Thursday, March 15, 2012

Do your fucking research

No, I'm not talking about writing this time. (Although "do your research" is generally good advice when you're doing that, too.) I'm referring to political stuff and social networking about political stuff.

First off, the Kony 2012 thing. Up until now, I've been avoiding the discussion, mostly since I don't know that much about the issue. And honestly, neither do 90% of the people who are tweeting about it, most likely. So here's an idea. How about asking someone who might actually know a thing or two?:


Does posting this video mean I'm taking a side in regards to this issue? No. For all I know, this girl might be full of shit (or have no clue what she's talking about.) But the point I'm trying to make is that before you go around advertising some cause on your blog/facebook/twitter, maybe you should do a little bit of research beforehand. Don't just trust one source to give you all the information.

Now on to the second thing I wanted to discuss: Birth control. Arizona is trying to pass House Bill 2625. (Here's an article if you want to hear about this in normal person English and not lawyerspeak.) Admittedly, the actual text of the bill was too tl;dr for me to read in full (okay, so maybe I'm a hypocrite), but clearly, whoever wrote this bill didn't do their research. Take this gem of a line: "...This subsection shall not exclude coverage for prescription contraceptive methods ordered by a health care provider with prescriptive authority for medical indications other than for contraceptive, abortifacient, abortion or sterilization purposes." (Scroll down to the first blue paragraph.)

I'm not going to criticize anyone's views on abortion, but anyone who has taken five minutes to research birth control can tell you that BIRTH CONTROL IS NOT ABORTION. Birth control doesn't kill anything; it stops a woman from ovulating. In other words, birth control stops your body from releasing an egg.

Unlike sperm, a woman is not constantly producing eggs. These eggs have been sitting in a woman's ovary since very early in her development, and when puberty hits, they start popping out at monthly intervals. So what happens during his mystical process of 'ovulation'? Little Miss Egg gets all dolled up and then takes a ride down the fallopian tube, where she eagerly waits for some dashing sperm to sweep her off her feet. But then there's this evil thing called birth control that stabs her and rapes her and leaves her bleeding corpse lying in the middle of the street. Oh wait, that's not what happens. Instead, birth control calls her and says "Hey Babe. It's raining like crazy out there, so you're probably better off staying in!" So instead of putting on her high heels and lipstick, Little Miss Egg stays wrapped up in her warm ovary home and spends the next month eating ice cream and watching Gray's Anatomy with all her other egg roommates. That doesn't mean she will stay in there forever--she can party next month!

So in short, birth control is not for aborting babies. It is for delaying ovulation. (Not saying that there's no chance of birth control permanently affecting a woman's fertility. I wouldn't know; I'm not the expert on the matter. But I am pretty sure that anyone who tries to use birth control to abort a baby--or anyone who thinks you can use birth control to abort a baby--is an idiot.)

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