Link Love (2013-03-26)

Thought-provoking

“Activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta calls out the double standard that drives our broken relationship to charities. Too many nonprofits, he says, are rewarded for how little they spend — not for what they get done. Instead of equating frugality with morality, he asks us to start rewarding charities for their big goals and big accomplishments (even if that comes with big expenses). In this bold talk, he says: Let’s change the way we think about changing the world.” Dan Pallotta: The way we think about charity is dead wrong – TED

“The “broken windows theory” of policing holds that when a community tolerates minor examples of disorder and petty crime, such as broken windows, graffiti, turnstile-jumping, or drinking in public, people are more likely to commit more serious crimes.” What Are Your “Broken Windows”? Here’s a List of Mine – The Happiness Project

Scientists say a baby girl born with HIV has been cured – Feministing

Religion

“Debi is saying, then, that if a husband is physically abusive toward his wife it’s not usually because he is cruel or evil but rather that he “expects obedience, honor, and reverence, and is not getting it.” It’s only natural, then, that he “reacts badly.” Your Command Man husband is hitting you, smacking you, and throwing you into furniture? If you would simply “play your part as a help meet” your husband would “respond differently.” Don’t call the police on your physically abusive husband—just shape up and be a good submissive wife, perfectly obedient and reverent to your husband, and the abuse will stop.” CTBHHM: The Command Man Tames the Shrew – Love, Joy, Feminism

Equality

“So the next time someone tells you that “boys will be boys,” that guys just absolutely cannot help themselves from staring at, catcalling, or groping people, or, worse, that it’s your fault for wearing those shorts/that dress/something that announces that you have a body and are not made of pure air, don’t believe them. Boys will be what we want to be. And we have the power to decide what that is.” Will Be Boys – Rookie

Teenager Raped, Then Jailed and Refused Medical Treatment – Care2

“How do we as individual feminists decide where to focus our energy and financial support? I once asked a similar question of a Buddhist monk after his stirring talk on compassion for all sentient beings. How do we decide who to help? His advice was to begin with those closest to our hearts. I took that recommendation to mean that by modeling compassion to our friends and family we could help those dear to us and inspire others, triggering rippling waves of kindness.” Who Decides What’s Next for Feminism? – Role / Reboot

“No, I want to point out one theme I saw in several of the ads: Women as rewards. The message is, “If you buy this product, you’ll be awesome, and you can have a woman as your reward!”” Women Are Your Reward for Being Awesome! – Love, Joy, Feminism

An Open Letter to Cosmo Magazine: You Lied to Me About Sex – Role / Reboot

Health

Understanding Why Emotions Affect Your Skin – The Love Vitamin

Red Meat: It Does a Body Good! – Chris Kresser

Recipes

Primal Ginger Cheesecake with Rhubarb Compote – Macnifique

Comforting and Nourishing, Freezer Mashed Potatoes – Neo-Homesteading

Beauty & Body Image

Sex Sells, But We’re Buying More than We Bargained For – Beauty Redefined

“And maybe you think that because it’s my body I should love it and that I should think I’m beautiful. That I should somehow ignore all the standards the world imposes on me every single day, standards that make up “beautiful.” That I should make my own standards, and tell myself that I can just create my own reality. That I should pretend that I can never be judged by the standards of others. Maybe if I just love myself enough, other people will be able to climb into my head and begin adopting my standard of beauty and the world will follow and my formula will be the new standard and I will become The Most Beautiful.” Don’t tell me to love my body – Skepchick

Inspirational

10 Things Extraordinary People Say Every Day – Inc.com

“But more than unwinding the tension in my body, I come to yoga to unwind the tension in my heart. Before yoga, I had no idea how much tension I habitually carried – the tension of expectations, judgments, blame, guilt, resentment, anxiety, control…. I come so that I may bend, and not break, in the face of whatever challenges life brings that day. I come to yoga to grow my strength of heart, my courage, to open to life in whatever form it flows through me.” Finding faith on the path of growth – First Ourselves

Meditation: The Most Fundamental Habit

“Deep and fundamental change requires us to step outside of our comfort zone. The trick is not to step too far out. We need challenge, but we don’t need panic.” When You Feel Terrified: Come Out of the Panic Zone – Tiny Buddha

How to Create a Breakthrough: The Three Critical Elements – Tony Robbins

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