Women have valid reasons for not choosing to put a baby up for adoption. Those who are against abortion won’t consider them.

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Access to abortion in the United States is in jeopardy as a conservative-majority Supreme Court hears the “biggest abortion case in decades”, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. To summarize how high the stakes are, if judges overturn previous precedents set by the infamous Roe v. Wade, experts estimate it…

Why leaving Facebook, Instagram, and other predatory platforms is a feminist act.

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An incredible precedent has just been set.

On arguably the biggest shopping day of the year, Black Friday, a major cosmetics retailer located in the United Kingdom called Lush just shut down their social media accounts. The company will no longer utilize Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and TikTok to reach customers.

The company is taking a stand against…

My most miserable holiday made me realize what I really wanted out of life.

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Sometimes you end up in places you wish you weren’t.

It was a somewhat sad set of circumstances that led to me sitting alone in the living room of a small studio apartment in a city I didn’t know, with nothing to eat and no heat.

The day dipped below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, and a chill seeped through the apartment…

I left behind religious fundamentalism to embrace my queer, feminist self — and my love for science.

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I grew up practicing a religion that rejected science. Today I work full-time in a laboratory and I’m in the process of finishing my degree in biological sciences. If you’ve never seen me before on Medium, hello there — I’m Sarah. It’s a pleasure to meet you.

I’ve been writing…

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Why I’m happier when I’m prioritizing my marriage and my hobbies over my career ambitions

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I have always had big dreams about what I wanted to do in life. When I was a kid, I wanted to be a bestselling author. I carried that dream into my first year of college as an English major, where I fell in love with science writing. I decided…

Why comparing the pro-choice slogan to the decision not to mask up or get a vaccine is a false equivalence.

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A few months back, a colleague and I were discussing masks and vaccines. Knowing my feminist views on abortion, he asked me what I thought about anti-maskers using the “my body, my choice" slogan famously attributed to the pro-choice movement.

His thoughtful and earnest question — he genuinely wondered what…

Sarah Olson Michel

Science writer and lab tech doing QA science with booze. Fascinated with fermentation and food history. Ardently feminist.

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