@Beaker I have had a paragard for two and a half years now. I rarely think about it. I remain pregnancy-free. it is great.
the actual insertion was... interesting. it's such a strange place to feel that sharp pain, I've never felt anything like it before or since. I think I took an aleve maybe, which didn't help much. mine sort of reminded me of getting a piercing, in that the fear of the pain was the worst part, while the actual pain lasted for max 2 seconds and then I was like, "wait, it's over?" gyno was like, "yes. that was it, it's in." it was so brief and so worth it -- I plan to keep mine in for the full decade.
@bessmarvin I didn't comment on your post but I remember it -- just wanted to say it must be hard and you are awesome!
@honey cowl glad I'm not alone in the level 65 valley of doom.
@themegnapkin ughhhh yes. I was rooting for them because rom com conditioning, but it became a hate read. their dynamic reminded me of some similar mistakes that I've made or watched people make, except much more extreme. so I would just read and CRINGE and wish that I could pry Jessie's eyes open.
I don't think they are necessarily shitty people (ok, maybe Tim is shitty people) but when you read something like this as an observer, it's easy to see how ridiculous they were being the whole time, while they were/are seemingly blind to how incompatible they are.
@supernintendochalmers agreed. volunteering in a school is a great way to test-drive, and often very appreciated.
@dtowngirl hi! I am an apprentice teacher of sorts, and my mentor is a career changer who went from 17 years in business/finance journalism to education. he's super passionate and loves his job, claims to be less stressed and more happy after switching (but this is in a non-public school, which makes quite a difference). I think career changers can bring a new and different energy to the classroom, and certainly some interesting life experience.
this just made my day
whoa, that article is brilliant. thanks for posting.
@Jaya @MilesofMountains my first thought is that it's not appropriation if it's your own heritage. even if you enjoy relative privilege because you don't "look" Indian (or whatever you are) -- plenty of people don't "look" whatever they are even if they have parents from the same nation/ethnic group, but that doesn't mean they can't be participants of their culture and use those signifiers however they feel comfortable.
I struggle with this as well, though. I try to stay aware of the privilege I have from the way that I look, and I too feel that I "get to enjoy select parts of [my] culture without having to experience" all the hardships of it because I'm only half-, and I look ethnically ambiguous. it's hard to balance.
I guess I just feel like there's room for exploring your heritage without it becoming appropriative, as long as one is careful and aware of their privilege. I don't think it's the same as, say, a person with no personal connection to the culture adopting parts of it for their own entertainment, a la Miley.