Link Love (2013-06-29)

Thought-provoking

Learn Anything in 20 Hours with this Four Step Method – Life Hacker

“Life rewards people who move in the direction of greatest courage. Yes, moving with courage means running the risk of being hurt. But hiding in the corner, afraid to take a chance, also hurts; it’s just that it hurts all the time, so you become less aware of it.” Some thoughts on courage – Tacit

Paul Pholeros: How to reduce poverty? Fix homes – TED

““I don’t feel like I can change the world. I don’t even try. I only want to change this small life that I see standing in front of me, which is suffering. I want to change this small real thing that is the destiny of one little girl. And then another, and another, because if I didn’t, I wouldn’t be able to live with myself or sleep at night”” Going where others fear to treat – Please Understand Me

“When we act like this, chances are we have an inner caretaker in us that wants others to feel okay. Why? So that we can feel okay. This is commonly called co-dependency, or emotional fusion. In other words, our okayness is dependent on the other person, thus the term co-dependency.” Co-Dependency – Jayson Gaddis

“Real growth isn’t about reaching another level. It’s not about constantly seeking something outside yourself. Real growth is about internal transformation. It’s about the realization that you are already whole. You are already complete. You arealready more powerful than you can dare to imagine.” The Number One Self Development Mistake, and the Fake Growth Addict – Paid to Exist

Equality

“How do we normalize rape?  Professor Lynn Phillips answers this question very well:  “Everywhere you turn there’s condoning, trivializing, and eroticizing rape, and collectively it sets a tone that says this is no big deal, or this is what women deserve.”  A common misconception is that we have to agree with rape in order to be a part of a rape culture. This is not true.  We do not need to give consent to be a part of a rape culture. We already live in one. Rape culture is not necessarily about you accommodating or agreeing to an actual rape.  It’s about participating in a culture that says “rape is no big deal” via various communicative mediums such as media, advertising, law, jokes, TV, film, etc., and not calling it out and resisting it.” We Live in a Rape Culture – The Feminist Wire

Ireland’s Abortion Legislation and Ongoing Denial of Choice – Gender Focus

“The feeling I get here is that protecting scruples is more important than protecting women’s health (remember that in all of these cases the pregnancy is doomed anyway, so this isn’t about saving lives).” When Protecting Scruples Comes Before Women’s Health – Love, Joy, Feminism

How the Australian army reacts to sexual misconduct – Feministe

“Entitlement is about disregarding a woman’s sexuality, availability, values, and the plain and simple fact that after spending a significant chunk of time with you, she just might discover that you are not at all interesting or attractive.” Changing Male Gaze from a Magnifying Glass to a Mirror – Everyday Feminism

The Top 5 Dating Mistakes Men Make – Paging Dr. NerdLove

Health

Skincare Saturday: what do you know about NEEM? – Skintervention

Homemade Leather Furniture Cleaner – Savvy Sugar

Breeding the Nutrition Out of Our Food – NY Times

How I Achieved Better Sleep with the Help of Technology – Life Hacker

The Dairy Manifesto – Whole9

Recipes

Paleo Fudge – Wholefood Simply

Satisfying, Baked Home Fries – Neo-Homesteading

Stinging Nettle Benefits and a Stinging Nettle Recipe – Nourished Kitchen

How to Make Your Own Date Sugar – Butter Believer

Natural Ginger Ale Recipe – Homemade Fermented Probiotic Drink – Wellness Mama

10 Comments

  1. I’ve stumbled across a videotaped lecture I liked a lot and thought you might enjoy as well, so I want to share it with you. The talk is given by a vegan so it’s anti meat-eating admittedly, but I think the lecturer makes some very interesting points about the links between dietary choices and gender and social status, so probably this is something for you.🙂

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  2. I’m sorry, I hope I haven’t offended you by posting this! I’m just getting aware how much the issue of animal consumption is structurally equivalent to other ideologies of dominance and suppression and entangled with masculinity. Sorry.

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    • Hey hun, you haven’t offended me at all – life happened so I haven’t gotten around to watch it yet. My apologies!

      This, coming strictly from not having watched it (but having read some books on veganism and having one of my close friends be a raw vegan), I will have to say that I disagree that it is equivalent to other ideologies of dominance and suppression.
      However, as I am sure you also know, I am a firm believer that animals should be treated ethically and kept in optimal conditions for their health and well-being.

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      • I’d love to hear why you think it’s a different story! Actually I don’t think so. Speciecism for me is not far from racism etc.

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      • I am sympathetic to that point, but we don’t consider animals who eat other animals as racist, and I don’t see us eating animals as any different in that regard.

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      • I think the difference is that carnivorous animals have to eat other animals to survive, but humans don’t. Humans can make a choice.

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      • While it is true that human beings can survive without eating animals, I do not believe we can thrive (or at least, I do not believe we can all thrive). (I know we disagree on that point, which is probably where we split on whether it is ethical or not to eat animals).

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      • Ah okay, I see🙂

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      • Back from eating🙂

        I want to add, I actually care about the humans at least at much. If it’s true that humans can’t thrive without animal foods, this means the greatest part of mankind will be condemned to suffer from hunger and malnourishment (or die) and there’s no chance to improve the world nutrition situation because it’s simply not possible to provide enough animal products for all of them. This also means that the ecological situation we’re currently dealing with isn’t to be improved. I very much hope that won’t will be the case, and I hope for that because people have lived on diets containing very little animal products for a long time and were healthy nevertheless. Personally, I think if things go on like now, it will be in the not-too-far-away future that people will be forced to reduce animal food consumption a lot, or eventually even to become vegans, to make life possible for all humans on this planet.

        I also think that people have a moral obligation to find out how much animal food they need in their diet to be healthy, and go for the minimum amount. Most people who regularly consume animal products do that without thinking about, because it’s habitual (we’ve all grown up with animal products so they seem “normal” for us, but actually there’s a lot of cultural norms around animal food consumption) and tastes good, but it goes at the expense of the animals who suffer, the planet whose ressources are depleted, and the people who are malnourished. Actually my dominant motives to be vegan are both the ecological and humanitarian consequences of animal food consumption and the suffering of the animals. I didn’t do it for health, but by now I think it’s also healthy.

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      • Back from eating🙂

        I want to add, I actually care about the humans at least at much. If it’s true that humans can’t thrive without animal foods, this means the greatest part of mankind will be condemned to suffer from hunger and malnourishment (or die) and there’s no chance to improve the world nutrition situation because it’s simply not possible to provide enough animal products for all of them. This also means that the ecological situation we’re currently dealing with isn’t to be improved. I very much hope that won’t will be the case, and I hope for that because people have lived on diets containing very little animal products for a long time and were healthy nevertheless. Personally, I think if things go on like now, it will be in the not-too-far-away future that people will be forced to reduce animal food consumption a lot, or eventually even to become vegans, to make life possible for all humans on this planet.

        I also think that people have a moral obligation to find out how much animal food they need in their diet to be healthy, and go for the minimum amount. Most people who regularly consume animal products do that without thinking about, because it’s habitual (we’ve all grown up with animal products so they seem “normal” for us, but actually there’s a lot of cultural norms around animal food consumption) and tastes good, but it goes at the expense of the animals who suffer, the planet whose ressources are depleted, and the people who are malnourished. Actually my dominant motives to be vegan are both the ecological and humanitarian consequences of animal food consumption and the suffering of the animals. I didn’t do it for health, but by now I think it’s also healthy.

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