take the privilege of health and safety away from me.”