I'm Lexi. 18 (finally), CMU college student, writer, violinist, probably the biggest movie freak you know, and your resident nerd. Also, I like things. Feel free to talk to me!
"When asked, 'how do you write?' I invariably answer, 'one word at a time.'" Stephen King
I’m doing a research project on Katharine McCormick, Margaret Sanger and the development of the first oral contraceptive for women. It’s for my Women in America class, which is incredible, by the way.
But here’s a direct quote from one of the articles I’m reading at the moment, concerning the extreme controversy surrounding contraceptive research. Congress actually barred major US institutions from studying it because it was ‘obscene.’
“By contrast, the sexual implications of Viagra had begun as a genuine side effect that soon became the driving force in development, and the key clinical trials were done in the US without controversy by clinicians eager to undertake the research. Perhaps the only similarity on the commercial development of the two drugs was in the enthusiasm of the volunteers, whether poor Puerto Rican women suddenly released from the burden of unintended pregnancy, or older men restored to a few hours of youthful pleasure.”
Like, ew. I’m not sure why I should be so surprised- after all, women and their reproductive freedom still face this kind of issue today. Scientists and our culture as a whole have no problem with Viagra, but mention birth control and everyone loses their shit.
For those of you who might want to read more of it, here’s the link to the article:
So, since I am a writer/poet/whatever myself, I thought I would share this with all of you lovely people. He has some great thoughts on how to not be absolutely terrified at the idea of creating your own stuff…..and some other things. If you like to create, watch it! If you don’t think you’re creative, watch it! Everyone, watch it! :)
"It was a deal I’d made with myself months before and the only thing that allowed me to hike alone. I knew that if I allowed fear to overtake me, my journey was doomed. Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told. I decided I was safe. I was strong. I was brave. Nothing could vanquish me."