My new favorite blog

I Am Emily X: The True-Life Diary of a Front-Line Planned Parenthood Worker and Activist.

Here’s how it began.

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10 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    John Dias said,

    Just when I thought that you were so enamored of the gift of life that is now growing in your womb — the inherent goodness of that child — you prove yourself once again an ideologue.

  2. 2

    Mom said,

    The issue is choice. And Mr. Dias seems to think that an ideologue is anyone whose ideology disagrees with his.

  3. 3

    SilliGirl said,

    I think it’s a riot that John Dias still reads you often enough to be the first commenter.

    At our local PP, they have all the info on how to pledge per number of protesters printed on the back of one of the anti-choice fliers. Gotta love it.

    The other day I decided next time I see them outside I’m going to pull in and thank them for protesting because it has inspired me to give money to PP, which I have never done before, and had no plans to until I heard about this idea. The I’m going to go inside and write a check.

  4. 4

    Nora said,

    Having opinions is one thing. Being rude is another.

  5. 5

    Husband said,

    Evidently Mr. Dias doesn’t read too carefully.
    There are TWO children growing in the womb,
    BOTH of which we have chosen to have.
    We do not need your approval, Mr. Dias, to choose
    as we please. nor do I, personally, care what your
    opinions are on the subject. You need a hobby.
    Why don’t you take up knitting?

  6. 6

    John Dias said,

    Husband wrote:

    “You need a hobby.
    Why don’t you take up knitting?”

    Sounds good… Anything non-lethal!

  7. 8

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  8. 9

    Let me start by saying that I’m pro choice. And that I’ve used planned parenthood for years as my gyno.

    That said, and with a gentle reminder that I’m writing with an open mind…that blog just feels like propaganda to me.

    I believe that every woman has the right to make the very personal choice on abortion. I think that the abortion/pp protesters are mostly nutjobs.

    But a blog complaining/talking about a fictious Emily X’s difficulty at work (and let’s remember that Emily X is in fact a large group of employees of PP)? It’s a “Project of Planned Parenthood® Federation of America © 2007 “??

    Is that going to change a protester’s mind? Is it to make us give them more money? Is it going to make a 20 year old college kid wear a condom?

    I dunno.

    Propaganda is what it is.

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    uccellina said,

    Sunfllowerfairy,

    What the disclaimer actually says – and I hadn’t noticed it until you pointed it out – is “For their safety and protection, Emily X represents a small handful of Planned Parenthood workers and activists, who may or may not be named Emily.” The posts themselves, however – particularly the video posts – are by individuals, and I see no reason not to believe that they are honest. I used to be a clinic escort, and this blog certainly reflects my experiences.

    I don’t think the point of the blog is to change the minds of protesters, nor to make a 20 year old college kid wear a condom. I think the point is, in part, to raise awareness of the daily situation faced by Planned Parenthood patients and clinic employees all over the country. It’s also to use the protesters’ increased numbers against them – for every person intimidating women and trying to prevent them from receiving health services, money is being raised to support the clinics.

    Propaganda, while generally used in a negative sense, simply means information and ideas disseminated to help or hurt a particular cause. If this blog qualifies under that definition, I’m still cool with it.


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