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1 memory stick from sometime in the last century
1 large pink eraser
1 batch of Post-Its
1 safety pin
1 green button
2 AA batteries
2 nail files
3 yellow highlighters
5 types of lipstick, lipgloss, and Chapstick
5 sticks o'gum
7 bobby pins
9 tampons (!)
11 hair bands
$2.95 in change
A multitude of receipts, business cards, and general garbage
Wow. Clearly I have some problems with clutter. I'll bring it up later with my therapist.Overall, this whole experience has reminded me of when I was a little girl and loved--more than almost anything--digging around in my mom and my grandma's purse. For some reason my grandma always had lots of gum, rubberbands, and business cards while my mom mostly just carried cigarettes.
Most of these policies sound like good ideas but it’s the motivation behind them that gives me a touch of the willies. Ensuring that mothers can work and sustain a good quality of life is a great thing, but doing all of this for the sake of birthing more French babies smacks of eugenics and short-sightedness. The world population has now topped 6.7 billion, and just this week the
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So today, after a ridiculous number of emails, discussions, paperwork, and forms, I moved to a new cubicle. I'm not sure why. All that matters is the fact that I had to move all of my stuff except my phone (done by Mr. X) and my computer (done by Mr. B). Moreover, I had to remove all of the old stuff from my new cubicle. Nobody wanted to take responsibility for a whole bunch of crap leftover from an extinct grant.
Just a few weeks ago, the Contraception Is Not the Answer national conference took place in
Apparently, since contraception has no effect on lowering poverty, the pro-contraception lobby has instead decided to re-group and promote contraception as the solution to unintended pregnancy. But this strategy, as well, has failed.
You don’t believe me? Take, for instance, this statistic from the conference website (this is in fact a reliable statistic from Jones et al., 2002): 54% of women who had abortions in 2000-2001 report that they had used a contraceptive method at least once in the month in which they got pregnant. Wow, if that didn't convince you, try this quote, also from the conference website and attributed to “Abortionist Judith Bury” in 1981: "There is overwhelming evidence that, contrary to what you might expect, the provision of contraception leads to an increase in the abortion rate."
As someone who has basically dedicated her life to evaluating cause- and effect- relationships and is particuarly well schooled in the study of human behavior as it relates to contraception and pregnancy prevention (not to toot my own horn or anything), I have to say that this is some darn convincing evidence!
I mean, I am seriously bummed. In addition to several great misogynistic, ill-informed, Bible-thumping and illogical thinkers, I missed listening to a Dr. Tiger (for real!) present his lecture, The Decline of Males: How Contraception Alters the Status and Identity of Men (also for real!)
Okay, okay, now I really am being serious---This conference is so up my alley I actually would have paid to be a fly on the wall at this event. Maybe next year.