Alula’s Apples
Published in

Alula’s Apples

What Horses Taught Me About Consent

The feminist movement to prevent assault and trauma applies to our animals as well.

Photo by Filip Urban on Unsplash

I learned the lesson most people assigned female at birth learn at a young age: your body is not your own. People tell you how you should dress, what weight and shape is ideal, how long your hair should be and how to style it. They will tell you to sit like a lady…




Feminist writer Sarah Olson Michel explores ethical horsemanship with the help of her horse Alula.

Recommended from Medium


The Dancer & The Hare

Shia LaBeouf Should Never Have Got His Role in “Pieces of a Woman”

UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education (Up to $50,000)

A Journey from Being a Domestic Violence Survivor to Becoming an Author

RBG Leaving the World On Rosh HaShanah is Perfectly Tragic

Do Men Really Love B*tches?

My Unplanned Pregnancy Story: Building A Life From Nothing

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Sarah Olson Michel

Sarah Olson Michel

Feminist, scientist. Battling chronic illness. Horse crazy. (she/they)

More from Medium

I Can’t Stop Perceiving Myself Through The Male Gaze

How a stray dog called Nino changed my life

Bad Medical Advice Almost Destroyed My Breastfeeding Journey

A mother with dark hair wearing yellow overalls breastfeeding her baby. Jessie Waddell.

Guilty Pleasure Recipe: Key Lime Pie