Link Love (28/05/2012)

News Across the World

Belgium: “The woman was reportedly deceived into believing that she could not have children because she was possessed and that she had to undergo a practice of exorcism.” Belgium court charges six people in deadly exorcism of Muslim woman – Al Arabiya

Bosnia: “Former Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic has appeared at the Hague tribunal, accused of mass murder and the expulsion of thousands of Bosnian Muslims in the 1990s. Two decades on, many are still living in refugee camps.” Forgotten refugees in Bosnia – DW

Burma: “Rozeya teaches a classroom of students at a middle school in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. The 21-year-old battled her conservative society, poverty and sceptical teachers to get an education.” Young Muslim woman’s fierce passion for learning sparks big changes – UNHCR

Egypt: “Egypt’s revolution is now often described as hijacked and women’s legal rights are seen as vulnerable to an Islamic-style promotion of marriage and family. But in a show of their own force, women keep braving the deadly dangers of street protests.” Egypt’s Women Keep Showing Power in Protest – Womens eNews

Sweden: “Six out of ten mosques in Sweden gave women advice about how to deal with spousal abuse and polygamy that contradicted Swedish law, a media investigation has revealed.” Mosques’ advice: ‘don’t report abusive husbands’ – The Local

USA: “And while it is widely acknowledged that women are already engaging in combat, American servicewomen continue to be officially excluded from being “assigned” to direct ground combat positions by the so-called combat exclusion rule. This rule prevents women’s service from being fully recognized and stifles their career advancement.” Combat Exclusion for Women Should No Longer Be the Rule – Feministing


Twenty-five years ago young Americans had a chance. In 1984, American breadwinners who were sixty-five and over made ten times as much as those under thirty-five. The year Obama took office, older Americans made almost forty-seven times as much as the younger generation.” Young People in the Recession – The War Against Youth – Esquire

“Homosexuality was invented May 6, 1868. That’s the word’s first recorded usage by Karl-Maria Kertbeny (or Károly Mária Kertbeny), an Austrian-born Hungarian journalist, memoirist and human rights campaigner. It is in a letter he wrote to Karl Heinrich Ulrichs, the first recorded gay rights campaigner.”Another LGBT History Lesson – Care2

“Marcus Garvey said, “a people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots”. I can’t say how much this phrase speaks to me, and the importance I attach to knowing where I’ve come from in order to move forward, to having at least some idea of my roots.” On Ancestral (Dis)Connections – Eccentric Yoruba

“Christian-nationalist zealots are trying to rewrite US history, airbrush slavery and enshrine creationism in Texas schools” Texas’ war on history – Katherine Stewart – The Guardian

“Most people are much better at giving advice than taking it. When it comes to spending our money, we like to think we know best what will make us happy. What does the guy next door or a colleague at work know about how we should spend our money? Well, a lot more, it turns out, than we might think.” The Impressive Power of a Stranger’s Advice – PsyBlog


“To boil it down: Saying “you may not do X” is an imposition. Saying “go ahead, guys” is not.” Is Obama’s Support of Gay Marriage an ‘Imposition’ of His Religion? – Friendly Atheist

“She was distraught. She told me she was more bothered by that than the revelation I was gay.”” African-American Atheists – NY Times

“Then, perhaps talks about a return to “real” Islam or Islamization (as some would call it), is not really about Islam, but rather about politics. Similarly, women’s involvement in these developments is political.” In the Name of the Caliphate: What the “Islamic State” Seems to Mean for Muslim Women – Muslimah Media Watch


It’s been a couple of days since I’ve posted the “Lowest Difficulty Setting” piece, and it’s been fun and interesting watching the Intarweebs basically explode over it, especially the subclass of Straight White Males who cannot abide the idea that their lives play out on a fundamentally lower difficulty setting than everyone else’s, and have spun themselves up in tight, angry circles because I dared to suggest that they do.” “Lowest Difficulty Setting” Follow-Up – Whatever

Do Rape Victims Have Too Many Rights? – Friendly Atheist “According to Rebecca Kiessling, they do. She believes women who have been raped should not have the right to have an abortion if they become pregnant by their rapists. ”

“For heterosexuals who have embraced the modern notion of marriage, the idea of same-sex marriage seems natural. These couples aren’t any different from them. They love and support each other, raise kids together and are committed to each other. They share values, desires and interests. Not allowing them to marry is as arbitrary as not allowing couples of different races, ethnicities or religions to marry.” The Economic Case for Same-Sex Marriage – Bloomberg

“But what worries me most is that people claim to me that this is a “choice”—which is apparently the new motto of the women’s movement. If it were a choice, why are 90% of women changing their name? Why aren’t 50% of men changing their names AND 50% of women? ” When I Marry, I’m Keeping My Own Last Name – Role / Reboot

“It is perfectly possible to understand that many men are suffering at the moment without blaming it on feminism” The Second Sexism is just victim-envy – Suzanne Moore – The Guardian

“The only justification for this part of the bill is a desire to put up impediments to gay weddings.  And there’s no reason why a wedding performed on a base by a liberal chaplain should cause an Orthodox, Catholic, or conservative evangelical chaplain to resign.  After all, they already may share space with clergy conducting marriages that are non-sacramental  (two atheists) or non-valid (a lapsed Catholic divorcee) in the eyes of their faith.” My Radical Homosexual Agenda for the Military – Unequally Yoked


Looks yummy! “Paleo” Custard Sauce – Budget Paleo

“Mother passes on her own gut flora (for better or for worse) to her baby. The state of mom’s flora has the potential to either promote healthy digestion, immunity and mental capacities or it can compromise her baby’s health right from birth causing a lot of unnecessary pain and suffering for both.” Cultured at Birth: Why Healing the Gut Fosters a Healthy Baby – Domestic Diva

“Sugar can indeed make you dumb.  Eating lab rat chow completely devoid of omega 3 can make you even dumber.  I don’t recommend it.” Do Sugar and/or Saturated Fat Make You Stupid? – Evolutionary Psychiatry

Beauty & Body Image

“We want to show to the world that there was a real need for bra bands  in 30 backs and under.  That we were real women, both young and old who needed these bras (and sometimes in large cup sizes too!).” 30 and Under Bra Band Project is Live! – Braless in Brasil

“Let’s say you want something covering your legs: either for the dressiness, or for a little bit of warmth. Let’s say that patterned black stockings, as awesome as they are, would be a bit much: a little too sexy for this particular event, or a little too complicated for this particular look. And let’s say you hate, hate, HATE pantyhose.” Fashion Friday: Fine-Mesh and Flesh-Tone Fishnets – Greta Christina’s Blog

“As someone who has struggled with body acceptance in the past I am passionate about having an open, honest dialogue with youth. Sadly, when I asked the students if anyone had ever talked to them about these issues the overwhelming majority of them said no.” One Size Doesn’t Fit All: Talking to Youth About Body Image – Gender Focus

ask marzipan: how do I keep from passing my negative body image to my child? – Medicinal Marzipan

“I am certain that bad fitting advice issued by irresponsible bra brands is responsible for every single ill fitting bra and every minute of bra-wearing misery known to women. ” The Third Way: How Brands Can Advise on Bra Size – Busts 4 Justice

“In a world where self-loathing is the norm and it is more socially acceptable to trash-talk your own body than it is to praise it, making yourself a body image role model is no mean feat.” How to Be a Body Image Role Model: Advice, suggestions, and actions – Already Pretty


“I am trying to find a balance again. I know I have to focus on myself, on my own things, to say “no” and “stop” and “this is good enough already”. These probably have to be my magic words in finding a balance.” The Balancing Act of Life and Work – My Funny Little Life

“But failure is a normal part of life. If you never, ever suffer a failure, then you’re probably not pushing yourself to your full potential. Often, it’s only through failure that we eventually meet with success. Here’s how to pick yourself up after you’ve failed:” How to Pick Yourself Up After a Failure – Pick The Brain

“If something seems “obvious” to you, it generally means one of two things: either you understand it so well that it has become intuitively grasped, or you don’t understand it at all. My experience tells me most people suffer from the latter condition.” The Strangeness of Everyday Things – Scott H Young

On Trust and Fear: 8 Things I Believe – Trust Tending

“How to make friends, speak in public, navigate awkward run-ins, and get stuff for free using this one trick my mom taught me.” Fake It Till You Make It – Rookie

“As you know, life is full of uncertainty. You need to have more faith than fear, more persistence than doubt, and the help and support of family and friends to reach your goals. In the end, this is what makes for a colorful and meaningful life.” 9 Colorful Tips to Get Insanely Fearless – The Bold Life


“As long as you can, keep going. As long as you feel that spark, that passion, that drive to create inside, keep writing. Don’t let anyone tell you you shouldn’t, or that it’s not good enough.” What I Learned About Writing From My Lunch With a Dead Woman – Make a Living Writing

“Writers usually understand that they need social media, but they don’t understand that they really need social media to work for them.” The Ultimate Social Media Guide for Writers – Livehacked

Find out when your followers are most active, and interact with them then: A Killer Combo for Smart Twitter Users – Smart Passive Income

Advice for aspiring writers: “Be great. Read. Write. Bust your ass. Learn and find your voice. As hard as you think it is, it’s a hundred times harder.  Good luck.” Interview with Steven Pressfield: Author of the War of Art – Goins, Writer

“Every once in a while, I’m faced with a maddeningly blank screen as I try to get my head around how to write an article. Usually in this case, the topic is unfamiliar to me, or I have a lot of research and interviews and don’t know where to start. Here’s how I handle it” My Trick for Writing Difficult Articles – The Renegade Writer

“I do, in fact, use a blog post template. I don’t follow it slavishly, but I always start with it. It includes all the elements that I have learned make for an effective post. It also helps me write faster, because it provides me with a track to run on.” Anatomy of an Effective Blog Post – Michael Hyatt


“From personal experience, proffering an ‘either/or’ doesn’t turn out so well; in the few instances I’ve tossed them out, I’ve caved too much on what I wanted from a partner or had to walk away.” Cristen Conger: Ultimatums and the Irrational Economics of Relationships – Huffington Post


Off the Rack: Sew a Fitted Tee Shirt – Hourglassy

Homemade Whipped Coconut Oil Body Butter Recipe – The Nourished Life


  1. Thank you so much for linking me, Becky! 😀 I love that you’re doing the Link Love posts with quotes now – so cool! Loved the “lowest difficulty level” articles! As for the other links, I’ll return later because I still have to do a couple of hours of corrections on my thesis. 😕


    • You’re very welcome Kath! I’m really happy you like the quotes, it takes a little while longer, but I think some people like to know a bit more about what they’re getting themselves into (especially if the headline isn’t too telling).

      The ‘lowest difficulty level’ were excellent, weren’t they? I really enjoyed them too!

      Awww, good luck with all the correction work (that was my most hated part), but do let me know what you think, when you have a chance to read some more!


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