Abortion was not just legal—it was a safe, condoned, and practiced procedure in colonial America and common enough to appear in the legal and medical records of the period. Official abortion laws did not appear on the books in the United States until 1821, and abortion before quickening did not become illegal until the 1860s. If a woman living in New England in the 17th or 18th centuries wanted an abortion, no legal, social, or religious force would have stopped her.
Reminder that records of contraception and abortion exist all the way back to 1550 BCE in ancient Egypt!
This was a really fascinating read. Until the early 19th century, abortion was legal until “quickening,” or when the pregnant person first felt the baby kick - anywhere from 14 to 26 weeks into the pregnancy. Society only began to condemn it when people decided white, middle- to upperclass women weren’t having enough children soon enough in their lives, and when male doctors started taking over traditionally female health care fields, like midwifery.
Yep, shockingly enough, it’s never, ever been about the life of the fetus - only about misogyny, racism, and classism (ableism, too, though the article doesn’t discuss it).
Im not a misandrist but, I hate how guys expect me to be a mind reader. DUDE, how was I supposed to know you liked me? They’re so high maintenance.
one of my favorite things about rewatching parks is just pinpointing the individual spots along the way that mark significant milestones in the Leslie/Ben relationship
like the exact moment Ben started falling for Leslie was when she gave that fucking awesome speech for the harvest festival at the chamber of commerce and he was like “that’s Leslie Knope.” He kind of has this half-smile at this epiphany and then not only busts his ass making homemade soup from a family recipe for her while she’s in the hospital, but brings her waffles with a giant container of whipped cream because he knows already that she’d prefer it
and Leslie is slower on the uptake there because she’s Leslie and has better things to worry about than love, especially since her career is on the line; she has the HARVEST FESTIVAL for god’s sake. but gradually she comes into it and it’s natural and she’s like “But he was a total jerk when we met and now he’s cute??? And I wanna kiss him in the tiny park?????”
And Leslie kinda foreshadows how she imagines the ideal proposal situation when Mark was asking her advice about proposing to Ann in season 2: a moment that should be remembered forever. And then when Ben proposes to her in season 5, in the house they bought together, and she stops and looks around to cement this time, this place in her memory for good. Damn.
THIS SHOW. THIS SHIP. PERFECTION.
it’s been 1 year since the most influential event of all time
this girl ripped her galaxy leggings today and i couldnt stop laughing because there was a rip in the fabric of space
Entertainment Weekly included Sleepy Hollow on their list of shows to give a second chance. Their main reason for reconsidering…Nicole Beharie.
Mondays, 9 P.M., FOX
Why We Doubted It
From the start, Sleepy Hollow was full of polished, poppy lunacy. The Headless Horseman with a machine gun! George Washington, Apocalypse Slayer! But the premise — buddy cops battling the end times in a small town — seemed limited. How long before the fish-out-of-water humor of man-out-of-time Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) got old? And the Headless Horseman with a machine gun? That’s not a villain with legs, let alone a brain.
How It Surprised Us
Two words: Nicole Beharie. Her turn as Ichabod’s partner/modern-times tutor grounds the gonzo with humanity, and her chemistry with Mison makes them pure fun to be around. A team of compelling Armageddon resistance fighters is emerging — John Noble’s sin eater is a nice addition — and the mythology is harebrained fun. The Boston Tea Party was really about stealing a portal to hell?! Revolutionary indeed. B+