How can I let this week go by without reference to some sort of binder? Were any of y’all cringing as MittsRomsComs tried to explain how he loves teh wimmins the other night. Dear lard above! I’ll tell you who wan’t cringing, his son..well, one of his sons. Josh, orTagalong, or Tissue, or Hunger- who the hell knows. Check out his face tho.
Okay well we all know that providing things like condoms, birth control, or vaccines don’t make people wanna run out and hunch everything in town. Well apparently someone DID NOT know that so they spent a gazillion dollars researching if you give a young person the HPV vaccine, do they slut it up? The answer was no but WHY DO YOU CARE?
Y’all might remember us mentioning a couple weeks back about Oklahoma’s WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) program breaking up with Planned Parenthood clinics statewide. We can only assume that cutting down on access to things that people literally need to survive was done for the greater good of Oklahomans! Because adhering to far-right extremism in order to gain two ounces of political standing benefits everyone! But look, all those other well-staffed, highly-competent, and community-minded local clinics that are open regularly on weekends are JUST WAITING to step up to fill the needs of Tulsa County’s not-decreasing population of low-income pregnant people, recently pregnant people, and children under the age of 5.
Except those clinics don’t exist. And now lots and lots of people’s lives are looking less and less manageable.
You know when you do a food-preservation marathon and then realize you don’t have any food leftover to, you know, eat? Yeah, I just had some almonds and tortilla chips for dinner with a side of pickled okra. NB: I am not disparaging pickled okra, although I will say that fried is better. Fight me about it. And to go with the overwhelming amount of mixed vegetables smooshed into my freezer right now? An incredibly voluminous mixed bag of stories. The way is treacherous this week, folks. You might pull out a nice little bag of frozen pesto cubes (useful and satisfying), blanched zucchini (boring but practical), or you might find a pile of old Dixie cups filled with ice* tumbling onto your head from the back of the freezer (crude reminders of pain and trauma). And by treacherous, I mean I will be adding very clear trigger warnings when necessary! Shall we?
Where: University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI
When: August 24-26
This is for people (non students included!) between the ages of 18-24. Unfortunately, it has a $50 fee, but if you can afford it, it should be an amazing experience. You’ll get to network with young advocates across the Midwest and learn about the women’s rights issues.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/402224866481000/
Don’t live in the Midwest? No need to worry! It’s happening all over the country, including two out east (Durham, NH and Albany, NY). The list of other conferences can be found here:http://www.regonline.com/builder/site/tab1.aspx?EventID=1099445