Before the Let's Talk About Sex Conference I had anticipated becoming a more empowered black woman and becoming more passionate about reproductive justice. All of that happened as I expected. What I didn't expect was how it would affect me spiritually and intellectually. To say the least, it was very moving to witness so many women of color, not just black women, all fighting for the same thing. It was comforting to know that we're not alone and that the issues that affect us affect other women of color in equal measure. It was great to be around women who are progressive and have a heightened sense of social consciousness.
The conference did not just focus on reproductive justice either. There were workshops where we discussed how our sexuality is interconnected with our individuality and spirituality. I felt like I was in a safe place where I wouldn't be judged. The conference holistic and I needed that.
It was deeper than just another conference about abortion or reproductive justice. It was about expressing and sharing our uniqueness. Which inspires me even more to fight for my reproductive rights. I don't want anyone, especially someone who doesn't understand women of color or the issues that affect us, to make decisions regarding what I can and cannot do with my body. That stifles my individuality and it stagnates, stalls, and hinders progression.