Fri, 12 July 2013
I got a wonderful email from Andres in Santa Barbara who was in a dialogue about abortion and used an analogy about being hooked up to a machine in order to demonstrate that your personhood isn't based on your dependance. But the person he was talking to retorted, "Are you comparing a woman to a machine?!" Andres wants to know what I would suggest we do to avoid throwing people off when the analogies we use seem, at a surface level, to demean pregnant women.
In the video, I offer six tips for making clear analogies and responding to people who continue to misinterpret them.
1: Make sure you're communicating clearly.
2: Narrate the debate.
3: Suggest a golden rule for dialogue.
4: Explain that analogies are just that...analogies!
5: Explain that pro-choice people would be wise to not throw out all analogies.
6: Determine the right time to politely end the conversation.
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