Bodily Autonomy

Bodily Autonomy


Sometimes referred to as “bodily integrity,” bodily autonomy is the intrinsic right of a person to have self-determination and self-ownership over their own body. The core of bodily autonomy is a person’s right to informed consent, not just medically, but sexually, sensually, and in other physical aspects of our lives like gender expression.

e.g. Bodily autonomy is something that should be taught from a young age, as the disregard and hampering of one’s bodily autonomy by others can happen at any age.

Further reading to gain expanded context:

The Complete Guide to Teaching Kids Consent at Every Age | Healthline

Bodily autonomy: Busting 7 myths that undermine individual rights and freedoms | United Nations Population Fund

How, and when, to teach little kids about consent and their bodies | NPR – PBS – Whyy

My Body, My Choice: Why the Principle of Bodily Autonomy Can Unite the Left | The Nation

3 Mistakes Parents Make When Teaching Consent and Bodily Autonomy – And How to Fix Them | Everyday Feminism

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