The Women on Waves ship heads to international waters to dispense the abortion pill to women in need.
The documentary Vessel begins starkly, with the reveal of a typed plea from a woman in Morocco in 2012. Her words are full of desperation: she needs to get an abortion but the procedure is illegal in her country.
When you repeatedly watch the same show over the span of multiple seasons, the reality that it can come to an end and be finished forever is really, really strange. When you watch shows like Twin Peaks or The X-Files or Freaks and Geeks in the year 2014, you’re well aware of exactly how many hours you’ll be blessed to spend lying in bed with Netflix propped up, streaming right onto your lap. To watch a great show from start to finish is rare and will inevitably leave you with a feeling of emptiness and questions you’ll never be able to fully shake once it’s over.
I'm just going to put this out there: I am not musically talented. I picked up the saxophone as a kid because two of my childhood heroes played it (Lisa Simpson and Bill Clinton), but that was a complete waste of time. I have, however, always had a fantasy of being asked to join a band where all I do is stand at the back of the stage and whistle. I am a really good whistler! Even people I don't both for compliments tell me I'm a good whistler. Someday, my dream whistling band will come along. I know it. Until then, I have compiled this inspirational mixtape of songs that feature whistling. It's damn catchy. Happy weekend.
Author Ariel Gore, the long-time publisher of Hip Mama, has a new memoir about the death of her mother.
Like many, people I discovered writer Ariel Gore when another mother handed me her beloved first edition of The Hip Mama Survival Guide. She said something like, “Here, you’ll need this.” And she was right.