That’s So Abortion!

5 Oct

It seems like every decade has its non-PC, misused term to indicate failure.  The ’90s had “gay” and the ’00s had “retarded” and now it seems that ’10 is starting off this decade with “abortion,” as in “that movie was an abortion” or “you’re a failed abortion.”  While “retarded” meant something that does not work before it was used to describe the mentally handicapped, and “gay” referred to being happy before it was used to describe a sexual orientation, “abortion” has always meant ending a pregnancy – and it is the only word for it.

Sure, there are hazy euphemisms and oblique references like “taking care of a problem” and arch terms like “intentional miscarriage” or “termination of pregnancy,” an abortion is an abortion – period, which means that every time someone refers to a bad driver as a “failed abortion” they push abortion – and every reproductive justice activist, woman who has had an abortion, doctor who performs these procedures, and pro-choice politicians  further out of the realm of mainstream acceptance.  We don’t need the word “abortion” to become more used unless it is used to describe a procedure to end a pregnancy.  I would rather the term “abortion” remain spoken out loud only in the safe haven that clinics and select OB/GYN offices have become than be bastardized by those ignorant individuals prone to outrageous overstatement and exaggeration.  And yes, that is what you sound like when you use words like “gay” and “retarded” and “abortion” to describe what you don’t like – ignorant and ridiculous.

People know hundreds, maybe thousands of words to describe how they feel about their day, their week, their friends, family, the television shows they watch, the music they hear and the world they interact with, from the time that we are mere toddlers.  So why resort to using inaccurate terms that make you sound like an idiot, and stigmatize an important component of reproductive justice?

8 Responses to “That’s So Abortion!”

  1. tenderhooligan October 6, 2010 at 5:49 am #

    This is really irked me lately too. As does the use of all co-opted “derogatory” terms.

  2. Jennifer Knickerbocker October 6, 2010 at 10:07 am #

    So, what you are saying is that you would not like to de-sensitize ourselves to the word abortion.

    I think I agree with you about that. I don’t think that any woman who makes the choice to have an abortion does so arbitrarily.

    I think it is being used in general speech because it is such a powerful word… have we run out of shocking, powerful words to call each other?

    hmmm… a whole other post.

  3. Shayna October 6, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Jennifer – yes, that is exactly my point. And you’re right – the need to use over-the-top terms to shock each other to get a point across is a whole other discussion…

  4. Steph L. October 6, 2010 at 1:01 pm #

    Really? I haven’t heard that said around me yet. Hope it stays that way…

  5. Reema October 6, 2010 at 10:07 pm #

    I would love for talk about abortion to be more public. 1/3 women have an abortion at some point in their lives. We should be able to talk about it. However, portraying it as a bad thing (like “that movie was an abortion”) isn’t helpful at all.

  6. Kimberly October 11, 2010 at 3:24 pm #

    I have yet to hear that term and I’m looking forward to it, because I just can’t imagine that it’ll flow well.

    Having had an abortion, I don’t know if I’ll be offended or if it’ll just pass over me like every other word does now a days. Sadly, not much offends me now a days.

    I must say that “that’s so gay” is annoying simply because kids are allowed to say it without understanding the meaning and knowing that it hurts. I didn’t when I used to toss around retarded like it was going out of style (yes, I only had a limited time to use this word so I used the hell out of it).


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