Link Love (26/05/2012)

I have decided that for the moment at least, I’m going to write or quote a sentence or two for each link, give you an idea about the topic. Also, I do realize that not every link is going to be of interest to every person. These are things I find interesting or thought-provoking, and I hope you will like some of them as well. If you come across anything you think I might find interesting, feel free to send the links to my email at rebekkaksteg[at]gmail[dot]com or tweet them to me.

News Across the World

Bahrain: “Human rights activists immediately criticized the U.S.’s decision, pointing out the continued suppression, jailing and abuse of protesters and to U.S. support of other pro-democracy Arab Spring protesters.”  US Resumes Arms Sales to Bahrain Over Protests of Activists – Care2

Egypt: “Women protesters and rights groups have accused Egyptian troops and prison authorities of sexual assault during the latest crackdown on demonstrations, reviving allegations they are using abuse to intimidate female detainees and protesters.” Women Accuse Eqyptian Military of Sexual Assault – The Associated Press

Emirates: “She had this message to convey to LGBT people in the UAE and beyond: “Don’t despair, even if there is intolerance, believe in yourself and your basic human right to live your life openly, proudly and without fear of injustice.”” A Message of Hope and Change for IDAHO From the Emirates – Care2

USA: “Marissa Alexander, a mother of three, had fired a warning shot when she was in fear of her life from a husband who had a history of domestic violence. Her husband told her “if I can’t have you, nobody going to have you.” But a judge rejected her ‘Stand your ground defense.’ He said she could have escaped, despite her having given birth prematurely only nine days before the 2010 incident with the baby in the house.” ‘Stand Your Ground’ Fails Abused Wife – Care2 & Florida: You can kill an unarmed teen but can’t defend yourself against an abuser – Feministing
“The presentation doesn’t so much offer a tantalising glimpse of extreme right wing views and evangelical Christianity in the military — it’s more of a “caught-red-handed-with-his-pants-down” moment. The course material is crammed full of anti-Islamic ideology, suggesting that the entirety of Islam is America’s enemy and that the U.S. might have to destroy the holy cities of Mecca and Medina if it is to ultimately triumph.” Pentagon Suspends Anti-Islamic Course – Friendly Atheist

Thought-provoking

“What would the world today look like, without the contributions of LGBT figures throughout history? Depending on how inclusive you wanted to make that category, it might be entirely unrecognizable.” An LGBT History Lesson – Care2

What’s the Most Godless Place on Earth? – Friendly Atheist

“That means you’d better be really confident that it’s worse for people who are engaged in behavior you condemn to be healthier than to be sick.  You’d better have data that makes it clear that their suffering will actually motivate a change in behavior (and, in this case, you need to persuade people that homosexuality is harmful in the first place).  Otherwise, like the people who reject Vancouver’s safe zone for drug addicts, you sound like you’re really trying to restore some kind of cosmic balance, where people who do bad things need to have bad outcomes, even if we have the power to protect them.” When Moral Hazard is the Safest Course – Unequally Yoked

“Most people are pretty bad at taking advice from others. People don’t mind hearing the advice, they just hate to take it.  This is one facet of what psychologists call the ‘egocentric bias': the general rule that we think we know better.” How to Overcome the Egocentric Bias – PsyBlog

Religion

Atheism isn’t a religion.  It’s a way to categorize a minority of people who want to take responsibility for themselves rather than credit or blame a supernatural designer. We do believe in something. Ourselves.” Atheism is Beautiful. Yeah, I said it. – Friendly Atheist

“Why would any organization or social change movement want to ally itself with a community that’s energetic, excited about activism, highly motivated, increasingly visible, good at fundraising, good at getting into the news, increasingly populated by young people, and with a proven track record of mobilizing online in massive numbers on a moment’s notice?” Why Atheism Have Become a Kick-Ass Movement You Want on Your Side – AlterNet

“The threat of eternal hell is an extreme example of mental abuse, just as violent sodomy is an extreme example of physical abuse. Most physical abuse is milder, and so is most of the mental abuse inherent in a typical religious education.” Religion’s Real Child Abuse – Richard Dawkins

“A black atheist quoted in the New York Times last year said his mother was bothered more by the admission that he is an atheist than the admission that he is gay. Another in the Huffington Post said that declaring she was an atheist to her black friends was “social suicide.”” Our Father’s Not in Heaven: The New Black Atheism – Gawker

“My mother taught my sisters and I that our bodies belonged to our father. She told us that if we wanted to alter our bodies by a piercing or tattoo, that had to go through him – even if we were adults. She told us that once we married, our bodies would belong to our husbands, and we would likewise have to get permission from them to alter our bodies in any way.” Christian Patriarchy and Bodily Ownership – Love, Joy, Feminism

Equality

I LOVED this article, great explanation: Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is – Whatever

“Yet while women are undeniably at war, the full extent of their roles and capabilities still isn’t formally recognized by the military brass. Today’s servicewomen perform many of the roles that official policy says they cannot. Often, their service and suffering remain ignored by or invisible to the Pentagon and the public.” Unseen: Trailblazing Military Women Forced to Fight for Recognition, Equal Treatment – Huffington Post

Roney: Gays Shouldn’t Get Married, But Should Adopt – Care2

“As women integrate themselves into what were once all-male spaces (like universities, corporate boardrooms, and Congress), even the most ardent traditionalists have been forced to accept women’s intellectual equality with men. ” The Real Reason High School Boys Forfeited A Baseball Game Rather Than Play A Girl – Role / Reboot

“The “catch” here is that you’re supposed to read in a few paragraphs before you get to the “gotcha!” bit: She was once a he! So it’s okay that we point out that she was “25 and curvaceous”; it’s okay to literally put her looks before her life. She succeeded so well at womanhood that she “drew admiring glances.” Hell, she was a better woman than most of us who were born that way—she had ribs removed for a smaller waist! She was “gorgeous”—you know, “for a man”—with that flowing hair and hourglass figure. ” “She Was 25 and Curvaceous”: The Death of Lorena Xtravaganza – The Beheld

“I’m tired. I’m tired of the hypocrisy of the anti-choice wing. Tired of the false rhetoric. Tired of their offensively misguided and false claims to care about women as much as they care about fetuses…” Is this Real Life? The Reproductive Rights Version – I’m Not Tired Yet: Larkin Callaghan

Health

Looks delicious! Fried Apples and Crepes – Budget Paleo

“There are many reasons one might prefer raw milk over pasteurized milk, ranging from nutritional to ethical to environmental. Different people will resonate with different reasons, depending on their value system, worldview and priorities.” Raw Milk Reality: Benefits of Raw Milk – Chris Kresser

Is Peanut Butter Healthy? – Mark’s Daily Apple

Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Or Is it? European Supermarket oils are rancid and fail the EVOO test – Julianne’s Paleo & Zone Nutrition

Beauty & Body Image

What a difference clothes that fit can make: “I never had the worst body image issues back in high school but I always thought I was bigger than my friends.  In reality I wonder how much better I would’ve felt if I just had had a bra and clothes that fit?” Trip down memory lane – Braless in Brasil

“Next time you catch yourself doing any of these things, rather than see it as part of your normal routine, shift your thoughts. Savor the idea that in this moment you are exhibiting a pure form of self-love, however simple.” Things You’re Doing to Exhibit Self-Love… & You Don’t Even Know It – Sex, Love, Liberation

Correctly fitting bras will make your waist look smaller and longer, give your breasts better shape and better support, make your clothes look better, not be painful: B is for Bras – Inside Out Style Blog

“So we are here to provide you with a few ways to determine if the fitness inspiration you are viewing is healthy and motivating you toward real health goals or keeping you imprisoned in a body that is to be looked at above anything else. You are capable of so much more than being looked at. And if you believe that, it puts fitness back into focus as a way to improve your physical health first and foremost.” Why “Fitspiration” Isn’t So Inspirational – Beauty Redefined

“Honestly, I was actually pretty upset one night about where my art was going and my inability to wear a shirt I wanted because the image would distort too much. I started one comic and the ideas just kept coming. Since I started the comics to vent my frustrations, I didn’t want it to be a source of frustrations for other people so I try hard to keep it as positive and inclusive as possible.” Artist Interview: Busty Girl Comics – The Full Figured Chest

” But how are we, the reader, to decipher friend from foe? How are we supposed to view articles highlighting celebrity cellulite and not sulk in the mirror, imagining a big red arrow pointing to various parts of our bodies? The media has packaged for us an unhealthy idea that one must suffer loss, be in the middle of a nervous breakdown, feel pressure from friends or coworkers, battle divorce or have a bitter dispute with an ex in order to get into acceptable bikini shape.” Scarlett Johansson: The Skinny  Huffignton Post

Inspirational

“When you find your passion, you’ll have a boost of motivation to get started and change your life. However, this motivation won’t last if you don’t turn it into habits.” The Ten Habits of Passionate People – Pick The Brain

Never, ever mistake emotions for weakness. Take it one day at a time and whether it’s through writing, singing, dancing, laughing, knitting, journaling, reading, practicing yoga, or otherwise, find a way to send your emotions out into the world as positive energy.” Finding Positive Ways to Express Difficult Emotions – Tiny Buddha

” I also have found that creating an emotional safety plan teaches you to think about how you best care for yourself, and it is my hope that you will regularly implement these self-care strategies in your every day life.” Creating an Emotional Safety Plan – Medicinal Marzipan

Professional

Great tool for finding (legal-to-use) pictures for your blog or website: Compfight

What You Need to Know About Twitter

“Not many people realize that tactical guest posting grows careers.” 7 Crucial Tactics for Writing a Wildly Succesful Guest Post – Copyblogger

Do You Make These 10 Mistakes When You Blog? – Michael Hyatt

7 More Productivity Hacks for Writers – The Renegade Writer

“Or, he goes on to explain, it could be that because these people wrote down their thoughts they were able to develop profound and creative theses on life and their areas of study.” How to Learn ANYTHING Faster Than You Ever Thought Possible – LiveHacked

Relationships

“We often envision a future that is nearly perfect like that little boat floating along. But once we get farther down our path and feel the sun beating down on the rocking boat and realize that it’s work to maneuver the boat, we are surprised. It doesn’t mean it’s not delightful, but that it requires our effort can sometimes be unexpected. ” Young, Perfect Love and New Marriage – Marriage Gems

What stops you from admitting your weaknesses? How does that impact your marriage? What have you done to be more vulnerable with your spouse? What advice do you have to offer others?” Turn Your Personal Weakness Into a Marital Strength – Project Happily Ever After

“A lot of these might seem really obvious, but in my experience these red flags are sometimes missed because when we’re looking for romance or sex online we’re often trying to see the best in people because we know that expressing yourself through a profile can be hard. It’s also true that many of these don’t necessarily mean the guy is a creep, but it’s a good idea to proceed with caution when things like this crop up.” 10 Dating Mysogyny Warning Signs – More Than Men

“When you fall in love with a person, you get to experience their companionship as a byproduct. When you fall in love with companionship, it becomes an arrangement of need, where you become hinged on losing one another. It’s built on fear, necessity, and power. And that isn’t falling in love.” How to Love Without Losing Yourself – Tiny Buddha

Misc.

“The next time you go away, how would you like free accommodation? It has a full kitchen, bathroom, bedroom suite (often more than one), and all the devices and accouterments of home. In fact it is home — it’s just somebody else’s home. And in exchange for taking care of the place, you get to stay there for free — as a house-sitter.” 10 Tips for Landing the Perfect House-Sitting Gig – Wise Bread

6 Comments

  1. Thanks for the mention, Rebekka!

  2. Thanks so much for the link love!

    • You’re very welcome Imogen – I’m new to your blog, but I’m loving it so far.

  3. Thanks for the mention! And I’m so reading that Copyblogger post.

    • You’re welcome Linda, thank you for stopping by! Love your website (and your book).

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