I’m still torn on whether this is the greatest thing I’ve ever done or the stupidest.
Anonymous said: you look fucking stupid in a dress, DUDE
come closer one second
okay close enough
i have a simple question: which of us is wearing a crown?
that would be me.
do you know what this crown means?
it means i look fucking cute
and you’re the human embodiment of a sore butt
now as your fucking queen, i royally declare
that i am beautiful and you are a listerine enema
Anonymous said: Surely you get this question a lot, but ... are you single?
What the fuck did you just fucking say about me, you little oppressor? I’ll have you know I graduated top of my Gender Studies class, and I’ve been involved in numerous secret raids on oppressive tumblr users, and I have over 300 confirmed labels. I am trained in internet warfare and I’m the top caller out in the entire Portland anarchist collective. You are nothing to me but just another target. I will wipe you the fuck out with precision the likes of which has never been seen before on this site, mark my fucking words. You think you can get away with saying that shit to me over the Internet? Think again, douchecanoe. As we speak I am contacting my secret network of queers across the USA and your IP is being traced right now so you better prepare for the storm, fucktruck. The storm that wipes out the pathetic little thing you call your blog. You’re fucking dead, kid. I can be anywhere, anytime, and I can call you out in over seven hundred ways, and that’s just with bullet points. Not only am I extensively trained in theory and criticism, but I have access to the entire arsenal of my college’s zine library and I will use it to its full extent to wipe your miserable ass off the face of the continent, you little cissy. If only you could have known what unholy retribution your little homonormative comment was about to bring down upon you, maybe you would have held your fucking tongue. But you couldn’t, you didn’t, and now you’re paying the price, you goddamn idiot. I will shit femme realness all over you and you will drown in it. You’re fucking dead, kiddo.
I’m having a serious Poe’s Law moment right now.
browngirlintherain said: John! John! I just saw your video from a NICU in Addis Ababa. THANK YOU. I loved that you spoke about KMC. I am a doctor and a newborn receiving KMC is the single most beautiful thing I have ever seen. May I suggest you read Abraham Verghese's Cutting for Stone? It is about growing up in Ethiopia and medicine and life and beauty and I think you will love it and I would love to hear you talk about it! Love your work!
I have read Cutting for Stone!
I was very impressed with what I read about Kangaroo Mother Care after talking to Dr. Gessesse. One of the things Bill Gates said to me was that a lot of the effective strategies for improving health care in the developing world (like KMC) aren’t that expensive, and many don’t require highly trained specialists.
Obviously, we need more Dr. Gessesses in the world, but a lot of the improvement in Ethiopian child mortality and vaccination rates is due to health extension workers and the amazing volunteer Women’s Health Army. These people provide prenatal care, talk to their neighbors about issues like family planning and when to introduce solid food to keep infants growing, and how to get folic acid and iron supplements inexpensively. Health extension workers, meanwhile, have only a tenth grade education and a year of training, but they can diagnose and treat illnesses from malaria to rotavirus to TB. (You’ll meet some of these people in future videos.)
All that noted, I don’t want to make it sound like a solved problem: Even with this progress, over 6% of Ethiopian children die before the age of 5. Most of those deaths are preventable, and if you believe that all human lives have equal value, you have to acknowledge the ongoing injustice and needless suffering in poor countries like Ethiopia. But the progress is real, and I think Ethiopia is blazing an important trail for the developing world.