Last week I wrote a post about the things no one ever tells you about being pregnant. The only way to get it to spread around the internet faster would have been to ask Bill Gates to offer $10,000 to each person who passed the article on.
I learned a tough lesson about reading feedback from people who didn’t submit it directly to me: don’t. Seriously. Wow. The internet is full of crazy people and mean people and really stupid people… and they’re all experts on pregnancy.
One response that I saw a lot was that my article was “exaggerated” and a “worst case scenario”. I think this was meant to ease the minds of women who have yet to make little miracle people. But it was the one that bothered me the most. The whole reason I wrote the article was because I felt duped by the fact the no one freely discussed this stuff. The pregnant experience was a huge 9-month-WTF for me, and I pride myself on being fairly informed about girl part stuff.Â I also don’t think that women need to have reality prettied up for them in order to make decisions about repopulating the earth. And the response was to immediately reassure women that pregnancy is wonderful.
But we do this, and not just to women. We tell kids that the shot won’t hurt. We tell people that “there’s nothing to be afraid of” when there is. And we send links to 2 girls 1 cup explicitly stating that “this is hilarious!”
When is it okay to temporarily color the truth about pain? Is it okay to do or necessary to protect people who will ultimately discover the truth? Do you ever tell these white-ish lies?
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