@Gef the Talking Mongoose Just wanted to make sure Sympathy for Lady Vengeance AT LEAST got a name-drop in the comments. Excellent.
@RachelAnn Oh crap, I already posted my comment before reading the rest. I should have known someone else would point this out! haha
Quick heads up, that's not Goran Visnjic on the cover...he's mentioned, but that isn't a photo of him.
I didn't know there was an official name for this! Brilliant!
@Emma Carmichael "I have retained custody of the Captain’s hard-drinking gay friend, Max."
My uncle and aunt got into this cult in the 1970's, and all their kids (my cousins) were born into it. I guess on the very very very surface there is a sort of cutesy humour to it...but in reality, it was really sad.
I was never close with that side of the family, but on the rare occasions I did see my cousins, they were always sick and physically run down (both from the lack of medical care, and physical abuse...and, frighteningly enough, I also assume other kinds of abuse.) They would devour our National Geographic magazines as soon as their parents weren't around, because they were never allowed to learn about the outside world. They would sing weird little religious songs and rock back and forth constantly, I remember that so vividly. They cried every time they had to leave our house.
I don't want to speculate about...the other kinds of abuse too much, but both of the girls were pregnant by 16 and married by 17, and the boy was also married with kids when he was 17, the mother of his kids was 14 or 15 I believe.
I haven't seen any of them since then. They shipped most of the family to Mexico to do mission work. One girl escaped I think, I hope they're all doing okay.
@muggles This...is everything I never knew I always wanted.
@hero worship MINE TOO. I really bring the fun to social gatherings.
Oh, IUD's, I want to love you...but all my real life friends who got one have had NOTHING but terrible experiences. Not just "oh, it was sort of ouchy" but literally passing out in the street from pain, having to get it removed immediately, suffering through two months straight of heavy bleeding, telling me it was worse than labour, etc etc. But then, the internet makes IUD's sound so amazing! I don't know who to believe anymore.