@anonymous9 I guess what I was trying to get at is that the article implies that all lesbian parents have the same feelings about these questions, which seems problematic.
Some of the questions were quite obnoxious and/or dumb and should never be asked by anyone. Nor would it be appropriate for an acquaintance to ask any of the questions. However, the introduction referred to the writer's family and 'immediate circle of friends'. Maybe I'm being insensitive, but some of these questions seemed reasonable, if the person who's asking is close to you. I dunno, but if I was in that situation, I don't think that I would be taken aback by my mother or a close friend asking some of these things. Maybe there just wasn't space in the article to lay out the different levels of appropriateness based on familiarity, but it gives the impression that no-one at all should ask any of these questions, which I don't really get. But maybe that's just me.
@bex schwartz@twitter OK, sorry, now I get it, know what you mean about 'maybe I'm dying but that would be easier than messing up the schedule'
Actually you're not wrong about English. It is the global lingua franca. It's pretty hard to find somewhere where no-one knows English, unless you're way, way off the tourist track in a rural area. In a lot of countries it's a mandatory subject in primary school. In some places they even teach kids to read and write in English first rather than their own language, when they don't even know English.
I know that, according to her description, the author was not in her right mind at the time, but I don't really get the part about not seeking medical assistance. I've spent a lot of time in 'developing'countries and there are usually lots of people who speak English around, especially at a hotel, especially at a hospital, and especially in a country like the Dominican with a huge tourism industry. If she's done a lot of traveling she would know that, even is she was half-dead. This story doesn't really make sense to me.
On Mondo Labia
Well, apologies in advance for the TMI, but I have one of those much ballyhooed 'perfect vaginas' (naturally occurring), and it is freaking useless to me. It's about as sensitive as my elbow. I wonder if that is because the labia minora are almost non-existent? I tried to google any scientific studies on the subject but didn't get any immediate useful hits and didn't really want to delve any further. Anyone have any information on this?