We have to be more interested in making things better than just being right, or interesting, or funny.
If you spend enough time reading or writing, you find a voice, but you also find certain tastes. You find certain writers who when they write, it makes your own brain voice like a tuning fork, and you just resonate with them. And when that happens, reading those writers … becomes a source of unbelievable joy. It’s like eating candy for the soul.
And I sometimes have a hard time understanding how people who don’t have that in their lives make it through the day.
David Foster Wallace
Only one step, and my deep misery would be beatitude.
—RAINER MARIA RILKE,
The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge
Dorji, mix, Shibanqiao Village, Yangshuo, China • A note from The Dogist: This image of Dorji was taken at a bed & breakfast I stayed at during my recent travels in Asia. Dorji is a very lucky stray dog. The porch on which he’s lying is his home. The man behind him gave him a name, a place to eat and sleep, haircuts in the summer and an overall sense of belonging. Having seen many stray dogs in China thus far, it was moving to see a special case like this. Dorji has scars on his snout and body from rocks thrown by locals. The owners of the B&B told me, humorously, that “he’s racist”, as Dorji welcomes foreigners but growls at people who look Asian. Dorji is also the prototypical type of dog that’s seen in cages and sold for food in this region of China (Guangxi). I’ve met and photographed thousands of dogs over the last 10 months for The Dogist - I’ve never met a dog with a stronger air of grateful humility. I wish him continued happiness.
So touched by this…
Demanding that women close our legs and calling us whores for planning our pregnancies confirms the feminist suspicion that opposition to contraception and abortion is less about “life” than it is about a sense that sexually active women are doing something wrong and should be chastened for it.
Jill Filipovic is KILLING IT.
Happydog….. turned 4 today!
I’ve been on Tumblr FOUR years?? Is that even possible? I guess it is. Suppose I should finally get it together to post more. :)
As I said before - controlling women’s sexuality is the entire reason the pro-life movement exists.
You have to, have to, HAVE TO read this Esquire piece about Dr. Willie Parker. He flies around the country to perform abortions in underserved places like Mississippi, which only have one clinic left. The most powerful part is this quote at the end:
He thought about his mother and sisters and the grandmother who died in childbirth and began to read widely in the literature of civil rights and feminism. Eventually he came across the concept of “reproductive justice,” developed by black feminists who argued that the best way to raise women out of poverty is to give them control of their reproductive decisions. Finally, he had his “come to Jesus” moment and the bell rang. This would be his civil-rights struggle. He would serve women in their darkest moment of need. “The protesters say they’re opposed to abortion because they’re Christian,” Parker says. “It’s hard for them to accept that I do abortions because I’m a Christian.”
Seriously, read it.
I would love to put this up on FB but I just don’t feel like dealing with family who won’t read the article, and will still feel the need to comment. I know I won’t change their mind.