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Wild ‘n’ Wise Wednesday 7-20-11

| July 20, 2011

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It’s Wild ‘n’ Wise Wednesday, and here’s a look at some of the past week’s interesting stories.

Woman Charged with Sexually Abusing a TSA Security Official:

A woman who groped a female TSA security official to give her a taste of her own medicine is charged with sexual abuse. This reminds me of the time  a TSA official frisked me right up into my privates. I felt incredibly violated. I get angry just thinking about it. It’s unbelievable that TSA officials are allowed to touch people in ways that would otherwise be considered abuse.

The Sex Worker Look is Going Mainstream

Surgery to reshape the labia and other areas of the vagina is picking up fast, say plastic surgeons. Once the domain of sex workers, nude entertainers, nude models, swimsuit models and the occasional woman who needed reconstruction for medical reasons, now women from every walk of life are having cosmetic vaginal surgery. The bulk of them are trying to conform to a idea of beauty most often seen in the porn industry.

Empowerment Stresses Women Out

As women around the world enjoy broader opportunities and expanding roles, they’re also experiencing one other increase in their lives — stress. Nielsen, a leading provider of insights into what consumers watch and buy, recently released findings from a study that identified spending and media habits of women around the world. The study reveals that though women today feel empowered to reach their goals and get what they want, this level of empowerment results in increased stress in their lives.

Natural Family Planning isn’t the One-Size-Fits-All Solution

Ellen Dollar says that while Natural Family Planning (NFP) works wonders for many Christian couples, it shouldn’t be elevated to one-size-fits-all status. She cites the story of Bethany and Sam Torode, who divorced after nine years of marriage, after writing a book arguing that NFP is the healthiest, most spiritually enriching contraceptive approach for Christians.

No Wonder Our Perception of Beauty is Distorted

This is an old Dove commercial. But it still just amazes me how photos of models are photoshopped to create  false, unattainable standards of beauty.

 

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  1. Andrea says:

    Just needed to point out that Dove is under the same company (Unilever) as Axe. Business as usual.

  2. Sara says:

    Just a couple of comments on two of these articles. First, the TSA article. I don’t know whether this TSA policy is really helpful in combating terrorism, but this policy is certainly not in place to sexually abuse people. You stated, “It’s unbelievable that TSA officials are allowed to touch people in ways that would otherwise be considered abuse.” I think this is all about context. I go to a gynecologist every year, and in other contexts, this exam would be considered abuse, however, I know that this exam is performed by a professional to protect me. I think we could make a very similar argument with the TSA standards. The goal of this regulation is to protect people from being killed by terrorists who are hiding explosives in their clothing. Whether it will work or not, I don’t know, but if you don’t wish to fly because you feel violated by the new regulations which are an attempt to keep you from being killed, that’s your prerogative. After all, the ability to fly is not a universal human right.

    Second,in the article about women, empowerment, and stress, you stated that, “The study reveals that though women today feel empowered to reach their goals and get what they want, this level of empowerment results in increased stress in their lives.” I would be curious to know whether men are also experiencing increased stress in their lives. I would bet that they are. I think it really has to do with the increasingly fast pace of our western lifestyle which puts enormous amounts of pressure on both men and women at work and at home. I doubt that it has very much to do with gender. Instead, I think our capitalistic society places pressure on anyone who works in the business-world and forces people to work long hours with few vacation hours (we could take a cue from European countries that take into account the need for rest and good wages and who have a high minimum wage and up to 5 weeks of vacation time). So really, I don’t think it’s necessarily a problem with expanding options. Certainly, if a woman (or a man for that matter) feels too stressed out by empowerment, she can decide not to work or to take a lower-stress job. Many people are now recognizing the need for a more holistic lifestyle, by finding more time for church, hobbies, exercise, and creative interests outside of work. The answer is not, I think,to restrict opportunities for women or to return to a traditional 1950s lifestyle.

  3. LadyElaine80 says:

    Can someone explain to me why we expect to find Christian values in the world system?

  4. jayme says:

    I laugh because NFP is more effective than other methods of “birth control” but people don’t want to practice it because it’d be “so devasting” to have a child or it’s a form that’s not culturally supported. Since when do I want my culture to support my family choices?

    Not saying that NFP is for everyone, but the article is written from someone who is ignorant of what it does, it’s effectiveness and the benefits of it. And using the Torodes is a bad plan – their marriage broke up after they stopped using NFP. I’m guessing that they wouldn’t blame their divorce on NFP. She’s been quite public that she might no longer believe in God and got married way too young. Might that not be the spot to place the blame.

    I don’t even practice true NFP and I can see that article is totally biased and is the author justifying her choice.

    See here: http://www.engagedmarriage.com/sex-family-planning/3-reasons-youre-wrong-about-natural-family-planning