Link Love (2013-05-18)

Thought-provoking

Rose George: Let’s talk crap. Seriously. – TED

“But even though you think that moment may be far behind you, the truth is: new partners enter your life. And every time you’re with someone new, you’re having sex for the first time all over again.” What People Need to Know to Having Great First-Time Sex – Everyday Feminism

Thomas Insel: Toward a new understanding of mental illness – TED

“They’re crude, they’re simple, and they’re effective,” Reardon said. “You can’t stop them all the time — the question is how you respond to the threat. Do you crack down like Big Brother, or do you try to allow people to live their lives as normally as possible?” Why Attacks Like the Boston Bombing Are Nearly Unpreventable – Time

John McWhorter: Txtng is killing language. JK!!! – TED

Religion

“I can understand why Christians might cling to the idea that the person was never really a believer. It can be frightening to see someone who, from all outside appearances, has the same faith that you do. It can be unnerving to realize that faith can be stripped away. Often it is easier to believe that they were never really believers in the first place than to believe that a loss of faith is possible.” The Christian Guide to Atheists: Never Really a Christian – Alise… Write

“They have to admit they were part of the problem, and that they either fought hard to take away civil rights from LGBT people or (in the case of silent Christians) prevent them from getting those rights in the first place, and that they gave money to churches that were openly and proudly intolerant of homosexuality, and that they stayed silent when we needed their voices the most, and that they held on to their homophobia because their religion taught them to do so.” Is It Okay for Christians to Support Marriage Equality Long After the Rest of Us? – Friendly Atheist

Equality

“The moment I emerged from my mother’s womb, however, my possibilities dwarfed those of my siblings, for I was a boy! And my brainy, personable, and good-looking siblings were not. My parents would love us equally, and our teachers would give us similar grades. But at every turn my sisters would be told — more through signals than words — that success for them would be “marrying well.” I was meanwhile hearing that the world’s opportunities were there for me to seize.
So my floor became my sisters’ ceiling — and nobody thought much about ripping up that pattern until a few decades ago. Now, thank heavens, the structural barriers for women are falling.” Warren Buffet is bullish… on women – CNN

A TED Talk That Might Turn Every Man Who Watches It Into A Feminist? It’s Pretty Fantastic. – Upworthy

“As a feminist, I had never thought of boys or men as oppressed until the experience of raising one. Having a boy has given me the opportunity to see the ways that boys are restricted, the ways that fear and shame diminish them from the earliest age. The fear is that of being seen as girl-like, the shame is that of not meeting up to the standards of the “real boy.” William Pollack, Ph.D., calls this “The Boy Code”—a set of “should be’s” about boys. Boys should be the “sturdy oak”—independent, strong; they should “give ‘em hell” a la John Wayne; they should be “the big wheel”—always dominant and powerful; there should be “no sissy stuff” meaning real human feelings. Except for anger, which we tend to see as the only masculine emotion.” On Making the World a Safer Place to be a Boy – Role / Reboot

“Comments like this make me—owner of not one but two copies of “The Omnivore’s Dilemma”—want to smack Pollan and the rest upside the head with a spatula. Claiming that feminism killed home cooking is not just shaming, it’s wildly inaccurate from a historical standpoint.
As should be obvious to anyone who’s peeked at a cookbook from the late 1940s or early 1950s that promotes ingredients like sliced hot dogs and canned tomato soup, we’ve been eating processed crap since long before feminism. Yet the idea of the feminist abandoning her children to TV dinners while she rushes off to a consciousness-raising group is unshakable.” Is Michael Pollan a sexist pig? – Salon

“I thought, ‘Oh, my gosh, I’m that chewed up piece of gum, nobody re-chews a piece of gum, you throw it away.’ And that’s how easy it is to feel like you know longer have worth, you know longer have value,” Smart said. “Why would it even be worth screaming out? Why would it even make a difference if you are rescued? Your life still has no value.” Elizabeth Smart says abstinence-only education made her feel like a chewed-up piece of gum – Feministing

Health

Your Practical Guide for Dental Decisions – Part 1 – Whole9

Study: Ginger Better than Drugs for Pain – Care2

Trying and Troubleshooting the Oil Cleansing Method: Tips for Flawless, Oil-Cleansed Skin – Crunchy Betty

Good Sleep – Tynan

Recipes

Coconut Raspberry Cheesecake (paleo autoimmune protocol-friendly!) | The Paleo Mom

Paleo Coconut Oil Hollandaise Sauce – Against All Grain

Cauliflower Tortillas – Slim Palate

Spicy Salmon Cucumber Bites – Nom Nom Paleo

Soothing Magnesium Peppermint Foot Scrub Recipe – Wellness Mama

Beauty & Body Image

“Ughhh,” I complained. “Fitspiration is the worst. It’s just as bad as thinspo, but it’s cleverly disguised to look like it’s about health. But at the end of the day, it’s still promoting the idea that there’s only one body type that’s desirable.” Fitspiration: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – Everyday Feminism

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