It’s no secret that reproductive rights activists and the anti-choice crowd read each others’ websites and Twitter feeds. And by read, I mean parse in ever more minute detail. Aside from providing insight into the other side’s strategies and tactics, it’s fun! The circle-jerk that gets going after a blog post responds to a Twitter war kicked off by a online news report is a great way to waste a quiet afternoon.
I’m not going to link you to the site that inspired this post, because I think you should have your own moment of bliss when you are forced to Google “Gloria Steinem abort Erin Matson.”
You all know Erin, right? The former Action Vice President for NOW who spoke to Time magazine for their January 14, 2013 cover story on the reproductive justice movement 40 years after Roe v. Wade? The woman in the article with the staple in her face?
Photo credit: my crummy Samsung Galaxy
Erin should also be familiar to my regular readers as a longtime friend, one so dear that I would trek from Cub Foods to Walgreens to Rainbow to find a damned copy of the very prominent national magazine with her picture in it AND be pissed to find that there’s a fucking STAPLE in the photo I was going to hang up by my desk! I didn’t pay five bucks to have a clear picture of Nancy Keenan, I’ll tell you that!
Ooooh, did you catch that thinly veiled jab at the soon-to-be-former president of NARAL? Look for it to be headline news in the blogosphere tomorrow.
If you performed the aforementioned Google as directed, you went to a site that had a rather snide take on the concerns of Erin, Steph Herold, and other young women in the reproductive rights movement. If you read closely (as I do whenever I see a piece with Erin’s picture attached), you noticed that the post’s author believes that intergenerational tension is due in no small part to our elders’ subconscious desire to have aborted us.
(Well, not ME. I was born in 1971, and everyone knows that no abortions occurred before January 22, 1973.)
Yes, folks, it’s true: Gloria Steinem wants to abort Erin. When Erin told me the story of why she felt she had to leave her job at National NOW, she failed to add that Terry O’Neill, a 60-year-old Second Waver, kept chasing her around the office with a coat hanger.
I realize, of course, that writing a blog post about a blog post about a magazine article (and a blog post) is contributing yet another jerk to this particular circle, but I can’t help myself. It’s too, too funny!
If I don’t see a response to this post from Lila Rose or the New Wave “Feminists” that in turn inspires a snarky rebuttal from Amanda Marcotte, I will be very disappointed.