Proving a point, the person who did the best version of Santa Baby is always be Eartha Kitt. This version with bonus snark at the expense of Madge.
Chinese toddler girls in world’s cutest taekwondo fight.
The girl on the right gives the best smile ever at the end.
THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE BUTT
- Aidan Turner ~ Desperate Romantics
- Richard Armitage ~ Spooks
- Dean O’Gorman ~ The Almighty Johnsons
- Sean Bean ~ When Saturday Comes
- Viggo Mortensen ~ Eastern Promises
- Orlando Bloom ~ Midsomer Murders
- Sean Astin ~ Toy Soldiers
- Billy Boyd ~ On a Clear Day
- Dominic Monaghan ~ Hetty Wainthropp Investigates
Goodness, so many Tolkeinian bottoms. Do we need to rank them now or something?
If’n your outside the Uk and want to get a copy of Knight & Dragon (or even if you are in the UK) then you can still order it from Page 45 who ship internationally. There’s also a list of all the shops you can get Knight & Dragon (and Butterfly Gate and Porcelain) from here too, but I’m not sure if the others do international shipping.
Essex social services obtained a High Court order against the woman that allowed her to be forcibly sedated and her child to be taken from her womb.
The council said it was acting in the best interests of the woman, an Italian who was in Britain on a work trip, because she had suffered a mental breakdown.
If you are not absolutely terrified and outraged by this you are wrong. The precedent this sets put every person on earth in danger.
oh my god read the article this is FUCKING HORRIFIC. she got back on her bipolar disorder medication and is in recovery but they won’t give her her child back “because of the risk she might relapse”. What you’re fucking saying with that is that mentally ill people shouldn’t even be allowed children even if they’re safe and well *just in case*, that we’re a permanent threat to ourselves and others even when we’re in treatment and recovery and living a stable life. I am FUCKING LIVID
Over a fucking panic attack. I’m fucking serious, all of this over a single panic attack. They took her baby in the most horrific way possible because she had a fucking panic attack.
From the Article:
She suffered a panic attack, which her relations believe was due to her failure to take regular medication for an existing bipolar condition.
It’s worth noting, that it’s very common for people on psychiatric medication to go off of their meds if they become pregnant, because of risk of side effects.
I bolded the above. I wanted there to be no one to think that she was being irresponsible for not haven taken her meds regularly. She did it for good reason, for the health of her own baby. And she got punished for it.
i fucking cant
So she did what was best for her kid, has ONE SINGLE PANIC ATTACK WHICH IS A THING THAT CAN HAPPEN TO ANYONE WHETHER THEY HAVE A MENTAL ILLNESS OR NOT and decide that they can literally violate her body in a horrific manner and take her kid away. But she’s the dangerous one.
Terribly sad. I hope this gets worked out in her benefit.
I can’t even imagine how terrifyingly awful that situation had to have been. Forcing a woman, against her will, to undergo sedation and then waking up in pain, without the fetus you’ve been carrying for 9 months? That’s beyond the pale. How much do the rights of an unborn fetus circumvent the rights of a full-grown adult? How much do we have to other the mentally ill, treating them (us) as less than human? She was literally treated like a breeding animal, with no cause of concern for her safety, mental health or well-being. Fuck. Fuck.
This is literally the stuff that horror movies are made of.
When K was relating this story to me, I couldn’t believe it until I read the article for myself. Have we really gotten to the point that a woman who, even just from the stress of being pregnant, has a panic attack can legally have her baby ripped out of her body and be thrown into a mental institution? Did we slip back into the 19th century, because I don’t recall any horse-drawn buggies going by outside.
This is why we need mental health reform. This is why we need women’s rights. This is why we need to treat fellow humans like fucking humans, not livestock to be cast aside when they seem a little “off.”
Of course the problem is the entire story is bullshit. The full details haven’t been released yet, but the surgery was not anything to do with the Social Services, it was purely a medical decision, the mother had already had two children taken into care because she was unable to look after them (*not* just because of her mental health), she was already deemed unfit to look after the new baby and all the social work, assessments, attempts to find a family member who could help care for the baby and the subsequent courtwork had been to make sure that the baby would be taken at birth.
Thsi was not, unfortunately, an unusual situation but the key thing that people seem to be forgetting here is that while it’s all very easy to demonise social services for taking a baby at birth the reason they did itwas to protect a baby that they had very good reason to believe was in serious danger if left with it’s birth mother.
Of course facts (and a lot of the details are not in the public domain because this is still an on-going case and involves a vunerable child so will *never* be in the public domain) are never allowed to get in the way of a good news story and everyone knows that they know better than the evil trained professionals who are snatching babies from their parents.
As an adoptive parent who has seen the kind of things that birth parents have to do to have their children taken away (believe me, in the UK the social services try as hard as they can to keeo children within their birth families as much as they can and as far as it is safe for them to do so) the ‘bullshit’ alarm bells rang as soon as this story surfaced and they’ve just got louder and louder as people who can shout indignantly but can’t be bothered actually checking the facts have got shriller in their rants.
Mental health is not the sole reason children are taken into care. In fact mental health issues aren’t even a barrier to becoming an adoptive parent so the idea that this is soley about her mentla health is patently bullshit. So don’t make this story about the loving, caring mother who has a few minor issues who had her children forcibly removed from her body by the evil doctors and social workers who were prejudiced against someone with mentla health issues because it’s not. It’s about what was the safest thing to happen for a child that was deemed to be at risk and you do not, and probably never will, know the exact detaisl of the case but to assume the worst based on half-truths, outright lies and the emotionally manipulaive reporting of a media purely after the biggest readership is to do every a serious injustice.
If you have any interest in the actual facts of the case then here is a very good place to start, and if you have blogged and commented and ranted on the ill-informed, scare mongering bullshit articles that started this whole story then maybe you should also share the facts of the case, as far as we know them, as well before jumping the gun and treating a story like this as evidence of a world gone mad.
I did do a Google search before reblogging and saw a couple of articles that didn’t look like they came from rags. But, as rightly pointed above, we don’t have every detail. So reblogging for additional input.
The aticles aren’t all from rags and tabloids true, but that’s part of the problem. The story was picked up by The Guardian, The Telegraph and The Times in the UK and various other broadsheets in the US but they were all based on either false reports including facts they simply couldn’t know (because of the way courts in the UK work), outright lies (the whole High Court ordered caesarean for example is totally unfounded on every level) or one-sided bias. The whole thing has just played into a horrible scare-mongering witch-hunt against the social services that could really cause major issues for parents who do have mental health issues. The idea that social services get involved just because a mother has minor mental health issues is an appalingly misleading statement and completely ignores the fact that even in cases where social services are involved because of parental health issues it’s usually as a support for the birth parents, not as an excuse to take the children away. It perpetuates the Them Versus Us image that a lot of people have, both in terms of mental health and social services, and it’s not fair to anyone involved or helpful in getting people to understand what’s involved in cases like this. If people are just going to focus on the perceived negatives or failings of a situation like this without actually trying to first understand *why* something happened then we just end up in the circle of outrage, denial and mumbled apologies/retractions all round.
Essentially, whenever anyone sees a story lie this that involves court cases, confidentiality and facts that we know we will never be entitled to know the full details of we should stop and question the whole thing before getting outraged at something that quite honestly we have no authority to speak on.
I know I sound like I’m being really harsh about all this, and maybe I am, but it’s something that really makes me angry. Seeing what social workers have to do, the situations they have to deal with and the fact that when things go wrong (and they do go wrong, but the things that go wrong are in the minority) that they often can’t defend themselves fully because they are not at liberty to reveal certain facts, and then seeing how people treat them as if they’re all awful people who are going out trying to break up families and hurt vunerable women makes me fume. That people are so bloody willing to assume the worst of a case like this when the original story was so full of holes that it was clearly incredibly bad reporting at best and outright damaging lies at worst makes me livid.