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speaking of the "tooth test" (which I love, so much) the other day dudevolleyball & I found an earring on the ground that was prally just a convincing fake pearl but big enough that if it had been real, it would've been valuable. & I was like "here's the thing--the only way to tell is to do something I'm definitely not gonna do with an object we just picked up off the street."
@OhMarie it just warms my heart to see someone else refer to "boozes" in the plural.
@Rock and Roll Ken Doll oh god & the drool! I didn't even think of the drool!
@special_boots this. back in highschool, I would often set my alarm for like 8am on the weekends, just to treat myself to the luxury of Falling Back Asleep. (now I try to avoid more than one snooze, but I'm also the type of person who either wakes up at 7:30am on Saturday for no reason or who unconsciously turns off her alarm entirely & wakes up in a fog hours later. there's apparently no in-between.)
@Blushingflwr just skip straight to DISMISS (or else, my favorite, the "12 hours from now"--basically like "fuck you, future self, YOU deal with this").
@j-i-a could you sleep, though, knowing you were being watched? I'm not sure I could. I'm also pretty sure I'd end up feeling self-conscious about some of my natural sleeping poses (either while getting into them, or upon waking up if I did manage to drift off.)
I don't begrudge Snellings or any of her colleagues--it sounds like a pretty sweet gig if you can handle it. but I don't think I could deal (although then again, I'm not exactly in their target applicant demographic anyways).
I apparently belong in DC. (I'm not quarrelsome, though! I'm really easygoing!) on the other hand, I just moved to central NY from Chicago so at least I'm migrating in the right direction...
On Interview with Dr. Susan Robinson, One of the Last Four Doctors in America to Openly Provide Third-Trimester Abortions
@nina! it's the best thing I've read in a while.
I've been pro-choice since I was old enough to really understand what that meant, but reading this made me realize (& confront) the extent to which my opinions about late-term abortion had been shaped by anti-choice rhetoric. on some level--even though it seems ridiculous now, obviously--I think I did have that idea of the lazy, procrastinatory pregnant lady who's suddenly like "oh, RIGHT, that" at 30-something weeks (...or something equally unflattering).
I should've known better; I used to volunteer at Planned Parenthood & am well aware that no abortion provider will proceed without thoughtfully evaluating the patient's history & situation. why should an even more dangerous & complicated procedure be any different?
I feel like third-trimester abortion has been positioned (in public/political discourse) as this way of downplaying the intensity of your pro-choice views, & I worry that that opens up a foothold to shut down other forms of reproductive freedom--"well I believe abortion should be be legal but not those BAD abortions." but to me, this interview proves that you can't really draw that line--I mean, the example about the woman in Afghanistan? the solution there is, "sorry, you were too busy serving your country & now you have to give up your military career to have a baby you never wanted?" to say nothing of instances of incest/sexual assault.
it's always going to be a fraught & complicated issue, because anytime an abortion takes place it's in the wake of a potentially fraught & complicated situation. but I'm gonna keep this knowledge with me, & the next time the subject comes up, I'm going to try to explain why I feel like "except late-term abortions" isn't really a viable position if you're staunchly pro-choice.
(...I'll be a real hit at parties, I'd imagine. also, this isn't to pick a fight anyone who still feels uneasy about it conceptually even after reading this piece--just me trying to narrate the ways in which it enlightened me & changed my mind.)
@BurnsUrdexyGD yes, A+ legit-seeming comment. pretty much every day the Hairpin segues seamlessly from "aw, moms!" to "yay, porn!"
that "you are having a DAY" stranger anecdote really resonated with me--I know it's unlikely, but how amazing would it be if she somehow ended up reading this?