Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Author, commentator, and activist Leslie Cannold ’87 delivered a TEDx Talk entitled “I Had an Abortion… Or Maybe I Didn’t” at the TEDxCanberra2012 event in Australia on September 8. Below is a transcription from the talk, which can be seen at the TEDxCanberra2012 website.
“I had an abortion. Or maybe I didn’t. Why does it matter?
“Abortion shame is very zeitgeist at the moment. Or, more precisely and far more happily, anti-shame is very zeitgeist. In The New York Times, in a number of online magazines and on websites like 1 in 3, 45 Million Voices and Exhale women are speaking out. They’re resisting the shame by breaking their silence about their abortions.
“But the success of this fledgling speak-out movement is far from guaranteed. Indeed if we want it to succeed we are going to have to help. But before I can tell you what it is that you can do to stand up for women, I really need to take you on a bit of a 360 around shame. I need to talk to you about what it is, how it works and what it does to its victims.”
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