Birth Write 2
What do we do when a governing system fails its people? And where does the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes reside?
This edit of photographs and accompanying texts comprises the first chapter of Birth Write, a collaborative project that was catalyzed by my ex-girlfriend, K.S.’s abortion, and its emotional aftermath. This experience—while secondhand in the most obvious ways—challenged my accountability as a man, and grew my collective, emotional and cognitive reservoirs as they relate to patriarchy, power, and toxic masculinity. Birth Write began as a personal reflection but evolved into a collaborative catharsis and a timely social document shared by the other people (men and women) who participated.
My passion for the importance of individual freedoms has been uniquely influenced by my Cuban mother's past, and our family's escape from the Cuban Revolution in 1967. Personal liberty—including the freedom of dissent— has been a contested human rights issue in Cuba since 1959.
We now face an uncertain time in the United States, with the threat of a substantial roll-back of women's civil liberties as the Supreme Court sits poised to reconsider Roe v. Wade during the current presidential administration.
We must act quickly and firmly to preserve and expand upon human rights and choice.
J M L