2021.12.08 01:27 Gherbko https://twitter.com/aaryntrades/status/1468236109851332630?s=21
2021.12.08 01:27 morbidangelic Sharing my experience as someone who once identified as strongly pro-life
Like many of you, I've watched the war on women's rights happening in real time in the United States these past few years with horror. I'm heartbroken for the girls and women who are having their choices and bodily autonomy taken away from them, and just unspeakably angry that things can be moving so backwards for us in this day and age.
There was a time though, where I wrote and performed a passionate speech decrying all abortion as murder, and arguing that it should be made illegal.
Yep...I'm not proud. In fact, looking back I'm overall just so ashamed and it's one of the cringiest memories I have that regularly comes back to haunt me. I'm not sure what I'm even hoping to accomplish by sharing this, but here goes:
I was in speech and debate club in middle school. We'd write speeches, practice and critique each other, go to competitions around the city. It was fun, it was something I was good at. At some point I was casting around for a topic I could write a passionate persuasive speech about, and I landed on the pro-life/pro-choice debate.
Growing up my family had never been overly religious - my brother and I were baptized Catholic, and we used to attend service and go to Sunday school when we were really young. Then the priest at the church that my mom liked retired or died or something, and we slowly faded into a 'church-on-Easter-and-Christmas' kind of family.
I never really cared much one way or another if there was a God, until I started going to this Christian summer camp. Getting to go to that place would become the highlight of my summer, I'd look forward to it all year - riding horses, having campfires, singing songs of praise. My home life wasn't the greatest and having Faith and getting into religion gave me that sense of belonging and hope that I was desperately searching for. The less in control I felt of my life, the more I clung to religion and the teachings of the Bible.
We were told that abortion was wrong and that it was one of the worst crimes you could commit. That from the moment of conception there was a soul in there that God had a plan for. I guess I just ate it all up. Believed all the crap about "just use a condom, or put it up for adoption!" No consideration for the women's right to choose what happens in her own body.
It was just never presented as a nuanced issue to me, I guess. So I did some "research" to support my stance, mostly pulled from religious anti-abortion websites that were an echo chamber for the beliefs that I already held. Then I wrote a speech and performed it in front of a bunch of my peers and the teacher facilitator during our lunch break.
The silence after I finished was deafening. And that was the first time I realized that, outside my little echo chamber, this opinion I had might be a lot more controversial than I'd first thought. The teacher who led our club was frank with me, and said he wasn't sure if he'd be comfortable with me taking that speech to a competition. That while he respected my right to free speech, he was worried that it'd be too inflammatory and was inappropriate for a middle school age competition. He said that if I really, truly wanted to do it, he'd support me - but that I should fully understand the consequences and circumstances and think hard about it first.
In retrospect, I'm so goddamn glad I decided to scrap the speech after that. It was ignorant and offensive and it never should have seen the light of day.
It took years, but eventually I escaped the fundamentalism echo chamber and grew some critical thinking skills. Realized that a woman should have the right to her own bodily autonomy and not be held prisoner as a walking incubator. And besides, religious and emotional arguments should have no bearing on laws in a secular state anyway.
It's hard for me to understand my thought process at all from back when I'd proudly say that I was pro-life. I think most of it just came down to...wanting to belong. That tribalism, the "us versus them" feeling is fucking powerful and it's only become more polarizing with social media, algorithms creating our own personal little echo chambers to close us away from different viewpoints.
I don't know what the solution is. I like to think that we're all still capable of having meaningful, compassionate conversations with each other, and maybe even growing and learning from them. I just want to live in a world where people can mind their own business, and we can respect each other's rights when they're not impeding on our own.
Thank you for coming to my Ted Talk
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2021.12.08 01:27 yvria We should have Parris Campbell come back for the playoffs even if he can come back before
2021.12.08 01:27 Madbod93g Delete my account
I recently subscribed to AM with a new apple ID , my recommendations are horrible, I liked more than 300 songs which I like and disliked same or more songs which I don’t want in my recommendation still no improvement , I just want to restart the process of selecting my favourite artist just like a new account ,is there an option, will delete profile help.
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2021.12.08 01:27 gg5764gg Deep pain when I urinate
I am a guy (30 yo) and I have noticed over the past few years that at times when I empty my bladder all the way that I get a deep pain. The only way I can describe where the pain is is deep inside me where I would assume my urethra goes. Maybe 4 inches inside me?
This pain lasts for anywhere from 15s to 2 minutes, and gets progressively better over that time.
I recently got my prostate checked and the doc said it was large, but felt normal other than that and not to worry about it. They also did a Urinalysis with Reflex to Microscopic which came back all good (no infection). I was tested for the big 4 STD's (HIV,chyla,ghorr, and ...? not sure) and was negative for those.
Any ideas on what this could be from? Is it normal?
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2021.12.08 01:27 Majorpain2006 Not a postmortem scan
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2021.12.08 01:27 Bagration44 /r/Russia is looking for new moderators( the growth is too fast , no brakes!!)
Russia has had quite eventful years. This year we've seen the subreddit growing at a pace of about 500-600 subscriptions per day! As we border on 210 000 total subscribers we have come to realize we need more moderators in the coming months in order to keep up.
Specifically we are looking for North American, European and Asia moderators that can be active anywhere between the hours of 08:00 UTC, through approximately 21:00 UTC.
To moderate, you have no obligations to use your current Reddit username, you can create a new one if you don't feel at ease to moderate with your current account.
You must be willing and able to put a decent amount of time into moderating on /Russia. If you can only spare an hour or two a week then please do not apply.
We expect applicants to be familiar with the /Russia community or any other russian subreddits, the Russian language or Russia but we do not require moderators to be actively posting.
You have 0 obligations to reply to trolls.
Other issues you will encounter as a moderator include dealing with spam and deliberate self-promotion, astrosurfing, russophobia, banning users who have seriously broken the subreddit rules, and discussions with other moderators for reviewing moderation actions or planning the future of this subreddit
Send a modmail, if you are interested
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2021.12.08 01:27 BlushingHeart My favourite playlist, upbeat and fun!
2021.12.08 01:27 Slow-Rate7086 Bungie im loving the 3 person
2021.12.08 01:27 _jmgt That’s the game we’re in
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2021.12.08 01:27 Surgfill Why did you become a furry?
2021.12.08 01:27 vinthesalamander Wish I could get rid of the background but oh well...
2021.12.08 01:27 Cup-Cake9783 Quick And Easy Baked Cinnamon Sweet Potatoes
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2021.12.08 01:27 Lioniz3 Forecasted population decline: wonder if the jab has anything to do with it
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2021.12.08 01:27 NedderBass Keeping it Simple
My latest creation! Keeping it real simple.
Tuner -> Wah -> Comp -> SansAmp -> Volume -> Amp.
Using the effects loop of my amp. Playing through a Ashdown ABM-500 Evo III (575 watts) into an Ampeg 410HLF
2000 USA Fender Jass V passive and 2004 Peavey Cirrus 5 Custom shop.
It's all heavenly sounding.
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2021.12.08 01:27 wrong-way-down Correct adaptor for my body?
Just got a vintage Helios 44, except even on the shortest distance it is way out of focus. I'm guessing this is because my adaptor is not the right "length" for the lens and the body. I'm using a Fujifilm X-e3 and the silver Helios 44, any suggestions for which adaptor I should be using? Or maybe it's not the adaptor? Thanks for any help
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2021.12.08 01:27 doom2archvile Halo:infinite. Console. The past several games today and yesterday, one guy will be talking to another person I'm unable to hear. I'm beginning to think it might be a strange communication glitch. Idk.
That person/people might have their privacy settings modified so only friends can talk to them,but one person mentioned that their friend is randomly muted for him between matches.
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2021.12.08 01:27 freeman1231 I am a festive boi
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2021.12.08 01:27 MugShots DPS Alert
2021.12.08 01:27 Formal_Ad9220 Why can’t I douche properly?
Recently, every time I douche, everything comes out clean, but then, when I want to actually play, I’m not clean, so to speak. I used to be able to douche properly and would have no issues, but this has become an ongoing reoccurrence, to the point that I am scared of hooking up with a guy because I’m afraid of this happening. I have had no changes in diet recently and maintain a healthy diet. What can I do differently that can help? Sorry for the awkward question lol.
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2021.12.08 01:27 DarthMemez What type of car does a soccer mom drive.
2021.12.08 01:27 Le_rata Some of my old drawings which ones your favorite?
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2021.12.08 01:27 Genedide Al-Monitor: Turkey's war of attrition against Syria's Kurds
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2021.12.08 01:27 peliculin Un ranchero en la frontera de Arizona se convierte en el improbable defensor de un joven mexicano que huye desesperadamente de los asesinos del cartel que lo han perseguido hasta Estados Unidos.
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2021.12.08 01:27 AffectionateGrowth25 Pārprastais Gobzems
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