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“The thing is, it’s patriarchy that says men are stupid and monolithic and unchanging and incapable. It’s patriarchy that says men have animalistic instincts and just can’t stop themselves from harassing and assaulting. It’s patriarchy that says men can only be attracted by certain qualities, can only have particular kinds of responses, can only experience the world in narrow ways.

Feminism holds that men are capable of more – are more than that.”

~Chally Kacelnik

“Visionary feminism is a wise and loving politics. It is rooted in the love of male and female being, refusing to privilege one over the other. The soul of feminist politics is the commitment to ending patriarchal domination of women and men, girls and boys. Love cannot exist in any relationship that is based on domination and coercion. Males cannot love themselves in patriarchal culture if their very self-definition relies on submission to patriarchal rules. When men embrace feminist thinking and practice, which emphasizes the value of mutual growth and self-actualization in all relationships, their emotional well-being will be enhanced. A genuine feminist politics always brings us from bondage to freedom, from lovelessness to loving.”

~Bell Hooks

End patriarchy.

Because a better world for all is in our hands.

 

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Nico Lang: “Trampire:” Why the Public Slut Shaming of Kristen Stewart Matters for Young Women

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But for young women, the culture of slut shaming that the Kristen Stewart scandal represents won’t go away. I might not be concerned for K-Stew, but I am concerned for all the young women today who are tuned into this scandal, ones who are learning that it’s not okay to screw up, ever. Chris Brown can publicly beat the hell out of his girlfriend but still be played on the radio and win Grammys. However, if you ever cheat on your boyfriend, your life is over and no one will ever want to be associated with you. Almost no one will blame the much-older guy you cheated with, and it might actually make him more famous and help his career. Few will care that he was your boss and in a position of authority or that he may have have taken advantage of your youth and relative inexperience. Everything is your fault, and your life will be threatened over it. If you are a trampire, you will be publicly staked for it, even though cheater Ashton Kutcher recently emerged relatively unscathed by the media. No one asked for him to be fired from Two and a Half Men.

I might not be concerned for K-Stew, but I am concerned for my younger stepsister who has pictures of Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson on her walls, who idolizes and worships them, and who might grow up to hate Kristen Stewart for reasons she doesn’t understand. I’m worried she will be taught that it’s not okay to mess up, learn from it and apologize, because no one wants your apology, just your suffering on camera. I’m worried that she’ll think its okay to harass and threaten women for their indiscretions, even if men get off scot-free. I’m worried she will think this culture of bullying, slut-shaming and rhetorical violence against women is the norm, because you get a t-shirt for it. I’m worried she will learn to internalize the shame brought on far too many women today, for having sexualities, for not being perfect, for not fitting into a box. I’m worried she’ll believe men like Todd Akin, Paul Ryan and Mike Huckabee are right.

Because even if she doesn’t know who Akin, Ryan and Huckabee are, even if she doesn’t pay attention to politics or the radical right-wing GOP, she does pay attention to Twilight and Robsten. And if we want to empower her to be a strong, independently minded woman who knows that her body, sexuality and safety are legitimate and can stand up for her rights, we need to pay attention, too. This might seem ridiculous to us, and most people I know can’t wait to stop talking about it. But for her, having this conversation makes a difference. Although no young woman shouldn’t think it’s okay to cheat, what we are teaching them right now is so much worse.

Read more @ Nico Lang: “Trampire:” Why the Public Slut Shaming of Kristen Stewart Matters for Young Women.

 

I don’t like Robert  Pattinson or Kristin Stewart, and I think “Twilight” is a harmful piece of crap that promotes co-dependency and violence towards women.  However, that doesn’t excuse the public abuse of one young woman and her extremely stupid action. So what if she cheated on him? I think it was a crappy thing to do, yes. I’ve heard rumors that he cheated on her. Again, so what? That’s between her and him, not you and me and everyone else.

Stop sticking your gossipy noses in other people’s business and grow up a little.

 

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Wii Tennis

 

 

 

744. -5.

 

 

 

Not a bad score. I would like to do some boxing, but some little boy who shall remain nameless finally broke the nunchuk through little-kid-carelessness.

 

 

 

/sigh

 

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Kellogg’s GMO Flakes – Activists Take Over Kellogg’s Facebook Wall | GMO Labeling

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A movement to essentially take over the Facebook wall of cereal giant Kellogg’s appears to be working quite well, as a few peeks at the mega-corporation’s page reveals.

While the Battle Creek, Michigan based company has crafted a wholesome image through its commercials, friendly cartoon characters and seemingly health-focused products, activists of the GMO-free movement aren’t buying it because of their rampant use of GMOs, and they have a bone to pick.

Spurred by various activist groups for health freedom on Facebook including many that are support California’s landmark Proposition 37, which mandates genetically modified organism (from food crops) labeling, individual users have continued the barrage of posts. Most of them focus on their own personal decision to dump Kellogg’s for using GMOs in recent years, as well as to inform people interacting with the page about studies that have shown serious health defects caused by GMO corn and other GMOs.

Kellogg’s of course uses GMO’s in most of their cereals, as just about all processed food companies do nowadays. Corn, canola, soy, sugar beets (labeled as “sugar), and a few other ingredients are among those that are likely genetically modified if not organic. They have been linked to infertility, serious allergies, weight gain and organ damage in lab animals.

The company has taken a stand against Prop 37, however, to avoid having to label its products as containing GMOs in California. Many analysts believe that a win for the proposition in California could open the flood gates for more states to adopt such laws, which is exactly what companies like Kellogg’s and similar companies want to avoid. So far, Kellogg’s has contributed tens of thousands of dollars to fight the initiative and is likely to donate more as November draws near.

It’s interesting to note just how effective the campaign has been on Facebook by the anti-GMO crowd, however. Virtually every post or thread started by Kellogg’s has a high number of respondents spreading awareness about GMOs, and Kellogg’s fans are becoming curious. Many of them seem as if they had no idea that GMOs were even an issue, or that they happened to be in Kellogg’s products.

via Kellogg’s GMO Flakes – Activists Take Over Kellogg’s Facebook Wall | GMO Labeling.

What Happens When You Teach Stereotypes Instead of Kids?

Today the ACLU filed a lawsuit challenging this discriminatory program. We are representing a mother and her three daughters currently enrolled at Vandy.  The three girls are suing the Wood County School Board because their 6th grade year was torturous for them.

•    One girl has attention-deficit disorder and has trouble sitting still in class.. Her punishment? Being sent to the boys’ classroom, where she is required to sit still and face the wall while the boys roam freely around the room!

•    Another girl is legally blind and has difficulty reading in the dimly lit classroom; she requested brighter lights and the teacher told her to sit by the window.

•    And a third girl learns best by reading and writing things down; however, when she asked for more time to take notes and copy slide presentations, she was told that girls learn best through auditory rather than visual input.

These girls are being unfairly deprived of equal educational opportunities because they do not conform to gender-based stereotypes.

Through our lawsuit, we hope to halt this discriminatory program and bring public attention to the harms caused by sex stereotyping and unjustified separation. No child fits all the stereotypes about his or her sex, and teaching kids as if they did is simply wrong.

via What Happens When You Teach Stereotypes Instead of Kids?.

Heat: During the Heat Wave

The following are guidelines for what you should do if the weather is extremely hot:

Stay indoors as much as possible and limit your exposure to sun.

Stay on the lowest floor, out of the sunshine, if air conditioning is not available.

Consider spending the warmest part of the day in public buildings such as libraries, schools, movie theaters, shopping malls and other community facilities. Circulating air can cool the body by increasing the perspiration rate of evaporation.

Eat regular, light, well-balanced meals and limit your intake of alcoholic beverages.

Drink plenty of water. People who have epilepsy or heart, kidney or liver disease; are on fluid-restricted diets; or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a doctor before increasing liquid intake.

Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothing that covers as much skin as possible.

Protect your face and head by wearing a wide-brimmed hat.

Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone.

Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.

Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. Use the buddy system when working in extreme heat, and take frequent breaks.

via Heat: During the Heat Wave.

Heat: Before the Heat Wave

What should you do?

If a period of extreme heat is forecast for your area, take the following precautions:

If you have air conditioning already installed, make sure it works properly before the summer months.

Install window air conditioners snugly; insulate them if necessary. Check your home’s air-conditioning ducts for proper insulation.

Install temporary window reflectors, such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard, between windows and drapes to reflect heat back outside.

Install weather stripping on your home’s doors and windowsills to keep cool air in and hot air out.

Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings or louvers, which can reduce the heat entering a home by up to 80 percent.

Keep storm windows in place year-round.

If you don’t have air conditioning, open your windows during the coolest part of the day and keep fresh air moving around your home with circulating fans.

Drink plenty of cool non-alcoholic liquids, especially water.

Protect your face and head with a wide-brimmed hat, and wear light-colored clothing to reflect sunlight (dark clothing more readily absorbs sunlight).

Keep pets indoors and refill their water bowls frequently.

via Heat: Before the Heat Wave.

Extreme Heat: Impacts on Your Health

Stay hydrated.

What are the health impacts of extreme heat?

Most heat-related illnesses occur when victims have been overexposed to heat or have over-exercised for their age and/or physical condition. When extreme heat is at its most deadly, it kills by forcing the human body beyond its capacity to cool itself down, slowing the processes by which normal body temperature is maintained.

Who’s at risk?

Heat-related illnesses and deaths are preventable. When extreme heat occurs, it’s important to be aware of those at greatest risk for experiencing its effects: the very young, the elderly, and people with chronic diseases and/or mental illness. Even young and healthy individuals, however, can succumb to heat if they take part in overly strenuous physical exercise outdoors during hot weather.

People living in urban areas are at high risk also, thanks to the poor air quality of many large cities and often-stagnant atmospheric conditions, which trap pollutants in the air. When people breathe in these pollutants, they can trigger a wide range of respiratory problems.

Asphalt and concrete also store heat longer and gradually release heat at night, leading to higher evening temperatures. Known as the urban “heat island” effect, this can prevent or reduce nighttime relief from extreme heat in a large city.

via Extreme Heat: Impacts on Your Health.

Secret to Squid’s Iridescent Rainbow Skin Discovered | LiveScience

 

For squid looking to sparkle, extra bling is only seconds away, thanks to a nerve network in the skin that allows these cephalopods to alter their iridescence — the first invertebrate creatures found to have this ability.

A new study finds that electrical stimulation of the nerves in squid skin changes the color and reflectance of tiny platelike structures called iridophores in the skin, allowing changes in hue from red all the way through the color spectrum to blue.

Oddly enough, despite their bright displays, these squid see only in black-and-white, deepening the mystery of why and how they pick a color from their array.

via Secret to Squid’s Iridescent Rainbow Skin Discovered | LiveScience.

 

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