Eula Biss

On Immunity

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Ivana Melgozahas quoted8 days ago
knowing that my understanding of safety had been forged in a life more protected than hers.
Ivana Melgozahas quoted8 days ago
If vaccination can be conscripted into acts of war, it can still be instrumental in works of love.
Ivana Melgozahas quoted10 days ago
Our vampires, whatever else they are, remain a reminder that our bodies are penetrable. A reminder that we feed off of each other, that we need each other to live.
Ivana Melgozahas quoted10 days ago
When our vampires struggle with their need for blood, they give us a way of thinking about what we ask of each other in order to live.
Ivana Melgozahas quoted10 days ago
“It’s conventional to talk about vampires as sexual, with their hypnotic powers and their intimate penetrations and their blooddrinking and so forth,” she reported. “But most of these modern vampires are not talking as much about sex as they are about power.”

Power, of course, is vampiric. We enjoy it only because someone else does not.
Ivana Melgozahas quoted10 days ago
“If you want to understand any moment in time, or any cultural moment, just look at their vampires,” says Eric Nuzum
Ivana Melgozahas quoted10 days ago
I was most aware not of the ugliness of a body’s dependence on other bodies, but of the beauty of it.
Ivana Melgozahas quoted10 days ago
My pregnancy, like every pregnancy, had primed me for the understanding that my body was not mine alone and that its boundaries were more porous than I had ever been led to believe.
Ivana Melgozahas quoted10 days ago
Of course, our technology is us.
Ivana Melgozahas quoted10 days ago
But the true source of my fear eluded me until months later, when I went out on Lake Michigan in my little canoe made of bent wood covered with a transparent canvas. I had been on the lake many times before in that boat and I had never been afraid, but this time my blood was pounding in my ears. I was newly aware of the immensity of the water under me, its vast cold depths, and I was painfully aware of the fragility of my boat. Oh, I thought to myself, with some disappointment, I’m afraid of death.
Ivana Melgozahas quoted10 days ago
we are no cleaner, even at birth, than our environment at large. We are all already polluted. We have more microorganisms in our guts than we have cells in our bodies—we are crawling with bacteria and we are full of chemicals. We are, in other words, continuous with everything here on earth. Including, and especially, each other.
Ivana Melgozahas quoted10 days ago
Our version of this shuttering is now achieved through the purchase of purified water, air purifiers, and food produced with the promise of purity.
Ivana Melgozahas quoted10 days ago
the way we think about toxicity bears some resemblance to the way we once thought about filth. Both theories allow their subscribers to maintain a sense of control over their own health by pursuing personal purity.
Ivana Melgozahas quoted10 days ago
Our breast milk, it turns out, is as polluted as our environment at large.
Ivana Melgozahas quoted10 days ago
As for mercury, a child will almost certainly get more mercury exposure from her immediate environment than from vaccination.
Ivana Melgozahas quoted10 days ago
As long as a child takes only breast milk, I discovered, one can enjoy the illusion of a closed system, a body that is not yet in dialogue with the impurities of farm and factory. Caught up in the romance of the untainted body
Ivana Melgozahas quoted10 days ago
Large concentrations are indeed toxic, but formaldehyde is a product of our bodies, essential to our metabolism, and the amount of formaldehyde already circulating in our systems is considerably greater than the amount we receive through vaccination.
Ivana Melgozahas quoted10 days ago
We need science, Haraway warns. Where it is not built on social domination, science can be liberating.
Ivana Melgozahas quoted10 days ago
what heals may harm and the sum of science is not always progress
Ivana Melgozahas quoted10 days ago
quite a bit of what has passed for science in the past two hundred years, particularly where women are concerned, has not been the product of scientific inquiry so much as it has been the refuse of science repurposed to support already existing ideologies.
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