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Melinda Gates, a Catholic, announced in a Newsweek piece that women’s health, namely access to contraception, will be a central cause for The Gates Foundation.
Imagine what it is like to be pregnant for a ten year span of your life – basically the best part of your life – with children you can’t take care of.
Via The Daily Beast
Gates believes that by focusing on the lives of women and children, and by making it clear that the agenda is neither coercive population control nor abortion, the controversy over international family-planning programs can be defused. Right now, she points out, 100,000 women annually die in childbirth after unintended pregnancies. Six hundred thousand babies born to women who didn’t want to be pregnant die in the first month of life.
Not to mention the ecological footprint of our spiraling population. Go. Melinda. Gates.
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Commence a) worrying b) accepting your mediocrity c) celebration. Ugly Meter, the iPhone app that will assess your facial symmetry, etc. has become a phenomenon with over 5 million purchases. Except, it seems part of its success is driven by the fact that many people don’t know it’s, well, fake.
Good thing nobody’s self-conscious!
From the comments section in the app store, hilariously.
“Of course I’m hot . It sometimes doesn’t work very well &’ don’t waste your money on this just don’t you will regret it . As I do.”
“Wish I had read reviews B4 I bought it.”
Also, in other news, read Meghan Daum’s rad article on the app and on the idea of public navel gazing / vanity, here.
What happens when one relationship built on Skype enters into the real world?
Last week’s Modern Love essay was the winner of the college essay contest, which the Times reported showed a strong slant towards digitally influenced relationships. Techno-romance as a way of life.
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So, there’s the world. And then there’s the Catholic Church.
Now, let me start out this piece by saying I respect religion. I respect the structure it gives people and the peace that comes from incorporating spirituality into a personal worldview.
That said, what I don’t understand is how taking strident viewpoints on lifestyle choice does anything but create contention and guilt in a world that is so obviously diverse. Especially because the strong majority of Catholics do things like use birth control.
Two weeks ago, Rome issued a report stating that the umbrella group that represents the most American nuns had departed from church doctrine in favor of “radical feminist views.” What might those be exactly? <<Bites tongue.>>
In 1960, The Second Vatican Council, known colloquially as Vatican II, asked the church to modernize, meaning focusing more on the needs of society, poverty, education, etc. – rather than spreading the Catholic church’s conservative opinions on birth control and abortion. American orders of nuns have widely embraced this mission since.
Unfortunately, the resolutions agreed upon during Vatican II have fallen out of favor in Rome during the last 50 years. And as a result, the Catholic Church is taking some harsh steps to keep American nuns in line with their views.
The whole shebang, via NPR.
It’s headlines like this that boggle. I have to wonder what the hard-lining messages we hear both as women and men do to muddle our own struggles to find what’s right for us. I would like to think that the very best, and most helpful, dogma is one of flexibility, forgiveness and acceptance.
Maybe that’s a reason why the number of U.S. nuns has already shrunk by two-thirds in the years since 1960. Just saying.
Think Like a Man, the romcom based on Steve Harvey’s bestselling book, has surprised everyone by ruling the box office for the last two weeks. It’s made over 60 million now and cost only 12 million to make.
I give the producers / execs some credit, in that finally there’s a movie for African American audiences without weird focuses on race and / or Tyler Perry. Its characters are literate, successful people. Shocker, a lot of people wanted to see this.
However, this is negated by the fact that they made movie called Think Like a Man. Emulating a more powerful sex and / or attracting that sex is a queer definition of empowerment. It’s the kind of retrofitted arrangement that gets in everyone’s way, which is evident in the way the movie tries to establish that there are rules, but then hinges a plot on breaking them.
Strange. Contradictory. Noxious. Basically insulting.
Dentist Anna Mackowiak, 34, pulled all of her ex-boyfriend’s teeth after he dumped her for another woman, who in turn has dumped him because he has no teeth.
Marek Olszewski, 45, entered his ex-girlfriend’s dentist’s office with a toothache only a few days after he had dumped her. She heavily sedated him, plucked all of his teeth, wrapped his head in bandages, and then sent him home telling him there were complications and he would need to see a specialist.
“I tried to be professional,” she told The Daily Mail, “but when I saw him lying there, I thought, “What a b*****d.”
Her ex-boyfriend told the news site,“I knew something was wrong because when I woke up I couldn’t feel any teeth and my jaw was strapped up with bandages.”
“She told me my mouth was numb and I wouldn’t be able to feel anything for a while and that the bandage was there to protect the gums, but that I would need to see a specialist.”
“I didn’t have any reason to doubt her, I mean I thought she was a professional”
“But when I got home I looked in the mirror and couldn’t f****** believe it. The b**** had emptied my mouth.”
Anna Mackowiak is now facing jail time and an investigation for medical malpractice. And I can’t figure out if this is the most hilarious revenge stunt ever, or the scariest thing I ever heard.
Filmaker Frans Hofmeester filmed his son and daughter every week of their life up until ages nine and twelve, respectively.
Vince Time Lapse: Birth to 9 years in 2 min.
Lotte Time Lapse: Birth to 12 years in 2 min. 45.
Amanda Dougherty, a seventeen year-old junior at Archbishop John Carroll High School in Philadelphia, was barred from prom for not having a date. One scarcely knows where to begin with this. Sometimes, I think my job is to find things in the news that are the most likely to make me Hulk-Hogan-style flip my coffee table.
I’m not even gratifying this with a justification of how bat-shit crazy it is. I mean, I think the only time you ever even have a “date” is at prom. And even then, it’s most often not even a “date.” Also, just whaaa?
Also, the average American family spends $1000 on prom? My kids are going to prom in a burlap sack. Apologies in advance, future offspring.
P.S. Who is that chick in the photo on the far right? I need to talk to her about how her dress is, like, the most sophisticated and amazing thing I have ever seen a teenager touch.
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