I worked in a herpes lab for three years and am now a med student (who actually got STD lectures today). Reading & writing scientific papers on herpes has given me a huge appreciation for the virus. It's co-evolved with us for at least 3 million years, mostly just hangs out not causing problems, and a huge part of the population has it.
It's also important to note that serologic tests are variable; serologic tests on the same person can show up negative and then positive at different times. My boss, who did herpes research for more than 30 years, was convinced that almost everyone had exposure to, and possibly infection with, both HSV-1 AND HSV-2, and that most people would never know it. It just hangs out in your body! You're going to be okay.
tl;dr after working in a herpes lab for 3 years, I do not think herpes is a big deal and most people have it anyway. Let's stop stigmatizing disease!
@yeah-elle I like all of those authors too and I highly recommend Amy Hempel's short stories if you haven't read them! She is one of my all-time favorites.
“If it's true your life flashes past your eyes before you die, then it is also the truth that your life rushes forth when you are ready to start to truly be alive.”
This is my first week of grad school. Happening now. Thank you!!!
This book is the fucking best. I'm glad it's getting the attention it deserves.
I've missed theory so much since school. I stumbled in to a post-colonial theory class my first year of college completely by accident, and dropped another class to take it instead; later I took some queer theory, and both classes completely changed my life. This book sounds like a really compelling, not quite-so-daunting way to rediscover that feeling of realizing as you read something the power of that thing to genuinely change the way you look at the world.
@shannanigans Those are the best lyrics ever written. Just ever. Man.
@astronauta You know, I try very hard to just not read the comments and not respond, but look. This is not a meaningful critique; it is a drive-by zinger. AHP and I are both very thoughtful, very conscientious people who MAKE MISTAKES SOMETIMES and are more than able to admit to them when people want to engage with us. We are both very accessible. My email is in my commenting profile. AHP actively reads the comments.
Even more, we are actually interested in what people have to say. But if all you're going to throw around is "disturbing," which is extremely loaded, how are we supposed to have a conversation about why you're disappointed and how we might, or whether we should, shift our thinking and our language? It's fine if you don't want to have that conversation, but trying to, like, Social Justice or Privilege Shame us for it (ironic!) is an ineffective strategy, more or less anonymous interlocutor.
If anyone wants to engage with me or us about this, please email us or start a new comment thread. Thanks.
shades and shadows undulate in my direction
I feel like Fiona Apple is at least partially responsible for my off the charts score on the verbal portion of the GRE.
I used to listen to Tidal on my discman every night before falling asleep. I have diary entries that quote Apple's lyrics (prolifically) & yet... I don't know, her music hasn't followed me into adulthood in the same way that other music has. (Like, The Blake Babies' Sunburn is still a very key text for me as is Mary Timony's The Golden Dove, but something about Apple has remained very specific to adolescence.)
I will say that I did see Fiona Apple in concert last summer with my best friend from middle school and it was exactly as transformative as we had always dreamed and hoped it would be. (Also, the venue had moderately priced nachos that were not unlike the ones available in our middle school cafeteria, so the whole thing was very authentically late nineties for us.)
Man Learns Women Not All One Woman