Link Love (25/09/2012)

News Across the World

Afghanistan: “In Ghor, Afghanistan, more and more women have decided to get behind the wheel – a trend not welcomed by all in the traditional province.” Women behind the wheel – the ‘beginning of the end’ – DW

Egypt: “Campaigners in Egypt say the problem of sexual harassment is reaching epidemic proportions, with a rise in such incidents over the past three months. For many Egyptian women, sexual harassment – which sometimes turns into violent mob-style attacks – is a daily fact of life, reports the BBC’s Bethany Bell in Cairo.” Egypt’s sexual harassment of women ‘epidemic’ – BBC News

Guinea: “Countless babies in Guinea are not given their first breast milk for hours – however long it takes a designated family member to bring water that is used to rinse special Koranic verses inscribed on a wooden tablet. This symbolic liquid, the first thing many babies ingest, is just one example of a custom believed to protect children but that can instead jeopardize their health.” Breastfeeding versus old wives tales – IRIN

Iraq: “A new culture rift is emerging in Iraq, as young women replace shapeless cover-ups with ankle-baring skirts and tight blouses, while men strut around in revealing slacks and spiky haircuts. The relatively skimpy styles have prompted Islamic clerics in at least two Iraqi cities to mobilize local security guards as a “fashion police” in the name of protecting religious values.” Young Iraqis face religious fashion crackdown – The Associated Press

Palestine: “Now Palestinian religious authorities announced sweeping reforms of divorce laws that will make it easier for a woman to end her marriage. The changes make a huge step forward in a society where many still believe that a woman should have no right to separate from her husband.” Palestinians chip away at male divorce monopoly – The Associated Press

Pakistan: “Gender studies professor Fatimah Ihsan says Pakistanis have more fluid gender identities than you might expect.” Pakistan’s Transgenders in a Catergory of their Own – NPR

Thought-provoking

“It’s ok to be angry about what was done to us. It is ok to walk in that anger and feel it. It doesn’t mean we are bad people, or somehow doing something wrong in our “path to healing.”
Anger is part of the process, and we deserve to be angry! It is our right to blame those who have hurt us and violated our emotional and physical well being!
What is not ok is when we get pressured into forgiving when we are not ready, and possibly not even able to.
Forgiveness is a myth, and is not a needed component in becoming a whole and peaceful human being.” The Myth of Forgiveness – Rooted in Being

“Crises are said to bring people closer together. But a new study from the University of California, Berkeley, suggests that while the have-nots reach out to one another in times of trouble, the wealthy are more apt to find comfort in material possessions.” When the Going Gets Tough, the Affluent Get Lonely – Greater Good

“In essence they are the invisible lines between you and the people in your life. When they are up and running as they should be they keep you emotionally safe and secure. They are the inviolable limits that you personally set for your comfort levels in life. They can take the form of sexual boundaries (what will and won’t do in bed/what you are and aren’t comfortable with). There are also physical, social, financial, intellectual and spiritual boundaries.” Setting Healthy Boundaries in Relationships – A How to Guide – TamariskSD

“Grok often completed tasks because his life and livelihood literally depended on their completion; you’re probably gonna stick around regardless of your procrastination, so give your mind something tangible (not) to look forward to. Create a meaningful penalty for yourself so that your Primal brain notices and “fears” it enough to get you to do it.” Dear Mark: Why Do We Procrastinate and How Do We Beat It? – Mark’s Daily Apple

Religion

8 Atheist and Agnostic Scientists Who Changed the World – AlterNet

“The fear of the mark of the beast is an excellent example of how evangelical beliefs can influence one’s perception of and reaction to developments in the world. The way things are going, I could easily see a move to use some sort of palm scanning devise to purchase things, acting almost like a debit card, but a debit card you can’t lose. There are already cell phones that you can scan in place of a debit card, so why not a hand? But if we were to actually move in this direction, you better believe there would behuge outcry by evangelicals. In fact, I don’t think we could move in this direction for this very reason – too many people would be concerned about the mark of the beast. And this is extremely unfortunate.” The Mark of the Beast – Love, Joy, Feminism

8 Sacred Sites You Won’t Believe Exist – Care2

Equality

“How did he know that?! My baby could have been loving it. But more importantly, why did he feel entitled to tell me so? Why do any of us feel entitled to say what we say to new mothers?” The 5 Worst Things to Say to a New Mom – Role / Reboot

We fake our orgasm because it’s easier to lie than to face the truth of why we may not be climaxing in the first place.” Why You Must Never Fake Your Orgasm – Sex, Love, Liberation

5 reasons why Michelle Obama would make a better president than Mitt Romney – Feministing

“There, right there, is where women are removed from the picture entirely. Somehow zygotes magically develop into human beings…like, by themselves. Nothing else involved there. No one else effected. But that’s simply untrue. A zygote will NOT develop naturally into a human being if left to itself. Rather, in order to develop into a human being it has to have massive intervention from an outside source. Namely, a woman. Without this intervention, a zygote will not become a human being.” Dear Pro-Lifers: STOP ERASING WOMEN – Love, Joy, Feminism

Health

“Contrary to what many conventional doctors and dermatologists may believe, nutrition plays a critical role in the health of your skin. Acne, rosacea, psoriasis, dry skin, and wrinkles are all affected by your diet, and eating the right types of foods is a great strategy for reducing and even eliminating these skin conditions.” Nutrition for Healthy Skin: Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Biotin, and Sulfur

How Common is Gluten Sensitivity? – Mark’s Daily Apple

Do This With Your Contact Lens and Risk Going Blind – Care2

Beauty & Body Image

“The media critic Jack Shafer adds that the women you see on Fox are not just winsome, lavishly cosmeticized women, but winsome women paired with older men. He says the network almost appears to be taking a page from the theory of evolutionary psychology, which argues that women are attracted to prosperous (often older) men, and these men are attracted to women whose youth and curves signal fertility. ” Foxy Ladies – The Atlantic

Budget finds from Avon, Revlon and Maybelline rated among best anti-aging make-up in major new study – Daily Mail

“In the vast majority of cases when a woman is wearing the wrong bra size she’s using a cup that is too small and a band size that is too big.  What she’s essentially doing is forcing her tissue into a non-natural shape for her breast.  Just like if you were to wear a corset or some sort of shaping undergarments the tissue has to go somewhere.” Byebye underarm and back fat, hello big boobs! – Braless in Brasil

Stocking Series, Part 1: Wartime Rationing and Nylon Riots – Threaded

Off the Rack: Boobs & Video Games – Hourglassy

Inspirational

“What I learned is that I already had all I needed for happiness, but it was buried beneath my insecurities, my discontent with my life, my loathing of my body and myself. I already had it, but it was all covered up.” Happiness is Uncovering What You Already Have – zen habits

“By letting go of the anger and frustration, I opened up enough room for things to flow again. And it’s flow that really allows for things to fall into place in a positive way.” How to Let Go of the Past – Think Simple Now

“Feeling good makes us smile, right? Sure, although a new study suggests the reverse may also be true: Smiles might be good for our health.” Smile! It’s Good For Your Heart – Greater Good

“We do ourselves a disservice if we sit around blaming other people for our maladaptive reactions and behaviors; but sometimes we’re better able to change when we understand how we developed in response to former relationships and prior events.” Develop Self-Awareness and Improve Your Relationships – Tiny Buddha

Professional

You can’t get what you don’t ask for.” Why are women so scared to say “I’m awesome!”? – Broadside

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