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@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?
@c2d I am still irrationally obsessed with unicorns (at 30), & while that fixation predates Lisa Frank, she definitely helped it blossom into fruition. like, my actual decor style tends to be kind of '70s/wood/russety earth tones, but I see a unicorny or rainbowy thing & my brain goes "I WANT IT." watching this video was like seeing a part of my subconscious come to life.
a bit late to the party, but anytime this subject comes up I have to give props to William Gibson for Cayce Pollard in Pattern Recognition (which, not unrelatedly, is an awesome book).
so great. in all of the quotes, she comes across as such a positive, happy person--I feel like I'm in a better mood now that I've read this. :)
@OhMyGoshYouGuys yes, indeed! worth Netflixing (assuming you haven't already seen it, & assuming it's still available on streaming).
@OhMyGoshYouGuys yes, &: please tell me you're familiar with the work of Chris Thrash.