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Tuesday, January 10th, 2017 08:30 pm
...and thus in the grand scheme of things this is nothing. But Kevin & Kell, which I normally enjoy quite a bit, is annoying me with the current Lindesfarne-is-pregnant storyline.

First, she throws up, and that's what clues her in that she's pregnant. Because, you know, she couldn't just have the stomach flu or anything...and everyone pregnant throws up. (Pro tip: nope. I never did, with either boy, although there were times when I decidedly didn't feel well, _after_ I knew I was pregnant both times.) I realize this CAN happen and DOES happen to some women, but it really annoys me that it's such a *thing* to do it that way.

Second, they blame it on her quills. You're telling me that a college-educated scientist who was carefully planning to delay children (it's come up before!) was not using ANY form of birth control except condoms? Knowing she was a quilled species???

Third, clues go out everywhere and they realize their relatives are going to all find out, so they announce it and let everyone come over and hug her and horn in on her business.

This last is moderately realistic, and REALLY ANNOYING. This kind of BS claiming of a right to be over-involved in someone's private life, is not okay. And they shouldn't have to share the news before they've even seen a doctor, if they don't want to. Not one person appears to feel bad about this mess. Even Lindesfarne. It'd be more realistic if she was spitting quills.

I'll be interested to see if they lose the baby. They won't, of course; it's a webcomic, and that'd be too deep. And also, the artist would be accused of using a harsh reality for cheap attention. But at the same time, that concern is exactly why so many women don't share their status until later in the pregnancy....

Apparently I need to take a break from the comic for a while. Since I'm glaring at it instead of getting a few seconds' amusement out of it.
Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 02:14 pm (UTC)
Yeah..... *grump* that which was considered "traditional" last century is no longer cool, for good reasons. Somebody needs to get with the 21st Century.
Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 04:13 pm (UTC)
*nods* there's a big push to stand up and not allow "normal" to be bigoted, sexist, xenophobic, or otherwise abusive...
Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 02:44 pm (UTC)
I will say this: I got morning sickness damn near the second I got pregnant, and that IS what clued me in. I don't normally throw up a lot, but with Tadlet, I was sick CONSTANTLY, for the entire first four months and the entire last three. It wasn't mornings only, either, it was 24/7. And one of my triggers was people touching me, so if people rubbed my belly, I threw up on them.

So, y'know, this is sometimes still a thing. Dismissing it is like claiming women don't die in childbirth anymore, even though Texas has so many women die in childbirth that the rate is double the rest of the US.
Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 04:20 pm (UTC)

Hmmmm. This kind of thing sounds like it's down [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith's alley...