alexeia_drae: (caress)
[livejournal.com profile] brendala had a good question about how pregnancy works in Desolation, which of course leads to larger questions about whether women in the Slayersverse can use magic. Considering I find everything about pregnancy fascinating (even though it is a miserable state of being and I never want to go through it again!) and that there is pretty much NOTHING in cannon about whether or not a sorceress would be able to use her powers, there's a lot of room to speculate. So here goes!

more. )
alexeia_drae: (caress)
So I've been having Braxton-Hicks every day for over a month, and bouts of false labor at least once at week but that have been getting more frequent. These are like my body's own natural April Fool's day jokes and aren't funny in the least. I did kind of wonder if this was a sign that she would arrive on April Fool's day, but as I've merely been having the usual Braxton-Hicks and things are progressing into the afternoon, I guess not *sighs*.

In other news, yup, we all got the stomach bug last week. It was nasty business. For me the worst thing was the severe exhaustion. For Andy it was that he lost so much electrolytes he started cramping and shaking and we had to run out to get Gatorade (none of us are sports drink people). Of course, we were getting sick just as B. was recovering and getting back to full strength. Fortunately my parents are awesome and spent their wedding anniversary babysitting him on Saturday while we slept and recovered. And we're all back to good health and ready to have this baby. Well, with the exception of B. who seems to enjoy having more time with me in the spotlight.

Comparison between B and Gs pregnancies below. )
alexeia_drae: (caress)
Nausea is kicking in so it's starting to feel real. I'm pregnant! Due in March. Currently exhausted.

Firsts thoughts on the second time around. )
alexeia_drae: (presidentroslin)
Some people would say that I'm blowing the consequences of the Personhood Amendment in Mississippi way out of proportion. They say women won't be prosecuted for having miscarriages. Then why the fuck is there legislation in Georgia pending that would require women to prove that their miscarriages happened naturally? Or why did Utah try to pass a law that would charge women with homicide if they miscarry?

So. Women who suffer miscarriages are guilty before proven innocent. This is a complete reversal of a fundamental principle of our justice system: that people are innocent before proven guilty.

Its time for another feminist movement! )

Here are the cases I've found where a woman has been charged with having a miscarriage or attempting to cause one, and this is just the tip of the ice berg. In South Carolina alone, an estimated 300 women have been arrested for actions taken during pregnancy. Still think this is not happening?

Christine Taylor of Iowa found herself arrested and sent to jail after she fell down the stairs while pregnant.

South Carolina's Regina McKnight was sentenced to 20 years for having a stillbirth.

Rennie Gibbs of Mississippi age 15 faces life in jail after a miscarriage, Bei Bei Shuai of Indiana has been charged with foeticide and sits in jail without parole, and Amanda Kimborough of Alabama, mother of 3, faces 10 years behind bars if convicted of causing her miscarriage...and her three children risk losing their mother.

And for those saying Shuai deserves it because she tried to kill herself, may be you should read her story before being so damn judgmental.

Related:

Lynn Paltrow, heroine of our movement! Defender of the rights of women who have been charged with having miscarriages. It's sad though that there are enough cases that a lawyer specializes in it!

So yes, women are being arrested for having miscarriages. This is an established fact, not a slippery slope argument.

Next up: If these personhood laws are so women and child family, then why are their effects so damaging? A thorough examination of the harm these laws will cause. And what would help women who are addicted to drugs or attempt suicide while pregnant? It's certainly not jail time!
alexeia_drae: (riveramy)
Awhile back ago, I stumbled upon a panel interview with Charisma Carpenter, James Marsters, Julie Benz and Kristy Swanson (one of these things is not like the other).* In it, Charisma Carpenter explained that she was forced to leave Angel because she was pregnant. Disclaimer: I have only seen the first three episodes of Angel. Didn't like it. Don't plan to continue it. So I don't know much about the plotline when she had to leave. Still. This was rather shattering news for me to hear.

Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy, considered to be one of then most feminist shows ever, fired Charisma Carpenter for getting pregnant!? Talk about disillusioning.

Shortly after I had learned this, I was watching an interview with Nana Visitor on the extras of the DS9 discs where she talks about getting pregnant during the show and having her pregnancy written into her character's storyline. Visitor gushed about how thankful she was about not having to hide her pregnancy or getting fired.

What struck me was how in the mainstream view, Star Trek got less props for feminism than Buffy yet the treatment of actresses in similar situations was vastly different, with Star Trek coming out ahead in terms of treatment of actresses who are pregnant (it is worth noting that Martha Hackett who played Seska in Voyager also had her pregnancy written into the storyline, and Gates McFadden and Roxanna Dawson were pregnant during the run of their respective shows).

Over time this led me to ponder such thoughts as these: Is it preferable to have a show that is blatantly racist/sexist, yet the actors who are POC or women are well treated, given good salaries that are on par with the white male characters, etc or to have a show that is progressive in terms of race and sex, yet treats their actors who are POC or women less well then their white male actors or give them salaries that are lower then them?

This got long. )
alexeia_drae: (Default)
Yes, I finally finished the second chapter. And it's a long one. One more left!

Title: Slayers Expecting
Chapters: 2 of 3
Fandom: The Slayers
Pairings: Lina/Gourry, Zel/Amelia
Rating: PG-13, frank discussions of pregnancy related topics, a birth scene, mentions of menstruation and other bodily functions.
Summary: Lina and Gourry confront the challenges that pregnancy doles out.

Lina's morning sickness eases up, but her relationships with her friends changes in unexpected ways. )

Missed chapter 1? Find it here!

Ready for the conclusion in chapter 3? Find it here!
alexeia_drae: (Default)
Yes, I finally finished the second chapter. And it's a long one. One more left!

Title: Slayers Expecting
Chapters: 2 of 3
Fandom: The Slayers
Pairings: Lina/Gourry, Zel/Amelia
Rating: PG-13, frank discussions of pregnancy related topics, a birth scene, mentions of menstruation and other bodily functions.
Summary: Lina and Gourry confront the challenges that pregnancy doles out.

Lina's morning sickness eases up, but her relationships with her friends changes in unexpected ways. )

Missed chapter 1? Find it here!

Ready for the conclusion in chapter 3? Find it here!
alexeia_drae: (Penguin)
I've recently made a startling discovery. My obstetrician was kind enough to give me a bag full of goodies at my latest visit. Included was enough samples of prenatal vitamins to keep me stocked for a month (and I needed them because I could not keep down the ones that I bought, and some of these samples are actually tolerable!), information from the Texas State Health Department about caring for babies, and two issues of "Pregnancy" magazine. I'm not really the type to read magazines that aren't about science or psychology, but I'm also not one to spurn free reading material, so I read the issues. I found that the magazine was mostly comprised of ads with very little useful information. And since I really don't keep up with the lives of the rich and famous, the interviews with celebrity moms aren't that interesting to me. But my gosh, you should see these ads! Because frankly, they're ridiculous!

Really, the ad with Olympic Gold Medalist Shannon Miller had me laughing on the floor! )
alexeia_drae: (Penguin)
I've recently made a startling discovery. My obstetrician was kind enough to give me a bag full of goodies at my latest visit. Included was enough samples of prenatal vitamins to keep me stocked for a month (and I needed them because I could not keep down the ones that I bought, and some of these samples are actually tolerable!), information from the Texas State Health Department about caring for babies, and two issues of "Pregnancy" magazine. I'm not really the type to read magazines that aren't about science or psychology, but I'm also not one to spurn free reading material, so I read the issues. I found that the magazine was mostly comprised of ads with very little useful information. And since I really don't keep up with the lives of the rich and famous, the interviews with celebrity moms aren't that interesting to me. But my gosh, you should see these ads! Because frankly, they're ridiculous!

Really, the ad with Olympic Gold Medalist Shannon Miller had me laughing on the floor! )
alexeia_drae: (Default)
Title: Slayers Expecting
Chapters: 1 of 3
Fandom: The Slayers
Pairings: Lina/Gourry, Zel/Amelia
Rating: PG-13, frank discussions of pregnancy related topics, mentions of menstruation and other bodily functions.
Summary: Lina and Gourry confront the challenges that pregnancy doles out.

OK, this has been my therapeutic writing that has helped me through my own pregnancy thus far, but I hope it's also enjoyable. Each chapter corresponds to a trimester. I'm so clever like that. Not really. )
alexeia_drae: (Default)
Title: Slayers Expecting
Chapters: 1 of 3
Fandom: The Slayers
Pairings: Lina/Gourry, Zel/Amelia
Rating: PG-13, frank discussions of pregnancy related topics, mentions of menstruation and other bodily functions.
Summary: Lina and Gourry confront the challenges that pregnancy doles out.

OK, this has been my therapeutic writing that has helped me through my own pregnancy thus far, but I hope it's also enjoyable. Each chapter corresponds to a trimester. I'm so clever like that. Not really. )

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