On Talking to Heather Doney and Rachel Coleman About Child Abuse, the Quiverfull Movement and Homeschooling Policy Reform
Thank you for posting this! I, too, was homeschooled for a few years, although I'm not sure if it was for religious reasons or just laziness on my parents' part (pretty sure the latter). I started school completely unable to do math and never really caught up because I never received tutoring. I've always regretted it and wish there had been stricter oversight or that some authority had been able to make my parents enroll me in school.
On Meet the Ostracized, Pad-Wearing, Goat's-Blood-Collecting Reproductive Health Hero of Southern India
Embarrassed that I have to ask this, and totally feeling my privilege, but...how does poor menstrual hygiene cause reproductive diseases?
I also encourage folks to check out the sanitary napkin factory in Rwanda that's making them out of banana leaves. The founders realized that girls were missing so much school because they couldn't go when they were on their periods because they couldn't afford to buy pads.
Heeeeeee! Love it. I could never do the Amtrak residency unless you wanted to have to pick my drafts out of a puddle of vomit; I get motion sickness very easily.
Also, the staff on Amtrak trains are the worst. And the food cars are even worse than that.
Really interesting - Kayden sounds like a cool woman and like she'd be a great mom.
She also sort of looks like a blonde Keira Knightley from that angle.
@tofuswalkman Agree, cover is terrible - writers often have little to no say over what the cover of their book looks like. Check out this HuffPo article about gendered book covers:
This explains why basically every female-authored book has a picture that involves some part of a woman's anatomy (usually excluding her face). It is balls. BALLS.
This article was so interesting but also so exhausting...if you're making a living across these social media platforms I guess it makes sense but I just don't interact with people in that way. My FB account was last updated maybe...four years ago. The concept of friending someone or following them or whatever that I'm interested in is just sort of baffling to me.
@commanderbanana *because I don't, siiiigh.
@commanderbanana Sometimes I try to convince myself that I'm just like a collector! With clothes! So it's okay! But the thing is, my style really doesn't change and I only wear a handful of colors, so why do I need 8 long-sleeved black sweaters?!
Man, this really resonated with me - I grew up thrift shopping (first out of necessity, then out of choice/inability to pay retail) with my mom in a really similar kind of way, and now that I'm an adult one of the few ways we can connect is shopping together.
Sadly, I've come to realize that I probably don't pay all that much less for clothes than other people, I just have a lot more in total, and it's starting to really feel like a problem.
Oh god, aaahahaha. I kind of want to write my own now:
Name: Cmdr Banana (ret.)
State of mind: Constantly worrying that I've contracted an antibiotic-resistant strain of throat gonorrhea
Place of Work: Aaaaaahahahahahaha *ahem* heh.
About me: I say I have an athletic build but it's just because I don't know how to explain that I have no muscle tone at all but I'm naturally thin. Thin and squishy simultaneously. I will often forget that you answered questions I already asked and will ask them again. I make a bigger deal out of having grown up abroad than I should. If you make any sort of mention of rape, in any way, I will throw money on the table and walk out. If you chase after me to apologize, I will make you feel worse than you have ever felt in your life. I have a number of strange phobias and have been institutionalized, and I'm starting to think I'm not that into guys who aren't my ex-boyfriend, or guys at all. Be prepared to pay for my drink or I will cheerfully tell you by text afterwards that I don't think we're compatible, even if you had a great time.