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    • kyrski

      someone wrote that the only good thing they did was latch with sam smith…that was disclosure, not the chainsmokers. i don’t know why, but i really dislike the chainsmokers…i haven’t listened to any of their old stuff, but their newest song with coldplay sounds just like the one they did with halsey. the dude that sings also doesn’t have any range. they just give off a vibe that they are secretly douchey…the whole twitter thing that happened where they claim they were “hacked”…right…

    • kyrski

      lorelai had her moments, but you gotta remember, she left home as a pregnant teenager, with no one to depend on, except herself. she turned out relatively normal, she just has commitment issues. emily was incredibly manipulative and condescending, and the two of them often failed to meet in the middle for a lot of things, but the reason she acts so poorly with emily is because the last time they had a real relationship before the weekly dinners started, was when she was 15-16. kind of stunts the growth of a relationship. as for rory…carry on.

    • kyrski

      http://www.arhp.org/Publications-and-Resources/Quick-Reference-Guide-for-Clinicians/choosing/Fertility-awareness for reference. i am also an outlier candidate for using FAM, and i still have never had a pregnancy scare using it as a form of contraception. but when my husband and i switched gears & used it to try to conceive, we conceived the second cycle. if you are willing to put in the research and effort, this is a great method of contraception. but, if you don’t want to do all that entails ensuring its effectiveness, then yeah, your success rate drops. especially when you’re only relying on an app’s predictive algorithm instead of your BBT or cervical fluid. but really, this is no different than the birth control pill. if you’re not responsibly using them, their effectiveness drops.

    • kyrski

      if you are looking for an app that caters to those issues, kindara is a great one (i use it!). it has a wonderful community of women/people who are TTA, TTC, with no issues, to every issue you can think of. the premise of the app is that you track your cycles (including options for cervix positioning, temperature, cervical fluid), and you can customize your chart with your day-to-day life/schedule (for instance, you can add what vitamins/supplements/medications you take, if you exercise, if you overslept/didn’t get enough sleep, your mood, etc.), with the option to share your chart or keep it private. i have found that sharing my charts allowed other women to give me insight on why i was having irregular cycles (ranging from 28-37 days). a lot of these women have fertility issues, or are pretty familiar with them. there’s a great sense of community & solidarity on there.

    • kyrski

      if you want to stop using hormonal birth control, please do some research on FAM (fertility awareness method). it is NOT natural family planning/the rhythm method, because it is based and backed in/by science, and is secular. the first and best thing you can do for yourself is read the book “taking charge of your fertility” by toni weschler. it is an easy read, and very thorough with the methodology and tools you will need to independently track your cycles, whether you are trying to avoid conception or trying to conceive. PLEASE do not just download an app and think you are good to go. as with hormonal birth control, do your research and figure out if it is a good method for you. and, no one should be relying on FAM as birth control until they have been successfully tracking their cycles for at least six months, and can pinpoint their fertile/infertile days, ovulation shift, etc. this is how the rhythm method got such a bad rep, because it was based off the idea that every person has 28 day cycles (so not true) and that every person ovulates on day 14 (also so not true), so as you can imagine, many people who ovulate earlier or later than day 14, were having unprotected sex in their fertile windows and got pregnant. a lot of these period tracking apps and fertility apps still use an algorithm similar to the rhythm method timing. the fact is, so many things can contribute to a person’s cycle, which is why getting familiar and knowledgeable about FAM will help the user figure out what a “regular” cycle looks like for them, and they can have sex/abstain/use a barrier method accordingly.  fertility friday is a GREAT podcast for people wanting to learn more about FAM and reproductive health in general.

    • kyrski

      what is unhygienic about it? when you wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner, you are piling on SLS, parabens, parrafins, pthalates, petroleum, propylene, synthetic fragrances, etc. basically putting synthetic endocrine disrupting chemicals into your skin (your body’s largest organ btw), and on top of that, stripping the natural oils from your scalp and hair, thus causing you to rely on conventional shampoo/conditioner because your hair will begin to feel “greasy” when you go too long in between washes. i’m genuinely curious, what constitutes “bad hygiene” when you stop using commercial shampoo/conditioner and instead rinse your hair with water?

    • kyrski

      this article was super extra but i loved it anyway haha. i guess i just find it interesting that in one of the linked articles, taylor swift talks about forgoing a NDA to instead be human and look the person in the eyes & ask “can you please not tell anyone about this?” and then turns around and writes song after song about the experiences and then let her fans wildly speculate & write tumblr posts and articles literally to the extent that the author wrote this one. it’s just the other side’s perspective. you’ll find no shortage of rabid swifties offering life and limb to stand up for taylor. just look in the comments here. i dunno, it just seems like taylor’s entire public existence that isn’t hanging with her squad is a constant, purposeful determination to prove she IS a victim in almost every circumstance and that she DOES suffer and we SHOULD feel bad for her. i mean, she commented on that fan’s post about bullying & basically one-upped her fan’s experience by adding in a little comment about how her “list of names” was longer than her fan’s…it’s like…what’s the point of mentioning that? she could’ve easily said “we go through life with a list of names we’ve been called. (i know i do! ;) ) but it doesn’t mean those things are true and it doesn’t mean we have to let those terrible names define us in any way, you lovely, BEAUTIFUL girl.” she always directs the focus back to herself under the disguise of being this totally down to earth, selfless, kind, perfect, now feminist friend to all. i’m not going to say she hasn’t done good in this world or written some catchy songs, she definitely has, but no other celebrity has quite the polarizing reaction out of people & that’s my takeaway from this article.

    • kyrski

      okay, since a few people seem to be stuck on the semantics of my original comment, i’ll clarify: when i asked who would raise the next generation of strong women, i had hoped the context around that question would infer that we need mothers to, at the very least, birth children. a lot of you are right—it isn’t only mothers that raise strong women, and a mother isn’t absolutely necessary in order to raise a strong woman. there’s no point in setting your comment up to polarize the meaning of mine because i agree wholeheartedly. i appreciate the comments but a lot of what is being commented is just reiteration of what i already said. i understand and acknowledged that every woman has their own prerogative (and should never feel shamed for whatever that may be), so i’ll say it again: we need to critique the society built around pressuring or guilting women into procreating out of tradition, instead of choice. and wintersoldier—i never said it wasn’t a perfectly valid reason. i also agreed that children can be messy & noisy. my critique regarding that was that it comes off condescending because the nature of that particular sentence seems to reduce motherhood to just dealing with noise and mess all day, and as well all know, being a parent is a lot more complex than that. but if those aspect of parenting turn someone off, you’re right, that is a very good reason to not want children of your own. definitely agreed.

    • kyrski

      while i love how this article highlights how happy and successful women can be without having children, it still gives off a condescending tone that children are nasty, messy, noisy little creatures (and they can be!) and that seems beside the point. the point is, these women are following their dreams, and those dreams don’t include children, which is awesome! i don’t know though…it just gives off this vibe i can’t quite place my finger on. some of us want to be moms, and some of us don’t. who do you think will raise the next generation of strong, powerful women? unfortunately they don’t just appear out of thin air. these women have made legacies, for sure, but highlighting their work in opposition to “changing dirty nappies and dealing with squealing babies” makes it seem like that’s all there is to being a mom. there are plenty of women who are moms and have successful, impactful careers, and there are plenty of women (like those listed) who have done the same without having children. and there are plenty of moms who center their lives around their children instead of a career and still lead happy, successful lives. i guess my point is, this article seemed like it was going to be an awesome jab against societal pressure, but it simultaneously came off turning one’s nose up at being a mom. if that’s not your jam, that’s cool, but like i said, we still need people to raise the children that will one day make lists like these, with or without becoming moms themselves.  we need to critique the society built around pressuring or guilting women into procreating out of tradition, instead of choice. not subtly compare the women.

    • kyrski

      i somewhat agree with this, but if you’re following a low carb diet, you already kind of know you need to avoid “pre-packaged snacks” because you should be eating whole foods. almonds, cashews, super dark chocolate (like 85%+), avocados, homemade fat bombs, etc. are the way to go on a low carb diet. there aren’t really any true low carb snacks that aren’t full of stevia, xylitol, erythritol, etc. and when you eat a lot of stuff with sugar alcohols, you’re not really doing your body a favor (unless you want explosive shits) anyway. that being said, we’re all human and need a quicky/easy snack now and then, and quest bars are a good one. you’ll stay within your LCHF macros and get protein and calcium too.

    • kyrski

      egriess, you’re so passionate about the military but you can’t even summon up the memory of one of the biggest attacks against it? pearl harbor? which killed many and caused irreparable environmental damage (oil from one of the sunken ships STILL bubbles up to the surface to this day). not to mention hawaii wasn’t even a state when the attack happened. it didn’t even become a state until 18 years afterwards. hawaii has a very long, complicated history of becoming a state, and the base existed on it before it even was. do you think native hawaiians had a choice in that matter? doubtful. over the years, their culture and livelihood has been whittled away by our government’s greed for satisfying economic demands, much like we did to native american tribes.

    • kyrski

      i think what also grosses me out/pisses me off the most is that after having knowledge that logan is in fact engaged, not just dating someone, they (assuming the baby is logan’s) continue to have unprotected sex. you want me to believe rory, who graduated at the top of her class at yale, doesn’t know how to prevent pregnancy? obviously she does…she just doesn’t CARE, and neither does logan. they are both so disappointing. jess deserves better than to be reduced to rory’s luke.

    • kyrski

      i do not understand why anyone can be team logan. he is so skeevy! maybe people like him because he’s full of these grand gestures and has a luxurious lifestyle and wanted to ~rebel~ against his dad’s plan for him, but seriously…he was an ass, CHEATED on rory, and never pushed her to be a better person. obviously jess is a fan favorite, but he actually had character development, and i wish we would have seen more of him. as we returned to logan’s current life…not much has changed. still a cheater, still a schmoozer, still a child…i guess i don’t see the appeal. and whenever rory is with him, she mimics his awful behavior. every time she played the sad puppy role when his FIANCEE was brought up, it was like…this is what you’re depressed about? this?! what happened to the ambitious, driven rory we knew and loved? every time she’s with logan she gets lame. just like lorelai with christopher.

    • kyrski

      one of my old landlord’s once accidentally sexted my roommate, clearly intending for his wife. his wife is a flight attendant. but it said something like, “you were lovely last night. i love when you wear your uniform to bed. this captain is happy.” hahaha it was so bizarre and endearing in a way (they’re in their like late 40s, early 50s and have been married a long time) but also unsettling. he immediately texted my roommate again and just said, “i apologize. i seem to have sent you a message by mistake.” he didn’t stop by or ask us about anything for a long time hahaha.

    • kyrski

      ninavollmer, by proxy, you are a straight, white, middle class, PRIVILEGED woman, whose position in society equates that of a man with all of those same applicable adjectives. it’s clear by your description, you vote how your husband votes. no self-respecting woman would vote for trump. and every descriptor you used points to your privilege. just because you don’t think you are, doesn’t mean you aren’t. let’s call a spade a spade. hard-working has nothing to do with it. society is set up to allow you and your husband to thrive, while lower-class citizens, minorities, lgbt individuals suffer. you voted in YOUR own best interests, not the interests of everyone as a whole. not sure how you woke up this morning and had a clear conscience after telling your children that their new president is openly racist, misogynistic, creedist, and he also promotes sexual assault and violence.

    • kyrski

      in my experience doing whole 30, i agree with a lot of your sentiments. and having done it three separate times (i alternate between a low glycemic & whole 30-esque diet/lifestyle), it just shows how pervasive shitty eating has become in our culture. before i did whole 30, i would eat tons of candy, chips, ice cream, etc. and not blink twice. or i’d go out with friends, drink, come back to someone’s house, and just inhale whatever food we bought/ordered/made. looking back, it’s insane how much sugar and empty carbs are in some of that stuff. i definitely indulge once and a while, but my tastes have changed for sure. i keep frozen grapes, and a bag of 60% cocoa chips in my freezer to snack on when i’m craving sweets. i read the labels on everything now, and it becomes less of a guilt-trip and more of a “i don’t want to eat that because i know how unhealthy it is” thing now.  as for your painful menstruation cycles/endo, not that you will jump for joy reading this, but a lot of women report minimized pain when they go dairy-free. :-/

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