By 17 years old, Brazilian swimmer Joanna Maranhão had already broken her country’s record by taking fifth place in the 400 meters at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. Four years later, memories of the sexual abuse Maranhão suffered at nine years old at the hands of a former swim coach had come back to haunt her.
I recognize that discussing any intimate health topic (or vaginas in general) makes some people uncomfortable. But any worry I have about making people uncomfortable is overshadowed by my desire to advocate for all of the ladies I know suffering from endometriosis and to provide the information and insight I wish I had found years ago.
While conversations about the #MeToo movement’s impact on Hollywood have proliferated in the media for months, less attention has been paid to how the movement has affected other spaces, like academia.
I doubt that even years from now our world will be perfect, that all issues of violence will be solved. But I know I will no longer sit idly by when mass shootings kill kids. I will be able to look back and say that I did something.