A TMI Tweet About Work, Wisconsin & A Woman’s Right To Choose

Have you been keeping up with how the media’s all atwitter over a tweet sent by blogger and entrepreneur Penelope Trunk? She wrote a very strange message on her Twitter, essentially telling the world that she was in a board meeting and was having a miscarriage. The response to this 140-character blurb has been extreme, even in the lady blogosphere:

“We as a culture applaud men who come up with choice quotes to describe death, courage, and war, but if a woman employs brevity to express relief at a miscarriage, suddenly there’s an outcry against the dangers of getting to the point.” — Amanda Marcotte [Double X]

“Now that this has gone national, the context and way in which Trunk framed this confirms the worst and most fantastical ideas of the anti-choice movement: that women (especially career women!) who have abortions all do so casually and callously on their lunch breaks, the way one might get a manicure. If Trunk thinks she’s done anything to help women in Wisconsin get better access to abortions (her defensive post asks readers to donate to Planned Parenthood), she obviously doesn’t know anything about how the anti-choice movement works.” — Lindsay Robertson, Jezebel]

On one hand, her tweet, in which Trunk thanked “goodness” that she was miscarrying because of the hoops women have to jump through to get an abortion in Wisconsin, has unwittingly born a new and tough yet vulnerable feminist icon. Trunk, a lovely, slightly worried-eyed Veronica Cartwright doppelganger, is frank in her acknowledgment that she has Asperger’s Syndrome. Trunk’s blog references a systematic memorization of social rules that people with sensory integration disorder may not pick up instinctively. Even in the face of public scrutiny (and, man, this physically and emotionally tender woman is under a microscope with tweezers right now), Trunk is determinedly engaging in respectful and even relevant conversation with those requesting it. She even gamely tries to address what seem to be clear admonishments, rather than invitations for constructive debate.

Interviewed by CNN (video above), Ms. Trunk answered all questions levelly, including Rick Sanchez’s opener, when he asked her if she had no shame. Trunk pointed out that even the pope prefers a miscarriage over an abortion. She also educated Sanchez about the realistic miscarriage timeline of around three weeks, during which it’s hardly realistic to expect or want any woman to suffer silently. Then, finally, Trunk congratulated Sanchez for providing a platform to discuss the obstacles Wisconsin women face when they try to exercise their legal right to abortion services.

Take a look at the interview, and then tell us what you think. [CNN]

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