I’m seeing St. Vincent perform in Paris right before the new album drops.
Beautiful landscape of Amsterdam by Vladimir German
Photographer Vladimir German takes incredible shots of Amsterdam city. Artist focus on architecture, tiny streets and cozy evenings.
While my mind is on it, I’d like to urge anyone with time to spare to watch the PBS documentary on how hormonal birth control was developed and tested. Throughout my women’s studies degree, I kept hearing white women claim that the pill as the most important technological innovation to change women’s lives. And, well, that’s simultaneously true and false.
The truth is, the pill was developed for white women off the lives of women of colour. From the documentary’s transcript,
Finally the data came in. Not one of the fifty women ovulated while on the Pill.
The success of the covert experiment, however, was only a first step. Getting the pill to market would require approval from the Food & Drug Administration, and that would entail a large-scale human trial. In exasperation, Katharine McCormick, asked, “Where can we find a cage of ovulating females?”
Puerto Rico had a network of birth control clinics and no Comstock laws. [Gregory] Pincus called it “the perfect laboratory.”
Andrea Tone: In the mid-1950s Puerto Rico was one of the most densely populated countries in the world and it was important for researchers who wanted to promote the pill to be able to say, look, it worked in Puerto Rico with a population that was undereducated and poor. Therefore if it worked there, it can work anywhere.
The reason the older forms of progestins are considered reliable and safe is because it doesn’t cost much to test on people you don’t consider human.
Narrator: As the trials progressed, some women began to complain of nausea, dizziness, headaches, stomach pain, and vomiting.
After nine months of testing, the medical director in Puerto Rico told Pincus that the Pill was 100% effective when taken properly. Nevertheless, she argued, the drug caused “too many side reactions to be generally acceptable.”
Both Rock and Pincus disagreed. The adverse side effects, they believed, were insignificant.
Alex Sanger: They probably dismissed it in their mind, “Well there’s something wrong with the patient,” and there was nothing wrong with the pill. They didn’t want to hear about what might be wrong because they…they were so, they just felt so strongly that this pill was necessary for women’s well-being.
The transcript can be found here, as the film can’t be streamed online. My local library has a copy, as does my local sexual health non-profit. It’s really worth checking out.
(The only time my women’s studies degree has been moderately useful has been to debunk the things I learned in women’s studies.)
Sometimes when I say “I’m okay”, what I really want is for someone to hold my hand, look me in the eyes and say “I know that you’re not okay, here is $1000.00”.
"This project is intended as a photographic series of “love letters.” The dominant portraiture of my series consists of New York couples who have been together for more than 50 years. This work includes photographs, voice recordings and text.
I’ve spent the past three years learning about love from the people who know it best - couples whose relationships have met the test of time.”
I’m sobbing in public looking through these. So beautiful. See/read more HERE.
never make fun of someones anxiety never make fun of someones anxiety never make fun of someones anxiety never make fun of someones anxiety never make fun of someones anxiety never make fun of someones anxiety never make fun of someones anxiety never make fun of someones anxiety never make fun of someones anxiety never make fun of someones anxiety never make fun of someones anxiety
lol men complain about women taking selfies when men have spent hundreds of years writing and painting and singing and proclaiming about how hot and smart they are??? like actually inventing laws and trying to control every media source in order to continue talking about themselves????