Pornography, kids and sex education: what to do? - Health More kids at ever younger ages are accessing pornography online, according to a range of studies, but there's not much consensus about what, if anything, should be done by parents or teachers to address the issue. Today in Winnipeg, a children's advocacy group called Beyond Borders will host a symposium entitled "Generation XXX, the pornification of our children." "The porn industry is the country's main sex educator of our boys and girls," says Cordelia Anderson, one of the experts scheduled to speak at the symposium, referring to the U.S. "Young people have never had this ease of access to this type of material at this young of age," the founding president of the U.S. National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation told CBC Radio.
Celebrity Gossip + Entertainment News A lot of focus is always put on how short men in Hollywood are. It’s like the ultimate optical illusion, right? They seem so larger-than-life on screen, but in real life they’re itty-bitty Lilliputs with lifts in their shoes (we’re looking at you, Tom Cruise). The awkward part of the equation? There are a ton of super-tall female stars in celebdom! Pairing Amazonian beauties with legs up to their chins with tiny guys only makes the dudes look smaller — and the women look enormous. Possibly the most exhaustive study of “manspreading” ever conducted - Sociological Images “Manspreading” is a relatively new term. According to Google Trends (below), the concept wasn’t really used before the end of 2014. But the idea it’s describing is not new at all. The notion that men occupy more space than women is one small piece of what Raewyn Connell refers to as the patriarchal dividend–the collection of accumulated advantages men collectively receive in androcentric patriarchal societies (e.g., wages, respect, authority, safety). Our bodies are differently disciplined to the systems of inequality in our societies depending upon our status within social hierarchies.
25 Ways to Be a True Friend “Don’t wait for people to be friendly. Show them how.” ~Unknown The other night I called an old friend I hadn’t talked to in a while. The problem with #slacktivism AFP Photo They did not bring back our girls. When Islamic militants disappeared into the bush with 276 Nigerian schoolgirls, we rose as one in outrage, swore this would not stand and immediately took a million selfies. Patricia Lockwood, "Rape Joke" The rape joke is that you were 19 years old. The rape joke is that he was your boyfriend. The rape joke it wore a goatee.
Girls In Northern Saskatchewan Are Missing School Because Of Their Periods Millions of Canadians get their periods every month, but believe it or not, some can’t afford basic menstrual supplies. Some girls are even missing school because of it, according to a northern Saskatchewan MP. Georgina Jolibois, who is based in La Loche, Sask., told The Huffington Post Canada that food and personal hygiene products are pricey in the northern part of the province. And some communities are so small that people might have to drive an hour simply to find a store in a town that sells them, she said. "It is very expensive, not to only buy the tampons or the pads, but also [treatment] for their cramps," she told CBC News. "They might not have the money to buy Midol or other pain-relief medication, so they stay home."
40 Maps That Explain The Middle East Maps can be a powerful tool for understanding the world, particularly the Middle East, a place in many ways shaped by changing political borders and demographics. Here are 40 maps crucial for understanding the Middle East — its history, its present, and some of the most important stories in the region today. Middle East History The fertile crescent, the cradle of civilization The fertile crescent, the cradle of civilizationIf this area wasn't the birthplace of human civilization, it was at least a birthplace of human civilization. Called "the fertile crescent" because of its lush soil, the "crescent" of land mostly includes modern-day Iraq, Syria, Jordan, and Israel-Palestine. ‘I noticed you left your lights on’: Edmonton Good Samaritan’s note goes viral EDMONTON — The power of a stranger’s note not only boosted Derek Murray’s spirits this week, but also helped boost his car battery. The University of Alberta law student forgot to turn off his headlights on Wednesday after parking in a residential neighbourhood around 109 Street and 74 Avenue. When he returned from the university hours later, his battery was dead. And there was a note on his windshield. “What does anyone think when they see a note being left on their windshield? They think someone’s ticked off at them,” Murray said.
Harassment New Comic! NOTE: A version of this comic with the term ‘fuck’ edited to f&@k for use in fuck-restricted environments can be found here. TRANSLATIONS:PortugueseFrench (French translation credit Simon B., proofreading Juliette L.).Japanese (translation credit Nisreen)Traditional ChineseSimplified Chinese (translations credit: Asmin Chen)Spanish (translation: Carmen) TRIGGER WARNING: This comic discusses harassment, sexism, rape culture, and toxic attitudes towards women and femmefolk. It includes examples of slurs, harassment, and quotes from sexual offenders. Female professors ‘pay price for academic citizenship’ Female professors earn less on average than their male counterparts because they focus on underappreciated “academic citizen” roles that do not lead to promotion or pay rises, a new study suggests. Male professors devote less time to mentoring duties, serving on university committees and other “academic citizen” roles, and instead concentrate on their own research – an activity more likely to win them external recognition and a pay rise, according to a paper by Bruce Macfarlane, professor of higher education at University of Southampton, and Damon Burg, a research fellow at Southampton Education School. Based on interviews with 25 female and five male professors at nine UK universities, the two researchers found that female professors tended to talk about the broader demands of their departmental chair, whereas male interviewees focused far more on the need to win research grants.