sterilization

My involvement in the Portal Secret Santa event on tumblr. 

I kiiiinda went away from the prompt but I just couldn’t let go this image of Chell trying to bring the Christmas atmosphere to dark and steril bowels of Aperture, giving everyone little knitted presents.

(She didn’t dare to offer one to GLaDOS but instead she brought her this odd painting that GLaDOS used to mention once in a while but was too proud to go and retrieve it herself. Her gift was received surprisingly well and Chell could just swear she saw this… something, flickering in GLaDOS seemingly cold robotic eyes, when her gaze met the one of the mysterious painted lady… only to lay on the man’s face for a brief yet somehow very touching moment.)

While Chell’s running around GLaDOS tries to look disinterested but smiles over her coffee every once in a while, when she’s sure no one’s looking. At one point she even made a Christmas tree out of her panels (a real one was out of the question, I mean come on, some green stuff littering her pristine floors? Never). She’s really proud of this one, but of course she’d rather wear one of Chell’s knitted sweaters than admit it.

Meanwhile Wheatley hovers above Chell with a mistletoe (yes, he actually didsome research this time and didn’t go with the holly like last year, it’s a common mistake, everyone knows what’s it’s supposed to be anyway), although he’s not actually sure what’s it supposed to mean and why is Chell so amused every time she catches a glimpse of this little plant. He just wants to be festive, colorful flickering lights, cosy scarves, mistletoes, it’s all Christmas-y, right?

So yeaaaah, suddenly I got hit with a headcanon or whatnot. And stuffed a ton of fluff and friendship inside, like I seem to do much lately.And uh, I have a feeling it should have been more Cave here… yet I unintentionally even managed to cover his face on a painting. I swear it was an accident! Please forgive me.

Wow, that’s a lot of text. Uhm. Merry christmas, queen-of-feels-trips!

anonymous asked:

Tomadashi. Hospital AU. Please <3

"Ahem."

"Oh, sorry."  Tadashi turns, letting the girl squeeze past him and grab a sandwich.  Her right arm is swaddled in a cast, but she moves agilely otherwise, grabbing a bag of chips between two fingers.  "What happened to you?" Tadashi blurts without thinking.

She stops, a purple streak of hair falling messily across her eyes as she tilts her head and pulls a face.  “Fell off my bike.”  Her gaze flickers to his bundled hand.  “You?”

"Burned myself," Tadashi says, raising his bandaged hand in salute.  "Pretty badly, so they tell me."

"Huh," grunts the girl, resuming her journey to the cash register.  Meanwhile, Tadashi’s gaze sweeps over the hospital cafeteria—the TV playing faintly in the background, the blinds open slightly, the sterile gray tables.

Aunt Cass and Hiro aren’t due to visit for another hour, and, as much as Tadashi tries to pretend otherwise, he feels the slightest bit lonely, especially when he stares at the small carton of orange juice in his hand, the condensation sliding coolly against his palm.

"Hey—um," he starts, hesitantly, and girl-who-fell-off-her-bike turns, "would you, uh, like to keep me company?  For lunch?"

There’s a heavy pause and Tadashi is thinking, sardonically, On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate your creepiness? but then the arm in the cast pulls higher as the girl shrugs and says, “Sure, why not?”

anonymous asked:

I love your blog, however I suggest that you look into the differences between male and female circumcisions because you can't really swap one for the other. They are not at all the same thing.

They are not the same thing, of course, but they do have similarities. Both are genital mutilation of unconsenting (by law) children and infants. Both can be done for cultural or for religious reasons. Both have been shown to have no real health benefits. Both can cause deaths and other problems in those it’s performed on. Both can be preformed either in a sterile environment, or not. Both are often supported by adults who have had the procedure done to themselves.

In terms of “male circumcision is removal of a flap of skin, female circumcision is sewing up the vagina” (or similar claims), that’s not the whole story: there are several kinds of female circumcision. I believe that the most common is removal of the clitoral hood and/or the clitoris, which is most analogous to removal of the male foreskin.

FGM also isn’t always done in unsterile environments: most performed in Egypt, for example, are done in hospitals. Similarly, MGM is not always done in sterile environments, and even when it is… in the US alone, roughly 100 baby boys die from it each year.

Does any of this make FGM okay or not a big deal? Of course not. It varies from quick procedures upon infants to procedures which cause women lasting pain and damage. But whatever the form, it’s a gross infringement of human rights: everyone should choose what is done to their own body when they’re old enough to make that decision.

The thing about saying the same thing about MGM is that people assume that female circumcision is being “brought down” to the same level as male circumcision… because we see male circumcision as something so ordinary, or good, or normal, or not a big deal.

Nobody wants to admit that the West is as “inhumane” as those cultures and people which practice female genital mutilation.

So we don’t hear from the women who are happy with their circumcision, who take offense at it being called “mutilation”, who support it and who say they would take a razor to their own daughters. We call it “female genital mutilation”, and “male circumcision”. We push the supposed health benefits of MGM and use outdated studies to support them. Doctors may be ignorant of how to wash/deal with foreskin on infant babies (hint: you leave it alone, because it’s fused to the penis in the early years of life) and can cause damage to children, thus enforcing beliefs that “circumcision can prevent these problems”.

Everywhere that FGM is legal, MGM is legal. But in many countries where FGM is illegal, MGM is legal: in fact, the only references to MGM being illegal that I can find is where one parent has the procedure done to the child without the other parent’s consent or knowledge.

Where FGM is illegal, it’s illegal in all forms, even if that form is just that the clitoris/prepuce is pricked to draw blood. That leaves no lasting damage and nothing is surgically altered, but it’s still illegal. Because we recognize that it’s wrong to damage the genitals of a child.

The countries which have banned and condemned FGM (and set up charities to help women who have undergone it and feel mutilated by it) have got the idea fantastically that it’s a bad thing to cut the genitals of a child. So long as that child is a girl, anyway. Male and intersex children are fair game as far as the law is concerned. (And also, oddly, women giving birth who may not consent to a genital-cutting procedure which is often unnecessary)

Luckily that’s slowly (slowly) going out of fashion, with more education and intactivism campaigning, from people of all backgrounds. But it’s still legal, and practised, on those who don’t have the chance to decide for themselves on what they want done to their body.

This isn’t saying “female circumcision is fine, let’s all calm down about it because these are some women who think it’s a good thing”. It’s saying “both are inhumane things to do to people without consent”.

anonymous asked:

Communism Kills is an ugly piece of shit. Just be thankful you're not as ugly and ashy as her. I pray she doesn't procreate either it being from her being sterile or miscarriage. At this point could really careless. Lmao. Sorry Satan

Yaaaaaaaaaaasssss werk Werk

[Alan] Dershowitz has called on Israel to use bulldozers to demolish entire Palestinian villages, rather than individual houses, in retaliation for Palestinian terrorist attacks, although collective punishment violates international law. In another context he defends the use of torture and proposes methods that include shoving a “sterilized needle underneath the nail.” He lambastes as an anti-Semite nearly everyone who has criticized the Israeli state; he once said “there is a special place in hell” for former President Jimmy Carter and that South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu is “one of the most evil men in the world.”

Primordial Germ Cells Created in a Lab Could ‘Fix’ Infertility Issues

Ultimately, according to ‘Nature,’ their research could be used to morph skin cells from a sterile male into viable sperm cells (the same would be true for women, only oppositely, with eggs). Learn more (courtesy of the Weizmann Institute of Science) here: http://bit.ly/1veD9wR

Image Credit: Weizmann Institute of Science

anonymous asked:

There are only two sexes in nature. The ones in between are not supposed to happen. If it does, the subject is usually sterile - nature has a way if correcting itself. So you can identify yourself as pan, more power to you, but physically, you're bi.

well there has been a few cases of intersex people having kids.

~the aspie one

mikkeneko asked:

♥! (And happy christmas)

(from “Privation” (the next installment in Gehenna!verse) - and thank you!)

“-tasha!” She caught, through the phone. “Thank Jesus, I wanted to tell you – Loki was just here.”

Natasha stiffened. Had this been – no, the Iron Man suit couldn’t and didn’t do this kind of damage. “Here? At the Tower?”

“Yes, at the Tower,” Tony said. He sounded freaked out, though like he was trying to keep his cool. “Looked – not good, wounded, bleeding a lot. I didn’t catch what happened-”

“If this isn’t an emergency, Tony,” Natasha interrupted, tearing open a sterile needle package with her teeth, “then it’s going to have to wait. I’m a little busy.”

“I don’t know if it’s an emergency,” Tony said. “It’s just – he was asking for you. Where you were.” Natasha’s hands stilled for a moment. “So I thought you should know you know who was looking for you for some ungodly reason-”

Looks like you found me, Natasha thought to Loki’s limp body. “I can take care of myself, Tony,” she said, trying to sound reassuring. “Thanks for passing the message on.”

“You’re…welcome? You don’t sound alarmed about this-”

“I can take care of myself,” Natasha reapeated, and hung up. 

I’ve been pretty terrible at keeping up with industrial music for the past 6 or so months. And things I have listened to don’t seem to stick. Last thing I checked out was the new album from Steril and it didn’t do much for me (which sucks, since I love their stuff and was waiting for a new album forever)

So…any good industrial scene releases lately? Anything from 2014 I shouldn’t miss?

anonymous asked:

Kuvira is sterile from being exposed to the spirit ray.

SEND ME YOUR HEAD CANONS FOR MY CHARACTER AND SEE IF I ACCEPT THEM

((Headcanon sorta accepted.

I feel like if she does get pregnant and have a baby, it would have a lot of complications due to her being exposed from the spirit vine energy and the injuries she sustained from the fight she had with Korra. 

This will be dwell in deeper soon since I am going to do a thread soon with dragonofthewest-jr where she gets pregnant with his kid. 

When I was four years old, a doctor advised my parents that I should undergo a “routine” hysterectomy. It was recommended, the doctor said, to prevent the future inconvenience of menstruation. My parents, thankfully, were horrified and high-tailed it out of there, taking me and my four year old uterus with them.
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Photos: Survivors of North Carolina’s Eugenics Program
Photographs by Andy McMillan / Text by Maya Dusenbery

Between 1929 and 1974, North Carolina sterilized more than 7,500 of its residents. Most were operated on without their consent, having been deemed “feebleminded” and unfit to reproduce by the state Eugenics Board. Eighty-five percent were women; about 40 percent were black or Native American. As many as 2,000 victims are thought to still be alive.  [Read more.]

See also Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present

 by Harriet Washington.

Elaine Riddick was 13 years old when she got pregnant after being raped by a neighbor in Winfall, N.C., in 1967.  The state ordered that immediately after giving birth, she should be sterilized.  Doctors cut and tied off her fallopian tubes.

Riddick was never told what was happening.  “Got to the hospital and they put me in a room and that’s all I remember, that’s all I remember,” she said.  “When I woke up, I woke up with bandages on my stomach.” 

Her records reveal that a five-person state eugenics board in Raleigh had approved a recommendation that she be sterilized. North Carolina was one of 31 states to have a government run eugenics program.  By the 1960s, tens of thousands of Americans were sterilized as a result of these programs.

To read more about this story, click here. Dr. Nancy Snyderman’s full broadcast report, ‘State of Shame’, airs Monday, November 7, at 10pm/9c on NBC’s Rock Center with Brian Williams.

For several decades, private agencies, including the International Planned Parenthood Federation, and the Puerto Rican government, with the support of federal funds, waged a crusade to sterilize Puerto Rican women. Women on the island were encouraged to agree to “la operación” by armies of public health workers who offered it at minimal or no cost.

The island-wide sterilization campaign was so successful that by 1968 more than one-third of the women of childbearing age in Puerto Rico had been sterilized, the highest percentage in the world at that time.

A similar effort on Indian reservations during the 1970s left more than 25 percent of Native American women infertile. In four Indian Health Service hospitals alone, doctors performed more than 3,000 sterilizations without adequate consent between 1973 and 1976. For small Indian tribes, this policy was literally genocidal. One physician reported that “[a]ll the pureblood women of the Kaw tribe of Oklahoma have now been sterilized. At the end of the generation the tribe will cease to exist.”

—  Dorothy Roberts, Killing the Black Body
Newser: N. Carolina Will Pay $10M to Forced Sterilization Victims

FIRST STATE TO COMPENSATE EUGENICS VICTIMS

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Over a period of 45 years, North Carolina forcibly sterilized 7,600 people it deemed mentally or socially unfit. Now, 39 years since the state’s eugenics program ended in 1974, it will finally make reparations, with lawmakers earmarking $10 million to compensate victims, reports the Wall Street Journal. “No amount that we can afford to pay is enough,” says a state lawmaker. “But this is sufficient for the living victims to know that the state of North Carolina sincerely regrets the injustice that we’ve done to them.”

Click for article…

I am a lesbian woman of Color whose children eat regularly because I work in a university. If their full bellies make me fail to recognize my commonality with a woman of Color whose children do not eat because she cannot find work, or who has no children because her insides are rotted from home abortions and sterilization; if I fail to recognize the lesbian who chooses not to have children, the woman who remains closeted because her homophobic community is her only life support, the woman who chooses silence instead of another death, the woman who is terrified lest my anger trigger the explosion of hers; if I fail to recognize them as other faces of myself, then I am contributing not only to each of their oppressions but also to my own, and the anger which stands between us, then must be used for clarity and mutual empowerment, not for evasion by guilt or for further separation.
—  Audre Lorde, “The Uses of Anger,” Sister Outsider, p. 123

This is your yearly reminder that I was almost sterilized, because I’m not going to let the world forget this.

The feminist doctor at my women’s clinic was so threatened by my mental health, my chronic illnesses, and my disabilities that she thought the world would be better off without people like me. She lied to me about my health and was ready to damage my body in order to promote eugenics.

This is real and this is still happening.