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A still from a video that shows Christmas carolers entering a reproductive health clinic, singing and handing pamphlets to patients before being asked to leave. Ah, the holidays. A time of year where music fills the air with songs of peace and joy—and abortion? Indeed, for a sizable group of dedicated anti-choice organizations, Christmas is a time to step up protests of reproductive clinics across the country.
I’m not sure I’ll ever be well in the sense that our individualistic society demands of us. I’ve come to emotional terms with that, but still have to engage in the business of being alive: paying rent, eating, and working. ShutterstockThe word adoption is synonymous with babies and expectant parents, joy and dreams come true. For most, it’s about families becoming complete and children becoming a permanent part of a legally recognized household. My story is more complicated.
I’m not the only person I know who’s debated relationships based on whether I was less unhappy alone or with that person. Because, honestly? Where are the “good guys”? There literally aren’t enough to go around. To go even halfway around. 3/3
So while I watch people say “then you should date better guys” as we all share stories about the number of times we have been Grace, all I can do is shake my head. We’ve all been raised in this patriarchy; we’ve all normalized coercive, shitty behavior. 2/
Now that I’m dating people who joyfully spend time with me I’ve reflected back on how ex’s always made me feel like it was a favor I should be grateful for. It took more than 20 years and multiple cross country moves to find them. 1/
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
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Use parentheses to separate multiple
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Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".