Link Love (2015-02-21)

Thought-provoking

“This crowd eagerly post some of Charlie Hedbo’s cartoons with the aim of accusing the magazine of racism and sexism, without caring to dig into the context.
The context of Charlie Hebdo’s Parodies/cartoons is easily understood by the French but not easily understood by outsiders, unless they are conversant with French politics. Some of these cartoons can be viewed and understood under the piece What are some of Charlie Hebdo’s most famous cartoons?
At first glance, these cartoons might appear racist, sexist, and ill-thought-out, but after reading the contexts, this is usually not the case.” The Charlie Hebdo tragedy: The five crowds that are getting it wrong – YEMMYnisting

How to Make Difficult Conversations Easy: 7 Steps From a Clinical Psychologist – Barking Up the Wrong Tree

“Reading and experience train your model of the world. And even if you forget the experience or what you read, its effect on your model of the world persists. Your mind is like a compiled program you’ve lost the source of. It works, but you don’t know why.” How You Know – Paul Graham

How to Use Nostalgia to Your Advantage (Instead of Getting Stuck) – LifeHacker

“Birds will not readily abandon their young because they “smell humans.” For one thing, birds don’t have a great sense of smell. Their olfactory bulbs are small and simple compared to other animals (although this wasn’t always the case, and there are exceptions to the rule, like the turkey vulture, albatross and kiwi), and they’re not going to be able to pick out your scent from all the other smells hitting their beaks at any given moment.
Even if they could detect your scent, and make a negative association with it, they’re not just going to up and leave. You wouldn’t abandon your kids and home at the first sign of danger, would you? Even if you didn’t love either all that much, you already went through the trouble of painting the living room and changing all those dirty diapers, right? Birds will make that same simple economic decision. They’ve invested a lot of time and energy in those babies and they’re not going to give them up for nothing. Mess around with a nest before the eggs are laid or before they hatch, and a bird might re-nest elsewhere, but once the kids are in the picture, they’re no push-overs.” If You Touch a Baby Bird, Will It’s Mother Really Abandon It? – Mental Floss

Religion

“8) If it teaches you to fundamentally distrust yourself and to view yourself as essentially broken, weak, or unable to think for yourself. Not too long ago I caught a sermon in which the preacher compared everyone to sheep. As many preachers often do, he took great pains to stress the stupidity of sheep, and their great need to be led by someone else. This, he argued, is a good way to think about ourselves. If reading that does not make something boil inside you then you have become as desensitized to that kind of talk as I was when I was still “in church.” But messages like that should make you angry. This compulsion to give such a low self-image to people is despicable, and it should be seen for what it is. It teaches people to see themselves as unable to determine their own steps, unable to think and to dream and to pursue goals of their own choosing. It cuts at the heart of what it means to be an intelligent being, and as with the other points I have made, this holds us back as a species from becoming what we could be.” Your Religion May Be Harmful If… – Godless in Dixie

“* I’ll get disqualified for not being a Christian. Only Christians are allowed to have legitimate opinions or a right to speak about Christianity. Of course, this doesn’t disqualify straight or white Christians from pontificating and trying to control the conversation about LGBTQ people or people of color (POC)–or their very lives. Sometimes this disqualification will take the form of a Just Asking Questions question: “Why do you care so much about this if you don’t believe in it?” or “Why can’t you just leave Christians alone?” Sometimes a Bible verse will get trotted out to try to clobber me, insinuating that only Christians can possibly “rightly divide the word” and know what it really means. That one’s especially funny because when I was Christian, I knew exactly what the verses meant–and nobody ever once said otherwise. I do not receive in turn, either, the right to demand that Christians quit talking about atheism or deconversion–topics they manifestly do not understand–or say that if they’re not either of those things then they’re not allowed to talk about them. That only works if you’re a Christian.” Disqualified – Ex-Communications

Equality

“If a young person is being abused at home – if they’re being berated, emotionally abused, or denied necessary mental and physical care by their parents – we want them to have access to every available option to get out and to safety. For a young LGBT person, living with a rampantly homophobic or transphobic guardian – with people who deny, hate or try to change a child’s gender identity through punishment or coercion – means enduring child abuse.” Homophobic, transphobic parents make abusive homes. Let’s help LGBT kids get out. – Jessica Valenti – The Guardian

The Confidence Myth and What It Means for Your Career – Tara Sophia Mohr

“None of the pain Scott talks about came from things that happened to him. They came from things that happened inside his head. He speaks in generalities about “sexual assault prevention workshops,” or of feeling targeted by feminist literature — himself saying that he was perversely drawn to the most radical and aggressive rhetoric he could find, eschewing more moderate writers for the firebreathing of Dworkin and MacKinnon.
He doesn’t talk about anyone targeting or harassing him personally — indeed, how could he be targeted by books written by second-wave feminists when he was a toddler? — but of feeling targeted, of having an accusatory voice inside his mind tormenting him with a pervasive sense of inadequacy, uncleanness, wrongness. It doesn’t seem like anyone in his life was particularly giving him a hard time, but that he was giving himself a hard time and picking up on any critical or negative messages directed at men in general as a way to amplify his negative thoughts.” The plight of the bitter nerd: Why so many awkward, shy guys end up hating feminism – Salon

4 Uncomfortable Thoughts You May Have When Facing Your Privilege – Everyday Feminism

“In a small but disturbing survey conducted at the University of North Dakota, nearly a third of male college students said they would commit rape if they could get away with it — and if it wasn’t described as “rape.”” Study finds a third of college men would rape if they could get away with it – Feministing

Inspirational

Habit Formation and My New Years Resolutions for 2015 – The Paleo Mom

“About five years ago, I sort of “woke up” and saw my home clearly for the first time. I had always had an organizing streak and even remember organizing the Tupperware cabinet in my parents home when I was only 18. But, somehow, this natural knack for organizing and creating order from chaos got covered up by years of stuff.
Stuff that I thought that I might need one day.
Stuff I thought might have some sort of financial value.
Stuff that I thought was essential to my memories.
Stuff that other people had given me (and that I hung onto out of guilt).” Do you want your home to feel like a sanctuary instead of a mess? Read this. – Christie Inge

Health

Pretty yoga poses that wreck pelvic stability (and one simple change that will help) – mm… Yoga!

E-Books Are Damaging Your Health: Why We Should All Start Reading Paper Books Again – Medical Daily

The 6 Things You Need to Be Doing to Fix Your Posture – Bustle

Retroverted Uterus a Natural Solution – Alignment Monkey

3 Ways to Improve Your Posture – Whole9

Do you gain weight when you PMS? Here’s why. – Paleo for Women

Are Midwives Safer than Doctors? – NY Times

Pediatric Politics: How Dire Warnings Against Infant Bed Sharing ‘Backfired’ – CommonHealth

The Argument for Nutrient Density – Autoimmune Paleo

Recipes

Paleo Cinnamon Graham Crackers (AIP Friendly) – Beyond the Bite

Homemade Peppermint Patties – The Prairie Homestead

Meyer’s Lemon Custard Soufflé (Nut-free) – The Paleo Mom

Guest Post by Martine Partridge: AIP, Crohn’s Disease and Cauli-Leek Mash – Sweet Potatoes and Social Change

London Fog Latte (AIP & WahlsPaleo+) – petra8paleo

Turkish Delight (Paleo, AIP) – The Paleo Partridge

Carrot Pumpkin Soup – Mangia Paleo

Spiced Butter Tea – Nourished Kitchen

In Season: Creamy Roasted Pumpkin Ginger Soup – Bare Root

Ginger Licorice Tea – Elana’s Pantry

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