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Just in time for summer, mosquitos, and skinny dipping, we bring you a one-picture snapshot story about camp, a passing, and what to keep. Camp Vagabond by Wendy Bird:
“We are wary of listening to stories that we think are being told to manipulate our emotions or push us to believe a certain way,” said Francesca Pollett, author of It Was Like a Fever: Storytelling in Protest and Politics in a phone call with me last year. “On the other hand,” she says, “ambivalent stories, stories with no clear moral agenda, invite the listener to imagine themselves in the story. True engagement happens when the listener can see multiple outcomes for a story and is able to come to their own conclusions.”
For the storyteller, this is easier said than done, especially if one is sharing a deeply personal story about a stigmatized experience, like abortion. Last year, Mira Ptacin wrote about her abortion in Un-bearing, her poignant article for Guernica. Her readers, captivated by the power of her emotions, found themselves emotional too, and were either inspired or angry about where those feelings took them. “Thank you for such a heart wrenching illustration of why women must have the right to choose” wrote one reader in response. But, another commented: “It is sad to see a woman who is obviously a gifted writer use her talents to evoke emotions that would excuse taking the life of another innocent human being”... Read more.