Fiery Performance Speech Against Forced Sterilization

Video of the Performance Speech

Transcript:

This debate

is about bodies

transgender bodies

this body

The state

has made our bodies

the most private parts

of our bodies

public property

The state

has stripped us

of our human dignity

our bodily autonomy

our privacy

But today

we take our bodies back!

I have

only one word

to say to

Kristdemokraterna

A word

I have never

said to anyone

before today

Shame

Shame

SHAME

I spoke because I was angry. I used the People’s Mic because I knew that i was not alone in my anger.

I spoke in English because the world is watching.

Forced sterilization is not an abstract concept or some theoretical idea. It is the cutting open of real bodies. Bodies like mine. It isn ot me who put my body on display. The State and the Public have already done that with this law and this debate.  But we are not just bodies. We are people. People with lives. People with voices. It was time for cisgender people to shut-up about our bodies and listen to us speak. It was time to stop covering up the brutal reality of this law with polite conversation and expose it for the violation of flesh and blood that it is.

I still feel angry. But now I also feel powerful. There is power in vulnerability. Power in truth. People are finally listening.

Jag talade för att jag var arg. Jag använde Folkets mikrofon eftersom jag visste att jag inte var ensam i min vrede.

Tvångssteriliseringar är inte ett abstrakt begrepp eller någon teoretisk idé. Det är att skära  upp verkliga kroppar. Kroppar som min. Det är inte jag som ställer ut min kropp till utställning. Staten och allmänheten har redan gjort det med denna lag och denna debatt. Men vi är inte bara kroppar. Vi är människor. Människor med liv. Människor med röster. Det var dags för cisgender folk att hålla tyst om våra kroppar och lyssna på oss när vi talar. Det var dags att sluta dölja den brutala verkligheten i denna lag med artig konversation och avslöja den  kränkning av kött och blod som det är.


Jag känner mig fortfarande arg. Men nu känner jag mig också kraftfulla. Det finns kraft i sårbarhet. Kraft i sanning. Människor lyssnar äntligen.

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2 Comments

  1. Posted January 19, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    This is incredibly powerful!! Thank you so much for speaking out. How can I help you, how can I support this cause?

    • Posted January 19, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

      Thank you! Yes! You can sign the petitions: http://allout.org/stop_forced_sterilization

      You can also check the laws regarding transgender people in your own country/state. Many of countries (even in Europe) and many U.S. states have similar laws requiring surgeries or sterilization procedures for trans people to gain legal recognition of their gender.

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