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  1. igglanova
    igglanova February 4, 2013 at 1:41 pm |

    I’m kind of stunned. I think we may have found the holy grail of mansplaining.

  2. Li
    Li February 4, 2013 at 2:01 pm |

    Ok, so this is potentially an entire derail about my early noughties highschool experience and the entertainments enjoyed by teenage boys, but back in the day guys used to play this game called, imaginatively, “the Penis Game”, and it involved one person saying the word “penis” in class, and then the next person needing to say the word slightly louder, and so on and so on until you were basically just screaming “PENISSSS” as loudly as possible.

    Anyway, I only bring this up because I feel like Republicans are engaged in some kind of nationwide version of the Penis Game, except that instead of saying “penis” at increasing volume they’re attempting to beat the previous person’s attempt at saying ridiculous shit about reproductive anatomy.

    1. miga
      miga February 4, 2013 at 2:12 pm |

      I remember the PENIS! game. And its cousins, SEX! and VAGINA!

      1. suspect class
        suspect class February 4, 2013 at 11:57 pm |

        We played at that at camp, except because it was German immersion camp it was called “Schniedelwutz.”

      2. Kathryn
        Kathryn February 5, 2013 at 7:25 am |

        At uni in Scotland, our variant was “Muff”.

    2. SamBarge
      SamBarge February 5, 2013 at 8:40 am |

      Not a derail. That is a perfect explanation of what is going on here. They are just playing a game, right? That has to be it. No one can be that stupid and manage to live in the world, can they?

  3. The Kittehs' Unpaid Help
    The Kittehs' Unpaid Help February 4, 2013 at 2:06 pm |

    “Association of Doctors Against Medicine-based Medicine”?????????? This is a thing? I’ll Google it later, haven’t time now, but the idea that this is even a thing is too feckin’ scary. And here I was about to say “Certain doctors/scientists? Citations or GTFO” in Swanson’s direction.

  4. Andie
    Andie February 4, 2013 at 2:08 pm |

    Birth Control Makes Baby Jesus cry. Especially the tiny baby Jesuses embedded in your uterus.

    How come when he says “Certain Doctors” I immediately thought of this?

  5. Bonn
    Bonn February 4, 2013 at 2:18 pm |

    Dozens and dozens of tiny fetuses in my womb?? Just because I’ve been on hormonal BC all this time (ten years)??

    That’s pretty impressive and mysterious, considering I’ve never “known man” (so to speak).

    1. macavitykitsune
      macavitykitsune February 4, 2013 at 3:12 pm |

      o.O This was my thought exactly! I`ve never used anything for birth control, but…but… if I did it’d be for health reasons. WHAT WOULD MY UTERUS BE FILLED WITH THEN, HM? THE TINY CORPSES OF LOST DREAMS AND HETEROSEXUALITY?

    2. yes
      yes February 4, 2013 at 11:58 pm |

      I’m pretty sure the religious have an explanation for how babies get into wombs without terrestrial assistance.

      1. Bagelsan
        Bagelsan February 5, 2013 at 12:31 am |

        Budding.

        1. Brennan
          Brennan February 5, 2013 at 6:33 am |

          Aliens.

      2. SamBarge
        SamBarge February 5, 2013 at 8:41 am |

        God by way of the Angel Gabriel?

        1. Integral
          Integral February 5, 2013 at 7:23 pm |

          Hundreds of dead baby Jesuses! Wouldn’t they just get up and sneak out of the uterus three days later?

      3. speedbudget
        speedbudget February 5, 2013 at 10:11 am |

        The Holy Ghost. It’s right there in the bible already. It’s a kind of incubus, only not quite so evil.

        1. Bagelsan
          Bagelsan February 5, 2013 at 11:56 am |

          Doesn’t it eat your soul without a night of screaming sexual pleasure? I call more evil. :p

  6. JBL55
    JBL55 February 4, 2013 at 2:19 pm |

    So that’s why I can’t seem to lose those last few stubborn pounds.

    It’s not belly fat: it’s hundreds of tiny dead babies.

    1. SamBarge
      SamBarge February 4, 2013 at 5:35 pm |

      That’s exactly what I was thinking. So that weight gain many women experience on bc is actually a baby-graveyard. I wonder if there’s a weight-loss product that can be developed that essentially purges the uterus?

      Think about it. You could make millions.

      1. Datdamwuf
        Datdamwuf February 4, 2013 at 8:24 pm |

        OMG, that’s why middle aged women get fat stomachs, the dead babies are BLOATING, I’m freaking out – someone get me a Witch Doctor quick

  7. Shigekuni
    Shigekuni February 4, 2013 at 2:32 pm |

    I am very, very sleep deprived right now and as I read the insane description by Mr. Biology above, my brain instantly conjured Nurse Gollum from South Park (this one), and multiplied that image. Ughhhhh. I see a horror movie in the making. Who cares about accuracy when you can have uteri lttered with dead babies. And maybe crocodiles.

    What about hats, though.

  8. pillow in hell
    pillow in hell February 4, 2013 at 2:34 pm |

    You have GOT to be kidding me…

    Please tell me that this site is a poe.

    How the fuck do they think you get a fetus when there isn’t any eggs to unite with a sperm?! Oh wait, what they really meant is that our uterii contain millions of tiny dead sperm. Which still doesn’t make sense.

    Also, love the “I’ve heard evidence is coming in…”. Nice way to build in an emergency escape hatch when people call you out on your sick little fantasy of grinding women down.

  9. pheenobarbidoll
    pheenobarbidoll February 4, 2013 at 2:39 pm |

    Well that would account for all the screaming when I start my period.

    1. The Kittehs' Unpaid Help
      The Kittehs' Unpaid Help February 4, 2013 at 5:22 pm |

      Post a Snorting Coffee Warning when you say things like that, will ya? :D

      1. pheenobarbidoll
        pheenobarbidoll February 4, 2013 at 8:50 pm |

        :D

  10. Sheelzebub
    Sheelzebub February 4, 2013 at 2:45 pm |

    I’m basically staffing the next FEMINIST ZOMBIE ARMY in my womb. Srsly.

    1. Shigekuni
      Shigekuni February 4, 2013 at 3:15 pm |

      “staffing the next FEMINIST ZOMBIE ARMY” should be a band name. Or a tumblr. It’s just too awesome a phrase to vanish. :)

  11. Chataya
    Chataya February 4, 2013 at 3:00 pm |

    That’ll teach the little bastards to sneak in there.

  12. EG
    EG February 4, 2013 at 3:13 pm |

    I have an idea for the creepiest horror flick ever…

    The Haunted Uterus!

    1. The Kittehs' Unpaid Help
      The Kittehs' Unpaid Help February 4, 2013 at 5:23 pm |

      Sort of like Bradbury’s The Small Assassin multiplied.

    2. Chataya
      Chataya February 4, 2013 at 11:13 pm |
      1. macavitykitsune
        macavitykitsune February 4, 2013 at 11:27 pm |

        GODDAMN IT CHATAYA I’D ALMOST FORGOTTEN ABOUT THAT.

        1. Chataya
          Chataya February 5, 2013 at 3:19 pm |

          Hey, “your vagina is haunted” is now a permanent part of my Google search history. Clearly I’m the real victim here.

  13. Athenia
    Athenia February 4, 2013 at 3:26 pm |

    It never ceases to amaze me just how much people will try to demonize the female body.

  14. Drahill
    Drahill February 4, 2013 at 4:21 pm |

    Here I was under the impression that at conception and before implantation, a zygote is a few cells – so, basically, its microscopic. When do these doctors have the time to pursue my uterus with a microscope after ANY surgery? Jeez, I was under the impression they were in there to do a job and get out. Now I need to worry any time I have surgery, the doctor is going to open up my uterus and peruse it with a microscope, CSI-style. As if I didn’t have anough problems.

    1. Brokenlol
      Brokenlol February 5, 2013 at 10:29 am |

      I’m hoping he was referencing when someone had their uterus removed or biopsied.

  15. samanthab
    samanthab February 4, 2013 at 4:26 pm |

    I don’t think it’s crowded in there. God has a plan!

    I envision some kind of dead baby Pinterest inside, where everything’s filed away in categories. Maybe a dead babies with crazy hair board, a dead babies that cry at movies board, a dead babies that snort when they laugh board…only the man in the sky and the truly special doctors know for sure, but there has to be some organization here.

    My concern is my new puppy. She gets spayed later this week, but she’s not old enough to breed. Where do her dead not-yet puppies go? It’s like a Doris Day song that ends badly.

    1. Bagelsan
      Bagelsan February 5, 2013 at 12:27 am |

      Maybe all her dead puppies go hang out in your uterus, so all your dead babies can have a pet. Happy ending!

      1. samanthab.
        samanthab. February 5, 2013 at 6:54 am |

        Oh, that’s good thinking! I feel better now. I’d been so worried.

        1. (BFing)Sarah
          (BFing)Sarah February 5, 2013 at 11:42 pm |

          See? God DID have a plan! “He” really thinks of everything.

  16. A4
    A4 February 4, 2013 at 4:38 pm |

    That is really fucking creepy. What the hell, don’t say things like that, guy.

    1. ellid
      ellid February 5, 2013 at 6:23 am |

      I had nightmares after I read that at Daily Kos. It is one of the most disgusting things I’ve ever read, and I seriously wish I’d never read it. “Vile” doesn’t begin to cover it.

  17. Odin
    Odin February 4, 2013 at 6:20 pm |

    Soo… what mechanism are they proposing here? I mean, in order for their claim to be true, HBC would have to:
    (a) not prevent ovulation
    (b) not prevent conception
    while simultaneously
    (c) not prevent implantation (even though that’s the anti-choice excuse for mislabelling EC an “abortificant”)
    while additionally:
    (d) causing the deaths of embryos.fetuses
    (e) preventing the body from expelling dead embryos/fetuses
    (f) preventing all the other bad side effects of having a dead embryo /fetus in your uterus, such as infections from, you know, dead tissue.

    If (f) were true, I think doctors would be using HBC to prevent infections and rejection after organ transplants. And possibly the funeral industry would use it to preserve bodies.

    …in which case, HBC would be pretty damn amazing.

    1. H-nought
      H-nought February 4, 2013 at 6:35 pm |

      You’re making the fatal assumption that basic logic and reason are at play here.

  18. bleh
    bleh February 4, 2013 at 6:37 pm |

    Are they too tiny to work? I could use a zombie fetus army to clean my house.

    1. Dante
      Dante February 4, 2013 at 9:25 pm |

      They work like scrubbing bubbles.

      1. Mike
        Mike February 4, 2013 at 9:57 pm |

        I just chuckled out loud in the middle of class.

        1. Prof. DAS
          Prof. DAS February 5, 2013 at 1:43 pm |

          That would be very embarassing if you are a student who should be paying attention to the professor or TA. It would be even more embarassing if you are the professor reading blogs while lecturing!

          … um … not that I’d know from personal experience …

      2. SamBarge
        SamBarge February 5, 2013 at 8:45 am |

        Nothing to add but “Brilliant”.

      3. M. Femm
        M. Femm February 5, 2013 at 10:51 am |

        *giggle* Now I’m picturing a uterus filled with the little mustachioed guys from the commercials. You just squirt them out to work.

        1. M. Fenn
          M. Fenn February 5, 2013 at 10:54 am |

          Can’t even spell my own name right this morning. Jeez. *facepalm*

      4. Bagelsan
        Bagelsan February 5, 2013 at 11:58 am |

        I died.

  19. ElegansMan
    ElegansMan February 4, 2013 at 7:28 pm |

    Sigh….as someone in the medical field and well versed in biology, I can confirm that Kevin Swanson is an [redacted]. I know this needs no explanation but to any lurkers who may believe it….birth control pills manipulate the female endocrine system in order to limit hormones that promote follicular growth. Without follicular growth, there’s no ovulation. Without ovulation, there’s nothing for sperm to fuse with. Also, many birth control pills induce edema and change the characteristics of the endometrium (inner uterine layer), preventing implantation if an ova does get away. If Kevin Swanson is right, the entirety of medical understanding of the female reproductive system is wrong, all treatments for female reproductive conditions will have to be reformed because nothing ever worked, and there will be a great medical revolution. Haha

    1. pillow in hell
      pillow in hell February 5, 2013 at 8:29 am |

      What’s even better is that his “logic” makes every person with a uterus a murderer. The uterus comes stocked with far more ova than any woman could possibly give birth to in a lifetime.

      I demand greater funding for life extending technology so that I have a chance of getting into paradise.

    2. DAS
      DAS February 5, 2013 at 1:49 pm |

      I know! I know! Pick me!

      If the sperm don’t meet up with eggs, then they just go somewhere else: our “friend” must be assuming they go into the uterine lining just like embryos would. And since you don’t flush out the uterine lining if you are on the pill (except for when you stop taking it and experience withdrawal bleeding), those sperm just stay in there. And, as we know, sperm themselves contain tiny little people — ergo, using the pill results in hundreds of dead fetuses in your uterine lining.

  20. Clytemnestra's Sister
    Clytemnestra's Sister February 4, 2013 at 7:39 pm |

    This is where we’re finding out who paid attention in 7th grade health class or not.

  21. Henry
    Henry February 4, 2013 at 11:43 pm |

    I think we need to take a page out of the middle ages, but instead of imprisoning people for advancing knowledge, we should be putting people in jail for spreading outright false hoods. I know it’s harsh to imprison people for speech and academic freedom etc, but it took humans 100,000 years or so to get to where we are technologically and socially and I do not want us to go back to living in caves and chucking flint spears at the neighboring tribe in a fight over the decayed remains of some animal.

  22. Tyris
    Tyris February 5, 2013 at 1:20 am |

    So what we’re hearing here is that if you don’t successfully turn every single egg into a baby, you’re a murderer.

    Never mind that it’s impossible. MURDEREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEER.

  23. llothcat
    llothcat February 5, 2013 at 2:42 am |

    Didn’t I hear this mocked, and mocked thoroughly, on coasttocoastam?

  24. Sue
    Sue February 5, 2013 at 3:23 am |

    Hmmm….maybe THAT’S why I’ve got a large belly after all these years.

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  26. Angie unduplicated
    Angie unduplicated February 5, 2013 at 9:46 am |

    So …my aging uterus allegedly is full of pilonidal cysts hallucinated by a talk show host who snorted Rush Limbaugh’s drugs.

    This one happens to the menz, too. Cysts full of hair and bones, just above the arsehole. We can tell them that they have killed the Second Coming of the Messiah and give them total ridiculous hell.

  27. EG
    EG February 5, 2013 at 10:09 am |

    See, now I feel left out. I’ve always used barrier methods. My poor uterus feels so empty.

    1. sabrina
      sabrina February 5, 2013 at 11:24 am |

      that was kind of my thought because I use both (I have uterus problems and so the pills don’t really help with the whole not get pregnant thing) so sperm never even make it into my body. What is inside my uterus? I want it to be a pony. Do I get a pony?

    2. (BFing)Sarah
      (BFing)Sarah February 5, 2013 at 11:49 pm |

      No worries. It doesn’t take long to build up a few fetuses to keep you company. I find that prayer helps.

  28. (F)Emma
    (F)Emma February 5, 2013 at 1:59 pm |

    “What our evil Satanist bitch gynecologists tell us” perfection

  29. yes
    yes February 5, 2013 at 3:49 pm |

    So, I’ve been thinking about this, and it’s started to seem a little more sinister than simply silly, ignorant bullshit. I mean, if this guy actually believes this is how the female body works, that is still funny.

    But this kind of feels like a more cynical, calculated ploy. Like this guy is hoping that this takes on an urban-myth style life and becomes one of those pieces of misinformation that won’t die and might make it into the head of a teenager who doesn’t have access to actual information(another thing definitely on this guy’s priorities). Or, alternatively, as a way to squick out grown men who have never had any sort of rudimentary sex education or even basic anatomical knowledge, but still vote.

    Or a foot in the door to “teach the controversy.”

    1. Brennan
      Brennan February 5, 2013 at 7:42 pm |

      I kind of feel the same way. Yeah, it gives us a good laugh when one of these bits of nonsense come out . . . but then I remember that someone saying something ridiculous and repeating it loudly was how we got to nukes in Iraq and death panels coming for Grandma.

    2. (BFing)Sarah
      (BFing)Sarah February 5, 2013 at 11:53 pm |

      I agree. This worries me. Think of all the Duggar kids that are reading stuff like this and thinking its FACT. Then imagine those people parroting it to other children/teens/young people/politicians, who might not be raised by science-hating Jesus-folk, but who might just not have a handle on reproductive facts yet…those people might BELIEVE it and make reproductive decisions based on it. That just makes me sad and upset.

    3. Alyson
      Alyson February 9, 2013 at 10:12 pm |

      Reminds me of “blue waffles.”

  30. Amelia the Lurker
    Amelia the Lurker February 5, 2013 at 5:03 pm |

    Holy crap! So if this is what happens when you don’t even ovulate, imagine what happens when you DON’T take HBC! EVEN MORE DEAD BABIES!

  31. PeggyLuWho
    PeggyLuWho February 6, 2013 at 1:11 am |

    My dead babies are a cheerful bunch in there, and they’re dancing and singing “It’s a Small World”.

    1. Mike
      Mike February 6, 2013 at 6:13 pm |

      I’m imagining the “tiny tiny world” scene from Family guy

  32. BRUFFED
    BRUFFED February 6, 2013 at 9:09 pm |

    It’s science y’all.

    I love you!

    I cannot believe this shit. When will the Republicans and extremely religious people learn it’s not a good idea to say stuff like this particularly if you aren’t a damn doctor. Well, even if you are a doctor it can go wrong. Congressman Paul Broun said that evolution and the Big Bang theory are “lies straight from the pit of hell.” Yeah, he’s a practicing physician. He’s still on the House Science Committee too. They are about to investigate the science behind the EPA greenhouse gas regulations.. Dear God. We are fucked.

  33. Scissors
    Scissors February 10, 2013 at 8:07 pm |

    What a creepy concept. That a woman’s uterus is full of ‘dead little babies’. It’s beyond stupid. Might help to explain why some people seem to fear and mystify the female body as if they didn’t come out of a uterus themselves. That guy needs to get his head checked.

  34. Pseudonym
    Pseudonym February 16, 2013 at 7:30 am |

    I’m curious whether either the tellers or the listeners actually believe that this story is factually accurate. I think that the faith required for certain strains of fundamentalism that take the entire Bible literally ends up creating a kind of parallel universe in the believer’s mind, one where metaphors and commandments and Bible stories and theology lessons take physical form. I’m not sure if it’s just a kind of shibboleth, in which true believers are identified by their willingness to accept scientifically absurd propositions on faith. I think it’s the kind of proposition that is immune to empirical disproof though. I’m sure there are plenty of actual fundamentalist Christian OB/GYNs who somehow successfully treat actual women and use their accurate scientific knowledge of the mechanisms of hormonal birth control, ovulation, and menstruation in their daily work, yet somehow simultaneously accept this scientifically absurd suggestion. I don’t know if they view it as literally true or just a metaphor, but I don’t understand it.

  35. Alice
    Alice February 28, 2013 at 3:12 pm |

    I’m a med student and we totes had a class about that! It was right in between the one about how same sex-marriages actually leads to cancer in the entire population and the one called The Medical Risks of Voting for Obama.

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