When we got the tip this morning that a woman was anonymously Tumblring her abortion, my first though was, oh Christ. I figured it would be some sort of Vice-ian shock value rant. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the blog "What To Expect When You're Aborting," is both funny and servicey! The tagline to the site is "I'm 23. I'm knocked up. And I don't want to keep it. You can fuck yourself, Judd Apatow," which endeared me to the writer immediately, and she also has a list of five movies that "aren't so hot on abortion." (Sample: Cheaper By the Dozen -Really? After 9 kinds no one decided to pop in a diaphragm?)But it's not all pop cultural giggles. The blog also has an in-depth description of the two different kinds of abortion — surgical and medical, and links with information. What I like best about the blog though is that it is one of the few realistic portrayals of getting an abortion I've seen in any kind of media. Movies that discuss abortion (Fast Times at Ridgemont High notwithstanding) have a completely hysterical view of it. It's either a non-option or the worst thing that ever happened to someone. My favorite passage of the blog is the one that decries this very thing:
I'm trying to get some advice and info that isn't off a bulletin board style fact sheet. When I google "abortion blog" -because we all know blogs are a great repository for facts and rationality- i get these terrifying pro-life, abortion regret websites. One is called " silent rain". UGHHHHH. WHERE IS THE JUNO OF THE ABORTION WORLD?!? Precious, silver-tongued, knocked up 16 year olds where are you??
Well, this blogger seems to be a silver-tongued, knocked up, 23-year-old slinging facts and honesty and humor. It seems like a good start. What To Expect When You're Aborting [myabortion.tumblr.com]