Sunday, March 04, 2007

Hijack

Because I am not the most tech-savvy of individuals out there, and because I'm just darned nosy, I will occasionally visit sites like www.wholinkstome.com just to see who is out there, reading my site, and of whom I'm not aware. (Hi, Dr. Four Eyes!) I did a search this weekend, and checked the Technorati tags, just curious to see who all is lurking in the corner.

Imagine my surprise and anger when I discover that this person linked to me because I put up a Blog For Choice post. Of course, said person didn't bother to actually READ my post, nor, I suspect, did he read any of the other blogs of people who contributed posts for that topic, either. He just lumped all the contributors together under the banner of "murderers of children."

Andrea
had quite a bit to say recently on the issue of privacy as it pertains to blogs. I understand fully what motivates people to reveal as little of themselves as possible - having your post hijacked and linked up with a list of the names of other "baby-killers" is as good a reason as any to want to keep yourself aloof -- but rather than making me fearful, this made me angry. It made me angry that there will *always* be someone out there who condemns me because of my past. That I will always be found wanting by a certain slice of the demographic pie because I have had an abortion.

It matters not that I am still tortured by my own past, and that I will, more than likely, never forgive myself for the hard choices that I had to make, but seeing my name listed among all those others, and reading the responses, I am somewhat comforted by the fact that I am not alone. I wish to God that there were not other women who tell the same story that I do, but I am glad that if any one of them were to find their way to me, they would feel a sense of kinship. They would realize that this is not the end of all they know and hold dear.

While I dislike that this person has stolen my name and site address for a vituperative attack on women, I am firm in my resolve to tell my story. Part of my healing process is not hiding what happened to me. If I try to hide what happened, I feel such a sense of shame. The guilt is mind-numbing. I will not go back to being scared of every scrape and thump in the night. That would be more of a disservice than anything this random blogger could ever dish out to me.

15 comments:

Andrea said...

Good for you, KLee. It's not easy to stick to your guns when you've been attacked.

Miche said...

*hugs*

ccw said...

I noticed this person had listed me as a murderer several weeks ago. I was angry at first but have since adopted the policy that if believing women should be able to choose then I am a murderer.

Have you seen the funny pic about everytime you mast*rb*ate god kills a kitten?

Evidently, I like to kill all things small. :) Some people...

ccw said...

I just realized I am incapable of properly using * !

Marni said...

Shocked. You? Murderer?

I loathe closed-minded people... really I do.

jo(e) said...

Good for you for being firm in your resolve. Speaking up about what is important to you does mean you have to learn to ignore the small-minded people who just hate anyone who doesn't think exactly like they do.

I get hateful comments and hateful emails all the time -- and I don't think I even write about anything particularly controversial. I've learned to just shrug them off and delete them.

Jenevieve said...

Wow, sometimes it's difficult to express how disgusting one can be. That blogger literally makes me nauseous.

As you said, if s/he had actually *read* your post, they would realize that you blogged for choice expressly because you value life. Sheesh.

And CCW, one of my cat medicine lectures had that picture up as the background on her powerpoints the other day. When the class started snickering, she smiled and said her husband had sent the pic (not with the message that normally accompanies it) to cheer her up. She had no idea why we were rolling in the aisles at her "cute, happy kitten picture."

liz said...

KLee, you have my undying respect.

Big hugs.

Yankee, Transferred said...

KLee, you are amazing! I am so proud to be associated with you.
Sending my love and admiration.

Jenevieve said...

And as for the care package, I'm trying to wait until I'm uber-desperate because I know how expensive they are! However, those GS cookies are starting to seem mighty tasty to me... :)

Karyn said...

You do what you have to do and don't give this sawed off little prick of a societal menace another thought. Mwah.

ccw said...

Unrelated, just wanted to say "YOU ROCK"! Thanks to you and JF for everything.

Sue said...

Good for you KLee!

Casey said...

I'm glad you're not backing down.

dr four eyes said...

Hi, KLee!

And I, too, am glad you're not backing down to this blogging bully!