I don’t have a belly button - it was surgically removed in the process of treating Crohn’s disease that progressed to life-threatening peritonitis about four years ago.
This isn’t a story about a belly button, or about intestines or any lack thereof. This is about the United States.
As part of a ‘getting to know you’ exercise a few weeks ago, a group of people and I were playing ‘two truths and a lie.’ For my turn, my lie was 'I used to live in Canada.’ I was called on immediately after the game was over for confirmation that my statement 'I don’t have a belly button’ was true.
I complied immediately, revealing a set of long purple scars that stretch across my abdomen - one of which crosses through the midline, no belly button in sight.
I gave a condensed version of the story and the general consensus was 'bro, sick.’ Except for one guy, who looked utterly horrified.
“Wait,” he said slowly, something clearly dawning on him, “how are you going to have kids?”
This threw me for a second, but I’m used to being asked that question - my abdomen is full of scar tissue, I’m missing some key organs, the medicine I’m taking to stay in remission is a known abortifacient and I may well not be able to have children. I’ve discussed it before, but generally not with strangers.
“Uh,” I replied. “Well, that’s a complicated question. There are a lot of factors and I don’t really know.”
“No, no,” he insisted. “You don’t have a belly button.”
“Isn’t that how the baby… you know, eats?”
“So like, the baby couldn’t get food. Because there’s nowhere for the umbilical cord to connect.”
“Wait,” I said, deeply confused. “Like, how was I born? This is recent, I was born with a belly button. I lost it like fourteen years after being born, there wasn’t a conflict.”
“No, I get that, but if you had a baby, there would be nowhere for the umbilical cord to connect and it wouldn’t get food. You don’t have a belly button so there’s nowhere to connect.”
I paused for a second, the realization dawning on me that this guy had a winning combination of no boundaries and literally no idea how pregnancy worked.
“Dude,” another guy cut in, “that’s not how it works.”
“That’s how babies get belly buttons, man,” the first guy insisted.
“The umbilical cord is a source of nutrients, yeah, but they’re stored in the placenta,” I offered. “That’s a totally different organ.”
“Then why do the mom and the baby both have belly buttons?”
The second guy was getting kind of upset, but I was totally beyond that - this guy had graduated high school and was heading off to college to study political science and didn’t have a clue where babies come from. It was actually comical.
I decided to interrupt and change the subject before anything got heated.
“What do you want to do after college?” I asked the first guy.
“Oh, I don’t know. I guess I just want to be a politician - like, public policy, that sort of thing. Run for office, you know.”
“Well in my day I could work summers and pay for college”
“You Millennials just want more and more”
“We had to actually work in my day”
“Who is going to pay for all the things you want? Us?”
“Millennials don’t understand politics”
Bitch we understand enough and that’s why we are fed up. I’m sick of you entitled, homophobic, racist, economy ruining motherfuckers.
You were able to work summers and pay for your college because your tuition was able to be paid working a minimum wage job part time.
Yes, we Millennials want more. Because we were told all our lives, go to college and you’ll get a great job! Well guess fucking what? I went to college. I’m tens of thousands of dollars in debt and there are no fucking jobs. So yes, I want more. I want fucking jobs. I want free college education for the rest of my generation so they don’t have to be in debt like me. I want loan forgiveness programs. I want free fucking healthcare for everyone because it’s the human thing to do to fucking help people.
Yeah you were able to fucking work because THERE WERE JOBS. Millennials work our asses off. 2 or 3 minimum wage jobs and still barely break even because minimum wage pays shit IN THE ECONOMY THAT YOU RUINED.
Yes, you WILL PAY FOR THE THINGS WE WANT. Everyone will pay for it. But the top 1% is going to have to pay for most of it.
Millennials do fucking understand politics. Stop saying that as a way to try and discourage my generation from voting, just so you can get your idiotic power hungry Republican candidate. Stop saying that so you can get the democratic votes for Hillary Clinton. Because 48% of the voters that voted for Hillary at Iowa were FUCKING BABY BOOMERS.
"Abortion is wrong because it kills babies"- conservative republican trump supporter who completely ignores the fact that so many actually born children and babies are suffering because of what trump has done so far.
Bill Cosby. Dick Cheney. Tony Blair. George Bush. Like, in any sane, rational world, these people would be in jail forever for the things they have done to humanity. But they aren’t. They’re rich and free.
The rather old, annoying, bladder-weak, sad (we all know you sold out, guys!) Baby Boomer generation wants to know why millennials are so odd and depressed and lose themselves in social media nonsense?
Well, shit like that, quite frankly.
When you fuck up the world and are then: “Hey, why are all the younger generation fuck ups?”
One question for planned parenthood…why do you make killing babies seem like it’s a natural thing? But you clearly try to state that you do other things like mammograms and pap smears, but in reality your main profit is coming from aborting babies.