dansphalluspalace  asked:

Can I ask a potentially dumb and (depending on things) poltiically charged question? Did you vaccinate Kid A? Feel free to keep this private if you want, I'm asking for my own curiosity as I am delving into things.

I feel very strongly about vaccination.  I don’t trust doctors for shit, but I do trust actual research evidence, and the research very clearly shows that vaccination carries tiny risks compared to non-vaccination in cases without a clear medical reason not to vaccinate.

Wisconsin is a state that makes it very easy for parents to enroll unvaccinated kids in public schools basically by signing a sheet of paper saying they don’t want to.  Not coincidentally, we’re also a state with consistently high rates of pertussis, frequently reaching outbreak status.  Diseases like pertussis, where the actual vaccine’s efficacy is relatively low (~80% for pertussis) depend even more on herd immunity than other vaccines, though of course herd immunity is still crucial for the protection of people too young to be (completely) vaccinated, people who cannot be vaccinated, and people who are immunosuppressed.  The DTaP vaccine, which children receive to protect against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis, is a 5-shot series beginning at 2 months; most pertussis deaths are infants younger than that exposed to unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated people, but complete protection isn’t provided until the last shot around age 4 (and even then, some people are less protected than others).  Research published last year in Pediatrics shows a clear connection between clusters of “personal conviction” vaccination waivers and pertussis outbreaks in the state of California, where a number of infants have died from pertussis in the past several years.

For another example, MMR is a very effective vaccine, with 99% efficacy after the required two doses—but the second dose isn’t administered until around age 4, and the first is given around 12-15 months.  Measles, which has been making a publicized comeback in the US (probably also somewhat due to the fact that many adults who received MMR in childhood only got one dose, as the two dose schedule wasn’t standard until the mid-90s), is so incredibly virulent that just being in the same place as an infected person over the next 24 hours carries a high risk of infection.  Aside from turning all public spaces into potential infection vectors, this has chilling implications for doctor’s offices, where infants under 12 months tend to spend more time for routine visits.

Flu shots are all dead vaccines, which means you cannot get the flu from them, but because people often don’t have a clear picture of how vaccines work, they’re often blamed for illness that manifests before they would have had a chance to take effect anyway.  And of course, they are always based on guesswork—what strains will predominate this year?—so they are sometimes pretty effective and other times not very effective at all.  But they are also another case where, due to comparatively low efficacy, herd immunity is really important.  And people often don’t think of the flu as that dangerous, but again, that depends on which population we’re talking about.  I had H1N1 in 2009 and had cardiac damage that persisted for several years; a friend’s husband actually had to be placed in an induced coma due to H1N1 complications.  H1N1 also has a higher-than-usual rate of complications for pregnant people; at least one pregnant person in Madison has died from it this flu season.

I can understand why people would distrust doctors and even public health campaigns, but there’s no evidence that any of these vaccines are harmful, and good evidence that they reduce risk.  Where they provide unequal benefit, it is generally the result of biased research—Gardasil, for instance, protects against the four strains of HPV most commonly associated with cervical cancer in White people, while failing to protect against most of the HPV strains that are typically linked to cervical cancer in Black people.  The vaccine isn’t harmful, but it’s true that the benefits for Black people are much smaller than for White people.

I think my doctor was actually making noises at me that I should turn down the at-birth hepatitis vaccine for Baby B (a major reason I have no interest in keeping her around after the birth).  She said something ridic like “Well, do you think the baby will be using IV drugs or having unprotected sex?”  Like, lady, if every parent waited to vaccinate for hepatitis until they felt this was a likely prospect, the coverage rate for this vaccine would be about 2%.  There’s no reason NOT to get it, so it’s not a good idea to delay protection.  (As a counter-example, antibiotic eye ointment typically applied to newborns is generally not indicated and contributes to antibiotic resistance–that’s a standard intervention with good reason to forego.)

The entire purpose of vaccines is to prevent diseases before they happen.  I really do think that the biggest reason there is controversy around them is that we are comfortably removed from a world in which kids routinely catch measles, pertussis, polio, etc.  People do sometimes have unpleasant reactions to them, and VERY rarely, health/life-threatening ones.  But if you compare that to the risks of the diseases they prevent, it’s no contest.

Tumblr has been such an important place to a lot of Natives over the past couple of years. A lot of us have connected with others and made friends with people who we could relate to because of our similar backgrounds and experiences. It also is a place that Natives could say things in our own words and have them heard over all of the non-Natives speaking for us.

Unfortunately, Native voices have been again out shouted by non-Natives, usually non-Natives pretending to be one of us. I have seen this happen many times, including one instance where the fake Native came clean that they were lying and just taking cues from Natives on what to say. They admitted that they were using the online Native community to gain information to eventually write a book.

I’m sick of people lying about Native ancestry. I’m sick of people using their made-up Native ancestry to talk about Native issues and identity. I’m sick of these people being heard over real Natives. I’m sick that these people have made it a tumblr crime to say something like “real Natives”. I’m also over being quiet about who is fake or lying and having to mince my words. So, here is a list of people who are fucking liars and/or fakes.

These people have lied about being raised Native, speaking their language, being super connected to their tribes, or even being Native in the first place. You are not my family. I don’t like you. I will not longer keep my mouth shut while you all infiltrate the online Native community and spread your bullshit lies. I am holding you all accountable for fucking lying.







Girljanitor / Medievalpoc  - proof on this can be found on the blog omgstopbeingashittyperson. Look through the girljanitor and medievalpoc tags.

Now, before I get hatemail there are a few things you all should know.

1. I did not compile this list by myself. There are quite a few people on tumblr who helped me make this list.

2. This is NOT a blood quantum issue.

3. This is NOT an anti-Cherokee thing.

4. If you’re on this list, don’t talk to me. I may or may not respond if you do.

5. This list is not only about faking being Native. It is about lying about who you or your people are. It is about lying about how much of your traditions or language you know. It is about pretending to be an expert on all things Native when you don’t even know your people. It is about spreading what tiny bit of info you know about your tribes all over the internet to seem more legit. In the cases of people “discovering” their Native heritage, it’s about being disingenuous and lying to those trying to help you. But in a couple of cases it actually may just be lying about being Native, hahaha.

6. This list will be added to. No one will be taken off.

dansphalluspalace  asked:

I have seen the name variation of Noa and like, maybe this is weird of me but the word doesn't look finished without the H at the end of it. Like its almost like my brain wants to auto-correct the word to "Boa" like the snake.

I figure it’s a Hebrew name originally anyway, so differences in transliteration probably don’t matter much. :-)

dansphalluspalace  asked:

marry meh like a true norse god 8|


we mutually put rings on our swords, then we ceremoniously swap said swords, and somebody sprinkles blood or mead at us off some kinda branches or some shit (yea don’t wear your sunday best to a norse wedding)

oh i think somebody puts a hammer in your lap at some point, or maybe it’s my lap, i honestly don’t know cause lol neither of us are hetero or cis

then one of us carries the other over the doorstep of said person’s house (i guess that can be whoever is capable of carrying the other’s weight), and one of us slams a sword into a wooden pillar, and the depth of that cut signifies the strength of our marriage

oh yea and i think somebody makes a portrait of us in gold foil at some point and puts it on a doorstep somewhere????? i forget what people do with them

and that’s a norse wedding ceremony off the top of my head see viking answer lady for more information

dansphalluspalace replied to your post:

Do people not realize that like, many people who can commune with the dead or have visions are usually a little mentally different/divergent?

100% positive if Lydia was a boy people would be outraged that characters were dismissing her and insulting her like that. and like you know ppl never want to miss out on an opportunity to call a girl crazy, especially if she’s been horrifically victimized by a man.