Admittedly, spontaneously lopping off my hair isn’t a new concept to me. I spent 2010-2014 growing out a botched, impulsive cut. Sometimes it feels great; other times I’ve regretted it. From a psychological perspective, though, isn’t impulsive behavior usually frowned upon? I asked Appio. “If you haven’t looked at the needs you may have that are creating these urges, it’s likely you’ll continue to re-experience a cycle of having strong urges, feeling the buildup of tension or excess energy, and releasing that tension by acting on your urge,” she said.
Then there’s Egypt, where less than a month after President Hosni Mubarak stepped down, the military junta that replaced him, ostensibly to “protect the revolution,” inadvertently reminded us of the two revolutions we women need. After it cleared Tahrir Square of protesters, the military detained dozens of male and female activists. Tyrants oppress, beat, and torture all. We know. But these officers reserved “virginity tests” for female activists: rape disguised as a medical doctor inserting his fingers into their vaginal opening in search of hymens. (The doctor was sued and eventually acquitted in March.)
It’s true we don’t need to go with a single payer(although nearly every OECD country that has universal health care, does indeed have government as the primary payer), but we do actually have one of the best single payer systems in the world. It’s called Medicare. A better plan than what is being pushed today, and one that is politically feasible, was Bill Clinton’s old proposal of allowing 55-65 years olds buy into Medicare. Why not start there instead of further entrenching us the for-profit, private health care market?