Could my fellow bibliophiles stop shaming people for liking ebooks and ereaders over physical books?
I went to library school. I learned how to catalog books and appreciate different genres of books and love books, and part of that was learning about electronic books, and ways that information is spread digitally (including an entire course on the Internet) and that includes the use of ereaders and ebooks and e-everything.
More importantly though, as someone with a physical disability who loves books, sometimes it’s just easier to carry an ereader around. I’m the type of reader who literally carries books around with her like teddy bears, and carrying a bunch of physical books around is, well, books are pretty heavy. I’ll usually read two at once and have the rest lying around the house, so I can manage, but an ereader lets me carry my entire library around in my pocket, and I can adjust the font (this is great because I’m nearsighted). I also find it easy to hold, whereas some hardcover books are a pain in the ass to hold while reading.
I understand that you love printed books. I love printed books too, but for the love of everything, you can love printed books without shaming or being ableist.
Reading is for everyone, dammit, not just for able-bodied folks.
Seriously, do not make me shush you.
I definitely don’t try to shame people for e-readers, but I suppose sometimes it comes out that way. It usually comes up when I run into people who go too far the other direction and demand to know why you still carry paper books around when there’s e-readers you can use.
It bugs me because I’m intensely visual/tactile and I need to be able to just flip through a book to a place I remember (it’s just how I read), but I TOTALLY get it about having paper books being too heavy (or hard to fit in a bag) and some books are just IMPOSSIBLE to hold comfortably.
E-readers fill a niche that paper books can’t. Paper books fill a niche e-readers can’t.
People deserve the kind of media they want (and that works best for them), and shut the fuck up about which one they “should” use, basically.
I had a patient in the clinic who really did not want an abortion but who had no resources to cover the costs of prenatal care or childbirth. She was single and without insurance coverage but made just enough money to be ineligible for state assistance. She already had outstanding bills at the hospital and with the local ob-gyn practice. No doctor would see her without payment up front.
We were willing to do the abortion for a reduced rate or for free if necessary. But she really didn’t want an abortion. Once I understood her situation, I went to the phone and called the local ‘crisis pregnancy center.’
"Hello, this is Dr. Wicklund."
Dead silence. I might as well have said I was Satan.
"Hello?" I said again. "This is Dr. Wicklund."
"Hello," very tentatively, followed by another long silence.
"I need help with a patient," I said. She came to me for an abortion, but really doesn’t want one. What she really needs is someone to do her prenatal care and birth for free."
"What do you expect us to do?"
I let that hang for a minute.—
This Common Secret, Susan Wicklund
Crisis Pregnancy Centers often disguise themselves as medical facilities, with advertisements offering “help” with an unplanned pregnancy. Their main goal is to keep the pregnant person from having an abortion at all costs. Usually, all they’ll give you is a free pregnancy test, some baby clothes, and maybe a box of diapers.
The patient referred to in the quote was given free prenatal care and did not have to pay the financial cost of childbirth by a local anti-choice doctor. She would often stop by Dr. Wicklund’s office to let her know how she was doing:
"He always moans and groans about being tricked into [doing this]," she says. "Then he goes off on these tirades against abortion."
And “bitch” is attacking women for their right to call you on it (via justmakemexscream)
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