I want to eat the things
Winter is well and truly here. I hate the cold, it feels like my soul just shrivels up and goes into hibernation the moment the first cold snap hits! But when we heard that the newly opened The Local Mbassy served baked eggs we made the trek over to Ultimo near Wentworth Park and just down the road from the Sydney Fish Markets. Isaac went for the Shakshuka ($17) which was jam packed full of baked beans, bacon and poached eggs in a sweet paprika sauce. There was a loooot of beans lol and plenty of toasted bread to dunk into.
Since all day breakfast was offered, I opted for the Full English Breakfast ($18) because I was super hungry haha and the Local Mbassy’s did not disappoint. It came with my eggs of choice which were poached and had perfectly gooey centres, fat sausages, double smoked crispy bacon, grilled cherry tomatoes on the vine, mushrooms, a pile of wilted spinach, in-house baked beans and a golden hash brown (even though the the menu said potato rosti). Try as I might, I just could not finish this and mourned my fail stomach.
Leen’s Spanish Open Omelette ($16.50) was massive! It was a super generous serving with crispy edges and fluffy innards and stuffed with chorizo, spanish onion, red capsicum, grilled tomatoes and fresh rocket and shavings of parmesan cheese scattered on top.
The Red Velvet Pancakes ($15.50) arrive and we take a moment to gaze at its triple stacked beauty. The pancakes weren’t as fluffy as I thought they’d be, more of a hotcakes style but they tasted like summer with the fresh strawberries and blueberries. The pancakes could’ve used a bit more chocolatey flavour and I would have preferred ice cream instead of cream but they were a nice light dessert to end the meal with.
I loved the interior with exposed beams, hanging lightbulbs and bicycle gear stools. The service was ace and I’ll have to re-visit soon and try their extensive lunch menu!
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A new article reports the findings from a longitudinal study that followed 667 women who had early- and later-term abortions for three years after their procedure. Dr. Corinne Rocca and her colleagues asked women if they felt that the abortion was the “right decision” at one week and approximately every six months thereafter.
This is your image of the week:
Percent of women reporting that abortion was the right decision over three years:
Over 99% of the women said that the abortion was the right decision at every time point. The line that looks like the upper barrier of the graph? That’s the data.
Overall, measures of negative emotions were relatively low — an average score of under 4 on a 16-point scale at one week and declining to about 2 at three years — and were higher for women who had a more difficult time deciding whether to get an abortion or who subsequently had planned pregnancies. Whether the abortion occurred in the first trimester or near the legal limit did not correlate with emotional response.
In contrast, women reported twice as many positive emotions at one week. Over time, positive feelings about the abortion declined along with negative ones, suggesting that the experience became less emotionally charged overall with distance from the procedure.Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.
Switzerland has super high gun ownership also
According to Vox, the U.S. has 4.43% of the world’s population and almost 42% of the world’s population of civilian-owned guns.
This is your image of the week:
It’s hard to say exactly, but there may be as many guns as there are people in the U.S., or even more guns than people. Since not everyone is a gun owner, that means that the typical gun owner owns more than one. In fact, they own, on average, 6.6 guns each. Two-thirds of the guns in the U.S. are in the hands of 20% of the population. Gun manufacturers know this and market accordingly.
Gun ownership is correlated with both gun homicide and suicide. Accordingly, we also have the highest rate of gun violence of any developed country. In 2013, there were 21,175 gun suicides and 11,208 gun homicides.Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.
If, like me, you’re not quite ready to stop worshiping female athletes now that the World Cup is over, check out ESPN’s latest Body Issue to see nude photos of some badass women in sports, including soccer star Ali Krieger.
In the past, I, and others, have criticized the Body Issue for featuring the female athletes in more passive poses compared to their male counterparts, but this year’s issue is pretty solid. According to my (not very scientific) perusal of the images in the collection, most athletes of both genders are shown in action shots — doing what they do best. If anything, I noticed more men than women just chilling.
And there’s decent body diversity too — proving that, while “athletic” has unfortunately come to define a fairly narrow ideal, there is truly no single “athletic” body type. As track and field hammer thrower Amanda Bingson, featured in the photo above and also on one of the covers says, “There are definitely things that I can do that skinnier people can’t do. But then there are things that skinnier people do that I’ll never be able to do, like run a marathon.”
Turns out “real” female athletes, kinda like “real” women, come in all shapes and sizes.
Soccer player Ali Krieger (Photo credit: ESPN)
Golfer Sadena Parks (Photo credit: ESPN)
Basketball player Brittney Griner (Photo credit: ESPN)
Header image credit: ESPN
Using pictures with the tag #americanparty on Instagram, Buzzfeed put together a non-scientific collection of what “American Parties” thrown in other countries look like. it’s an interesting window into how they view us. Themes include red cups, popcorn, marshmallows, and sports jerseys. Happy 4th of July weekend everyone.Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.
My dad's modelling is good
Moist is ok
Hey, they did a study.
Psychologist Paul Thibodeau and three colleagues decided that it was time to take a closer look at the word “moist,” writing:
The word “moist” … has been the subject of a Facebook page (called “I HATE the word MOIST”) with over 3,000 followers and was rated as the least liked word in the English language by a Mississippi State Poll … ; feature articles have been written in Slate Magazine … and The New Yorker … ; and popular TV shows like“How I Met Your Mother” (“Stuff”) and “The New Girl” (“Birthday”) have devoted entire plot-lines to the comic consequences of word aversion.
Now it’s not just anecdotal. Thibodeau found that between 13 and 21% of people have an aversion to the word.
Is it just a gross-sounding word? If so, then people who hate moist should also hate foist and rejoiced. Verdict: No. Hating the sound moist is independent of one’s appreciation for words that rhyme.
Is it because it makes people think of sex? Verdict: Yes! Priming people to think of sex versus, say, cake, makes people dislike the word more. Bonus: People who scored higher on a measure of disgust for bodily functions were more likely than those who scored lower to claim an aversion to the word.
So, if you don’t like the word moist, get your mind out of the gutter. And, if your aversion is severely hampering your life, just think about cake!Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.
Ed. note: This post was originally published on the Community site.
*Trigger warning: domestic violence and sexual assault*
The first rule of domestic violence in China is don’t talk about domestic violence in China. Victims face “fear and shame” when they speak out within”a culture that denies there is a problem,” as Kim Lee, an American advocate who was married to an abusive Chinese partner, told the New York Times. Abusers are almost never held to account. Confucian patriarchal norms blame women for domestic discords, inadequate law enforcement has little understanding of abusive relationship dynamics, and the public is largely apathetic. Though pending legislative changes may better situation, China is to date an ideal place for domestic violence perpetrators. If you are a victim of domestic violence in China and kill your abuser in self-defense, you face death penalty. But if you beat your partner to death, you only need to serve six years in prison. While people of all genders face intimate partner violence, Chinese women are disproportionately affected, and nearly 40% of Chinese women have experienced intimate violence. That number could be as high as 420 million.
Among the millions of Chinese women who suffer from domestic violence, two high-profile stories should be told conjointly.
In 2009, Dong Shanshan (董珊珊), a 26-year-old woman from Beijing, died at the hand of her husband. According to her mother, Dong called the police eight times asking for help before her death. The police refused to intervene, citing “unwillingness to interfere with domestic affairs” as the reason.
According to the China Central Television (CCTV), the official state broadcaster, Dong called the police early-on to report the abuses by her husband, Wang Guangyu. The abuses begun during their honeymoon. In April 2009, Dong returned to her parents’ home and filed for divorce. In the next four months, she tried to escape from her husband multiple times. In response, Wang repeatedly and forcibly abducted her, coercing her into dropping the divorce case and threatening to kill her parents. In August 2009, Dong escaped one last time to seek her parents’ help. At that point, Dong was bruised and suffering from retroperitoneal hemorrhage. On October 19, 2009, after 10 months of being married and brutally battered, Dong died from battery-induced internal bleeding and severe injuries.
Wang, Dong’s perpetrator, was sentenced to six and half years in prison. He is expected to be released by 2015 or 2016.
Meanwhile, Li Yan (李彦), a woman from Sichuan Province, found herself in similar situation as Dong: since marrying Tan Yong in 2009, Li had been repeatedly abused (“my husband used cigarettes to burn my face and genital”; “he cut off one of my fingers when I discovered his affair – I lost the finger permanently since he wouldn’t let me go to the hospital”; “severe battery occurred twice or three times a month”). She had sought police help repeatedly, to which the police responded that she should just put up with it. According to Li’s brother, “My sister wanted help… She wanted legal and other intervention to help save her marriage and help save her. She called the police many times; she went to the women’s federation, to the community committee. But nobody came to her rescue.” In November 2010, after months of abuses and “isolated, afraid and denied protection by the authorities,” Li Yan resorted to violence in self-defense: while being battered by Tan yet again, Li picked up Tan’s gun (a weapon with which he had threatened her) and beat Tan to death.
In August 2011, Li was sentenced to the death penalty, which thousands are subjected to in China annually. In June 2014, after much domestic advocacy and international pressure, the Supreme People’s Court of China (highest in the nation) overturned Li’s death sentence. Then, in April 2015, Li’s death sentence was “suspended” by the Sichuan Higher People’s Court: her murder conviction was upheld; but with two years of good behaviors, a “suspended death penalty” will most likely change into life imprisonment. Li is 44 years old at the moment.
The court’s 2015 decision was a landmark case for China, since it was the first case in which the defendant’s status as a domestic violence victim was taken into consideration. Domestic violence is now recognized as“a mitigating factor… for future cases.”
Just a few months earlier, the State Council posted China’s first Draft Anti-Domestic-Violence Law (中华人民共和国反家庭暴力法（征求意见稿)) for public comments. If passed, the law would formally define “domestic violence” for the first time in Chinese history and also mandate public security or courts to determine civil or criminal liabilities for the first time. Even though the draft version fails to include dating, cohabiting, same-sex and/or other intimate relationships since they are not marital relationships, the Draft Law would still constitute a key step forward. Even though the Draft Law does not address sentencing directly, the March 2015 Opinion on Handling Criminal Cases of Domestic Violence in Accordance with Law (关于依法办理家庭暴力犯罪案件的意见), national guidance to local courts and prosecutors, promotes uniform sentencing that does not treat domestic violence as a lesser crime than other forms of violence committed outside of the family (though leaving room for judicial discretion). Since the sentence of death and injury caused by domestic violence is currently significantly lower than that of similar harmsy committed against strangers, uniform sentences may deter abusers and send a powerful message that a relationship doesn’t excuse violence . The Draft Law is currently under revision and it is expected to be finalized and enacted by late 2015.
Moving forward, Chinese feminist activists and reformers have at least four tasks at hand:
1) Making sure that, once passed, the new Anti-Domestic-Violence Law will be adequately implemented: both the Chinese law enforcement and the Chinese judiciary can use some gender consciousness training, so that domestic violence is no longer dismissed as “private matters” by either the police or by courts. Recent surveys have shown that 60% or more of women inmates across many Chinese prisons were sentenced for “injuring or killing their husbands in retaliation for domestic violence.” If the new Law were not adequately enforced, victims would still find themselves between the same old options: suffer in silence (and possibly die), or take up self-defense and risk incarceration.
2) The key supplementary mechanism of temporary restraining orders (人身安全防护令) mentioned in the Draft Law should be proliferated throughout the country. Currently, there seems to be limited provincial or regional experiments for victims to access restraining orders during their divorce trials or domestic violence cases. Restraining orders should be available nationwide.
3) Fundamental shifts in societal attitudes towards domestic violence, as well as community and social support, needs to happen. In China, the stigma and shame has long been on the shoulders of the victims of domestic abuse. It is time that stigma and shame fall on the perpetrators.
Meanwhile, more civil society and community-level support should follow suit, including but not limited to access to shelters, psychological counseling, and legal assistance. For instance, in a country of 1.3 billion with housing inequality between the genders, the existing 400 shelters (many deserted or out of use) are abysmally far from sufficient.
4) Eventually, feminists and activists will have to address the role of the Chinese state. The ruling Chinese Communist Party is mostly concerned about holding onto power and “maintaining stability“. Since “family” is the basic unit of the larger social fabric, the government fears that disputes and instability within individual families may spill over and undermine the Party’s legitimacy and control. As a result, the state-sanctioned anti-domestic-violence discourse centers around maintaining “familial harmony” over justice or safety. From the patriarchal Party perspective, individual awareness of women’s rights and the potential organizing power of such awareness is even more threatening.
Thus, individual’s protection from domestic violence is often swept aside. The recent arrest of the Feminist Five — five young Chinese women who planned to rally against sexual harassment for International Women’s Day — should constantly remind us that the state could not care less about women’s rights. The key task for a generation of Chinese feminists awakened in the aftermath of the Feminist Five, is answering the question of power redistribution in China: where do women’s rights fit in under the CCP agenda? Could there be true gender justice under an authoritarian regime?
Dong Shanshan should not have died in vain at age 26. And it is insufficient that Li Yan’s death penalty was suspended: her sentence should be shortened. The tragedy that Li, a victim who took up self-defense, has to spend the rest of her life in prison, serves as reminder to all that the largest country in the world has a long, treacherous way ahead in battling against domestic violence.
The Girl Scouts of Western Washington recently received a generous gift of $100,000 with a shitty stipulation from the donor: “Please guarantee that our gift will not be used to support transgender girls.” If you can’t, please return the money.”
‘Cause nothing says altruism like using your wealth to try to coerce others into discriminating against children. The troop’s CEO duly returned the donation. As she explained, “Girl Scouts is for every girl. And every girl should have the opportunity to be a Girl Scout if she wants to.” Simple enough.
They could really use that 100K though. It’s almost a third of their entire financial assistance program and would send 500 Girl Scouts who otherwise couldn’t afford it to summer camp. Check out our their Indiegogo fundraiser and help them make back — and surpass — the difference. That’s certainly what karma in this case demands.
According to the latest update in a 25-year-long study, TV sports news and highlights shows, like ESPN’s SportsCenter, devote under 5 percent of their coverage to women’s sports. That’s actually less than it was back in 1989.
I have a piece up at Pacific Standard today about some of the other findings from the research. The key takeaway, I think, is that this media silence—combined with the lack of enthusiasm displayed in the rare instances when women’s sports are covered—is actively thwarting the development of knowledgeable and committed fan bases for women’s athletics. The public seems to agree—in another new survey, most said the media deserved the blame for the lack of attention paid to women’s sports.
This place is good
Stewart likes to dress up! submitted by Lisa
We should do muffins and gelato. I've wanted to go to the eclair shop for ages
“I'm wearing my favorite look from my Miun AW1415 collection. I like the casualness of it, the durable material, and the fact that I can layer it with a dress shirt, for example. I mostly wear my own designs; casual, sporty and simple ones. It's a great way to test measurements and materials.”
20 May 2015, Pre Helsinki
“I'm wearing a knit and jacket by Kenzo, Customellow shorts with Minna Parikka sneakers and bag. I just wear what ever feels right at the moment. The coming summer and it's colours inspire me if anything.”
20 May 2015, Pre Helsinki