i’ve been scouring the internet for resources on the topic of my thesis exhibition. to put it simply, i’m looking for resources that examine the dominant narrative around abortion in the united states. i’m not sorry. net (imnotsorry.net) was a great first stop. “patricia” started the site about 14 years ago (!) in order to offer an alternative to what she saw as the “blood-spattered guilt trip so many make it out to be.” the site hosts stories submitted by women who have had abortions and don’t regret it. all stories are submitted anonymously, only a first name is used to identify the storyteller and patricia reserves the right to minimally edit the stories or not to post them of they are deemed inappropriate. the stores themselves are plentiful and there is even a section dedicated to stories by women who sought out abortions before roe v wade was passed in 1973, which is pretty amazing. patricia, the host of the site is direct, sassy and unapologetic. the infrastructure of the website (the about page, the faq and the section titled answering “pro-lifers”) all make her position very clear.
i wholeheartedly agree with patricia and admire her postion. she states clearly the ambivalence often shown by well-meaning feminist or pro-choice individuals (and institutions) saying “Even many in the pro-choice movement subtly encourage the mindset that no decent woman really wants an abortion and that it’s done only when there’s no other alternative.” and tackles “pro-lifers” straight on in a section just for them.
the overt defensiveness in the tone of the whole site sometimes bothered me though. i guess that it’s because, in my opinion, it seems to be responding to the dominant narrative instead of creating space that operates outside of it. not that i don’t get that, it would be incredibly hard to operate outside of that after 14 years of fielding hate mail.
overall, i think its a great resource that provided hours of intriguing reading. and honestly, her unapologetic nature is bad-ass and inspiring.
check back tomorrow for another resource review.