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9 Female Warriors Who Made Their Mark On History. They were mothers, sisters, daughters, and wives.

9 Female Warriors Who Made Their Mark On History

But above all these women were warriors. All across time, and all around the globe, they brandished swords and guns, fought battles, and faced off with royalty. Though outnumbered by their bands of brothers in battle, these fearsome female fighters have each made an indelible mark on history. What We’re Reading – March 2015. This is part of an ongoing series highlighting what our members are currently reading (and watching!)

What We’re Reading – March 2015

In the Post Growth and sustainability realms. This Changes Everything – by Naomi Klein This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate, by well-known Canadian environmentalist and writer Naomi Klein, is the best book I’ve read in ages. This book doesn’t mess around. It bravely goes straight to the core. Man Who Baked Banana Bread Spends Entire Party Anxiously Watching It Go Uneaten. OAK PARK, IL—Eyeing his contribution to the gathering’s potluck offerings with concern, local man Thomas Rafferty reportedly spent the duration of his coworker’s party Saturday anxiously watching his homemade banana bread go uneaten.

Man Who Baked Banana Bread Spends Entire Party Anxiously Watching It Go Uneaten

According to reports, Rafferty periodically checked up on the loaf of banana bread he brought to colleague Jessica Dowling’s party throughout the evening, repeatedly finding excuses to walk by the table of dessert and snack items and keeping the confection in his line of sight while socializing. “God, it’s been over an hour—someone should have taken a piece by now,” said the man who set the banana bread on a plate some 75 minutes earlier, making sure to remove its plastic wrap covering in an effort to make the baked good as accessible and visually appealing as possible. We Went Out in Dublin While People Celebrated the Legal Ecstasy Loophole. Use of rape as plot device is 'shifting' sympathy from victim to perpetrator, warns academic - News - Films - The Independent.

Joanna Bourke, author of Rape: A History, said there was a shift in attitudes from why an attacker is committing an offence to the impact on a rapist.

Use of rape as plot device is 'shifting' sympathy from victim to perpetrator, warns academic - News - Films - The Independent

“There’s a real sense that perpetrators are the victims,” she told an audience at the Women of the World festival in London yesterday. “Somehow the guilt [of rapists] makes it okay – but the actual victim is not there in these narratives,” she added. She explained that while films in the 1970s demonised rapist characters for their race or social class, nowadays fictional rapists have ‘become just like every other man’, provoking empathy from audiences. The panel also discussed the literary trope ‘fridging’ – a plot device which involves the murder, rape or abuse of a woman in order to create a motivation for a male protagonist to begin seeking revenge on their enemy.

Loading gallery In pictures: Launch of international anti-rape summit. Sex redefined. Illustration by Jonny Wan As a clinical geneticist, Paul James is accustomed to discussing some of the most delicate issues with his patients.

Sex redefined

But in early 2010, he found himself having a particularly awkward conversation about sex. A 46-year-old pregnant woman had visited his clinic at the Royal Melbourne Hospital in Australia to hear the results of an amniocentesis test to screen her baby's chromosomes for abnormalities. The baby was fine — but follow-up tests had revealed something astonishing about the mother. Sex isn’t chromosomes: the story of a century of misconceptions about X & Y. When the International Astronomical Union (IAU) reclassified Pluto from planet to dwarf planet in 2006, it did nothing to change the fact of the existence of Pluto.

Sex isn’t chromosomes: the story of a century of misconceptions about X & Y

Its status, however, is an innocuous example of how science is not always an objective descriptor of reality, but an interpreter, loaded with the context of previous generations – how the Greek “planetai” and the post-Copernican “planets” were both labels to describe things that moved in the heavens, even if we realised those things weren’t actually that similar to each other on closer inspection over time. The scientific process often involves tweaking taxonomies. Humanity saw distant objects above, and the taxonomy we built was simple: two entries, one labelled “planets”, the other “stars”. Fifty Shades of Socialist Feminism. Yes, Mr Grey.

Fifty Shades of Socialist Feminism

ALL men. Seattle, 2015. Hatshepsut: First Female Pharaoh. Science. Physics. Santa's real workshop: the town in China that makes the world's Christmas decorations. There’s red on the ceiling and red on the floor, red dripping from the window sills and red globules splattered across the walls.

Santa's real workshop: the town in China that makes the world's Christmas decorations

The everyday sexism project. The BLACKLIST: GMO Supporting Food Companies to Avoid. A genetically modified rose by any other name may smell sweet, but it could still have frankenthorns that might independently detach themselves and lop off your finger while you’re smelling it.

The BLACKLIST: GMO Supporting Food Companies to Avoid

That’s not unlike a trip to the grocery store these days. There are a lot of ugly surprises in pretty, charmingly-named packages. It seems like no matter how hard you try to avoid them, GMOs and toxic foods creep into your life. Whose Consumption Is Killing the planet? THE CONSEQUENCES of human-induced climate change are dire.

Whose Consumption Is Killing the planet?

Crop failures will increase. Severe weather and rising sea levels will wreak more havoc. Species are being wiped out by the hour--and the continued existence of our own is threatened. Even without the threat of climate change, we live in a world of vast inequality, where the majority of the world's population struggles to meet basic needs like putting food on the table--while corporations refuse to pay living wages, and decent health care and housing remain unaffordable for many, when there is access at all.

Homeboy Sandman – Soap Lyrics. The Next Green Revolution. The genes of all living things on Earth—including the sunflower, a valuable oil crop—consist of varying sequences of four chemical compounds: adenine, thymine, cytosine, and guanine, abbreviated as A, T, C, and G. By identifying genes and manipulating them, scientists hope to create new crops that will help us face the challenges of global warming and population growth. By Tim Folger Photographs by Craig Cutler Modern supercrops will be a big help. 10 Scientific Ideas That Scientists Wish You Would Stop Misusing.

Why Time Slows Down When We’re Afraid, Speeds Up as We Age, and Gets Warped on Vacation. By Maria Popova “Time perception matters because it is the experience of time that roots us in our mental reality.” Given my soft spot for famous diaries, it should come as no surprise that I keep one myself. Perhaps the greatest gift of the practice has been the daily habit of reading what I had written on that day a year earlier; not only is it a remarkable tool of introspection and self-awareness, but it also illustrates that our memory “is never a precise duplicate of the original [but] a continuing act of creation” and how flawed our perception of time is — almost everything that occurred a year ago appears as having taken place either significantly further in the past (“a different lifetime,” I’d often marvel at this time-illusion) or significantly more recently (“this feels like just last month!”).

Discus chronologicus, a depiction of time by German engraver Christoph Weigel, published in the early 1720s; from Cartographies of Time. (Click for details) Western Philosophy - StumbleUpon. Tom Waits Sheet Music - Vivaldi - Four Seasons (Autumn) sheet music for Piano. The Vocabula Review - Best Words. Great Poems « Greatest Books of All Time » Life-Changing Arts. A selection of great poems from centuries of brillant authors and poets. Whether you are new to the world of poetry and wish to savor it, or a well-versed poetry connoisseur, either way you will probably enjoy the classics of world poetry.

The poems are sorted by vote. To vote for a poem, click on the left of it. You can read and browse the poems by clicking on their title. Voting is possible once per day. Votes PoemAuthor. Astronomy picture of the day. Untitled Document. “Everyone should read Junk.” — The Times Authors Note. Diary of a Sex Slave - Child Prostitution in Cambodia. Sreypov Chan outside the infamous White Building, a local den of prostitution in Phnom Penh. Photo Credit: Jesse Pesta.