Yesterday was a whirlwind of the best sort, and today promises to be better still. I woke up to the horrible news about Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, and—like havers of ovaries everywhere—spent a good bit of time pacing about being righteously indignant. After reading dozens of different articles and Facebook posts, I’d more or less memorized the refrain: “Corporations are people, unfertilized eggs are people, women are not people.” It’s depressingly true, and strangely poetic, but I felt like something was missing.
Something was missing. This ruling indeed impacts everybody, but it has the potential to do unique harm in the realm of HIV treatment and prevention. Nobody seemed to be writing about it. So, blurry eyed, un-showered, nightgown-clad me sat down for two or three hours, and banged out my best explanation of why—as a scholar of HIV/AIDS advocacy—I consider Burwell v. Hobby Lobby to be such a dangerous ruling. And then I sent it out, fingers crossed.
And this happened!
For those of you not already familiar with Nursing Clio, here’s their mission statement (you’ll quickly understand why I—given my interests and aspirations—love this blog):
Nursing Clio is an open access, peer-reviewed, collaborative blog project that ties historical scholarship to present-day issues related to gender and medicine. Men’s and women’s bodies, their reproductive rights, and their healthcare are often at the center of social, cultural, and political debates. Our tagline – The Personal is Historical – is meant to convey that the issues that dominate today’s headlines are, in fact, ongoing dialogues that reach far back into our country’s past.
The mission of Nursing Clio is to provide a platform for historians, health care workers, community activists, students, and the public at large to engage in socio-political and cultural critiques of this ongoing and historical dialogue regarding the gendered body, the history of medicine, popular culture, current events, and other issues that catch our attention. Nursing Clio provides a coherent, intelligent, informative, and fun historical source for the consideration of these topics.
These folks—with ninja-like speed—peer reviewed my piece, edited it, sexified it with wonderful images, and BOOM, threw it up on the Internet.
And now I’m famous. Or something.
If you haven’t read the article already please do, and share it with friends, neighbors, colleagues, random strangers… anybody! I want this article to do as much for Nursing Clio as they did for me. That having been said, even if nobody ever reads the article, I can file this away as a victory, because I channeled my inner Six Million Dollar Scholar, and made something happen for myself.
All in a day’s work.
“The Six Million Dollar Scholar” is the personal blog of Andrea Milne, a Ph.D. candidate in modern U.S. History at the University of California, Irvine. To get the story behind the blog’s name, click here.