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Link Dump: #36

Over the past week or two, we’ve been caught in a flurry of graduation ceremonies, cross-country bus rides, and poor Internet connections. But here, at long last, is a collection of old links, plus Lance Henriksen’s happy family brandishing its kitty at the end of The Horror Show (1989). Just a warning: it’s going to be a tough summer here at Pussy Goes Grrr, and in order to survive, we might need your help. If you’re at all interested in writing a guest post or two, or even a summer-long guest series, please email p.g.grrr@gmail.com. We love new voices! And now: links.

Here’s a few quickly culled search terms from the past few days: “disney princess doing silly faces” (because, you know, why not?) which is inevitably accompanied by “eating pussy in restaurant”; the semantically ambiguous “i want women pussy”; and finally, that old favorite “erotic decapitation.” Yeahhh.

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RIP George Tiller

By Ashley

Two years ago today, Dr. George Tiller was serving as an usher at his church in Wichita, Kansas. That’s when anti-choice activist (and terrorist) Scott Roeder shot him point blank in the face, killing him. Dr. Tiller had been wearing body armor, as he had been for several years at the time after becoming aware of what a target he was. He had been shot before, in 1993 outside of his clinic in Wichita. Unfortunately, this time he didn’t survive. Dr. Tiller was killed in cold blood on May 31, 2009.

Dr. Tiller was one of only three practitioners providing women with late-term abortions in the United States. His compassion and kindness helped countless uterus-owning people and couples through one of the hardest decisions a person can make. The thing that anti-choice activists fail to recognize about late-term abortions is that these are pregnancies that are very much wanted; no one goes 7 or 8 months into a pregnancy and then thinks, Oh, nevermind, Imma get a late term abortion! These are pregnancies that endanger the health of the mother, these are fetal anomalies that no one could have foreseen, fetuses actually suffering from defects or fetuses that are no longer viable or will be born with little to no hope of living. And these are parents who want to hold the children they wanted and give them a proper funeral service.

And anti-choice activists not only ignore this but make the pain that these people who choose to go through late-term abortion worse by spouting out a bunch of shit about miracles and how that very non-viable fetus that would probably live a brief and painful life still deserves that chance at life. Ignoring the very real suffering not just of the child that would be born but the parents who would have to deal emotionally (and financially) with the painful death of a child. These people have the right to self-preservation and if that includes a late-term abortion, then so be it.

Dr. George Tiller made this possible for many, many patients during his career. Feministe has put together an absolutely heart-breaking collection of patients’ stories about their experience with Dr. Tiller. This man was a true hero. Even after his clinic was fire-bombed and even after being shot the first time, he continued providing  late-term abortions because he knew how vital it was for the people who needed them. That is truly honorable.

Rest in Peace, Dr. George Tiller. Thank you for the amazing service you provided to so many of your patients. You are greatly missed.

I’ll end with some inspiring words from the good doctor himself:

The women in my father’s practice for whom he did abortions educated me and taught me that abortion is about women’s hopes, dreams, potential, the rest of their lives. Abortion is a matter of survival for women

Hell no, we won’t go.

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Wandering Uterus #4: Pregnancy Neurosis

By Ashley

So, here we have the final story in Wandering Uterus, which is a condensed chronicle of the summer after Andreas left and my incredibly neurotic pregnancy scare. I would like to expand this story; my fears of pregnancy and issues with reproduction rights could make up their own graphic novel if I let them. I hope that you’ve all enjoyed my first major foray into comics-making. I hope to work more on this over the summer!

Hit the jump to read all about my neurosis….

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Link Dump: #24

In light of Lady Gaga’s recent high-profile cover of it, along with the music video’s director David Fincher being Oscar-nominated, we figured it was time to revisit Madonna’s “Express Yourself,” which features—you guessed it!—lots of kitties. And half-naked men. The best of all worlds, really. So! Sit back, listen to Madonna expressing herself, and read over some vintage links…

  • If you’re like me, you love reading about retro sex ed videos. Now’s your chance, thanks to a long, dense conversation about them recently conducted by Farran Smith Nehme and Vadim Rizov, two ultra-perceptive film folks!
  • The Australian has a fascinating interview with filmmaker and special effects expert Douglas Trumbull (of 2001 and Close Encounters of the Third Kind fame) that goes over his career and influence. I especially liked this part:

Projection in 3-D, he believes, should be reserved for “alternate reality”. “It’s great for a movie like Alice in Wonderland, but maybe not for a love story, or even The Great Gatsby.”

As far as search terms go, we had a few wacky, outlandish, and gross ones like “bread in a vagina” (speaking of yeast infections…) and “syringe douche anal mistress.” The search “fucking happily movies” could, I think, have a few different meanings: movies with happy fucking in them? Good movies to watch while fucking happily? Did they mistype “fucking happy movies”? Lastly, we had another search term in Arab, “سكس كرتون كايوتك,” which Google Translate renders as “Sex Cartoon Cayotk.” I still don’t know what that means.

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