Describing oneself as an anarchist can evoke puzzled reactions…you know the look, when someone raises their eyebrows a bit and acts like they understand, when really they have no idea what you mean by the term ‘anarchism.’
In a world of raised eyebrows, it’s challenging to be ‘out’ as an anarchist doula or midwife. And although our interests extend far beyond pregnancy & birth, the birth world is the cultural space that offers us the most opportunity to be immersed in reproductive health. And the majority of the birth world is NOT comprised of anarchists.
WE NEED A SECRET HANDSHAKE.
We need to know there are others out there. We need to be able to support each other, or at the VERY least, know each other.
As doulas, midwives, and reproductive health advocates, our work supporting folks through the life cycle is a part of our anarchism, a part of our activism, a part of our worldview. It fits right in there with the principles of community, consensus, and autonomy that are at the core of anarchism as a lifestyle, a political philosophy, or whatever else it is to you.
If anybody can figure out how to make a circle-A sign with your hands, please let me know.
AND…consider joining the Anarchist Doulas, Midwives & Advocates group at the Full Spectrum Doula Network. Hopefully no one will raise their eyebrows at us there.