though I am not a fan of excess cleavage being shared, i find this present day article very stirring and interesting... it brings into question our ideas and our fear...arn't "boobs" actually for a purpose? Shouldn't a breastfeeding woman be allowed to breast feed in public? Should women be saving up thousands of dollars to perform questionable surgery on their breasts for the sake of Self-Esteem or also called Attention From Males. Should males blame woman for their personal desire? Should women dress scantily and still expect to be treated the same as the garbage man? Just think of all the opinions on boobs in the entire world, the laws about them, the power of them, the sheer ridiculousness that I am blogging about them, and so are jillions of people today thinking of them. Make no mistake, my personal opinions about women and their dress is pretty religious, ie. consider others, be modest, etc. I also firmly believe that we should not tempt God, and so I do not support this woman and her movement today, however she is proving a point- and sometimes I appreciate people in the world who have the brains and gumption to prove a point.
I found this article today:
Can cleavage make the earth shake? An Indiana student and tens of thousands of her supporters are planning to find out today, in an event meant to satirize controversial comments made in Iran.
The event has been dubbed "Boobquake" and is the brainchild of Purdue University student Jennifer McCreight. She's asking women around the world to show a little cleavage today, as a humorous test to disprove an Iranian cleric who said immodestly dressed women were responsible for recent earthquakes.
"At first, it started off a joke," McCreight told CTV's Canada AM via Skype from West Lafayette, Indiana.
"When I read what this cleric had said, I thought that it was pretty ridiculous and we could actually test it scientifically. So I suggested that we go ahead and do that. And I never thought it would take off like this."
The comments that incensed McCreight came from a prominent Iranian cleric.
"Many women who do not dress modestly ... lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which (consequently) increases earthquakes," said Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi, Tehran's acting Friday prayer leader.
That prompted McCreight to post on her blog a week ago that she wanted to test that theory to see if cleavage really does possess seismic powers. She made a "modest proposal," asking other "female skeptics" to join her in showing a little cleavage today.
"With the power of our scandalous bodies combined, we should surely produce an earthquake. If not, I'm sure Sedighi can come up with a rational explanation for why the ground didn't rumble," she wrote on Apr. 19 on BlagHag.com.
Since posting the plea on Facebook, close to 200,000 people have confirmed they will participate in "Boobquake." She says she's even getting emails of support from Iran, where women are required by law to cover from head to toe.
McCreight also noted that she has received some negative response and heard from some who say she is objectifying women.
"What I say in response to that is people are doing this voluntarily," she said.
"I'm not forcing people to do it. If women want to dress that way, we have the right to do that. To say that some men might behave inappropriately, that we should be the ones to cover up, that just doesn't make sense to me."
McCreight says it's up to women how they want to take part in the event.
"I don't want people to force themselves to dress more immodestly than they feel comfortable," she said. "But if you want to wear a low-cut shirt or some shorts, whatever you like. And we're going to see if we actually cause more or more severe earthquakes today."
McCreight writes on her blog that she is not expecting a cessation of all seismic activity, noting that small earthquakes happen every day around the world. Iran is located on seismic fault lines and experiences at least one small earthquake every day, on average.
She also writes that she doesn't people to write in to with every bit of seismic activity they hear about around the world on Monday -- including one that struck off the southeast coast of Taiwan early Monday morning.
"No, the Taiwan earthquake is not statistically significant -- yet. If we get many of a similar magnitude in the next 24 hours, then we might start worshipping the power of immodesty," she wrote at 12:34 a.m. ET.
The United States Geological Survey may beg to differ with McCreight's assessment. They note that the strong quake had a magnitude of 6.9, though, because it occurred deep underground, it did not cause damage.
McCreight says she'll be compiling some statistics after the event.
"We're looking to see if Boobquake significantly increases the number or severity of earthquakes," she wrote.
"Or if an earthquake strikes West Lafayette, IN and only kills me, that may be good evidence of God's wrath as well – (I'm not too concerned.)"
that sun shiny white sheet day
and your big boots and threaded hair
made me think you looked
half Rasta half Navajo
and you walked west away
in sublime wavering wondering
and I thought
there you are.
despite the obvious losses
something there in that moment
clear and white and shiny as the day
pure and warm and honest and good
whole and nourishing
fresh breath beyond
where the past and future wondered too
what would be of you
and made a pact
to grow you up
a fruit full
spring with dew
new and cherry blossom
but always oak roots
always earth dirt
dragon tears green tea
thank fully all
journeying to dissolving
into betterment of
the high calling
so we ask where they bought it and get it for ourselves
a touchy subject
yes, i admit sometimes when this happens to me (rarely) it irks me
but the other day when a girlfren asked me, I thought sure- go get it
it's just a skirt
and I am glad that I am getting over this Hoarding Mentality
when I saw
The Coolest Ottoman on The Face of the Earth
and wanted it
and went and bought it too
I was glad that she shared
and it didn't really feel like a steal
from morning star to glory sun
from glimse of vague horizon to
crisp clear day of light
forever on eternal gaze
the dark and starry night
is our portion
from light on to light
another topic of interest that i have been putting off
treading gently through the waters of culture and religion
Simply, I believe strongly that the vast majority of homosexuals did not choose it for themselves. I believe they were born that way. I know many who would choose to be heterosexual if they could.
Because of my obvious religious beliefs, I do not believe that homosexuals should be practicing their homosexual desires. I do believe that actively engaging in homosexual behavior and relationships is wrong.
However, I did watch Brokeback Mountain, and yes I cried my eyes out. I watched it with a gay male friend and we both cried and were speechless afterward. Some of the most interesting, rewarding, easy, and lovely friendships I have ever had have been with gay males. Gay males who are struggling not to be gay, gay males who love their gayness, and gay males who weren't yet honest about their desires. So, though I am clear about not supporting them in their active relationships, I fully embrace them as fellow humans who are equal deserving entities on our planet. I have zero homo-phobe. If any christian believes that they have a right to hate anyone for any reason then they are wrong. We do not love our flesh, our pride, our lusts, our sin; we love the human; the soul.
I agonize in sorrow mourning for those who live a life with the Burden of loving and lusting after that which is not right.
and so, I will attach below an article written by my cousin in Uganda
Sitting at a secluded table in a restaurant in Kampala, David Kato touches his shoulder to show where it was broken by a couple of off-duty police officers last year. As a gay man living in Uganda, Kato has been arrested three times and faced innumerable forms of harassment. But in the fight against the repressive anti-homosexuality bill now before the country’s parliament, he doesn’t mind having his picture taken or appearing on TV.
As the advocacy and litigation officer for Sexual Minorities Uganda, it’s not himself that Kato worries about most if the bill passes: it’s younger members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. ‘I can’t run away and leave the people I am protecting. People might die, but me, I will be the last one to run out of here. I have to keep on documenting the havoc that the bill is going to cause.’
Kato is one of the activists leading the fight against the law condemned most recently by President Obama as odious and unjust. International pressure since the bill was tabled last October resulted in Uganda backing away from the law’s most draconian provision: the execution of some gays. However, it remains to be seen if the backlash will moderate it any further. Even without the death sentence, the bill still calls for life imprisonment for those who commit ‘the offence of homosexuality’ and goes so far as to criminalize a simple touch as an ‘attempt to commit’ homosexuality.
A long-time activist, Kato has earned the title ‘grandfather of the kuchus’ – as gay men in Kampala call themselves – for his work on behalf of people in the LGBT community. He has sheltered at least 20 people in his home; he has visited them in prison and worked for their release. But the bill would put an end to his work at a time when it has never been more necessary. The law brands advocacy a ‘promotional activity’ and subjects it to a prison term of up to seven years.
Kato fears that, if the bill is passed, homophobic violence and discrimination in Uganda will get exponentially worse. ‘There will be much violence, because people will know: even if we hit [gays], even if we detain them, even if we harass them, the bill is there. They will know they are supported by the bill.’ Homophobia in Uganda is almost universal: one study reported that 95 per cent of citizens were against legalizing homosexuality.
Some in the LGBT community have already gone underground out of fear. Christopher Ssenyonjo, a retired Anglican bishop in Kampala, is perhaps the only member of the clergy still ministering to LGBT Christians. The bishop used to host a group of 20-25 worshippers for Sunday prayers at his office, tucked in a building on a side street in a quiet suburb. That number has dropped down to between five and seven since talk of the bill started: ‘People are not coming because they might be spotted,’ he explains.
In perhaps its most Orwellian edict, the bill calls for those aware of homosexual activity to turn in offenders within 24 hours. Bishop Ssenyonjo worries that this will create a fear of betrayal that will cut off people in the gay community from counselling and other help. Even if they can survive the bill’s other provisions, can they withstand a total lack of emotional support? Ssenyonjo believes that, for those mired in turmoil and self-hatred in a culture that despises and ostracizes them, ‘this may even lead to suicide’.
and he writes often that he hoped
that God would remember him for good
and many times i read that and thought that
Nehemiah was being a bit of a ... i don't know..self-righteous or something.
but now I feel like I understand why he hoped and mentioned often that God would remember him for good- because he probably also had things in his life that God could remember about him that were not good
and I relate so much
that when I am gone
I hope and plea that only what has been good could be remembered about me (not like it will be that much) but my hope is that truly my ungood and uglybits of the past and present will not be remembered
and it calls me to also try my best to look at other people for good and see and remember there goodness and forgive and move past any of their ugly bits
it is my goal that this would be my inner law
Discount clothing retailer Primark withdraws padded bikini bras for children after criticism
LONDON - A major British clothing retailer has withdrawn a children's bathing suit from sale after a front-page tabloid story criticized the store for selling padded bras on bikinis aimed at 7-year-olds.
The bikinis also angered children's advocates and top candidates in Britain's upcoming national election, who say it was yet another product that sexualizes children and encourages them to grow up too fast.
"It's a shame it was ever put on the shelves in the first place," said Justine Roberts, founder of the Mumsnet, a parenting Web site that attracts a large, vocal audience. She nonetheless praised the decision Wednesday to pull the bathing suit from the shelves.
Primark, a popular discount chain, is not the first retailer to draw criticism for offering padded bras for kids younger than 10. But the outcry of protest is prompting a growing number of companies to pledge support for Mumsnet's "Let Girls Be Girls" campaign.
The popular online forum said such clothing indoctrinates the idea that sexiness is the most important quality for girls and "encourages a culture in which children are viewed as sexually available."
Announcing the immediate withdrawal of the product, Primark promised to donate any profits already earned from the item to a children's charity. The product line, it added, "sells in relatively small quantities."
The retailer acted within hours of a front-page article in The Sun denouncing the product as a "paedo (pedophile) bikini." Politicians swiftly joined the clamour.
"Completely disgraceful," Conservative Party leader David Cameron said of the bikini. "The sort of country I want is one where it is not just the government (that) feels outraged about the early commercialization and sexualization of our children, but companies should stop doing it, they should take some responsibility."
Primark refused to discuss the bikini's padding but a source familiar with the product said the extra fabric was designed to preserve a girl's modesty and prevent any signs of a developing breast from showing through. She spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the topic.
There has long been a global concern that products and images may encourage the sexualization of children or direct sexual abuse at them. Barbie dolls have often been criticized for being unrealistically curvaceous. Teenage Disney star Miley Cyrus' bareback picture for Vanity Fair magazine was slammed for being too sexualized, as was 15-year-old Brooke Shields' ad for Calvin Klein jeans in which she said: "You want to know what comes between me and my Calvins? Nothing."
The American Psychological Association, in a 2007 report on the sexualization of girls, raised concerns about other ad campaigns, such as Skechers' "naughty and nice" ad in 2004 featuring Christina Aguilera dressed as a pigtailed, lollipop-licking schoolgirl. The association also fretted about thongs for 7-to 10-year-olds with slogans such as "wink wink."
"If girls purchase - or ask their parents to purchase - products and clothes designed to make them look physically appealing and sexy, and if they style their identities after the sexy celebrities who populate their cultural landscape, they are, in effect, sexualizing themselves," the report said.
Researchers such as Penny Nicholls of The Children's Society, a British charity, say their studies show that commercial pressures toward premature sexualization and unprincipled advertising damage children's well-being.
"The evidence shows that adults feel children are more materialistic than in past generations, while children themselves feel under pressure to keep up with the latest trends," Nicholls said. "We need a significant change at the heart of society where adults stand up for better values."
A British government-commissioned report in February on the sexualization of young people called for retailers and parents' groups to jointly set guidelines for what is appropriate for different age groups.
"By over-emphasizing their sexuality through fashion, it may make it harder for girls to value themselves for other aspects of their identity," the report by psychologist Linda Papadopoulos said.
Primark, owned by Associated British Foods, has 138 stores in the United Kingdom, 38 Penneys stores in Ireland and shops in Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. The Penneys stories in Ireland have no relationship to JC Penney stores.
by Maya Angelou
You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.
Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
'Cause I walk like I've got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.
Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I'll rise.
Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
Weakened by my soulful cries?
Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don't you take it awful hard
'Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines
Diggin' in my own backyard.
You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I'll rise.
Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I've got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?
Out of the huts of history's shame
Up from a past that's rooted in pain
I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
if you have faith or if you doubt
there is a Universal Justice
and the eyes of Truth are always watching you.
Poland is beginning a week of mourning to mark the death of President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others who were killed Saturday in a plane crash in western Russia.
The president and his wife, along with dozens of high-ranking government and defence officials, died when their Tupolev Tu-154 plane crashed in heavy fog near Smolensk, Russia.
it's the young rocker who stopped for the old lady when no one was looking -
it's the thank you note hidden that no one else will ever see
it's the wretched honesty of a dear friend in a struggle
it is seeing a muslim woman or indian woman or eskimo woman, or whatever kind of woman
love her child and know that i love mine just as much
universal human hearts that sometimes bubble over with living breathing goodness
is that actually you are often
I think that people should return phone calls and emails- it is general respect
I think that interesting people live in old fire houses and churches
i think that interesting people are usually a little different
I am horrified by seeing the cover page of your Blog- the memory of it haunts me
I feel rushed all the time and that is why my Blog has become onelinerjimmy
i find it really hard to enjoy people who I know are lying to myself or others or, especially themselves
I am fascinated by jewish people- specifically jewish orthodox
i think that in many places one would rather their husband married another woman and had 2 or 3 wives, rather than ditching their first wife and leaving her to suffer and be damaged goods for the rest of her life
i love funny people- especially the ones that can't help it they are so funny
i think that it is sad that there are lonely people on the planet, especially when surrounded by many family and friends
i think that divorce and separation happens sometimes, but i do not believe in remarriage- this is scriptural and is written in a plethora of places in the bible- check it out...
i think if one can read and one determines that they are of any religion, then one should know that book/religion/belief to the best of their ability
i think that darkness is a veil just temporarily hiding perpetual light
i think that i should be able to Blog about any old thing and not worry or wonder about it so much
i was once in a pub kitchen on a new years eve while a drunk woman yelled with a large knife in her hand
i think that i am a work in progress
and a few moments later I realized that yes I had said excuse me to a piece of dust
instead of your cool girl spring 2010 shoooies
or ugg boots or rain boots or sparkle silver slippers
you have chosen your vintage cowboy boots
to be your most worn and appreciated.
i think that is adoreable
instead of choosing one of your Harrods Teddies
or Bunnies By The Bay Teddies
or any other special more costly Teddy to be your favorite
you have chosen a tiny unfortunate $1.79Day Puppy from who knows whom or where
as your Favorite Teddy