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Ayushi Agarwal

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Theresa Davis: ‘You Cannot Dictate Who Lives In My Womb’

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  •  November 3, 2015


Your body has its own sanctity, and no one, NO ONE has the right to tell you what should be done with it. It’s yours, and nobody else’s. Especially not of money-greedy, power hungry politicians.

Poet Theresa Davis, fired out electrifying lines in under three minutes for all the politicians who try to speak against the reproductive rights of the American women.

Performing during prelims at the 2015 Women of the World Poetry Slam in March, Davis recites: “My body is not yours to pump, lobby, or legislate…and the last time I checked there was no ATM in my vagina.”

“What to do when a politician tries to fall into your vagina, feet first?”

Her speech was addressed especially to those politicians who dictate what women should and shouldn’t do with their bodies. For her, it is the highest form of disrespect.

Davis’s words are especially poignant in light of the recent GOP debates, where potential presidential candidates have been speaking out against Planned Parenthood funding.

“Since you cannot walk in my shoes, I’mma need you to take them off,” Davis says. “You are scuffing up my shine.”

In the video posted by Button Poetry, Davis goes on to call out anti-abortion politicians who focus on women’s bodies but ignore other issues that affect women’s rights like equal pay for women, educational benefits, healthcare and “basic human rights.”

Her final line, though, deserves a standing ovation: “You cannot dick-tate who lives in my womb, or who is evicted… I just need you to know that when you try to get all up in here, uninvited? I’ll be shutting that shit down.”


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