16 2 / 2014
I know I’ve told this story before, but my abusive ex refused to let me take birth control. I was on the pill until he found them in my purse.
I went to the Student Health Center—they were completely unhelpful, choosing to lecture me about the importance of safe sex (recommending condoms) instead of actually listening to my problem.
Then I went to Planned Parenthood. The Nurse Practitioner took one look at my fading bruises and stopped the exam. She called in the doctor. The doctor came in and simply asked me: “Are you ready to leave him?” When I denied that I was being abused, she didn’t argue with me. She just asked me what I needed. I said I need a birth control method that my boyfriend couldn’t detect. She recommended a few options and we decided on Depo.
When I told her that my boyfriend read my emails and listened to my phone messages and was known to follow me, she suggested to do the Depo injections at off hours when the clinic was normally closed. She made a note in my chart and instructed the front desk never to leave messages for me—instead, she programmed her personal cell phone number into my phone under the name “Nora”. She told me she would call me to schedule my appointments; she wouldn’t leave a message, but I should call her back when I was able to.
And that was it. No judgment. No lecture. She walked me to the door and told me to call her day or night if I needed anything. That she lived 5 blocks from campus and would come get me. That I wasn’t alone. That she just wanted me to be safe.
I never called her to come to my rescue. But I have no doubt that she would have come if I had called. She kept me on Depo for a year, giving me those monthly injections in secret, helping me prevent a desperately unwanted pregnancy.
I cannot thank Planned Parenthood enough for the work they do."
16 2 / 2014
"Hockey is basically just full-contact, team, ice dancing with sticks…and less awesome outfits."
16 2 / 2014
Anonymous asked: I spend a lot of time on the transcription wiki, and using the "slow down" feature makes it easier to transcribe SciShow videos. I also spend a lot of time watching Wimbly Wombly videos, and use the "speed up" feature to make them a more manageable length. As a result of this, you seem to have an unnaturally fast/high voice, and John seems to talk uncomfortably slowly and deeply. This is clearly a very pressing problem, and I would like nerdfighterias input on how to watch your videos in comfort
Thank you so much for your work helping us transcribe videos! We need this so so so much for the hearing impaired and for people who have a hard time understanding us for whatever reason. I’m sorry we sound weird to you now, but your sacrifice is not in vain!
Others, if you would like to help anon here transcribe videos, the wiki is at http://nerdfighteria.info/ - SciShow is particularly in need of transcription (we make a lot of content…sorry.)