On What Happened When We Gave Our Daughter My Last Name

You're in for loads more mail and stuff sent to Eula May Krautz. Eula May sounds like a double first name, which I'm sure you're aware of.

I wonder if knowing that the surname is "May" had any influence on the reactions you got? I mean, folks probably don't think much of it when it's your name, because it's fait accompli, and that's just your name, but when you discuss it as a potentiality for a new baby, there's the reaction of "that doesn't sound right" and the explanation they come up with is the mom/dad name thing. (Maybe, maybe not. I mean, obv a large portion was just the mom/dad thing.)

Posted on July 15, 2014 at 4:08 pm 0

On Spin, Measure, Cut: Hobby Lobby and the Tangled Skein of Reproductive Rights

Do you know about KnitPicks.com?

I'm sorry to be so late, but they retweeted this piece today and I scrolled down to the comments to see what popped up since I was last here. :)

Anyway, I'm ALSO allergic to wool and not sure if it's the lanolin or the short itchy fibres, but I don't guess it matters much (there's the book "No Sheep For You" which helped explain why you might be allergic/intolerant and non-wool options). I found that KnitPicks has "Brava" 100% acrylic yarn and it's fairly inexpensive and really, really nice quality. Or it was - they recently switched manufacturers from Turkey to China and I hear its not as luxurious as it used to be, but I haven't bought any of the new stuff yet, and I imagine it's STILL better than the Red Heart Super Saver stuff. They do free shipping with a $50 purchase, too.

Local stores are super convenient, but I hated crocheting and knitting because of the cheap acrylic stuff (well, I liked the crafting, it just wasn't fun because the yarn was awful), and then someone told me about KnitPicks Brava and it was so nice that I got to really enjoy it, and I've started branching out to more expensive cottons and linens and stuff, since I've finally got enough practice in to not totally screw up with the nicer yarns.

Posted on June 30, 2014 at 11:42 am 0

On Box Jellyfish Have "Quite Sophisticated" Eyes, "Not So Different From Our Own"

I am SO GLAD that The Hairpin is keeping us informed about jellyfish developments.

By which I mean

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 2:44 pm 0

On The Fur Pie

See, I would totally have filed this under Mother Fucking NATURE.

Mother Fucking Nature gave me all that hair and it's a pain in the ass to remove so fuck it all and let it grow.

(I was just thinking about it this morning, actually, when considering whether I wanted to take the time to shave my legs, as I loathe the way stubble catches on my pants or tights. And I raised a fist to curse at the sixth graders who bullied me into shaving my legs that June, so that now i can't stop shaving without dealing with stubble. I didn't wear shorts or skirts that showed my knees for a decade because I was so ashamed of my mannishly hairy thighs, thanks to kids at the YMCA pool the next year not letting me swim because of it. I was 12 with thick hair on my upper thighs, so that you couldn't tell where the fine leg hair ended and the wiry pubic hair began. Now I don't give a fuck. I'm clean and nothing works to remove the hair without painful stubble within hours. If you don't like it, don't look.)

Posted on January 31, 2014 at 3:56 pm 0

On On the Brain-Dead Texas Woman Being Kept Alive to Gestate a Fetus

So horrifying that I was compelled to spell out omg and do it all in caps instead of being lazy. Like, I had an idea that mostly dead + pregnant = bad news for fetus (can it even grow independently, since it's basically completely tied to the mother's body at this point, like a parasite?), but to ALSO cost $4K PER DAY that the state isn't going to pick up, even though they're the ones forcing the hospital to keep the body on a ventilator and such... I would be shocked if the insurance company picked up the tab, too.

And then to know that if the fetus grows long enough to become viable, it's most likely going to be super damaged from this... Isn't 20 weeks the cut-off for those super restrictive laws that are trying to undermine Roe v. Wade?

Posted on January 8, 2014 at 12:57 pm 0

On Mom, What's Happening to Those Ladies' Faces?

who is that on the top left because i think there's something wrong with his face.

(by which i mean the photoshopping is as bad as the ladies', but in a different way)

Posted on September 25, 2013 at 3:34 pm 1

On Mom, What's Happening to Those Ladies' Faces?

Posted on September 25, 2013 at 3:33 pm 0

On 7 Classic Film Heroines Who Suck at Personal Safety

@Sister Administrator
Oh, damn. I said pretty much the same thing before scrolling down and seeing your comment. The headline totally tricked me into expecting a funny article in the old 'Pin style, instead of this. :( I didn't want to be the only one to comment on that, though.

Posted on September 24, 2013 at 7:50 pm 0

On 7 Classic Film Heroines Who Suck at Personal Safety

@Nicole Cliffe
I thought the same thing. But then I realized that it's because I expected the post to be a humor one, not an honest "These are lessons you may not have learned, but which are important". The headline was too Cracked/Buzzfeed.

Still not happy about how it feels kind of victim blamey, but I think it's difficult to say "here are things you can do for your personal safety, because there are assholes out there who may try to hurt you" and not have an element of victim blaming going on, even though it's meant more as trying to take steps to protect from the unpredictable? IDEK, it's hard for me, at least. The semi-serious semi-laughing tone of this article didn't help any.

Posted on September 24, 2013 at 7:49 pm 1

On The Things We Hide

I think it's the tone of the piece (the narrative bits not the quotes, though the way the quotes are arranged too) and the fact that I JUST heard a very sincere and absurd piece on the topic on some NPR/PRI program where these little narratives seem like intentional exaggerations.

Posted on September 23, 2013 at 4:33 pm 1