The History of Coercion Dressed Up As Care Is a Long One

June 25, 2021

“I have a lot to say, so bear with me,” Britney Spears said as she began her testimony against the conservatorship that has controlled her since 2008. By now, the transcript of Spears’s 24-minute account—given over the telephone to L.A. probate judge Barbara Penny this past Wednesday—has been shared across the world, inciting fans and allies to call for the court to finally #freebritney.

This was the first time Spears had spoken out
at length about the hold the conservatorship has issued over her life, art,
finances, and even her own body. As well as alleging that she was forced to
work “seven days a week, with no days off,” Spears claimed that her body had
been policed through medical interventions she had no choice but to endure.