I am proud, excited, nervous and touched to be introducing to you 18 poignant and provocative pieces about an issue that eludes definition: stigma.
The vision for this blog series came out of a number of discussions I had with colleagues at Ipas, a fierce and visionary global reproductive rights organization. Despite the progress that reproductive health advocates are making worldwide, stigma seems to serve as a constant, omnipresent stumbling block.
The bulk of the series focuses on abortion, but there are pieces on sex work, queerness, sluttiness and more. An overwhelming number of submissions on a range of topics poured in from around the world.
I was, and remain, immensely moved by the courage of individuals to tell their stories and examine taboo subjects. Stigma survives, in large part, on silence, and this is a collective effort to undo that.
The critical point is that none of us are immune to being stigmatized or perpetrating stigma against others. We put forth this series as a diving board from which to jump into critical analysis and self reflection. We hope you enjoy, ponder, share widely and feel slightly uncomfortable.
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