Link Love (2013-04-02)

Thought-provoking

‘You will never change your life until you change something you do daily.’ ~Mike Murdock How to Change Your Life: A User’s Guide – Zen Habits

“Furthermore, because I learned to cum from watching porn (I had watched porn even before I had first ejaculated), I never even had the chance to learn how to achieve an orgasm without a voyeuristic element — through an exploration of my bodily sensations or fantasies of intimacy that I conjured myself.” Did Porn Warp Me Forever? – Everyday Feminism

Religion

A Difference in Perspective – Love, Joy, Feminism

“I left Islam because I think religion in general was a human invention to rationalize the premodern, prescientific world. I don’t think Islam is the exception to the rule. I spent over 10 years of my life actively engaging in the Muslim community by volunteering my time and working under Imams and directors of Islamic centers. I’ve read the Quran in its original Arabic form. I’ve studied Islamic thought from a conservative and progressive angle. All to which have led to my conclusion. ” Coming Out of the Religious Closet: Why I am No Longer Muslim – Organica

“We’re so easily delighted by some magic smoke farting out of a castle (to be fair, it’s hilarious)—but why are we not more universally bothered by the fact that the man designated, via that smoke, to lead 1.2 billion people has publicly stated that allowing gay couples to adopt is “a form of discrimination against children“? Nothing like being lectured on sexual morality by the head of an institution that systematically shelters and protects pedophiles. Gay rights are human rights and, honestly, I do not have any more patience for these ancient Archie Bunker stylings in the highest echelons of global human leadership. GROW UP, BABIES.” Fuck the Pope – Jezebel

“Remember the way that Francis would deny communion to pro-choicers and euthanasia advocates? What do you think his attitude would be, then, to a man who took responsibility for the kidnapping, torture and murder in concentration camps of tens of thousands of his political opponents? Not to mention taking newborn babies from their mothers at these concentration camps. Surely a man so concerned with protecting the family from the threat of same-sex couples would not have been able to remain silent?
He did.” A(nother) New Pope – Consider the Tea Cosy

Equality

Fighting for Coy – Make Me a Sammich & Parents of transgender first-grader file discrimination complaint – CNN

“Teach boys to cross-gender empathize. We have a serious problem with boys and empathy. If that wasn’t evident from what happened in Steubenville, I don’t know what is. Everything about mainstream culture is geared toward a) stripping boys of any ability to understand what it’s like to be a girl, and b) telling them that being a girl is bad. Girls have to cross-gender empathize every day in untold ways. It’s a survival skill if you are a female human.” 10 Small Changes You Can Make to Help Avoid Another Steubenville – Role / Reboot

“When students were polled, they rated Heidi and Howard as equally competent. But Howard came across as a more appealing colleague. Heidi was seen as selfish and not “the type of person you would want to hire or work for.” This experiment supports what research has already clearly shown: success and likability are positively correlated for men and negatively correlated for women. When a man is successful, he is liked by both men and women. When a woman is successful, people of both genders like her less.” Sheryl Sandberg on Why I Want Women to “Lean In” – Time

“By creating a specialized vocabulary to differentiate between men who behave femininely and women who behave femininely, we’ve created a divide that prohibits the acceptance of gender difference in our culture, says Drew Bowling.” Why Words Like “Manorexia”, “Murse”, and “Manscaping” Are Dangerous – Role / Reboot

“What’s hotter? The sex we have, or the sex we remember having?” Shooting Tape: Sex, Editing, Masturbation, and Memory – Hugo Schwyzer

 

Health

Ora Nadrich: Your Morning Cup of Tea or Coffee Can Be Your Meditation – Huffington Post

Why Walking Throughout the Day is Just as Important as Vigorous Exercise – LifeHacker

Beauty & Body Image

“When it comes to bra fitting band sizes are probably one of the most controversial topics.  The problem is, is that every woman is different.  Depending on your age, build, muscle tone, amount of loose skin, breast size, and other external factors (such as skin sensitivity or any disabilities) you might have very different needs when it comes to a band size.” All About Band Sizes – Braless in Brasil

7 Ways to Love Your Body (Through Thick & Thin) – Everyday Feminism

“I don’t think I’d like it very much. There would be all kinds of weird challenges to deal with that I don’t have to deal with now. I don’t want to go through life wondering if people are talking to me because I have a big rack. Not being the babest person in the world creates a nice barrier. The people who talk to you are the people who are interested in you. It must be a big burden in some ways to look that way and be in public.” Lena Dunham Playboy Interview: Dunham doesn’t want the body of a Victoria’s Secret model – Slate

Inspirational

Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are. –Marianne Williamson   9 New Ways to Practice Gratitude – Stratejoy

“Why do we compare ourselves to others?  Why do we do something that so often means we come off second best, feeling less than, and struggling to recognise what we already have but aren’t valuing enough?” Compare Yourself Less. Love Yourself More. – Beautiful You

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