Shout Your Abortion (Paperback)

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By Amelia Bonow (Editor), Emily Nokes (Editor), Lindy West (Foreword by)
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Following the U.S. Congress's attempts to defund Planned Parenthood, the hashtag #ShoutYourAbortion became a viral conduit for abortion storytelling, receiving extensive media coverage and positioning real human experiences at the center of America’s abortion debate for the first time. This online momentum quickly launched a grassroots movement, inspiring countless individuals to share their stories in art, media, and community events. Shout Your Abortion is a collection of photos, essays, and creative work inspired by the movement of the same name, a template for building new communities of healing, and a call to action. This book sheds light on the individuals who breathed life into this movement, illustrating the profound political power of defying shame and claiming sole authorship of our experiences.

About the Author


Amelia Bonow has developed Shout Your Abortion (SYA) into a nationwide movement to create places for people to discuss their abortions online, in art and media, and in public events. Bonow's writing has appeared in BUST, the Huffington Post, the New York Daily News, Salon, and the Stranger. Emily Nokes is a musician, writer, graphic designer, and illustrator. Her work has appeared in the Stranger and she now serves as the music editor at BUST . Lindy West is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times. Her work has also appeared in This American Life, the GuardianCosmopolitan, and elsewhere. She cofounded #ShoutYourAbortion and authored Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman.

Praise For…


"Shout Your Abortion reflects what makes me most hopeful for this next century, that there’s a whole new generation of young people who refuse to be judged and shamed about who they are, whether it’s their gender identity, their sexual orientation, or what they do with their body.” —Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America

"Regardless of your comfort level with the conversation, you can start by picking up this book and reading people's abortion stories—which might not be a thing that you've ever done before, and I think might be a thing that most of us haven't done before, because most of us haven't really had a culture that talks about abortion... I think that there's something that works well about presenting a whole bunch of different people doing a whole bunch of different things and trusting that the reader will be able to find something in this sea of documentation of individuals that resonates with them. And so I think we wanted the book to feel the same way, and really represent the vast and amorphous nature of this movement, and what it's been in the last few years. Which is just this really free-form idea that people can talk about their abortions however they want, and that that looks all sorts of different ways depending on who you are, where you live, what your community is like, and how you feel about." —Zosha Millman, https://www.seattlepi.com/seattlenews/article/Shout-Your-Abortion-Amelia-Bonow-book-interview-13356041.php#item-85307-tbla-5


"By presenting a collection of nuanced narratives, Shout Your Abortion aims to advance a message of broader acceptance: If your abortion experience was hard and sad, that’s okay. If your abortion experience wasn’t hard or sad, that’s also okay. This marks a significant tonal shift in the cultural conversation about abortion.” —Catlin Gibson, Washington Post

"Shout Your Abortion is an international movement, but it was created right here in Seattle, and most of its organizing work is still done here. I’ve encountered men and women—older, mostly, but not always—who think the name itself is too loud. They bristle at the word 'shout' in conjunction with the word 'abortion.' They think it’s too un-reverential, that it’s too, well, loud. 'We are conditioned to speak about abortion with reverence and a bit of melancholy, if we speak about it at all,' Lindy West writes in the introduction to the new Shout Your Abortion anthology. She continues, 'But feeling relieved after my abortion didn’t make me part of some radical vanguard, it made me utterly mundane.' In a foreword to the book, Amelia Bonow, the founder and chair of SYA, says that she wrote about her abortion in a public Facebook post in the hopes of launching a conversation from a 'constructive place of discomfort.' That post, with the help of West and dozens of other Seattle women, eventually became the SYA organization. And now, there’s a book." —Seattle Review of Books


"Shout Your Abortion has altered the landscape. We all knew that abortion stigma was a central tool in keeping women silent and isolated. Amelia Bonow busted down that door and women poured through it like a dam had burst.” —Martha Plimpton, actor and co-founder of A is For


"Zora Neale Hurston said that if you are silent about your pain, people will kill you and say that you enjoyed it. Shout Your Abortion is reducing pain by helping all to reject stigmatizing abortion silence. That too is life’s work.” —Dr. Willie Parker, author of Life’s Work: A Moral Argument for Choice


“It’s been so inspiring for me to see a woman making that stand, building the movement, bringing our stories forward… because really, this is what it’s going to take. It’s going to take all of us. And we will take the political revolution, with #ShoutYourAbortion and everything else we’re trying to do, to the U.S. Congress. All of us together.” —Pramila Jayapal, U.S. Representative for Washington's 7th District


Coffee Table Book Celebrating Abortion Coming in November

"A movement that encourages women to brag about having an abortion will release a coffee table book in November that features 'abortion stories' and 'abortion art.' #ShoutYourAbortion, a movement acclaimed by Planned Parenthood, began in 2015 when Seattle bartender Amelia Bonow had an abortion at a Planned Parenthood clinic and shared on Facebook her 'near inexpressible level of gratitude' for it, reports KUOW. When her friend, Lindy West, shared that Facebook post on Twitter, other women began touting their 'abortion stories' as well." —https://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/09/17/coffee-table-book-celebrating-abortion-coming-november/


"After SYA launched, The New Yorker wrote a mostly positive piece that included this line: 'For some observers, the tweets, videos, and even the conversations between Bonow and her friends might suggest a certain amount of privilege.' The piece noted that Bonow lives 'in a city where access to abortion is plentiful and where most of the population shares their political views about it.' The book responds to this early skepticism by showcasing people across the U.S. from many backgrounds. They're old, young, middle-aged, married and unmarried, with and without children, transgender, and non-binary. Some are celebrities. While each one of their stories is unique, none of them are sorry. That is, perhaps, the binding theme throughout this collection. Medical care providers echo this sentiment in the book too, detailing their commitment to providing safe, legal abortions. We spoke with Bonow to learn about the unapologetic stories and abortion art in the book, and to discuss the new wave of abortion stories being told online right now." —Interview, https://www.kuow.org/stories/shout-your-abortion


"The book responds to this early skepticism by showcasing people across the U.S. from many backgrounds. They're old, young, middle-aged, married and unmarried, with and without children, transgender, and non-binary. Some are celebrities. While each one of their stories is unique, none of them are sorry. That is, perhaps, the binding theme throughout this collection. Medical care providers echo this sentiment in the book too, detailing their commitment to providing safe, legal abortions. We spoke with Bonow to learn about the unapologetic stories and abortion art in the book, and to discuss the new wave of abortion stories being told online right now." —Online interview, https://www.kuow.org/stories/shout-your-abortion


"For decades, taking down Planned Parenthood has been a pet project of America’s anti-choice legislators. In 2015, after Congressional Republicans failed in their attempt to defund the nation’s largest women’s-healthcare provider, Seattle activist Amelia Bonow posted on Facebook that she wanted to hear women refuse to be ashamed of their abortions. Less than two weeks later, Bonow’s friend Lindy West created the Twitter hashtag #ShoutYourAbortion, and within days more than 150,000 tweets used the hashtag just as Bonow had hoped. Three years later, as the Trump administration sets its sights on repealing Roe v. Wade, talking about abortion without shame is more vital than ever, and Shout Your Abortion, a collection of 43 personal accounts curated by Bonow, feels timely and crucial. —Bitch Magazine


"After Congress tried to defund Planned Parenthood, women began sharing personal stories on social media with the #ShoutYourAbortion hashtag. Now, the movement has become a collection of photos, essays, and other creative work. Because reminder: abortion is a normal part of women’s reproductive health." —https://hellogiggles.com/reviews-coverage/feminist-books-gifts-2018/
Product Details
ISBN: 9781629635736
ISBN-10: 1629635731
Publisher: PM Press
Publication Date: November 1st, 2018
Pages: 256
Language: English