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29 Jul 19:00

Quote of the Day: “I didn’t expect the policy to change my behavior but it has”

by Alexandra Brodsky

Oh ye of little faith, look at what the youth say.

At the New York Times, Sandy Keenan (not to be confused with Sandy Kenyon) interviewed a bunch of students at the University at Albany ,which now, because of a new New York state law, must obtain affirmative consent before sexual activity to avoid breaking school rules. Keenan asked the students about their sexual practices and knowledge of the new consent policy. Some of the responses were devastating. Many students didn’t know anything about affirmative consent. One young woman told the reporter that recently, to deflect unwanted sexual attention and touching, she had “pretended [she] was dead.” Another, when asked how many of the ten men she most respected on campus needed consent education, said 11.

But one junior, Tyler Frahme, warmed my heart. When Keenan first spoke to Frahme, he didn’t know about affirmative consent. But Keenan writes:

Since first hearing about the new policy, he said, he had been practicing consent almost religiously. He now asks for consent once or twice during sexual encounters with women he knows well, and four or five times during more casual or first-time hookups.

“I certainly didn’t expect the policy to change my behavior,” he said, “but it has.”

It’s getting to be a little more comfortable, he said. He crafts and poses questions like “You O.K. with this?” “Do you still want to go ahead?” and “Hey, you don’t have to do this if you don’t want to.”

For reasons Maya and Reina have written about before, I don’t think affirmative consent is a silver bullet to end gender violence: it’s really just the bare minimum we can ask of each other as decent human beings, and a very early step toward building health sexual cultures. But so much resistance to affirmative consent is based on an assumption that sexual practices are set in stone, as though people couldn’t possibly have sex slightly differently tomorrow than they did yesterday. History, of course, instructs us otherwise, as does Mr. Frahme.

Image via.

02 Aug 23:00


by mugumogu

Maru:[It is too too hot!]

As it is hot, I give a Japanese towel to you.

Maru:[Oh, thank you! I slightly feel cool. And this is superior in a sweat absorption power.]

Maru:[Just kidding! I don't sweat, so this is even muggier.]

Hana:[It's quite fine! I have to work hard for crop work.]

Hana:[Hey, don't give me strange words!]

03 Aug 17:18

Bennelong, Sydney Opera House

Fergus Noodle

I would like the desserts thanks v much

It has been over a year since the Sydney Opera House's Bennelong restaurant was open. Bennelong 2015 celebrates modern Australian cuisine with a concerted focus towards Australian ingredients. Chef Peter Gilmore and the Fink Group put their stamp on the space with a 2 and 3 course menu that serves up Grilled Lady Elliot Island bug fermented chilli, organic turnips & radishes and Roasted John Dory, served on the bone, orach, turnips, kailan, umami butter. Much ado has been made about their desserts and they are special indeed. There's the creme brulee vs mille feuille or his takes on the Australian lamington and pavlova.
26 Jul 17:23

12 Hours Of Pies: The Search For Sydney's Best Meat Pie!

The meat pie is one of the most familiar and well known Australian foods. Gone are the days where gristly mince meat filled a carapace of hard pastry. Today's pies can be spectacular specimens filled with flavoursome mince spiked with rosemary or chunky, soft beef brisket or red wine soused lamb shank. Read on to see what we found on our meat pie challenge across Sydney (and there's some non meat options too!).
23 Jul 05:12

by tian
from: James L.
date: Fri, May 15, 2015 at 7:16 AM
subject: Help please. Translation

Can you please help me with these. I though they said "strength" and "courage". But now i think they say "little pig" "big mistake". Can you help me please. Thank you. James.

小畜 little livestock

大過 big mistake
23 Jul 05:36

by tian
from: Dee 
date: Mon, Jul 6, 2015 at 8:53 AM
subject: please can you help

Hi my nieces recently got these tattoo during a drunken night! and neither of them know what they mean

利用 taking/taken advantage of
13 Jul 17:17

4 Jaffles That Will Change Your Winter! Including a Lasagna Jaffle!

Fergus Noodle


Jaffles or toasted sandwiches with sealed ends can contain a variety of toppings from humble to grand. Here I give you four ideas for jaffle fillings starting with the crazy lasagna jaffle (every bit as good as it sounds!). Then how about sojem puff or croissant jaffles to shake things up? Or how about my favourite after school snack-a bbq pork jaffle? Arctic vortex or not, these four delicious jaffle ideas will have you warmed up in no time!
19 Jul 17:20

The Splice Pavlova!

Fergus Noodle


Perhaps I have lost my mind but a tropical cake in the middle of Winter? But if you can't be basking in the warmth then let me show you the next best thing food-wise. It's a pavlova with a layer of pineapple and lime curd with a thick layer of fluffy coconut cream. Striped meringues and pineapple flowers adorn the top. Winter will be the furthest thing from your mind!
20 Jul 17:32

Harvested, Pyrmont {A Cafe Using Rescued Food}

Food charity OzHarvest's new cafe Harvested in Pyrmont uses entirely rescued food in their kitchens. For the modest cost of $15 or $20 per person, diners can get a three course meal. What makes the deal even sweeter is how that money is used afterwards. So what does rescued food look like on the plate? The meals that you might find here might surprise you.
20 Jul 21:09

The Local Mbassy, Ultimo [10]

by Susan Thye
Fergus Noodle

I want to eat the things

The Local Mbassy, Ultimo - Shakshuka ($17)
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.

The Local Mbassy, Ultimo - Full English Breakfast ($18)
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.

The Local Mbassy, Ultimo - Spanish Open Omelette ($16.50)
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 Local Mbassy, Ultimo - Red Velvet Pancakes ($15.50)
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.

The Local Mbassy, Ultimo
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!

Local Mbassy
310 Wattle St,

Trading Hours:
Mon – Fri: 7am – 4.30pm
Sat: 8am – 4.30pm
Sun: 8.30am – 4.30pm

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18 Jul 19:29

Less than 1% of Women Regret Their Decision to Have an Abortion

by Lisa Wade, PhD

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.

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15 Jul 02:07

Spiced Chocolate Popcorn Cake

by Lisa Manche
Spiced Chocolate Popcorn Cake | spicyicecream

Today is a pretty special day. It's Spicyicecream's 8th birthday! I started this blog to combine my love of baking, photography and writing - and I'm happy to say that that is still true. Back in 2007, I was a graphic design student who was obsessed with cupcakes. Never in a million years did I think I'd still be at it after all this time, but I still love coming here - however sporadically - to share new recipes with you. Blogging has broadened my food horizons immensely (but I still don't eat eggs…) and I've been lucky to meet so many fantastic people, some have become my closest friends.

Spiced Chocolate Popcorn | spicyicecream

Of course, it can't be a celebration without cake, and I have a rather special one to share today. I've made chocolate-chilli ice cream sandwiches and doughnuts in the past, and I thought these flavours would be perfect in a cake. To decorate it, I made some very indulgent spiced chocolate popcorn that might just be my new favourite thing. Seriously, it's the perfect dessert / late night Man Men watching snack. I used cinnamon and cayenne pepper to provide the spice in both the popcorn and the cake - but you could also use Chilli Chocolate if you prefer. I think this cake is delicious! I like that the heat doesn't hit your palate straight away, but you get a little warmth from the spice few seconds later.

Spiced Chocolate Popcorn | spicyicecream

Julia Child had it right when she said "people who love to eat are the best people" and I find that is certainly true. This post would definitely not be complete without a huge thank you to all of my readers. It makes me so happy to hear that I've inspired someone to try a new ingredient, or that one of my recipes has been used to celebrate Christmas or a special birthday. These things touch my heart. Thank you for your visits, your comments and your ongoing support.

I have a few big plans for this blog in the near future - a redesign is on the cards, which will make it much easier to browse the recipe archives. I want to share more of the things that inspire me, tips and tricks for entertaining, blogging and more. I look forward to sharing that with you soon! xx

Spiced Chocolate Popcorn Cake | spicyicecream

Spiced Chocolate Popcorn Cake
Makes a small layer cake, Serves 6

Adapted from David Lebovitz

  • 5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1-2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 cup plain flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon bicarb soda
  • 55g butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup strong black coffee
  • ¼ cup milk

Popcorn (this will make more than you need but it's an excellent snack)
Adapted from The Kitchn
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup popcorn kernels
  • 120g good-quality dark chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 - 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (depending how spicy you like it)
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt, divided

Cream cheese icing
  • 125g cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
Chocolate sauce
  • 90ml thickened cream
  • 100g good quality dark chocolate, chopped
  • 25g brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

To make the cake, preheat oven to 180°C (350°F). Sift together the cocoa powder, cinnamon, cayenne, flour, salt, bicarb soda, and baking powder in a bowl. Using an electric mixer with a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter and sugar about 5 minutes until smooth and creamy. Add the egg and mix until fully incorporated and then the vanilla extract. Combine the coffee and milk in a small jug. Stir half of the dry ingredients into the butter mixture, then add the coffee and milk. Finally stir in the other half of the dry ingredients. Spoon into three small cake tins, filling about 2/3rds full. Bake for about 30-35 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of a cupcake comes out clean. Remove from the oven and cool in tin about 5 minutes, then place on a wire rack and cool completely before icing.

To make the popcorn, in a medium pot, heat the oil and 3 kernels of popcorn, covered, over medium heat until all 3 kernels pop. Pour in the remaining kernels, cover pot again and shake to distribute. As the popcorn pops, shake pan occasionally and immediately remove from heat once the popping slows to 2-3 seconds between pops. Pour popcorn into a large bowl, removing any unpopped or partially popped kernels you see. Line a rimmed baking sheet with non-stick paper and set aside. Place the chocolate, cinnamon and cayenne in a microwave-safe measuring cup or bowl. Heat in the microwave in 30-second increments until chocolate is very soft and becomes completely liquid when stirred gently. Immediately pour over the popcorn and stir to coat as thoroughly as possible. Spread evenly onto the baking sheet and sprinkle with salt. Let sit at room temperature until chocolate has hardened, about 1 hour.

To make the cream cheese icing, combine ingredients in the bowl of an electric mixer until smooth.

To make the chocolate sauce, place ingredients into a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir with a metal or wooden spoon until chocolate is almost melted. Remove the bowl from the heat and continue to stir until chocolate melts. Serve warm or transfer to a clean airtight jar or container. Store in the fridge for 3-4 weeks. Serve room temperature or warm.

To assemble the cake, trim the top of the cake layers with a serrated knife so they are flat. Place one layer onto a plate or cake stand and top with a thin layer of cream cheese icing. Repeat with the remaining two layers. Thinly coat the top and sides with the icing, using an offset spatula to coat. For a smooth finish, dip the spatula into boiling water and wipe with a towel and then smooth the icing. Drizzle chocolate sauce over the top, allowing it to drip down the sides. Top off with the spiced popcorn on and around the cake.

15 Jul 17:24

Apple Cheesecake Bread!

This divine and easy to make loaf is delightful in both flavour and texture. There's added fruit and vegetables hidden inside the cake as well as another hidden surprise - a delicious cheesecake layer in the centre!
11 Jul 14:48

Americans Own 42% of all the Guns on the Planet

by Lisa Wade, PhD
Fergus Noodle

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.


This data was collected by the UNODC and compiled by the Guardian.

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.

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07 Jul 17:23

Medlar Tarts & The Mysterious Medieval Fruit!

"What is a medlar?" you may ask. It's understandable if you haven't seen or cooked with this interesting fruit that has been cultivated in the Roman and Medieval times. In fact if you know your Shakespeare well you may have spotted Medlars mentioned in his prose. Find out why medlars are a fascinating Winter fruit dubbed a "cul de chien" or dog's bottom and what you can do with them!
08 Jul 23:00


by mugumogu

Maru is sleeping in the box.

Maru:[Sleep in the box feels good best...]

Hey Maru, do you have the sense being in the box really?

07 Jul 20:14

Photos of the Day: The women athletes of ESPN’s Body Issue

by Maya Dusenbery

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.

Ali Krieger

Soccer player Ali Krieger (Photo credit: ESPN)

Sadena Parks

Golfer Sadena Parks (Photo credit: ESPN)

Brittney Griner

Basketball player Brittney Griner (Photo credit: ESPN)

Header image credit: ESPN

05 Jul 14:00

“American Parties” in Other Countries

by Lisa Wade, PhD

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.

Visit the original post for the whole set of “American Party” photos or you can browse the hashtag yourself. Here’s my favorite, from Russia:7

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.

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11 Jun 01:24

Words on Wednesday[Thursday] and other bits.

by (Merlesworld)
Fergus Noodle

My dad's modelling is good

 The storm was wild and woolie but the two little field mice were warm and dry in their tunnels under the root of the huge oak tree but the rain would crawl up to the entrance and flood their cosy home if it didn't stop soon.
Tommy and Susan were their names and they had lived there a long time and had never seen so much rain before, they were a fearless couple but the river of water rushing past their front door on both sides of the tree had them worried.
Tommy let out a joyous yell, the sun was trying to shine and the rain had slowed to a light patter their would be safe now.

 The beer fairy has very cold feet so I saw these in Kmart the other day, I've seen children's ones but not big ones before, he thinks they are fun and they do keep his feet warm, so  I said do a modeling job and I will record it for ever and this is what he came up with, you never know what hidden talents  they have do you lets hope they stay hidden in his case.

 well that's enough of that.

 I built a path so I can peg out the washing without getting my feet wet, as I often do it in my slippers.

 Nothing happened with the ponds yet.

 I think that chicken follows me around and makes a mess when I leave a spot.
 My dragon moved into the Asian part of the garden.
 And this slightly broken bridge from when we owned a fish tank many years ago, I saw a lizard using it to cross the mighty river but wasn't quick enough to get him on film.

01 Jul 14:30

Why Do People Hate the Word “Moist”?

by Lisa Wade, PhD
Fergus Noodle

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.

But why?

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.

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02 Jul 14:00

China, Previous Paradise for Perpetrators, Must Address Domestic Violence Better

by Nancy Tang

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.

 Photo via.


02 Jul 23:05


by mugumogu

Hey Maru, what did you witness?


30 Jun 16:59

Girl Scouts group returns $100K after donor demands they exclude trans girls

by Maya Dusenbery

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.

29 Jun 06:44

Miika, 30

“I'm wearing a suit by Johanna Eskelinen and shoes by Prada. I'm inspired by disco, broght colours and prints.”

22 May 2015, Pre Helsinki

17 Jun 22:42

Thursday Tipples 09 / Apple Pie Pimms

by Lisa Manche
Apple Pie Pimms | spicyicecream

The seasonal differences between us in Australia and you guys in the Northern Hemisphere can cause a significant amount of envy for me, especially since I started reading food blogs 8 years ago. Recently I’ve seen dozens of recipes for popsicles and ice cream using fresh berries, but meanwhile here it is all about pumpkin, pears and soup. And while do I appreciate the different seasons and all that they bring, I just like warm weather and stone fruit way more!!

Apple Pie Pimms | spicyicecream

To me Pimms is a quintessential summer drink - traditionally served with strawberries, cucumber and lemonade, but this month’s Thursday Tipples cocktail is inspired by the classic Apple Pie. It's a tasty little drink and a nice way to bridge the seasons. I think it can be enjoyed no matter what time of year it is. The cinnamon spiced syrup gives it a sort of warm wintery vibe but it's also fun and refreshing.

Apple Pie Pimms | spicyicecream

The ingredients play well with each other, a great balance of tart and sweet. It doesn't really taste boozy so you'll have to watch yourself with these ones! If you're in the southern hemisphere, I think it's perfect to serve at a wintery lunch or if you're not, maybe a July 4th celebration. If you're making it for a party you could serve it in a pitcher with apple slices like the more traditional Pimms. Happy Thursday!

Apple Pie Pimms | spicyicecream

Apple Pie Pimms
Serves 1, can be scaled up

  • 60ml Pimms
  • 60ml cloudy apple juice
  • 30ml cinnamon simple syrup (see below)
  • 15ml lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
  • Dry apple cider (sparkling) or ginger ale, to top up
  • Apple slices and cinnamon stick, to garnish
Cinnamon Simple Syrup
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
To make the simple syrup, combine ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved and bring to the boil. Allow to boil for a few minutes until slightly syrupy. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Remove the cinnamon sticks before using. Can be stored in the fridge indefinitely.

To make the cocktail, combine Pimms, apple juice, cinnamon simple syrup, lemon juice and ice in a  cocktail shaker. Shake for 20 seconds, strain into a serving glass with more ice. Top up with apple cider and garnish with apple slices and a cinnamon stick.

18 Jun 14:00

Chart of the Day: Women get only 2-3 percent of TV sports news coverage

by Maya Dusenbery

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. 

pie chart of coverage by sportI 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.

21 Jun 22:57


by mugumogu

Hana has a beautiful profile.

But Maru......

Maru:[Don't compare!]

27 Jun 17:16

Sky Mountain Hand Made Noodle Restaurant, Ashfield

Fergus Noodle

This place is good

A small, low key restaurant on Ashfields busy Liverpool Road, Sky Mountain Hand Made Noodle Restaurant at first appears as just another Chinese restaurant but it isn't. The menu is an extremely well priced mix of food from Yunnan, Shanghai and Chengdu and is a popular place for those homesick and seeking food from their homeland or those curious about Chinese cuisine beyond Cantonese.
15 Jun 21:00

Stewart likes to dress up! submitted by Lisa

Stewart likes to dress up! submitted by Lisa

15 Jun 17:22

6 of Sydney's Most Fun Sweet Specialists That You Just Have To Try!

Fergus Noodle

We should do muffins and gelato. I've wanted to go to the eclair shop for ages

Come and take a look at six of the most intriguing and fun sweet specialists in Sydney. From crazy topped donuts delivered straight to your home or office, to a place that makes delicious steamed muffins with a surprise inside to Greek style gelato (hello watermelon & feta!) to colourful bejewelled eclairs and caramel, toffee or chocolate covered apples this guide will have you swooning over Sydney's sweet scene. Send this sweet guide to your favourite sweet-tooth!