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Playing politics with women’s bodies

OUR BODIES ARE A BATTLEFIELD AND IT’S TIME FOR A COUP, SAY ACTIVIST CERIAN JENKINS

Do you remember the first time you heard the word slut? I don’t, but it was certainly by the age of 11 or 12, and I knew instinctively that it was something I categorically didn’t want to be or, more importantly, be seen as. This fear alone taught me that to be openly sexual as a woman is inherently wrong; that a woman who has sex or who is confident in her body is somehow sullied and disgraced.

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