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Pearl 07-09-2009 04:40 PM

Abortion Parties
 
On Facebook, Glamour magazine has a link to an article that discusses it becoming the norm for women planning to have an abortion through a party ahead of it. I found a link to the story, and here it is:

Quote:

"What are you going to do?" Unnecessary question, really -- a conversational life vest, used when you’re sputtering for something to say. We knew the answer. Maggie, a 22-year-old college senior with no intention of bringing a child into the world yet, was going to have an abortion. She told us that she had already made up her mind; she had even determined the time, date and location. A better question might have been, "How are you going to pay for it?"

She answered that one before we had a chance to ask. "We’re having a party Friday to raise money," Maggie said. "You guys are obviously invited."

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Ali and I arrived around 11, only half aware of the irony of being "late" to an abortion party. Walking in, we were bludgeoned with a blast of hot air, followed by the tangy stink of dance floor revelry. Someone had taken a red bed sheet and hung it below a light fixture to resemble a giant womb. Every so often, a dancer’s head or arm or dreadlock would brush against one of its smooth folds, creating a rippling effect. "Let’s Go Crazy" by Prince was playing.
My First Abortion Party | Reproductive Justice and Gender | AlterNet

Although the article -written by a guy - mostly discusses a guy's role in an abortion, I posted this because I am shocked that abortion parties actually exist. While I do support a woman's right to choose, throwing a party sounds disturbing to me. Why not just simply ask money from friends, and get it done - not basically celebrate something that, I believe, is a sad thing to go through.

What do you think?

Irvine511 07-09-2009 04:45 PM

this reminds me of the "Bug Chasers" article in Rolling Stone -- when the presence of a tiny handful of gay men who are actively seeking HIV infection -- men who represented a fringe-of-the-fringe and subculture-within-a-subculture -- are blown out of proportion to make it seem like this is common, when it isn't.

i've never heard of this. that doesn't mean it doesn't exist. it sounds like some consciously "subversive" (in a commodified sense) group is trying to be anti-establishment.

whatever. they can do what they want, and we can think it's in excessively poor taste.

indra 07-09-2009 04:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Pearl (Post 6243537)
On Facebook, Glamour magazine has a link to an article that discusses it becoming the norm for women planning to have an abortion through a party ahead of it.

Bullshit. If this was the norm Glamour wouldn't be writing about it.

Attention whores -- both the magazine and the people in the story.

Vincent Vega 07-09-2009 04:54 PM

Yes, this article is like some written about the latest alleged fashion in raising children. There is one or two parents who treat their children in a certain way and someone creates an article that makes it sound as if every second parent was like that. When in fact it might be 0.00001% of the total population.

It's disturbing that it exists. Just like it's disturbing that any form of extreme behaviour exists.

financeguy 07-09-2009 05:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Irvine511 (Post 6243553)
this reminds me of the "Bug Chasers" article in Rolling Stone -- when the presence of a tiny handful of gay men who are actively seeking HIV infection -- men who represented a fringe-of-the-fringe and subculture-within-a-subculture -- are blown out of proportion to make it seem like this is common, when it isn't.

i've never heard of this. that doesn't mean it doesn't exist. it sounds like some consciously "subversive" (in a commodified sense) group is trying to be anti-establishment.

whatever. they can do what they want, and we can think it's in excessively poor taste.

Yes, very probably, but really it's a sidetrack from the main issue here.

In other thread you said:-

Quote:

Originally Posted by Irvine511 (Post 6243553)
i'm not going to allow you to feel like your choices have no consequences and that just because you find something pleasurable doesn't mean that there aren't enormous social repercussions.

Does the choice to abort have any consequences?

deep 07-09-2009 05:07 PM

this is an 'out take' from the Bruno movie.

Pearl 07-09-2009 05:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by indra (Post 6243570)
Bullshit. If this was the norm Glamour wouldn't be writing about it.

Attention whores -- both the magazine and the people in the story.

It was advertised as the "thing" to do :shrug:

Irvine511 07-09-2009 05:16 PM

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Originally Posted by financeguy (Post 6243598)
Does the choice to abort have any consequences?


well, this seems like we're heading into an abortion thread when this thread is about a supposed "celebration" of an event ... but, does an abortion have any consequences?

yes. politically, i can't think of any other social issue that's as divisive, or that's been used by the Right to ride their way in and out of power.

does abortion have consequences on an individual level? i think that's up for each woman to decide.

is my life personally affected when someone has an abortion? i don't think so. certainly not in the same way that it's affected when someone is walking his dog 2 blocks from where i used to live and an anonymous person walked up to him and shot him in the head and didn't even bother to take his iPod.

NW Man Fatally Shot While Walking Dog

Vincent Vega 07-09-2009 05:16 PM

So it must be the truth.

deep 07-09-2009 05:17 PM

I've always been one to contribute to a party :rockon:

Irvine511 07-09-2009 05:20 PM

let me guess ... they make the guy pay for the party as well.

deep 07-09-2009 05:20 PM

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Originally Posted by financeguy (Post 6243598)



Does the choice to abort have any consequences?


down time


but, less of it.

deep 07-09-2009 05:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Irvine511 (Post 6243624)
let me guess ... they make the guy pay for the party as well.


without a donation
there would be no paaaaaaaaaaarty!

BVS 07-09-2009 05:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Irvine511 (Post 6243553)
this reminds me of the "Bug Chasers" article in Rolling Stone -- when the presence of a tiny handful of gay men who are actively seeking HIV infection -- men who represented a fringe-of-the-fringe and subculture-within-a-subculture -- are blown out of proportion to make it seem like this is common, when it isn't.

i've never heard of this. that doesn't mean it doesn't exist. it sounds like some consciously "subversive" (in a commodified sense) group is trying to be anti-establishment.

whatever. they can do what they want, and we can think it's in excessively poor taste.

Quote:

Originally Posted by indra (Post 6243570)
Bullshit. If this was the norm Glamour wouldn't be writing about it.

Attention whores -- both the magazine and the people in the story.

Exactly

deep 07-09-2009 05:33 PM

I read that at these parties they have a (sheet) cake in the shape of a baby

before they let you cut off your piece, they make you put on a surgical mask.


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