The Chukwu octuplets were on the Today Show this morning, and the hosts said several times that when the babies first came home (7 survived), the parents were changing 70 diapers an hour.

I assume that has to be per day, not per hour. Or do people really change their newborns' diapers every 6 minutes around the clock?

Really, are those the only options? Aren't we defining those gender roles a tad early? Oh wait, I forgot -- I live in Texas.

On second thought, that's no excuse. Ugh. :-P

In other news, I am now officially 37. o_0
These posts on various blogs have this morning made me alternately boggle, headdesk, and then weep for the future. Okay, I pointed and laughed a little in between, but still.

1. Young evangelical men explain how women wearing anything other than baggy sweats are at the root of all sin. Seriously, it's pretty clear that these guys think young women are their father's current and some husband's future property, and not much more.

Quote: "When critically examining a woman’s get-up, I consider the following: Could she get down on the floor and play with a group of toddlers without losing several articles of clothing? Could she get away from a threatening situation without spraining an ankle? Could she prepare and maintain a house and its members easily? Could she be the Proverbs 31 woman dressed like that?"

o_0 I mean seriously, WTF? Of course, as one commenter there pointed out, you can do all of those things while naked...

2. Army recruiter engages in abusive email tirade when she finds out a man she was trying to recruit is gay. Includes screencaps of the actual emails the recruiter sent, in all their badly-spelled, capslocked, ignorant glory. Oh, yes -- your tax dollars at work! :-P

3. Texas Bill would pay women $500 to carry a pregnancy to term.

Quote: "The 'Adoption Incentive Program' -- otherwise known as the Texas Baby Purchasing Act of 2007 -- would offer women $500 for forgoing abortion, giving birth and then signing away their parental rights. It does not apply to women who choose to keep their children or to women who choose adoption without first visiting an abortion provider, and it's being billed as an anti-abortion measure."

So that's what the value of bringing a life into the world is, huh? Funny, I would've thought the anti-abortion folks would price it higher than that. Nice to know that's what a woman's body and health is really worth. Oh, and if you decide to be a responsible parent and raise your child, screw you, apparently. :-P

4. Teaching girls how their cycles work is apparently a Bad Thing. Because hey, a little knowledge is dangerous in the wrong hands.

Quote: "Unsurprisingly, abstinence-only crusaders object to any efforts to actually teach girls about sexuality and their bodies, and believe it’s 'inappropriate' to tell them that there’s anything other than an empty mysterious void between their belly-button and their knees."
I'm getting close to the end of my stay in Portland, and it's been a lot of fun. I'm really looking forward to seeing Doug on Thursday, though. He's stopping off here on his way to India. We both leave Saturday morning, heading different directions. I'm finally going home, and I'm basically glad. It's been a really interesting experience to travel so much this summer. I think I have a better understanding of what Doug's life is like now.

Living out my urban fantasy... )

And I had a birthday! )

So that is a really amazing gift, and I'm still stunned. I'm thinking 35 is getting off to a great start. :-)

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