Why the bleep should they?

For women writers to be talking in large numbers about My Abortion would mean that it was somehow a really big deal for all of them, some kind of formative experience from which they have drawn deep life lessons blah blah blah. For none of the women I know who've had (and mentioned) abortions, including a couple of writers, has that been the case. It just wasn't a particularly big deal to them.

Outside the how-dare-any-patriarchal-asshole-deny-this-right part, my impression from the women who've mentioned their abortions to me is that the experience itself isn't automatically worth writing about. Just as, say, most jewish writers don't write about the fact that they're not in concentration camps, or black writers about the fact that they're not chained up in the hold of a ship, or protestant writers about the fact that they're not currently being tortured by the inquisition. Heck, even among male writers, it seems to be pretty much only the anti-choice ones who write about "their" abortions.

To be fair to him, though, if you had a horrible taste in your mouth every time you heard someone's name, you'd probably not be inclined to like them.

You were probably joking, but I'd rather we didn't dudge people whose lives are affected by things we never have to deal with. It may be irrational to pick people out by names, and even the man in question thinks it's shallow (though I don't think it's any more shallow than being attracted to someone based on looks- it's just a different kind of 'chemistry' to the one 'normal' people are used to), but that doesn't mean it's easy to have this kind of thing subtly shape all your decisions in life, and how you interact with people.

I'd say Bush is more like something that's left at the back of the fridge too long, until it loses all semblance of what it was and becomes a shapleless soft sludge, myself. But that's just me