How Social Media Activism Is Challenging Abortion Stigma
by Elizabeth Kissling
Elizabeth Kissling, Ph.D., offers an overview of four groups who are raising consciousness about the fact that 1 in 3 women in America have had an abortion: #ShoutYourAbortion, Lady Parts Justice, We Testify, and Abortion Diaries.
In 2015, in the wake of congressional plans to defund Planned Parenthood, supporters of legal abortion to social media and began “shouting their abortions.” From a Whisper to a Shout is based on a paper that Kissling gave in 2016 to the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender. The title of the paper was #ShoutYourAbortion: Stigma, Shame, and Speaking Out on Social Media.
The Washington Times reported:
A #ShoutYourAbortion campaign meant to shatter the stigma surrounding abortion has gone viral on social media as women tweet their personal experiences.
Activists Lindy West, Amelia Bonow and Kimberly Morrison started the campaign over the weekend after the U.S. House voted to cut funding for Planned Parenthood, the Agence France-Presse reported. They say it’s intended to empower women to speak freely about their abortions. Thousands of women have since seized the opportunity.
“My abortion was in ’10 & the career I’ve built since then fulfills me & makes me better able to care for kids I have now. #ShoutYourAbortion,” Ms. West tweeted Sunday.
From a Whisper to a Shout will be published in April 2018. Pre-orders are available at Amazon UK / Hive / Amazon US / Barnes & Noble / Indiebound.
On sale: April 2018
Paperback ISBN: 9781912248025 ($14.95 US // $16.95 CAN)
eBook ISBN: 9781912248087 ($9.99 US &CAN)