reasons why babies are not needed
- head to body ratio is uneven
- when was last time baby contribute to dinner time conversation
- baby unable to hunt for the clan
- baby is slow and usually racist
Scarlet Letters: Getting the History of Abortion and Contraception Right
Abortion was not just legal—it was a safe, condoned, and practiced procedure in colonial America and common enough to appear in the legal and medical records of the period. Official abortion laws did not appear on the books in the United States until 1821, and abortion before quickening did not become illegal until the 1860s. If a woman living in New England in the 17th or 18th centuries wanted an abortion, no legal, social, or religious force would have stopped her.
Reminder that records of contraception and abortion exist all the way back to 1550 BCE in ancient Egypt!
This was a really fascinating read. Until the early 19th century, abortion was legal until “quickening,” or when the pregnant person first felt the baby kick - anywhere from 14 to 26 weeks into the pregnancy. Society only began to condemn it when people decided white, middle- to upperclass women weren’t having enough children soon enough in their lives, and when male doctors started taking over traditionally female health care fields, like midwifery.
Yep, shockingly enough, it’s never, ever been about the life of the fetus - only about misogyny, racism, and classism (ableism, too, though the article doesn’t discuss it).
The bolded is hella important.
From the first article: “Increased female independence was also perceived as a threat to male power and patriarchy, especially as Victorian women increasingly volunteered outside the home for religious and charitable causes.”
been getting a lot of messages today about this so, i’m just going to post about it. i’m in a mood, let’s do it.
above you will see a photo by me of my fiancé and i
below is a drawing based off that photo by nvmillustration
i’m all for artistic collaboration. although this artist - whose work i really enjoy and respect - did not ask me permission to copy my image, he did at least credit me when he posted it. i really like the drawing so i was not upset at all. now that it’s bouncing around so much without any reference to me, i’m a little less into it, but that’s the internet for you.
today this article went up apparently, using the drawing you see above. they credit the artist but not me, obviously. now my gears are grinding a little more… as a direct derivative of my work is out there without any credit to me or knowledge it was based directly off a photo of me, taken by me. again, that’s the internet for you.
but then… i find the artist is selling the image in his store without asking me permission… and now i’m kind of really upset.
can’t we as artists all respect each other and have the decency to at least *ask* before doing these things?
maybe i’m making a huff over nothing. but i just feel a little put out here.