The thing about birth trends (like inductions, twilight sleep, c-section rates, etc.)… birth isn’t trendy. Why try to make it contemporary? It’s ancient. It’s not intended to be modernized. It’s perfect just as it is. Just leave it alone.
Because she is full of breastmilk
above: Psalm 85:14 ‘Deus, iniqui insurrexerunt super me, et synagoga potentium quesierunt animam meam: et non proposuerunt te in conspectu suo’ (‘O God, the proud are risen against me, and the assemblies of violent men have sought after my soul; and have not set thee before them’)
‘The Rutland Psalter’, England ca. 1260.
British Library, Add 62925, fol. 87v
Abortion seems to be the only medical procedure that people want to deny you based on how you got in that situation.
Drove drunk, got in an accident and need an organ transplant? No problem.
Messing around with a gun, accidentally shoot yourself in the leg and need surgery? Of course.
Smoke tobacco for most of your life and need treatment for lung cancer? Yep.
Climb a tree, fall out and break your leg? We’ll fix that right up.
Have sex and get pregnant when you don’t want to be? YOU GOT YOURSELF INTO THIS SITUATION AND YOU DESERVE NO MEDICAL HELP OR COMPASSION! THIS IS YOUR FAULT AND YOU WILL DEAL WITH THE CONSEQUENCES!
“Worry about your own uterus” wise wise words.
And if you point out “Okay, if the consequences of my birth control failure/mistake/coerced unprotected sex is pregnancy, I am dealing with it by having an abortion” they have no real response. Try it, and you’ll immediately see an abrupt shift in topic, they won’t address that one head on because they can’t. Because when they say “deal with the consequences” what they really mean is “you will continue this pregnancy and give birth against your will and take it when we shame you as a slutty whore for being pregnant too young/outside of marriage/by a different man than fathered your other child(ren) or as a stupid welfare queen sucking up our money if you’re poor if you choose to keep and raise your child yourself.” There is no winning with people who view pregnancy as a “just consequence” - by which they mean punishment - for people who have sex when they do not wish to have a child.
Chris Cobb, an artist based in San Francisco, has created an amazing installation in bookshop called Adobe Books- he catalogued every single one of the 20,000 books by color. The project is titled There is Nothing Wrong in This Whole Wide World. They were arranged by hand over a 10 hour period, and he enlisted the help of 16 volunteers. Such beautiful results, they transformed the bookshop overnight.
Here’s an awesome little piece of history:
Archaeologists in the Burnt City have discovered what appears to be an ancient prosthetic eye. What makes this discovery exceptionally awesome is the striking description of how the owner and her false eye would have appeared while she was still alive and blinking:
[The eye] has a hemispherical form and a diameter of just over 2.5 cm (1 inch). It consists of very light material, probably bitumen paste. The surface of the artificial eye is covered with a thin layer of gold, engraved with a central circle (representing the iris) and gold lines patterned like sun rays. The female remains found with the artificial eye was 1.82 m tall (6 feet), much taller than ordinary women of her time. On both sides of the eye are drilled tiny holes, through which a golden thread could hold the eyeball in place. Since microscopic research has shown that the eye socket showed clear imprints of the golden thread, the eyeball must have been worn during her lifetime. The woman’s skeleton has been dated to between 2900 and 2800 BCE.
So she was an extraordinarily tall woman walking around wearing an engraved golden eye patterned with rays like a tiny sun. What an awesome sight that must have been.
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Homemade eggnog with home grown eggs. You may weep bitter tears of envy now.
Three eggs, separated.
Whip egg whites with 1-2T sugar until peaks form.
In larger bowl, whip egg yolks with 1/8-1/4c sugar until very pale and viscous.
Add 1T rum (white, though spiced may be substituted), 1 pint half and half: stir.
Fold in egg whites thoroughly.
Serve with freshly grated nutmeg.
Serves 2 adults and 1-2 small children.
(Yes, it is raw. Yes, I give it to my kids. Yes, my life is better for saying yes to infinitesimal risk.)
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