Abortion. A Collective Story by Cara MariAnna

By Cara MariAnna

Stories approximately abortion offer a wealthy floor for taking a look at the connection among narrative, event, and which means simply because in lots of methods abortion has emerge as a defining factor for American culture―one that touches at the price we characteristic to human lifestyles, liberty, and freedom. utilizing own tales and interviews, MariAnna seeks to teach the contours of an essential and numerous collective story―a narrative that emphasizes the discursive dynamics at paintings in any account of the importance of abortion.

MariAnna seeks to teach the contours of an essential and numerous collective story―a narrative that emphasizes the discursive dynamics at paintings in any account of the importance of abortion.

By searching for a number of narrative and experiential extremes, she offers assorted and distinctive debts that shape a collective tale. The bills she presents are approximately genuine event, yet as the that means of that have is created and conveyed in narrative shape, there is not any neat contrast among a narrative and the development to which it refers. which means is embedded in greater cultural narrative: the person tales informed approximately abortion and the intersection among them. those tales illustrate how event itself is mediated through, to a point even a functionality of, narrative modes and currents. They illustrate the way in which autobiographical heritage is so enmeshed in cultural narrative varieties that the non-public debts we provide of our personal lives functionality as frequently unacknowledged social observation. tales approximately abortion supply a wealthy flooring for the connection among narrative, adventure, and which means simply because in lots of methods abortion has grow to be a defining factor for American culture―one that touches at the worth we characteristic to human existence, liberty, and freedom. This publication may be of specific curiosity to students, scholars, and researchers concerned with Women's experiences and Women's well-being matters and to basic readers excited about modern American social problems.

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Ultimately, I spent time with the stories I enjoyed listening to and those that articulated something that I wanted to append my voice to. The writing process was also shaped by some attention to my sense of wanting an equitable representation of the women I interviewed. Several women are overrepresented in this book, and that is partly explained by the fact that certain stories appealed to me more than others, or I was drawn to the way a woman articulated some aspect of her experience or a particular insight.

She made me feel really safe. I wasn't scared. What was weird is, I remember looking at the doctor, The Interviews: Thirteen Stories 27 and I couldn't see his face, and he was quiet the whole time. He didn't say one word. So that was the only thing that was kind of creepy, because I wanted him to, like, speak to me, to tell me this is okay. But he was quiet, and I think he was wearing, you know, how surgeons wear those masks. He was wearing one of those, and I couldn't see his face at all. That day is really blurry.

Like other women I interviewed, Susan received her primary support from the counselor. "The counselor was very supportive. I don't mean to imply that her demeanor was the reason why I felt like I was being judged. In fact, probably, it was more general. I felt like I was being judged by everyone . . the whole clinic in general, the whole world. Here I was— 'shame on me'—I was having an abortion. I should have been more careful. You know, the doctor wasn't communicating with me. I was just like [all the] other women that were sitting out there.

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