I am an avid reader of Shakesville. You may have noticed that I can’t write a post without at least linking to it, let alone quoting directly from it’s main blogger Melissa McEwan. I have also been on the lookout for various feminist-themed blog carnivals for The Exponent to get involved with. I love blog carnivals. They widen readership, allow cross-over from unexpected places, and get conversations going in fresh, new ways. Plus, women’s issues are so ubiquitous. It makes sense to join in the national conversation sometimes.
As I was reading earlier this week, I stumbled across this post announcing Shakesville’s intent to co-host a blog carnival next Thursday, July 7th. It’s called the “My Planned Parenthood” blog carnival. And I am here on The Exponent to announce that we are participating. Our own blogger Stella will be writing a post for next Thursday, as part of the larger conversation regarding Planned Parenthood.
The My Planned Parenthood carnival is a call to speak out about your experiences with Planned Parenthood. It is an opportunity to tell your personal story. Do you have an experience using Planned Parenthood in your state? Do you have a personal blog? Consider writing your own post and linking to the blog carnival on July 7th.
Please join What Tami Said and Shakesville for “My Planned Parenthood,” a blog carnival devoted to sharing the stories of the women and men helped by Planned Parenthood of Indiana and other Planned Parenthood branches.
Share your personal story of being helped by Planned Parenthood of Indiana or Planned Parenthood in another state. Link your story to why it is important that the organization continue to thrive. We are particularly interested in the stories of Indiana residents, but welcome other bloggers to take part. Planned Parenthood is under attack in states throughout the country, including Kansas, North Carolina and Wisconsin. We need to hear ALL voices.
All posts should be scheduled to publish by 9 a.m. Eastern, Thursday, July 7.
- Spread the word about this blog carnival through your blog, word of mouth and social media. On Twitter, use hashtag #MyPP. Post the My Planned Parenthood graphic on your blog and link it to this announcement. (See code below.)
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com with your intention to participate. Include the name of your blog and it’s URL. You may also submit a guest post here on The Exponent at
- Write your post. We may ask you to include a .jpg carnival graphic with information on how to support Planned Parenthood in your post.
- Schedule your post to publish by 9 a.m. Eastern, Thursday, July 7. If you can, send a direct link to your post to one of the email addresses above before July 7. What Tami Said and Shakesville will publish the names and links to all participating blogs in a stub post on July 7.
- Continue to spread the word and direct people to blog carnival posts.
If you are not a blogger, but would like to share your story, send it to one of the emails above and we will publish it on our websites. (Material published on our blogs is subject to our editorial approval.) Be sure to include your home state and a “handle” that needn’t be your real name.
We will NOT link to any anti-choice or anti-Planned Parenthood posts. We will verify content at links.
Neither What Tami Said nor Shakesville are affiliated with Planned Parenthood or Planned Parenthood of Indiana. Planned Parenthood is not involved in this effort. Melissa and I are simply two Hoosier women concerned by conservative legislatures’ attacks on women and the organizations that serve them, as well as continued distortions about Planned Parenthood’s services disseminated by opponents of reproductive freedom and choice.
We hope you will join us in our stand.
If you or a loved one has ever used Planned Parenthood’s services, please donate to Planned Parenthood of Indiana, or a Planned Parenthood in your state today.
(I have included some buttons below, but I couldn’t get the code to work. Please just copy and save them to get them to transfer to your blog.)