Link Love (2013-05-04)

Thought-provoking

“In the case of Guantánamo, intervening to save or prolong a person’s life without trying to change the person’s reasons for wanting to die cannot be considered suicide prevention. Suicide prevention would involve intervening to change the person’s desire to die (despite his circumstances) or changing the situation that he feels is intolerable. From the news reports I have seen, those steps are both absent, and therefore the military’s force-feeding does not constitute suicide prevention.” Have You Ever Tried to Force-Feed a Captured Human? – James Hamblin – The Atlantic

Habit Mastery: Creating the New Normal – Zen Habits

Religion

“The Pearls recommend whipping infants only a few months old on their bare skin. They describe whipping their own 4 month old daughter (p.9). They recommend whipping the bare skin of “every child” (p.2) for “Christians and non-Christians” (p.5) and for “every transgression” (p.1). Parents who don’t whip their babies into complete submission are portrayed as indifferent, lazy, careless and neglectful (p.19) and are “creating a Nazi” (p.45).
On p.60 they recommend whipping babies who cannot sleep and are crying, and to never allow them “to get up.” On p.61 they recommend whipping a 12 month old girl for crying. On p.79 they recommend whipping a 7 month old for screaming.” Some Michael Pearl Quotes in Child Training – Love, Joy, Feminism

Equality

“Those of us with identity privilege, though, can simply coast, never considering how our unchecked privileges contribute to a system of oppression.
To that point, my answer to their question is always the same: “Listen.”” The Importance of Listening as a Privileged Person Fighting for Justice – Everyday Feminism

“I thought about this recently when I read a quote attributed to Ariel Levy:
“Attacking femaleness, deriding ‘girly’ stuff, rolling your eyes at ‘women’s issues’, declaring yourself a ‘tomboy’ who gets along better with men because women are silly or pretty or whatever – these are expressions of internalized sexism. If that’s the way you feel about your own sex, you’ll be doomed to feel inferior no matter what you achieve in life.”
This is scarily true. It doesn’t mean you should not be a tomboy, if that’s who you are. It doesn’t mean you need to start watching “Love, Actually” when Christmas time comes around and subscribe to People magazine if you are not interested. It doesn’t mean that, as a woman, you mustn’t do “manly” stuff or that “real” women have to do x, y, and z, but not a, b and c. There is no such thing as a “real” woman in the first place. Everyone, do whatever the hell you want! But, if you do or don’t do a certain thing just because being “girly” is associated with being shallow, unprofessional, profane, weak, unimportant, then you’re doing it wrong. Then you are being disloyal not only to other women, but first and foremost to yourself.” ‘Hell no, I’m Not One of THOSE Girls!’ or: The Battle with Internalized Sexism – delusions of equality

“1971′s Child Development Act would have established federally funded community centers, but President Nixon vetoed the bill and the movement lost steam.” Good Day Care Was Once a Top Priority, and It Should Be Again – Noah Berlatsky – The Atlantic

“I think what’s most disempowering about sexism is not that it happens, but that it happens like a drive by shooting. There’s no way to respond before something inside you is already lying on the ground, bleeding to death. Street harassment is not a public forum, it’s a shooting gallery. I’m the duck. If you’re a woman, or genderqueer, or a minority, you’re the duck.” Sexism, Judgement Day and Forgetting as a Survival Skill- Phoenix and the Olive Branch

Recipes

Paleo Dinner Rolls – Paleo Spirit

Baked Eggs with Bacon, Greens, and Hollandaise – Against All Grain

The Perfect Boiled Egg (Finally!) – Jules’ Fuel

Beauty & Body Image

“I know, I know, I tell Bear, that we all exist on this level, regardless of whatever else is going on—the level of registering other people constantly based on basic visual information about their appearances. Their sex appeal. Their attractiveness. But it is not the only level, and we don’t have to limit ourselves to it, and what we say about other people, regularly, in public, can involve a little sensitivity. I don’t think that’s too much to ask. This is where the fine line between observation and prejudice resides. And I don’t want to have to play it cool. Maybe it’s better to admit that it hurts me, that is has an impact. Maybe it’s better to let myself be fully, inconveniently human. Maybe we’d all learn more if we all did that in front of each other.” the things men say about women in front of other women – Eat the Damn Cake

“What I’ve learned over time, though, is that there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to feminism and how we should dress/think/act etc.  Actually, I would argue that forcing females away from traditional feminine roles (when that is in fact what they desire) is just as harmful. It’s similar to my beliefs on weight loss while remaining body positive (and Ms. Behaved had a great post on this recently).  In the end, it’s a distraction.  Just like the whole stay at home mom vs. working mom or breastfeeding mom vs. formula feeding mom are distractions from women pushing for more maternal rights, longer maternity leaves, higher pay etc. What we need is MORE flexibility, not less.” Am I Feminine Enough? – Braless in Brasil

“Still, sensitive skin isn’t actually a niche: More people believe they have it than believe they don’t, with up to 60% of us reporting sensitive skin. But the term sensitive implies something different, a little special, a little unique—and who doesn’t want to believe there’s something unique about us (even if we’re actually in the majority)? And if it’s something that has a nice ring about it—something that allows us our human frailty but under the guise of having a medical-ish condition, one that’s not serious but that needs some tender care regardless—all the better. Much of the time women are told not to be so sensitive. If there’s an umbrella that allows us to be as sensitive as we damn well please, why wouldn’t we take it?” Why You Gotta Be So Sensitive? – The New Inquiry

“Roman-era toiletry sets consisting of tweezers, scrapers and other artifacts have long been interpreted as beauty aids. But it’s possible the tools had a more gruesome use: to treat a type of Chlamydia that infects the eye.” Roman-Era ‘Cosmetics’ May Have Treated Eye Chlamydia – LiveScience

“Earlier this month, news outlets announced another civil rights outrage: in Gaza, Hamas police have been detaining young men whose long hair does not fit with the group’s social aesthetic ideals, allegedly beating them and forcibly shaving their heads. Also under siege: narrow pants and hair gel.” Global Mode: “Hamas Shaves Heads” – Worn Through

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