Oh the horror, the horror:
Penelope Trunk runs a business called The Brazen Careerist, which is described as “a social network to help young people manage their careers”. This one little tweet, intentionally or not, probably generated more awareness of it than 52 weeks of 1/4-page ads in the New York Times, but never mind that.
Oh-so-predictably, response to Trunk’s horrific tweet was swift and terrible. As with anything related to female reproductive activity, the news quickly made its way to the fetosphere where it was held out as proof positive that pro-choicers are cold-hearted, emotionally unstable bitches who have abortions like morning mocha lattes. Melinda Henneberger of Politics Daily, who was more concerned with Trunk’s openness about something she should properly be hiding in the dark and flogging herself over, harrumphed:
I’ve written a lot about my conservative abortion views; nonetheless, I do not think Trunk’s wahoo, drive-through view of abortion is typical. Most normal women take these and other serious decisions seriously. No, it’s her ‘tude toward disclosure that I see as a sign of the times.
That’s the general flavour: people were disturbed that Trunk tweeted about something so personal. But so what? If she wants to, who are we to say she can’t? It’s her choice, and if it’s too much information, her readers also have a choice.
But the outrage grew and soon Ms.Trunk was on CNN giving an admirably upfront, no-bullshit interview (video here). Flummoxing a tut-tutting Rick Sanchez, Trunk rightly emphasized that the real outrage was the obstacle course she had to navigate to get an abortion in her state.
Sanchez’s “Have you no shame” attitude and the Politics Daily article raise something else that irritates me, something characterized by this patronizing horseshit from Henneberg: “Most normal women take these and other serious decisions seriously”. Like the only way to legitimize our private decisions is to beat ourselves up over them. “As if”, as they say.
Hopefully an elegant little PR move (if that’s what it was) like the “miscarriage tweet” will remind women that we aren’t obligated to genuflect before the Fetus Gods, cower and self-flagellate in order to validate our reproductive decisions to the world. And if we feel like sharing, good on us.