1.10.09

On the "miscarriage tweeter"

I am of the opinion that Penelope Trunk overshares. For the past week, she's been under fire for sending a tweet that read, "I'm in a board meeting. Having a miscarriage. Thank goodness, because there's a fucked-up 3-week hoop-jump to have an abortion in Wisconsin."

A little callous? Yes. A little too much information? Yes. Outside the domain of women's experiences? Not by a long shot.

In this CNN interview, she nails her point: Whether or not you agree with abortion, women have the right to have one.

It's a right -- not a privilege, not a crime, and not something anyone should have to sneak around to get. It's a right. Like free speech. Like bearing arms. Like due process. The government gave us that right -- whether or not you agree -- so it's wrong that states (like Wisconsin) go so far to undermine that right.

I was also impressed by her determination to clear up a common misconception that miscarriage is a point in time. It's not. It could go on for weeks. Many women must undergo devestating surgical procedures after a miscarriage. It's not like stubbing your toe or closing a door.

So while I don't think we need to read about Trunk's sex life, I do think she should continue shining a spotlight on women's issues.

2 comments:

  • Jack

    She is consistent. Trunk writes about anything and everything. Not sure that she has any boundaries.

  • Kelly @ The Miller Mix

    I know, right? It's creepy. But I could tell she was determined to stay on-message and make her points.

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