When Penelope Trunk tweeted about her recent miscarriage, it was announced on Twitter as the event was taking place in a business meeting. Although I missed this story in real time, it drew a ripple across media outlets, largely in reaction to this frank disclosure.
Why is disclosure about miscarriage such a taboo topic? To divulge such a private matter seemed to cross a line for some readers, even as the line between the public and private self has long been blurred. To this end, the spectacle has sparked a discussion around reproductive rights, grieving and ambivalence towards pregnancy.
This editorial piece in The Guardian gives a convincing reason why there should be an ongoing dialogue about women's reproductive lives and the disparate health care choices available to us.