Link Love (28/08/2012)

News Across the World

India: Bengali-speaking girls being trafficked to Kutch district of Gujarat – India Today

Libya: “Following the Libyan revolution, in which women played a crucial part, and the participation of large numbers of female citizens in the July 2012 elections, Libyan women are now looking forward to a partnership and full equality with their male counterparts.” The Fight for Women’s Rights Goes On – Analysis That Matters

North America: “hanging gender roles and expectations play a major role in marital conflict. Reflecting wider societal trends, greater numbers of Muslim women are pursuing higher education, entering the work force, while seeking that elusive work-life balance. Yet, like wider society, women bear a disproportionate burden of childcare and household chores. Imams surveyed indicated that husbands need to be better educated about sharing household responsibilities when the wife is working.” The evolving nature of Muslim marriage – The Globe and Mail

Somalia: “Activists have welcomed a ban on female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) in the new constitution of Somalia – a country where 96 percent of women undergo one of the more extreme forms of the practice – but warn that translating the law into action will require more than just a legal declaration.” Activists laud ban on FGM/C, say implementation will require more – IRIN

Tunisia: “Activists are not happy with a stipulation in a draft of the constitution that considers women to be “complementary to men” and want a pioneering 1956 law that grant women full equality with men to remain in place.” Thousands rally in Tunisia for women’s rights – Reuters

UK: Pregnant Polish migrant told British Muslim women wearing hijabs to ‘go back to your own country’ – Mail Online

Thought-provoking

“I confess that throughout my life, I’ve always felt a twinge of jealousy, however minor, when I see someone younger accomplish something extraordinary. As emphatic as I am that men do well to accept and even embrace aging (particularly when it comes to seeing much younger women as daughter figures rather than as potential sexual partners), for years I was haunted by a sense of not quite living up to my potential. Until recently, that sense tended to be exacerbated whenever I saw someone younger than I was achieving fame and recognition.” The list isn’t life: on aging, life goals, and the disturbing successes of people younger than you – Hugo Schwyzer

” The truth is that for all their rigorous thinking, many skeptics do not have a clear or rational understanding of what beliefs are and why even faulty ones don’t die easily. Understanding the biological purpose of beliefs can help skeptics to be far more effective in challenging irrational beliefs and communicating scientific conclusions.” Why Bad Beliefs Don’t Die – CSI

“No matter how organized we are, we must continue to care for the stuff we organize, cleaning and sorting our methodically structured belongings. When we get rid of the superfluous stuff, however, we can focus on life’s more important aspects. Said another way: We can spend the day focusing on our health, on our relationships, on pursuing what we’re passionate about. Or we could, of course, reorganize our basement again.” Organizing is Often Well-Planned Hoarding – The Minimalists

“Why judges hand down shorter sentences to convicted psychopaths when their behavior is blamed on the brain” My Brain Made Me Do It: Psycopaths and Free Will – Time

Religion

“Authoritarian churches control almost every aspect of the church member’s life. They are told what they must believe and how their homes should be structured. They are told what they should do with their money and how they are to dress. They are told who to vote for, what to read, what to watch on TV, and what kind of music to listen to. Even in sexual matters, the church prescribes what is proper, God honoring sex.” The Emotional and Psychological Consequences of Authoritarian Religion – No Longer Quivering

“Your worth is not based on how many people you have had sex with. Instead of basing a person’s worth on sex, how about we base it on how you treat people or your personal qualities. And also, if a partner can’t deal with the fact that you’ve had sex with people before them, they’re not worth your time.” Sex and Christianity – f bomb

“He wrote: ‘Those who say I am being punished are saying that god can’t think of anything more vengeful than cancer for a heavy smoker.’” Christopher Hitchens’ Last Words – Friendly Atheist 

“I grew up in a family that practiced complementarianism. The language makes it sound all pretty, but the language doesn’t mention the tears, the tension, the anger. The language doesn’t mention that complementarianism means forcing yourself into a one-size-fits-all role, and then hobbling along like you’re walking in shoes two sizes too small when it doesn’t fit. For, you know, the rest of your life.” Why I’m Glad I’m Not a Christian Feminist

“I don’t just think the principles of Atheism Plus are morally right. I do think that, and I think that’s the most important thing about it. But I also think it’s good for the future of atheism. And I think atheism will be stronger if more atheists support it.” Why Atheism Plus Is Good for Atheism – Greta Christina’s Blog

Equality

“A pregnant teen suffering from leukemia in the Dominican Republic died on Friday morning, CNN reports. She was at the center of a national debate about the country’s abortion ban and mother’s rights. Doctors stalled cancer treatment for fear they were breaking the Dominican Republic’s constitutional ban on abortion, imperiling her life.” Pregnant Dominican Teen Dies in Wake of Dawn-Out Abortion Debate – Care2

“And after-rape at college is to be confronted by my rapist every day—on the quad, in the library, at breakfast. It is to be ceaselessly reminded of the moments in which power and control were stripped from me, in which I had no option but to let go and resign myself to the fact that this was really happening.” Surviving Rape: What I Want Other College Students to Know About Title IX – F Bomb

“I’m one of the 40% of American women, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, who are the breadwinners for their families—that is, we earn more than our husbands. Like millions of my sisters, this puts me smack in the middle of a distinctively modern dilemma: how to handle the tensions of a marriage between an alpha woman and a beta man.” When the Wife Is the Breadwinner – WSJ

“But while our lived experience tells us that men and women can be friends, recent research suggests that these relationships are neither as common nor as easy to find as most of us would like. Based on recent research, the question we need to start asking isn’t “can men and women be friends” but rather “how can we better equip dudes to handle non-sexual friendship with the ladies?”” Why Do Some Dudes Assume All Their Female Friends Want to Bang Them? – Jezebel

In other words, the “women and children first” myth was created in order to argue that men naturally protect women and women therefore don’t need political, economic, or social equality. ” “Women and Children First”: An Age-old anti-feminist myth – Love, Joy, Feminism

“If we legalize prostitution for the upper echelons of our societies, who may very well choose to sell themselves, we are forgetting about the real victims of the sex trade.  If we legalize prostitution we allow more loopholes, more avenues of deceit for traffickers to use in order to move human bodies across borders for money.” High End Prostitution – Rooted In Being

Health

Flossing is more important, but nobody wants to tell you.” Flossing More Important than Brushing, Dentists Say – In Over Your Head

“Oh, yeah – eat egg yolks, and lots of them. Doubly so if you’re low-carb (remember the starch/grain-free high-egg diet referenced above). Make ‘em pastured, if possible, or at least from hens that ate something besides soy and corn. They’re more nutritious and probably “safer” than industrial eggs.” Are Eggs Really As Bad For Your Arteries as Cigarettes? – Mark’s Daily Apple

Beauty & Body Image

Know Your Breasts Bra Finder – HerRoom

“If you are going to be in your orgasm, be in your orgasm. Let it permeate through your body & wrap itself around you. Feel its warmth, it’s unconditional love. Don’t hide from it; surrender to it.
You may as well do it right.” You Cannot Be in Your Shame & in Your Orgasm Simultaneously – Sex, Love, Liberation

Things I Don’t Get, Vol. 5: Stone-faced Models – male pattern boldness

““Girl, I am telling you that the dress looks good on YOU.  I could not care less who the dress belongs to, I am just celebrating you.  Promise me that you’ll never tell someone where something came from or that you got it on sale or none of that other nonsense again when they are just trying to compliment you.”  She pleaded.” Gracefully Give and Receive a Compliment – Rosie Molinary

Inspirational

Or, I suppose, you’re allowed one rule: You’re not allowed to do that which doesn’t work for you.” Get Started, Fail a Lot, and Then Try Something Else – Scoutie Girl

“The difference between Resistance and something that is decidedly not working can be found in the softening of your core, submitting to your own knowledge, and trusting that you already knowthe right answer.” Feeling Resistance + (Sometimes Doing It Anyway – Mara Glatzel

“If your number one goal is to make sure that everyone likes and approves of you, then you risk sacrificing your uniqueness, and, therefore, your excellence.” ~Unknown 10 Reasons to Be Okay with Being Disliked – Tiny Buddha

Professional

5 Tips for Writing Better Email to Help Your Career – The Grindstone

Why Being Busy Can Keep You From Getting Ahead – The Daily Muse

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