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The Beauty of Freedom: Taking Ownership of Your Body

The Beauty of Freedom: Taking Ownership of Your Body

In medical school, we learned anatomy by studying cadavers, the bodies of people who had donated themselves to science. At the end of the semester, we held a ceremony to thank the people who had helped us to learn. One of my colleagues gave a short speech in which she accurately stated, “Your body is the only thing that you truly and completely own. Thank you for sharing.” I had never thought about it that way before, but it impressed me to consider what life would look like if you had no ownership over yourself, specifically over what happened with your own physical form. As an American woman who has had every advantage, I can vote, marry, divorce, drive a car, write a letter, have male frie

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