On Episode 11 of Obscene, Host Maya Contreras interviews Reproductive Justice Advocate, Renee Bracey Sherman on the importance of Abortion Storytelling, Abortion Funds, and Abortion Access.
"Renee Bracey Sherman is a Chicago-born, Midwest-raised activist, writer and reproductive justice activist committed to the visibility and representation of people who have had abortions in media and pop culture. She is among the most vital voices in the United States elevating the conversation about abortion experiences, and using creative and innovative strategies to shift the conversation centering people of color and other marginalized identities. Her work is so influential that the right-wing website Twitchy recognizes her as “the queen of all abortions”.She has trained hundreds of abortion storytellers in the United States and around the world, including elected officials. Renee developed and designed a curriculum for storyteller support and training based on her extensive interviews with abortion storytellers. In 2014, she published the results and recommendations from these interviews in two 20-page guides, Saying Abortion Aloud, which are used and referenced across the reproductive health, rights, and justice field. In 2015, Renee partnered with media critic and author Anita Sarkeesian and anti-rape activist and author Jaclyn Friedman to co-author Speak Up & Stay Safe(r), a multilingual digital guide on handling online harassment.Renee has written for New York Times, the Guardian, EBONY Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Salon, Broadly, Rewire, Bustle, Glamour, and many more. Currently, Renee serves as the Senior Public Affairs Manager at the National Network of Abortion Funds where is the creator of We Testify, the only national and intersectional leadership program for people who’ve had abortions in the United States, created by and for people who’ve had abortions, centering race, class, and gender identity."