"My body, my choice" only makes sense when someone else’s life isn’t at stake.
Fun fact: If my younger sister was in a car accident and desperately needed a blood transfusion to live, and I was the only person on Earth who could donate blood to save her, and even though donating blood is a relatively easy, safe, and quick procedure no one can force me to give blood. Yes, even to save the life of a fully grown person, it would be ILLEGAL to FORCE me to donate blood if I didn’t want to.
See, we have this concept called “bodily autonomy.” It’s this….cultural notion that a person’s control over their own body is above all important and must not be infringed upon.
Like, we can’t even take LIFE SAVING organs from CORPSES unless the person whose corpse it is gave consent before their death. Even corpses get bodily autonomy.
To tell people that they MUST sacrifice their bodily autonomy for 9 months against their will in an incredibly expensive, invasive, difficult process to save what YOU view as another human life (a debatable claim in the early stages of pregnancy when the VAST majority of abortions are performed) is desperately unethical. You can’t even ask people to sacrifice bodily autonomy to give up organs they aren’t using anymore after they have died.
You’re asking people who can become pregnant to accept less bodily autonomy than we grant to dead bodies.
Perfect response is perfect.
Jar Jar Bane
Yousa thinkin darkness is your ally.
But yousa mere adopt da dark.
Mesa born in it.
Mesa gonna destroy Gotham, then when Mesa done and Gotham all gone, Mesa give you permission to die.
Mesa necessary evil
The Father Of A Nation Goes To Rest.
Nelson Mandela has passed away today at the age of 95 after repeated difficulty with a lung infection throughout the year.
”For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela - “Madiba”
Born a Xhosa to the Thembu Royal Family, he attended Fort Hare University and the University of Witwatersrand, and studied law.
He became a founding member of the Youth League of the African National Congress and in 1955 oversaw the Congress of the People.
Mandela made a name for himself in the Defiance Campaign Against Unjust Laws and speaking out against the implementation of apartheid in South Africa.
Whilst working as a lawyer, he was charged with seditious activities and was prosecuted in the Treason Trial from 1956-61 but was found not guilty.
He co-founded Umkhonto We Sizwe, the militant wing of the ANC. An affiliation which would find him being labelled a terrorist by his critics.
In 1962 he was sentenced to life imprisonment for sabotage and conspiracy to overthrow the South African government and served 27 years in prison.
In 1990 he was released after an international movement to secure his freedom. After his release, he became the President of the ANC and led negotiations to abolish apartheid.
In 1994 he became the first black President of South Africa, elected in multi-racial elections that offered universal adult suffrage and thus the first South African to be elected in a fully representative election.
Throughout his life he championed human rights, was a voice for peace and fought to improve the lives of his people regardless of their colour or creed.
He received over 250 international awards, including the Nobel Peace Price, the US Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Order of Lenin. The United Nations declared that July 18th would be “Mandela Day”.
From being the victim of brutal oppression by a racist government that locked him away for life to becoming the President of his country, Nelson Mandela became the voice of peace and human reconciliation in the face of extreme prejudice.
He is, in my opinion, an outstanding representation as one of humanity’s finest people and an inspiration to all.
Gone but never to be forgotten.
"Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement."
During the Bubonic Plague, doctors wore these bird-like masks to avoid becoming sick. They would fill the beaks with spices and rose petals, so they wouldn’t have to smell the rotting bodies.
A theory during the Bubonic Plague was that the plague was caused by evil spirits. To scare the spirits away, the masks were intentionally designed to be creepy.
Mission fucking accomplished
Okay so I love this but it doesn’t cover the half of why the design is awesome and actually borders on making sense.
It wasn’t just that they didn’t want to smell the infected and dead, they thought it was crucial to protecting themselves. They had no way of knowing about what actually caused the plague, and so one of the other theories was that the smell of the infected all by itself was evil and could transmit the plague. So not only would they fill their masks with aromatic herbs and flowers, they would also burn fires in public areas, so that the smell of the smoke would “clear the air”. This all related to the miasma theory of contagion, which was one of the major theories out there until the 19th century. And it makes sense, in a way. Plague victims smelled awful, and there’s a general correlation between horrible septic smells and getting horribly sick if you’re around what causes them for too long.
You can see now that we’ve got two different theories as to what caused the plague that were worked into the design. That’s because the whole thing was an attempt by the doctors to cover as many bases as they could think of, and we’re still not done.
The glass eyepieces. They were either darkened or red, not something you generally want to have to contend with when examining patients. But the plague might be spread by eye contact via the evil eye, so best to ward that off too.
The illustration shows a doctor holding a stick. This was an examination tool, that helped the doctors keep some distance between themselves and the infected. They already had gloves on, but the extra level of separation was apparently deemed necessary. You could even take a pulse with it. Or keep people the fuck away from you, which was apparently a documented use.
Finally, the robe. It’s not just to look fancy, the cloth was waxed, as were all of the rest of their clothes. What’s one of the properties of wax? Water-based fluids aren’t absorbed by it. This was the closest you could get to a sterile, fully protecting garment back then. Because at least one person along the line was smart enough to think “Gee, I’d really rather not have the stuff coming out of those weeping sores anywhere on my person”.
So between all of these there’s a real sense that a lot of real thought was put into making sure the doctors were protected, even if they couldn’t exactly be sure from what. They worked with what information they had. And frankly, it’s a great design given what was available! You limit exposure to aspirated liquids, limit exposure to contaminated liquids already present, you limit contact with the infected. You also don’t give fleas any really good place to hop onto. That’s actually useful.
Beyond that, there were contracts the doctors would sign before they even got near a patient. They were to be under quarantine themselves, they wouldn’t treat patients without a custodian monitoring them and helping when something had to be physically contacted, and they would not treat non-plague patients for the duration. There was an actual system in place by the time the plague doctors really became a thing to make sure they didn’t infect anyone either.
These guys were the product of the scientific process at work, and the scientific process made a bitchin’ proto-hazmat suit. And containment protocols!