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Why Women Rule

In the sport of ultrarunning, women compete shoulder-to-shoulder with the men, and sometimes beat them to the finish line.
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Teen social media star Essena O'Neill quits Instagram, exposes 'contrived perfection' behind posts

Teen social media star Essena O'Neill quits Instagram, exposes 'contrived perfection' behind posts | Life | Scoop.it
Australian social media star Essena O'Neill has publicly declared that she is giving up her social media career, and edited her Instagram posts to reveal the truth behind the "candid" shots she put up.. Read more at straitstimes.com.
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Online Debate: Resolved: Vigilantism is justified when the government has failed to uphold the law. | Debate.org

Online Debate: Resolved: Vigilantism is justified when the government has failed to uphold the law. | Debate.org | Life | Scoop.it
Check out the online debate Resolved: Vigilantism is justified when the government has failed to uphold the law.
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Importance of literature education for the future

Importance of literature education for the future | Life | Scoop.it
While the English language retains its paramount importance as a compulsory first-language subject in all national schools, English literature education occupies a more marginalised position. As the nation celebrates its 50th birthday, one key question to ask is: Will literature education have a significant public role in Singapore society in future?. Read more at straitstimes.com.
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Rediscovering the Forgotten Benefits of Drawing

Rediscovering the Forgotten Benefits of Drawing | Life | Scoop.it
A century ago, drawing was taught as an essential skill for scientists, valued for communicating findings, but also for enhancing observations. One biology professor laments this loss and aims to incorporate drawing back into her introductory biology courses.

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What is Amos Yee's problem? Ours, actually.

What is Amos Yee's problem? Ours, actually. | Life | Scoop.it
By Howard Lee By now, it would be completely understandable to find Amos Yee's antics tiresome. Even the strongest advocates for free speech has to admit that banging your head against a brick wall...
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Sexist language: it's every man for him or herself | Mind your language

Sexist language: it's every man for him or herself | Mind your language | Life | Scoop.it

“ The author of Winnie-the-Pooh thought 'he or she' should be replaced by 'heesh', but there's nothing wrong with singular 'they'”


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Lucille House's curator insight, July 7, 2015 1:03 AM

 This article describes how language is sexist. And I agree it does seem to trend that way. Like how there is Ms. But not any abbreviation for a single male, however, although this is an important point, there really isn’t a lot that can be done about it. Also although there are a lot of male centered connotations and phrases that don’t technically include women. I think that the mind set of the person saying it isn’t necessarily sexist. I also think that it is basically a tradition ingrained in us to use phrases like that and I don’t really think that it is that essential for women equality for this to change.

Alexander Yakovlev's comment, July 8, 2015 10:02 AM
I like how author stated fact about “women being on the market” and that we do call indicate whether women single or married by calling her miss. Author makes a very clear and valid point that so many position nowadays indicates or states that that it is gender based (for example spokesman or spokeswomen instead of spokesperson). I agree that there shouldn’t be any racist or gender based statements in the literature as well. It is interesting how authors in 18 century were using words that wouldn’t offend anyone, versus where now we can always hear him or her or some other statements where we can identify class and race of a person.
Dennis Swender's curator insight, July 30, 2015 12:28 PM

Heesh was right!

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The Ghost Rapes of Bolivia | VICE | United States

The Ghost Rapes of Bolivia | VICE | United States | Life | Scoop.it
In August 2011, the veterinarian who'd supplied the anesthetic spray was sentenced to 12 years in prison, and the rapists were each sentenced to 25 years (five years shy of Bolivia's maximum penalty). Officially, there were 130 victims—at least one person from more than half of all Manitoba Colony households. But not all those raped were included in the legal case, and it's believed the true number of victims is much, much higher. 

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Rob Duke's curator insight, July 18, 2015 2:29 PM

WTH?

Laura Lee Smith's comment, July 20, 2015 7:21 PM
This is absolutely terrifying. An entire community being taken advantage of for years.
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How 7 things that have nothing to do with rape perfectly illustrate the concept of consent

How 7 things that have nothing to do with rape perfectly illustrate the concept of consent | Life | Scoop.it
Well, this is all a very brilliant way to show what it's all about.

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American Eagle underwear had an increase in sales. These 10 unretouched pics are maybe a clue why.

American Eagle underwear had an increase in sales. These 10 unretouched pics are maybe a clue why. | Life | Scoop.it
WARNING: Scrolling through these images may give you positive feelings about yourself. ;)
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Why you shouldn't be best friends with your kids

Why you shouldn't be best friends with your kids | Life | Scoop.it
Editor's Note: This article is part of "The Ten Today," a series that examines the Ten Commandments in modern society. This story explores the fifth commandment, "Honor thy father and thy mother."
Read more at http://national.deseretnews.com/article/3876/why-you-shouldnt-be-best-friends-with-your-kids.html#8R3kMpo5cefZR3t6.99

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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, April 4, 2015 2:55 PM

A religious perspective on the 5th Comandment - Honor thy father and thy mother,  Inspired by the story of Wingate Wilderness Therapy Program in Utah founder Shayne Gallagher.  -Lon

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We millennials lack a roadmap to adulthood | Zach Stafford

We millennials lack a roadmap to adulthood  | Zach Stafford | Life | Scoop.it
My parents and grandparents knew just what kind of adult they should be at 25. I don’t - but it’s not my fault

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Penrith Farms's curator insight, March 30, 2015 2:25 PM

Fascinating article from the viewpoint of a Millennial.

Lon Woodbury's curator insight, March 30, 2015 7:50 PM

Make the world a better place?  Taking more time to reflect and consider?  Have the financial means to meet their goals?  Those are strong claims, consider many of them are living in their parents basement. :)  -Lon

RJ Lavallee's curator insight, April 1, 2015 6:22 AM

It may not be their fault, but, oi vay.

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Columnist: 5 reasons marriage doesn't work anymore

Columnist: 5 reasons marriage doesn't work anymore | Life | Scoop.it
Marriages today just don't work. The million dollar question? Why not?

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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, April 8, 2015 2:19 PM

Many of the children we work with have parents whose marriages didn't work.  This has some intriguing ideas as to why marriages don't work. -Lon

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The economy of feelings and its value for society – The Curious Lives

The economy of feelings and its value for society – The Curious Lives | Life | Scoop.it

 

The human capacity and need for meaningful connections, interactions and relationships is undeniable. In a global economy driven by digital disruption, overachievement and sometimes extreme individualism, there is a shift happening which brings humanity to the centre of attention.

I’ve been interested in emotional intelligence and its role in today’s economy and societies around the world.

 

I’ve looked at how school education is changing, how organisations are incorporating empathy into their processes and how people are seeking to heal their overstretched souls through ancient wisdoms such as yoga and mindfulness. 

 

And why becoming an expert of our own mind and feelings contributes to thriving in life.

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When online shaming spirals out of control

When online shaming spirals out of control | Life | Scoop.it
Twitter gives a voice to the voiceless, a way to speak up and hit back at perceived injustice. But sometimes, says Jon Ronson, things go too far. In a jaw-dropping story of how one un-funny tweet ruined a woman's life and career, Ronson shows how online commenters can end up behaving like a baying mob -- and says it's time to rethink how we interact online.
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Online vigilantism is unacceptable

Online vigilantism is unacceptable | Life | Scoop.it
While I do not condone Mr Syn Kok Meng's apparent refusal to give up his reserved seat on an MRT train to a mother and her baby, Ms Celine Chia's act of publicly shaming him by uploading his picture and her. Read more at straitstimes.com.
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The Healing Power Of Compassion In Men's Lives

The Healing Power Of Compassion In Men's Lives | Life | Scoop.it

Compassion begins with empathy. Empathy evokes thoughts and feelings that acknowledge and connect with the suffering of others (I know how you feel).

 

Fortified with empathy, compassion calls forth the intent and actions to help alleviate that suffering (I can relate to how you feel and I want to help you.) Self-compassion is being aware of your own suffering with an interior response that is supportive and kind rather than harsh (I made a bad mistake but I'm a good man and I can find a way to get through it).

Compassion is everywhere. Men perform countless acts of compassion on individual and grand scales. For example, a man exhausted from a day of work may drive miles to see his child play soccer


By Edward M. Adams, PsyD


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Reflections on the PM's SG50 National Day Rally Speech

Reflections on the PM's SG50 National Day Rally Speech | Life | Scoop.it
By Masked Crusader Some have dubbed this year’s national day rally speech by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong—made just two days before he “advised” the President to dissolve parliament and announce ...
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Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's National Day Rally 2015 Speech (English) | Prime Minister‘s Office Singapore

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's National Day Rally 2015 Speech (English) | Prime Minister‘s Office Singapore | Life | Scoop.it
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When a Gay Man Marries a Straight Woman | VICE | United States

What are known as "mixed-orientation" marriages are far more common than you might think and can take on all sorts of different forms.

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Vive la différence!

Vive la différence! | Life | Scoop.it
MEN and women do not think in the same ways. Few would disagree with that. And science has quantified some of those differences. Men, it is pretty well established, have better motor and spatial abilities than women, and more monomaniacal patterns of thought. Women have better memories, are more socially adept, and are better at dealing with several things at once. There is a lot of overlap, obviously. But on average these observations are true.

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Lucille House's curator insight, July 21, 2015 9:48 AM

 

          This is fascinating research; the brain is a mysterious part of the human nervous system. It would make sense that there are anatomical differences between the male and female brain such as the increase in linkages between hemispheres in men’s brains that would add to coordination. It is really interesting to finally hear about the details of the differences such as the example mentioned above. This additional information will have a good impact on society in my opinion. The more we look at the few differences in the male and female brain the more society will realize that although men and women have different strengths overall they have no reason to say that women are weaker than men. Therefore the advancement of medicine will hopefully lead to the advancement of women’s rights.

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Top Rights Court Rules That Same-Sex Partnerships Must Be Treated As A Human Right

Top Rights Court Rules That Same-Sex Partnerships Must Be Treated As A Human Right | Life | Scoop.it
The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Tuesday that international human rights law requires governments to provide legal recognition for same-sex couples.

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Barbie in Sports Illustrated? Time to challenge gender marketing to children - The Guardian

Barbie in Sports Illustrated? Time to challenge gender marketing to children - The Guardian | Life | Scoop.it
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The model of play takes the kinetic and building functions of K'nex and other construction toys and ties in a storyline.

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Jaztina Poon's comment, March 12, 2014 5:36 PM
Gender marketing is everywhere, and it is unsurprising to find children exposed to gender stereotypes through their toys.I feel that these toys should be eradicated, as they propagate all the wrong values we want our children to learn. If a girl wants dolls to play with, get them the new Russian made Lammie dolls by Nikolay Lamm. They are proportionate to the average human, and dressed in more appropriate clothing. Marketing should also be gender-neutral so that both boys and girls are allowed to explore their internal world and find out what they really like to play.
Audreyyyヾ(@⌒ー⌒@)ノ's comment, March 15, 2014 1:11 PM
Gender marketing has undeniably played a huge role in our perceptions of males and females from a young age. Children from as young as four years old, are exposed to gender stereotypes through television programmes, toys and advertisements. For example, Disney Princesses always portray the Princesses as the weaker character that needs saving by the Princes. This unconsciously creates the impression that females are weaker as compared to males. This shows the great influence that gender marketing has, especially on children. Barbie being sports illustrated in this case, shows how women do not have to be bound by the traditional views and can do whatever they want. Although there is a fraction of truth in this, it is not entirely an accurate display of what all girls and females should be like, everyone is different and the view of what females should be like should not be confined to a doll.
Shermaine Loke's comment, May 13, 2014 10:21 AM
The media plays a big role in the way we perceive things. When children come into contact with such gender marketing, their mindset is inevitably affected and this leads them to grow up with perceived gender roles. Children should be exposed to a variety of toys before they choose their interests. While this way of marketing is effective in selling toys, we should reconsider it in order to give children a more balanced childhood.
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Sculptures Made from Repurposed PET Plastic Bottles - Design Milk

Sculptures Made from Repurposed PET Plastic Bottles - Design Milk | Life | Scoop.it
Czech artist Veronika Richterová decided to do something with PET plastic bottles and now creates life-like sculptures from the repurposed material.

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Flourish after-school program encourages Earth-love from day one

Flourish after-school program encourages Earth-love from day one | Life | Scoop.it
A senior interior design student at The Ohio State University has created an after-school program that teaches kids about sustainability and eco-stewardship.

 

“Flourish” will utilize healthy, interactive, and creative learning environments in order to teach and promote sustainability and environmental stewardship to children. With these efforts to educate our future generations, we can look forward to a better, more promising future.


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Biophilic design, interactive space, focus on sustainability...