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Womb: the uterus, the organ where a baby develops.
Also: a place where something is generated or conceived.
Pronunciation alert: Womb rhymes with “boom” (not “bomb”).
Wombs in the news
The state of Alabama voted this month to effectively ban abortions. Other (male-led) US states are passing similar laws.
Is it just us, or does the future look surprisingly similar to the middle ages?
“Womb” also rhymes with…
Tomb: A burial place. “From the womb to the tomb, assume the unpredictable” (Wu Tang Clan)
Room: The womb is the original room. Comes with water bed.
Groom: A husband-to-be. Traditionally impatient to visit bride’s womb.
Pros and Cons of having a womb
Pro: Outlive men by an average of 5 years.
Con: 5 years of freedom is not enough.
Pro: Sometimes get maternity leave.
Con: Earn 20% less than men for doing the same job.
Pro: Physically able to create life.
Con: Legally unable to decide what to do with her own.