Menstruating is normal. Sex is normal. Contraception is normal. Abortion is normal. It’s time to get over it.
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Pro-choice demonstrators at a demonstration in Dublin last year. Photograph: Aidan Crawley
Menstruating is normal. Sex (of many varieties) is normal. Pregnancy is normal. Preventing pregnancy is normal. Failing to prevent pregnancy is normal. Facing a pregnancy you didn’t intend is normal. Having a child is normal. Having an abortion is normal. This is 2013. It is normal to be a woman of reproductive age. It was always normal.
All societies, with the possible exception of Canada, seem to think that women need rules to guide and govern them as they steer through their decades of reproductive potency. Without rules, women will be rudderless in a mire of menstrual blood and conceptional gore. Without rules there could be anarchy. Women may literally run amok, and no one wants to see women running amok.