Let's be best friends!
I front-loaded my holiday with the challenging family gathering first, and it has already happened. My sibling kind of hates our parents, but chose to visit anyhow, and spent the 24 hours I was in town in eye-rolling pasive-aggression. Cool holiday for fans of old people looking wounded. But, I got to hang with my sibling's kid that I haven't seen in a couple of years, and ate like seven enormous meals.
Then I magically avoided major east coast hell highway traffic, and later, it's on to the in-laws for Thanksgiving Two.
From here on out, all I have to worry about is being publicly asked when I'm gonna have kids!
@themegnapkin A friend's GYN told her last year that birth control pills cause breast cancer and that IUDs are abortifacient. My friend is an adult who has had two children, and knew that this was misinformation, but it's horrifying to me that this person is out there practicing medicine.
@zeytin I had my IUD removed for the purpose in July, and for the month of August, I was an extremely devoted charter, and excitedly peed on Wondfos until I got my period, but then in September, I had a stressful thing happen right around when ovulation should have been, and just like the book said, it delayed it. I thought that was oddly cool, like, aha, science in action! But then I got discouraged and was like, fuck charting, I renounce charting for the month of Sucktober. it's not very zen-relaxy. It's more that I am sulky.
@zeytin Oh, yeah, no. I can't with those sites. Even FertilityFrenemy calls intercourse "BD" on the little chart. Also, I am Doing a Bad Job of Trying to Conceive. So far, no dice. I think it's because we're not doing sex enough. Also, I have a horror of telling people I know in real life, lest they advise me. Also, I accidentally replied all to a work thread, thinking I was replying to one person who already knew my business, and I let the whole thread know.
@Jinxie Byooo-tay salon. It is a lawless place.
A colleague and I celebrate Gothtober, where for the month of October, we wear all or mostly black, and our gothest accessories and makeup looks. We're at the tail end of it, and we're both running out of ideas, but it's overall been a very productive month. The really crucial move I made a few weeks ago was to bleach my eyebrows white so that they disappear on my pale-ish face. This look still freaks out the normals, everybody!
@muggles I don't know, but I laughed out loud at your note. Perfect.
Also, I think, sure, lone woman in the village could say that, just like a character COULD say "I like to kick puppies, and I think that's cool and acceptable," but it's not compelling at all if we're supposed to take it at face value rather than as a commentary about the character. Like, if your fictional babe feels that way, cool (not cool, but) but if it's integral to the story that I believe she feels this way, along with all the sad baggage that idea can represent, then show her acting itchy at a woman offering her emotional intimacy or something, don't just have her say this bullshit. Then show her looking in the mirror and describing her boobs to herself, as all chicks do each day.
@frenz.lo Like, next time I see an emaciated overbred dog being dragged around town on a rusty chain, I'll think, "Damn, that pet owner is HOLDING IT DOWN for the children of Haiti."
@Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that) Don't worry, humanitarian dude. Plenty of people provide woefully inadequate care to their pets, which naturally provides automatic help to the suffering people of the world.
On Interview with Dr. Susan Robinson, One of the Last Four Doctors in America to Openly Provide Third-Trimester Abortions
Thank you for running this interview.