As someone who is very vocal about not wanting kids, I often get asked, “What if your husband wants to have kids?” My answer to that may be one of two things: first, I might not even choose to marry. And second, if ever I opt to marry someone, my body will not be a conjugal property. Us women have been brought up in a world where we believe we can have a say in our choices — whether as simple as the clothes we wear, or something as far-reaching as the rights that we should have.
This Women’s Month, we’re celebrating owning our bodies in all the ways we choose to do so. We asked a bunch of strong and independent women what it means for a woman to “own” her body, and how they assert ownership of their own bodies.