The epic miniseries, which united black and white Americans in a viewing experience that the late journalist Chuck Stone called both “an electronic orgy of white guilt” and “one of greatest emotional experiences of all time”—set off a chain of reactions in sub-Saharan Africa.
“Six years after my abortion, I finally decided to start talking about it publicly.”
Renee Bracey Sherman is a never-ending resource of information when it comes to the current political fight for abortion rights in the country. On this week’s episode of Women’s Health’s podcast, “Uninterrupted,” she shares her own abortion story, and the reason why she will always be open and honest about it.
Women were the experts of their own lives, Kennedy asserted time and time again—a point that’s the core of today’s abortion story-sharing trend.
Sharing my story has been a freeing and empowering experience that I wouldn’t change for a minute. But being a biracial black woman who tells the world about her abortion brings on a litany of racist and sexist epithets that take their toll on my emotional and mental well-being.
For the past four years I have shared my abortion story with thousands of people; from cab drivers and rally attendees, to abortion patients who stayed at my home while traveling for their abortion and people on the Internet. It’s a weird feeling to talk about my abortion, a deeply personal experience, with strangers, but it’s actually quite comforting.
This season’s Scandal episodes have tackled some of today’s most pressing social issues, including the Black Lives Matter movement, gun control, and feminism. Recently, sexual assault and abortion have taken center stage.
Television can be frustrating because there is a tendency for people and problems to be oversimplified. Scandal is not always an exception to this, but we’ve seen time and time again compelling ways that current problems in American life are lifted up, carefully critiqued and addressed by the end of the episode.
Advocates have never said abortion stories alone could bring about policy changes, and this isn’t the only type of change we seek.
Whether you need words to describe sisterhood, love, or even the intergenerational effects of the Transatlantic Slave Trade on the psychological health of Black folks, there is a Toni Morrison quote for that!