Nicki Minaj told a nuanced story about her high school abortion, but most of the headlines suggested that she is, or should be, ashamed of the experience. Sadly, this is what happens all too often when women try to tell complex abortion stories in the public sphere.
In America, abortion is always a choice “someone else” makes. But this is a myth and we need to face reality. Those who choose “the other option” aren’t selfish, desperate or “someone else.” They are our friends, our neighbors and, often, us.
Is it any surprise that we’ve co-opted celebrity wombs? Consider the fact that most women’s bodies, even ordinary ones, are still considered public property by many. Maybe what celebrities go through is just what most of us do, except with more cameras.