I wasn't allowed to be a Girl Scout. I really wanted to be a Girl Scout. I wasn't allowed to take my Harry Potter books to church to read while my Papa worked in his office and Nana practiced the organ. I wasn't allowed to dress up as a ghost, witch, devil, or anything else scary. I was told yoga was sinful. Because they pray regardless of faith. Because people think they're teaching you devil worship. Because someone might see and they might talk. Because it's a heathen religion.
You know what's weird? No one used to ask me the awkward questions because I was obviously awkward enough. "Do you have a boyfriend?" Not once. "When are you going to get married?" Nope. Once, a near-family member said to me, "You know, getting married is something you should really think about doing," in her … Continue reading “We’re not taking requests.” (Whatever Wednesday)
Guys and girls, this is my 25th post! Although this week hasn't been very productive, exciting, or especially memorable, I'm so proud of this blog's progress over the past 6 weeks. Thank you to all of you who read this blog and have made it more promising than I might ever have imagined! This week, … Continue reading Quick Thoughts Friday: Week 6
Today, we'll be digging into the other main type: hormonal methods. Hormonal methods are much more effective - provided they're used correctly. They're also the ones that are more taboo, especially in religious circles. People seem to object to the very way they work - some types more than others. Their history is fairly convoluted and the … Continue reading Contraceptionist part 2
Contraception, probably most colloquially known - these days - as "birth control," is today's taboo topic. Too often we are led to believe there are two types of birth control: condoms and "the Pill." As an aside, I think it's amusing that, 65 years after contraceptive pills began being researched professionally, we still often refer … Continue reading Contraceptionist part 1 (Whatever Wednesday)
Welcome to Whatever Wednesday's mini-series about taboo subjects. This week, we'll be wrestling with sex. Because that's obviously at the top of the list. (Shout out to one of my favorite childhood shows for helping me with this.) The truth about sex is that it is different for everyone. It's messy and complicated and awkward … Continue reading Whatever Wednesday: The truth about sex
I don't think I've ever talked to anyone who has a positive memory of "the talk." Most people I know were never even sat down for one. Those who did have it have been lucky enough to block out the memories to the desired fuzziness. I know of guys who were given a descriptive talk whose … Continue reading Whatever Wednesday: The Talk