Link Love (26/06/2012)

News Across the World

Afghanistan: “Gulsika was 13-years-old when she was forced into an arranged marriage. The first 10 days or so, she says, were pleasant — but then the abuse started. ” Afghan Woman Says Husband Shot Her For Not Having Children – RFERL

Balkan: “None of the women overcome trauma. We live out of spite, fighting for justice and truth.”Wartime rape victims: ‘We Live Out of Spite’ – SE Times

Egypt: “A handful of women saw the ugly side of Tahrir Square Friday when they were attacked and sexually harassed soon after they held a small demonstration protesting against just that.” Women brave attack to protest sexual harassment in Egypt – World News

India: “20-year-old Manju Kunwar had been living with her parents in Rajasthan, India for two years, ever since she left her husband. Two weeks ago, she eloped with another man. On Sunday, her father forced her to return home. On Monday, he beheaded her.” Indian Man Beheads Daughter Over Lifestyle – Friendly Atheist

Indonesia: “One of our problems is that people here are ashamed to admit that they have TB,” said Nunung Resmawati, one of the “community cadres” in Cicendo District. “So we talk to them and try to convince them TB is not a curse, and not something to be ashamed of. It’s a serious disease but one that can be cured.”  Housewives help fight TB – IRIN

Mali: “”When I first saw medical conditions in Mali, I wanted to break down and cry,” she says. “I was just asking myself: how can you be a doctor in these conditions? But it is getting better.”” Making Mothers Matter – allAfrica


“The moral of the story is simple: sometimes we do ourselves down, especially when faced with a difficult task or when we have special skills. Under these circumstances we are better than we know.” The Worse-Than-Average Effect: When You’re Better Than You Think – PsyBlog


Bible critic Dr. Bart Ehrman (author of Misquoting Jesus) discusses: How Reliable is the New Testament? – Friendly Atheist

“The reality is that in the first three centuries of Christianity, there were many other Gospels, Acts, and Epistles that various groups of Christians believed had been written by the apostles.  Based on those other writings, there was a lot of variety of beliefs among early Christians, and many of those beliefs would be considered extremely heretical today.  Eventually one group of early Christians became more powerful and influential than the others, but this was merely because they were connected to Rome and thus connected to the Roman emperor Constantine who converted to Christianity in the fourth century.” Bible Irony – Past Tense, Present Progressive

“It’s called shifting the burden. It’s the tactic of making a claim you know you can’t substantiate and then trying to divest yourself of the moral obligation to substantiate it. It’s no different morally to going into court and claiming the accused is guilty, then challenging them to prove their innocence because you know you have no evidence. Another name for this tactic is ‘bearing false witness’. It’s implicitly claiming you have evidence for something for which you know you have no evidence.” Shifting the Burden – Rosa Rubicondior

“The idea that either you were created with one particular purpose in mind or no purpose whatsoever is just ridiculous. One of my favorite philosophers once said, “The purpose of life is a life of purpose.” – Ludwig Wittgenstein. This is in a sense an existential moment for people. We can live the life of a slave to an imaginary Lord and Master or we can find our own meaning and purpose in life.” Atheism 101: The Purpose of Life – Examiner

“For fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals, negative response or (perceived) attacks by “the world” results in a confirmation of beliefs. In some sense, it plays into their hands, only serving to make their beliefs more firm and is interpreted as “proof” that they are on the right track.” You Will Be Hated: The Catch 22 – Love, Joy, Feminism

In my view, this is a custom that we cannot accept in a modern, civilized society. Our aim is to prioritise the rights of small children. Fortunately, it has become forbidden to circumcise girls, now it’s time for boys to get the same legal protection.” Religious leaders furious over Norway’s proposed circumcision ban – The Freethinker


I’m still working on: 1. It is not your job to keep the people you love happy.   Lindsey Mead Russell: 10 Things I Want My Daughter To Know Before She Turns 10 – Huffington Post

“As you all must have heard by now, Michigan state representative Lisa Brown was censored and barred from speaking during a debate on an abortion bill because she had the audacity to utter the word “vagina”—at which point all the Republican men in the room gasped and clutched their pearls in horror, despite the fact that they’re legislatively raping yours with unnecessary highly intrusive transvaginal probes.” Protecting our RELIGIOUS RIGHT to an Abortion – the fatal feminist

“The decision to have children surely deserves at least as much thought as people devote to leasing a car or buying a house. Procreation decisions are about whether or not to assume complete responsibility, over a period of at least 18 years, for a new life or new lives. Because deciding whether to procreate has ethical dimensions, the reasons people give for their procreative choices deserve examination. Some reasons may be better — or worse — than others.” Think Before You Breed – NY Times

” Epistemic privilege means that in a heterosexual relationship, it is generally—though not universally—the case that the woman will see gender-based power imbalances more clearly than will her boyfriend or her husband. This isn’t because of “feminine intuition,” it’s because folks in a historically oppressed class are always required to be more aware of power dynamics than those who belong to the dominant group.” Why Women Are More Often Right – Role / Reboot

“So while husbands and wives have become more equal, inequality between families appears to be on the rise. As Christine R. Schwartz, a professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin, puts it: “Marriages are increasingly likely to consist of two high- or two low-earning partners,” rather than of one of each.” Equality and the End of Marrying Up – NY Times


“The creator of this story, the instigator of this inspiring tale of relief, the mastermind behind all the knowing is none other than my 1-year-old niece, Holly Ann.” Still, Don’t Actually EAT Your Dishwasher Detergent – Crunchy Betty

“I’m not going to say that women should or shouldn’t fast. I’ll just echo Stefani’s advice “to look at options, to be honest about priorities, and to listen to one’s body with awareness and love.” Frankly, everyone should be doing that, but with regards to fasting, it looks like women should probably hew a little closer to her words.” Should Women Fast? – Mark’s Daily Apple

Beauty & Body Image

What happens when your body has “betrayed” you by being ill? I really struggle with this. I often read that you should love your body for what it is able to DO rather than what it looks like (a sentiment that I agree with) but how can you do this if you are chronically unwell?” Cultivating body gratitude during illness is challenging, but vital – Already Pretty

Hilarious! Following Victoria’s Secret Fit Advice – Braless in Brasil

” I believe in reinventing the wheel, when necessary, and in making minor changes to make your life feel like it’s yours, not the life someone else would imagine for you. I believe that we can choose to be the kinds of people that we’ve always dreamed of being, and that we shape our reality by the language we utilize to talk about ourselves.” An Interview with Body Image Warrior Mara Glatzel of Medicinal Marzipan – Strong, Sexy & Stylish

1. Accept your thoughts, and be kind. I could spend many hours beating myself up for thinking this way. But that’s not helpful, and it puts me back in the past when I’ve used myself as a punishing bag. The reality is that our culture is saturated with thin images and I also have some leftover insecurities. Many of us do. So I’m going to accept my thoughts — and extend some kindness and understanding my way. Instead of a self-critical perspective, I’m going to take a self-compassionate one.” What To Do When The Thin Ideal Sneaks In – Weightless

“As in, what do YOU want for YOURSELF? What makes YOU feel good? How can you move closer to feeling good more often?” On Removing the Diet Mentality from Your Diet – Medicinal Marzipan


“But what happens when all that sound is stripped away? What happens when noise—even the white noise we can’t sleep without—peels back, leaving us with the sound of our own breathing? We’re left with us. We’re left with the humming thoughts inside our head. We’re left with quiet.” Why We Need Solitude (and Where to Find It) – Make Every Day Count

“The difference between being fearless and standing up to your fears lies in refusing to allow your fears to make your decisions.” Fearless? – The Art of Non-Conformity

Just wanted to add that Mara is an amazing coach, highly recommended! “Self-love coaching is about recognizing the fact that you are an individual and, thus, have individual dreams and needs. This is not one-size-fits-all. This is about digging into YOUR stuff, to figure out what is standing in YOUR way – so that together we can work to clear away the cobwebs in your body and your brain and start conjuring up some magic in your life.” Accountability, Coaching + Getting Shit Done – Medicinal Marzipan

Subtract the wrong things. – When things aren’t adding up in your life, it’s time to start subtracting.  Sometimes you must let go to grow.  You cannot discover new oceans unless you build up enough courage to lose sight of the old, familiar shoreline.” 10 Ways to Change Your Life at Any Age – Marc and Angel

Laura argues that successful people purposefully use their mornings to focus on things that are important, but not urgent: things like nurturing your career, nurturing your relationships, and nurturing yourself. And if you’re not using your mornings well, the solution is often to be found in how you spend the rest of the day.” What I Learned By Keeping a Time Diary – Modern Mrs Darcy


The Six-Step Plan to Establish a New Income – The Art of Non-Conformity

27 Ways to Make Money as an Author You Haven’t Thought Of – Livehacked


“What I find most interesting about this topic is this: nagging annoys everyone. It annoys the nagger. It annoys the spouse (or teen) who is being nagged. And it even annoys innocent bystanders who overhear the nagging.” How to Stop Nagging – Project Happily Ever After

“By being mindful and taking the time to touch our partners, we’re physically and emotionally demonstrating that they’re a priority to us. We’re connecting in a way that says, “Hey, you’re a priority to me and right now. There is nothing more important than you.”” Remember to Touch – Simple Marriage


Making Your Travel Dream a Reality, Part 1: No More Excuses – Fashion For Nerds, Part II: Money Matters & Part III

“10 Easy ways to improve your grooming while watching TV” G is for Grooming – Inside Out Style Blog


  1. Thanks so much for the link – what an interesting set of articles you’ve found – I look forward to reading them!


    • Thank you Imogen! I really enjoy your blog 🙂 I hope you enjoy some of the other articles.


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