The Book Of Jezebel: L Is For Labor

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As you may have heard, on October 22nd we'll be publishing our first book, a 300-page, hardcover, illustrated encyclopedia called The Book of Jezebel. In honor of this milestone —which took many years and dozens of contributors to execute—we'll be posting one entry from the book a day, starting with "A" and continuing on through to "Z." Although the book itself has already been printed — it's gorgeous — questions, additions, annotations and suggestions on the entries that appear online are welcomed and encouraged.

Labor

1. Work. 2. The act of giving birth. You connect the dots.

(Illustration by Jen Sorensen for the Book of Jezebel.)

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I'm pretty sure I can predict this entry: the horrors and indignities of giving birth, the joys of epidurals and Tracie's oft-mentioned shredded vagina.