Just read two interesting articles (this and this) which have made me question the nature of one of the most important processes of our species: childbirth. It seems that womyn across the so-called developed world are subjected to an almost total lack of independent agency and respect for their viewpoint during what is one of her most vulnerable moments - this is now being described as "Birth-Rape", and it is clearly a problem both for mother and child. There is evidence to suggest that many womyn end up suffering from PTSD after the ordeal of childbirth, and their treatment during it. As a man myself, it was never a dimension I really thought about until coming across the article - why should the idea of consent at all times go out the window just because a womyn is giving birth? Why should her opinion be anything less than law when it comes to who touches her, where and how just because she is delivering a baby?
I'm well aware that many of the cranks around here won't be willing to engage with the subject, but to those that will I implore ye to read the articles (they are short). How can we reform the maternity system to ensure that womyn are respected at all times during the childbirth process?