Women in the U.S., now facing down anti-abortion laws across the country and a domestic gag rule replicating the dangerous policies the Trump administration administers abroad, find themselves considering a dismal future for their reproductive health and rights—and wondering what life under an abortion ban would look like. They don’t have to look far.
After reading a few essays from Roxane Gay’s new edited volume, “Not That Bad: Dispatches From Rape Culture,” I felt a deep unease. Halfway through, I realized I needed to tell my story—even if rape culture instructs me not to.
Dying as a woman is different than dying because you are a woman—but we lack the scientifically sound and comparable data on femicide we need to prevent the most extreme form of gender-based violence.