When Pregnancy Is the Only Time a Woman Is Treated as Powerful

Pregnant women feel empowered to ask for things they’d never dared — but they’re also told what to do more than ever

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Pregnancy is one of the first times many women feel entitled to ask for things like space and rest.

I imagined scenarios when people would ask me who the father of my unborn child was, and I’d smile and say, “Feminism.”

This article has been adapted from “Belabored: A Vindication of the Rights of Pregnant Women” by Lyz Lenz. Copyright © 2020. Available from Bold Type Books, an imprint of Perseus Books, LLC, a subsidiary of Hachette Book Group, Inc.

Author of God Land. Columnist for the Cedar Rapids Gazette. The book Belabored is forthcoming from Bold Type Books in August of 2020.

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