Link Love (18/09/2012)

News Across the World

Egypt: “Maria TV in Egypt has been on air for a month. Women completely covered in veils go on camera to deliver tips on topics like marriage and beauty. The ultra-conservative broadcaster suggests a turn in Egyptian society.” Fully veiled and on air – DW

Indonesia: “”The fundamentalists are saying that when we push for women’s rights we are pushing for same-sex marriage,” said one Komnas Perempuan commissioner. “If we bring up LBT, it will weaken our advocacy.”” Indonesian LBT Women Exposed to Backlash – Womens eNews

Iraq: “Women and girls in Iraq’s Kurdistan region continue to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) because the local government is failing to enforce a law banning the practice, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday.” Iraqi Kurdistan govt failing to enforce FGM law – TrustLaw

Pakistan: This is absolutely disgusting: Muslim Cleric Planted Evidence on Christian Girl Accused of Blasphemy – Friendly Atheist

Saudi Arabia: Guest Post: The Life of a Transsexual in Saudi Arabia – My World and More

UK: My family beat me and hacked off my hair for kissing a white boy – Daily Mail

Thought-provoking

How to Sleep Sitting Up – The Minimalists

Religion

“Listening to this, I’m reminded of a saying: the first rule in an abusive home is “don’t”. Don’t talk about it, don’t think about it, don’t write about it. It couldn’t happen, it doesn’t happen, and if it did it wasn’t that bad anyway.” “My Life as the Daughter of a Cult Leader” – Unreasonable Faith

“One really had to accept a lot of demoralization to be female AND BROWN when I was growing up Mormon.” Born Evil: That’s What the Mormon Church Taught Me as a Brown and Female Child – Alternet

“A child who regards every adult as an authority, who has no practice saying no to an adult, who has no sense of bodily ownership or personal space–that is an incredibly vulnerable child!” “Biblical” Parenting, Criticism #2: An Extremely Controlling Parent – Past Tense, Present Progressive

Pat Robertson: Since ‘We Don’t Condone Wife-Beating These Days’ Husband Should ‘Move to Saudi Arabia’ to Beat Her – Right Wing Watch

“The alliance between evangelicalism and political conservatism is not the natural thing I thought it was as a child. It is possible to be a “Bible believing Christian” and yet believe in socialism – and in fact, that didn’t used to be so uncommon a hundred years ago. It is also possible to be a “Bible believing Christian” and believe that welfare and other government programs are our way of fulfilling Jesus’ commands by collectively helping the poor and needy. It is possible to be a “Bible believing Christian” and yet not oppose big government. None of those things are inconsistent. This alliance is something that was created and shaped over the past sixty years, not something that was just always there.” The Merger: Evangelicalism and the GOP – Love, Joy, Feminism

“I wasn’t ANYTHING that was expected of me in this new cage I volunteered myself to be in.  And for a while I grabbed hold of minimization, intellectualization, and did all I could to make excuses for my abuser: that wonderful world of religious norms.  The norms that choked me, made me doubt myself as a woman, took my confidence in who I inherently was as a human being.  The norms that told me I wasn’t good enough, wasn’t as smart, or intellectual compared to men.  My abuser was not one man, it was a system of men telling me who and what I should be, and gaslighting me, projecting onto me, making me feel like the crazy one for attempting to hold onto my identity after conversion.” Why I Left Religion – Rooted In Being

“This list includes many of the better-know Atheist composers and songwriters.” Inspiring Atheists – Rosa Rubicondior

“But take a look at that wording: “Both to religious and to secular groups”… In other words, church counts as charity? Money you give to fatten your megachurch pastor’s wallet and proselytize to people counts as charity? Doesn’t that skew the results?” Are Atheists Being Stingy When It Comes to Charity? – Friendly Atheist

“Instead, when we go to the polls, we think about our own tiny ideologies and loyalties and our “stance” on philosophical issues, not the big picture. Not the way economic policies actually work. When was the last time we all sat down to listen to a lecture by an economist on the latest research on foreign policy and trade?” On Identity and Political Christianity – The Phoenix and the Olive Branch

Equality

Assange: Legal myths about the Assange extradition – New Statesman, Assange, Ecuador, and the Swedish Legal System – Mårten Schultz, Asylum for Assange. But what about the women? sian and crooked rib, Assange, and feminism’s so-called male allies – Too Much to Say for Myself, When the Left apologises for Assange – AntiCapitalists & Owen Jones: There should be no immunity for Julian Assange from these allegations – The Independent

“So when people (men) want to talk about “legitimate” forms of assault, tell girls they should be nice to strangers and give men the benefit of a doubt, tell them to consider it a compliment, tell them to ignore the bad behavior of men, I want them to be forced to feel, for even one minute, what it feels like to have so much verbal hatred and physical intimidation thrown at them for nothing more than being female and not wanting to share. ” I debated whether or not to share this story – UnWinona

“This is not just a false assertion that has no basis in fact; it is also a dangerous one. I know that for a fact because I saw Neelo’s hijab fail to protect her for years.
I know this because I’ve seen, heard, or read multiple first-person accounts by victims of sexual harassment and sexualized violence who were wearing the hijab when they were attacked. The hijab cannot and will not stop men from assaulting women. Even if the only part of a woman’s body that shows is her shadow, deviants will sexualize and fetishize it. Take the example of Egypt, where sexual harassment against women has become almost a pandemic—whether they wear the hijab or not. ” The myth of how the hijab protects women against sexual assault – Women Under Siege Project

“Are we buying into the notion that real moms, good moms, not only martyr themselves, but like it? Well, I’m not buying it. I know now what does and doesn’t promote my children’s health and well-being, and it has almost nothing to do with how hard I throw myself on the sword.” You Don’t Have to be a Martyr to be a Good Mother – Role / Reboot

“Women don’t take birth control to have sex. They take it to control their lives. Because that is to what our worth has been reduced. And it is infuriating–infuriating–that those who overcome this by dealing with it through seeking better coverage, are the ones accused of causing this reduction. It’s a dangerous and effective game—and it has been played for centuries.” Reproductive Control – the fatal feminist

“The hookup culture that has largely replaced dating on college campuses has been viewed, in many quarters, as socially corrosive and ultimately toxic to women, who seemingly have little choice but to participate. Actually, it is an engine of female progress—one being harnessed and driven by women themselves.” Boys on the Side – The Atlantic

“The biggest is the concept of “purity” itself, and the idea that sex somehow makes you impure if you aren’t married. Sex is not sullying; sex is not “dirty” (or, sex can be really dirty, but only if done correctly, and filthy sex hopefully does not disappear once a wedding band is on your finger). While there are male Christian virgins, in the purity framework, men aren’t dirtied by sex; it’s women who are sullied. It’s men who want sex and women who tempt them into it and are then ruined by it. That is… not great.” The Problem With Purity – Feministe

Health

9 Pretty Simple Home Remedies – Crunchy Betty

Green Smoothie Infographic – The Dexterous Diva

Prelude to the Birth Control Series: The Diva Cup – Paleo For Women

9 Ways to Avoid the Dry Cleaners – LearnVest

Beauty & Body Image

Corporate Curves Report: Feminine Women in Power – Hourglassy

It’s not just about beauty—it’s about letting yourself not care about beauty. It’s about being comfortable with the occasional ugly day. About taking the corrosive, toxic helplessness out of unattractiveness and replacing it with moving on. It’s about the fact that everyone has ugly days, where nothing looks right and it’s impossible to imagine that it ever did or ever will, but they don’t have to mean anything more than not looking good.” the extreme importance of letting yourself be occasionally ugly – Eat the Damn Cake

“The Economist reports a noticeable trend in “size inflation” over the last 30 years: “the average British size-14 pair of women’s trousers is more than four inches bigger at the waist today than they were in the 1970s … and over three inches wider at the hips. A size 14 today fits like a former size 18, and a size 10 fits like an old size 14.”” A Sizeable Issue of Global Proportions – Adios Barbie

A Sophisticated Pair: 7 Things Boutique Owners Wish You Knew – Braless in Brasil

“I winced, as I am wont to do whenever I see the word “women” followed by “supposed to,” “meant to,” “should,” or “shouldn’t.” Prescriptive verbs, when it comes to female bodies or female actions (or male bodies and male actions, for that matter) make me want to pull out the soapbox and start getting up in some people’s faces. But, I’m a 21st century kind of girl and I don’t really know what a soapbox is, so instead I furiously comment on Internet posts.” Can I Have Fat Pride Without Throwing Thin Women Under the Bus – Role / Reboot

Inspirational

“1. Trust your gut. Really.
If you think he likes you, you’re probably right. If you think he’s cheating, you’re probably right. If you think she’s going to be your new BFF, (this time with feeling!) you’re probably right.” 33 Things I’ve Learned in 33 Years – yes and yes

Professional

How to Manage a Micromanager – Michael Hyatt

“Ernst & Young identified four key career barriers for women – which can pop up at any time in our careers, and can be concurrent: age, lack of role models, motherhood, and qualifications and experience.” So Now There are Four Glass Ceilings? – The Glass Hammer

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