Still controversial, though it really shouldn’t be: Ms Naughty reviews the weight of research which seems to indicate that porn does not cause rape. This doesn’t mean there are no problems in the “porn industry”, or that particular individuals don’t experience problems with porn, but on a population basis, the idea that porn causes (or “fuels”) sexual violence simply doesn’t stack up.
Contrary to what many people believe, recent research shows that moderate pornography consumption does not make users more aggressive, promote sexism or harm relationships.
Would that Shelley Bridgeman had read this.
What the hell, Canada, we thought you were cool. Transgender people banned from flying.
Octavia Spencer is honoured for her work in The Help, and OF COURSE all the focus is on her weight. So she hits back:
Then I started thinking, would these questions ever be asked of my male counterparts? Better yet, underweight actors or actresses? Nah, I don’t think so! Anyway, I answer: “Women would be alot happier if they ate…However, it is society that has told them and continues to tell them that you are less valued if you are of a certain age, or weight…something has to change. “
An interesting piece from Denny about adversity: Adversity – forging steel under great heat.
It’s a bummer, but we don’t grow in peace and contentment, we grow in adversity. Some of my best thinking and inspiration has happened under pressure, not moments of quiet reflection.
A deeply nuanced post with a comments thread that’s worth reading too, about the politics surrounding breastfeeding from Spilt Milk – Breastfeeding support: less is not more.
What we need are real choices, not rock-and-hard-place compromises. And for that to be possible, much more needs to change than the message they put on posters in the maternity ward waiting room.
Check out Cath Elliot’s excellent piece of serendipity.
This week’s pretty: a fabulous skirt from New Zealand designer, The Carpenters Daughter. It’s called the Delilah skirt.
Description: Straight skirt, black with white polka dots. I (Deb) want it.