Bowling for Choice

By Amanda Marcotte
Monday, April 18, 2011 20:00 EDT
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Thanks to you guys, we not only met the fund-raising goal for abortion access, but exceeded it: $2,815! You've just helped a lot of women get their lives back.  You also got me into a spot where I have a long list of promises to keep!  I knocked out two on Sunday at the Bowl-A-Thon.  As promised, I bowled in the dress I wore to the WAM! Prom. I wore my jeans under it, just because once you're bowling in a prom dress, you can't do anything else to look more ridiculous.

You donors caused a lot of feminist bowlers to have a merry laugh at me. So thanks all around.  I also promised to post my score, so you can laugh at me.  On this, I feel a little strange.  Just as last year, that promise was predicated on the fact that I choke under pressure at competitive sports, but for some reason, I bowled a better game than I usually do.  Maybe it was the dress.  But I bowled a 125.

If you missed this particular fundraiser, but still want to donate, there are still others going on!  May I suggest Michelle Bruns, who tweets as Clinic Escort?  Her page is here, and she's raising money for a fund that serves women living in poverty in Pennsylvania.  I want people to donate to her for two reasons: 1) She was gracious enough to be interviewed for Reality Cast, and we had a great discussion about her Tumblr blog The Inevitable Pregobelly and about how media coverage distorts the realities of abortion.  2) If she raises $3,000, she's getting a pro-choice tattoo.  That's the best promise I've seen yet in abortion fundraising, and so we should really help her get to her goals.  I recommend the word "BARREN" across her stomach in Old English lettering, a la Tupac's "THUG LIFE" tattoo.  (Kidding.) She's about $1,200 away, so a number of people donating a small amount can get her there.

Thanks again!  I'll try to get the last promise filled tomorrow, which is to answer the next question I get on Formspring in video form, as long as it's not some right wing harassment.  I'll have to see if I still have a YouTube channel for this.

Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte is a freelance journalist born and bred in Texas, but now living in the writer reserve of Brooklyn. She focuses on feminism, national politics, and pop culture, with the order shifting depending on her mood and the state of the nation.
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