Link Love (2013-12-03)

Thought-provoking

“A ground-breaking theory suggests people with autism-spectrum disorders such as Asperger’s do not lack empathy – rather, they feel others’ emotions too intensely to cope.” Theory finds that individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome don’t lack empathy – in fact anything they epathize too much – seventhvoice

10 Things I Learned About Surviving Breast Cancer – Narcissista

“Everybody’s always trying to figure out how to do it right.
What’s “best” for my children? What can I do to raise the healthiest, most well-adjusted kids possible?
How can I do it “right?”
Well I think we should reframe this whole discussion into a simple recognition that we’re doing it all wrong.
Everything we do, it’s wrong.
Every decision is the wrong decision. And I have proof. Check this out.” So basically, you’re doing everything wrong always – Renegade Mothering

Religion

“When Mother Teresa became sick she was flown by private jet to the best clinics in the world. Or perhaps she couldn’t take a taste of her own medicine simply because there was none. Her hypocrisy was not just confined to fleeing from her own afflictions whilst plunging others in to theirs. When it came to the wealthy and powerful they, like her, were held to a different moral standard than the rest of us. During Ireland’s divorce referendum in 1995, she wrote a letter to the Irish people asking them to vote against the introduction of divorce. No doubt, she would have advised battered spouses to offer themselves up as punching bags for the glory of god. Her good friend and fellow string on every sentimentalist’s violin, Lady Diana, received Mother Teresa’s approval and blessing when she divorced Prince Charles. Suffering it seems was something Mother Teresa reserved for the inhabitants of Calcutta’s slums and Irish people trapped in miserable or abusive marriages.” An Enemy of the Poor: Mother Teresa – The Patron Saint of Hipocrisy – Andrew Devine-Rattigan

“The fight-pickers are not genuinely trying to understand why my morals remain intact without belief in supernatural beings, an afterlife, or Heaven and Hell. They are asking a question that’s not really a question. They are making an assertion that people cannot have morals without believing in a deity of some kind (preferably their own). The facts don’t support this prejudice, but I’ll get to that in a second. First I must point out how insulting this non-question really is to a person like me. When you do this, you are accusing me of being an immoral person. Perhaps you have never stopped to consider that this is what you are doing. Privilege blindness can be a nasty thing, and it’s far too easy to think less of people who don’t deserve it simply because they see things differently from you. If you have observed my behavior and have seen worse behavior from me than you see from people with your own belief system, then please point that out to me. If not, then perhaps you should rethink your assumptions about what makes people “moral.”” How Can Atheists Have Morals? (part one) – godless in dixie

“Shame because sometimes you can’t help but like one guy a little more than another. Shame because that’s “sinful” and “emotionally impure”. Shame because it sets a standard and proclaims that you are somehow shameful if you cannot keep it. You are considered damaged goods if you have fallen in love and had your heart broken. It was Josh Harris in I Kissed Dating Goodbye and the Ludy’s in several of their books that popularized the idea that everytime you fall in love or get “emotionally attached” to someone, you give away a piece of your heart. The more pieces you give away, the less of your heart you have to give to your spouse someday. He even went so far as to say that each of those former flames actually have some sort of hold on you. This has got to be the most bogus and the most damaging teaching of this entire movement. Love doesn’t work that way. The more you give, the more you have. My 3rd child doesn’t have less of my heart just because I’ve loved two other children before him. And, really, I haven’t given them “pieces” of my heart. I’ve given them each all of my heart. The miracle of love is that it multiplies by being given. ” How the Teachings of Emotional Purity and Courtship Damage Healthy Relationships – Darcy’s Heart-Stirrings & Emotional Purity and Courtship, Take 2

Equality

Five Awesome Things Straight People Can Do – Brian Gerald Murphy

3. “Real women have curves!”
Which would make all non-curvy women…figments of their own imaginations, I guess?
I am a skinny bitch. At my heaviest, I was a size 2. And I assure you that this does not make me any less real than women who are bigger than me, or differently shaped.
Body acceptance is about promoting all kinds of healthy body types, not about fetishising some and tearing down others in the process. This is no better than saying real women work out incessantly, or real women say no to that second slice of cake, or real women have D-cups. We’re all real, whether you’re attracted to us or not.” Ten things male feminists need to stop saying – Days Like Crazy Paving

Science Shows Prehistoric Gender Equality: Cave Women Rocked – Care2

“The paradigmatic repeat rapist uses a set of tactics that work, and they go like this:  push alcohol, test boundaries, physically isolate the target, and narrow the target’s options.  Look for that, and break it up.  In the rapes of juveniles now being reported in Missouri, what did the older boys do?  The girls were already smashed, but they pushed more alcohol, they put them in separate rooms, isolated from each other and with no friendly faces around.  The person looking to get the drunk drunker, and then alone, is not to be trusted.” Cockblocking Rapists Is a Moral Obligation; or, How to Stop Rape Right Now! – Yes Means Yes

Girls, boys and toys: call to end ‘stereotyping’ – Sydney Morning Herald

Health

A Beginner’s Guide: Why You Should Practice Meditation and How to Get Started – Mark’s Daily Apple

Recipes

Baked Oatmeal Recipe – Nourished Kitchen

The Best Paleo Pumpkin Pie – The Paleo Mom

Paleo Grassfed Beef Bone Broth – Paleo Porn

Rhu-berry Meringue Pie – Mummy Made It

Pumpkin Spice Mousse (Paleo) – The Primalist

Grain-Free Apple Pie Crisp – Jules’ Fuel

6 Lotion Bar Recipes (Using Coconut Oil and Natural Ingredients) – Wellness Mama

Triple Fat Fudge – Real Food Forager

Paleo Sex in a Pan – Grok Grub

Homemade Deoderant for Sensitive Skin: Bentonite Clay and Baking Soda – Stories & Thyme

 

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