The Misguided Cover Up

From the Global Post, by Iva Roze Skoch

After complaints, statue of naked Prometheus gets undies

It isn’t clear who exactly complained about the nudity of the Greek God Prometheus, whose bronze statue now graces the area opposite the Parliament building in Skopje, the capital of Macedonia, but that’s part of the mystery behind this story.

According to this article in the Balkan Insight, the complainers were “unidentified women’s organizations.”

What is clear is that good old nude Prometheus — who in Greek mythology is a symbol of self-sacrifice because he stole fire from the gods — suddenly appeared a few days ago decked out in brand new tidy whities.

Made out of bronze, naturally.

The speedy official response and “cover up” have sparked debate in Macedonia, prompting some to speculate whether other statues, like the giant sculpture of a woman breast-feeding a child, which is yet to be erected just a few hundred meters from the Prometheus sculpture, will also get a cover up.

Vladimir Velickovski, Skopje-based art professor, told the Balkan Insight:  “Our environment is small and frustrated and this (speedy cover-up) reflects hypocrisy and self-censorship….In private everything is allowed while in public everything is disputed.”

Then again, this isn’t the first time Macedonia has been accused of hypocrisy when it comes to their treatment of Greek heroes. Continue reading

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Breast Feeding … The Time Magazine Cover

We’ve all seen the cover of Time magazine this week, so I’ll show you a different picture. Breast feeding … I don’t get what all the controversy is about. It’s about the most natural, and one of the most beautiful visuals I can imagine. They say women shouldn’t flaunt it. What’s that all about? What’s flaunting it? Why have we sexualized female breasts to the extent they are considered indecent, even at a beach? Despite all the positive and beneficial qualities of most religions, this is a perfect example of one of the negative impacts religion has on society.

There were complaints the child was too old to breast feed. Many logical, thoughtful people see it this way. On the other hand, many psychologists believe there is nothing wrong with it, that breast feeding until age three or four nurtures the child emotionally, causing him to grow into adulthood better adjusted, more independent and better prepared the face the challenges of life. I’ll buy that.

Don’t forget to eat more Oreo Cookies.

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Robin Gibb … Gravely Ill

Photo by Polfoto, Jens Dige

No one makes our world more magical than those who create music. One of the greatest of our era has been struck down by pneumonia and is in a coma in a London hospital. Robin Gibb, 62, and the Gibb family have suffered more than their fair share of health related misfortune over the years. Musicians, even when they are “normal” decent people, seem to be plagued with the worst misfortune. The whole world loves Robin Gibb and wishes him a successful recovery.

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Small Game Hunters

From The Telegraph, United Kingdom

Zimbabwe ‘sperm hunters’ picking up male travellers

Gangs of women in Zimbabwe have been picking up male travellers to have sexual intercourse and harvest their sperm, according to reports.

Gangs of women in Zimbabwe have been picking up male travellers to have sexual intercourse and harvest their sperm, according to reports.

Susan Dhliwayo claims she pulled her car over recently to pick up a group of male hitchhikers and they refused to get in, because they feared they were going to be raped.

“Now, men fear women. They said: ‘we can’t go with you because we don’t trust you’,” 19-year-old Miss Dhliwayo recounted.

Local media have reported victims of the highway prowlers being drugged, subdued at gun or knife point – even with a live snake in one case – given a sexual stimulant and forced into repeated sex before being dumped on the roadside.

The sperm hunters first surfaced in the local press in 2009 but police have only arrested three women, found with a plastic bag of 31 used condoms in October. The attacks have continued since they were nabbed for allegedly violating 17 men. Continue reading

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Inspiration

From Scallywag & Vagabond dot com

Exiled Iranian women pose nude to protest against sexual oppression.

‘I believe in the equality of women and men’ and ‘my thoughts, my body, my choice’.

The above words are part of a slogan courtesy of a group of Iranian women who have taken to creating a new video that is meant to be a defiant message to Iranian leaders who have in essence condoned oppressive discrimination towards women in their home country.

The video which depicts the participating women in the nude was released in tandem with International Women’s day on March 8th in the hopes of boosting sales of their project, ‘The Nude Revoluntionary Calendar.’

Aliaa Magda Elmahdy

The video comes as a tribute to an Egyptian woman, Aliaa Magda Elmahdy, a 20 year old university student who last year incited Islamic authorities when she chose to release a full length picture of herself on her blog in the nude to bring attention to what she deemed to be her right to do so or not and not that of authorities. The blog posting led to the woman being denounced as a ‘prostitute,’ and bombarded with insults across the Middle East. Continue reading

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Emma Thompson Likes Getting Naked

From the Huffington Post UK

British actress Emma Thompson was left red-faced when cops arrived at her holiday home to investigate reports of a naked intruder as witnesses had mistaken the star for a nude man.

The Oscar winner was enjoying a break at her remote property in Scotland when police officers arrived at her door and warned her that neighbours had seen a nude man lurking on her estate.

However, Thompson’s daughter Gaia soon realised the naked intruder they had seen was actually her mother as she had been skinny-dipping in a nearby river at the time of the sighting.

Thompson tells U.K. TV host Jonathan Ross, “(The police officer) said, ‘Oh, hello, I’m sorry to bother you… but we’ve just had someone ring up to say that you’ve had an intruder on your land.’

“Picturing immediately an axe man behind a bush, I said, ‘Really, when? What sort of an intruder?’ ‘Well,’ he said, ‘There was a dog walker coming up through the path, saw a naked man, about 50 years old, coming through your field’. And I was really worried, it was terrifying.

Not Emma Thompson

 ”From behind me, on the stairs, Gaia, in her PJs (pyjamas), was going, ‘Wasn’t that about the time that you came up from the river, mum?’ Because behind the house there’s a field and a pond. And there’s sheep in the field, but they don’t mind if I walk up naked.

“And I thought, ‘Oh my God, oh my God’. Making the connection, I could see the same thing happening to the policeman. And I could see him, as he backed off, and I was thinking, ‘He’s going to go back to the station and he’s going to say, ‘You see that Emma Thompson? Her t**s must be so low that from a distance they read as testicles.’

“I nearly lifted up my nightie to show that they’re not that bad.”

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Tough Choice

If the election is decided on who looks best in jeans, looks like Mitt Romney has a real shot.

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Then again … could be Obama’s best asset, but will he look as good when he’s Romney’s age?

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Hmmm … not bad at all.

Looks like he prefers the loose fit. Still hot.

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Well … Newt probably doesn’t own a pair of jeans. Probably a good thing. But it doesn’t matter … he’s got ‘em all beat in a debate.

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Shaking Things Up In Egypt

Meet Aliaa . . .

Aliaa Maghda Elmahdy, an atheist and self-described “secular liberal feminist vegetarian individualist Egyptian,” posted pictures of herself, nude, as a protest against “a society of violence, racism, sexism, sexual harassment and hypocrisy”. She calls her blog A Rebel’s Diary, which features herself and other nudes, male and female, and has become an overnight sensation. Since Egypt needs a new president, I hereby cast my vote for Aliaa. I can think of a few more Middle Eastern countries that could use a girl like her.

 

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Circumcision … A Jewish Perspective

From the Jewish Daily Forward

By Jay Michaelson

For several decades, opposition to circumcision has been building in the United States and within the American Jewish community. This year, the people of San Francisco will see on their ballots a proposed ordinance banning circumcision entirely, with no exception for religious Jews or Muslims. As others have written in these pages already, this measure is offensive and overbroad, and at least some of its proponents are clearly guilty of anti-Semitism. (It is also, in my view, unconstitutional.) Civil liberties groups and Jewish organizations have roundly condemned it, and defeat seems likely.

But San Francisco is a harbinger of things to come, and critiques of circumcision are not limited to the lunatic fringe. Opponents say that circumcision is a brutal, nonconsensual mutilation of a child that results in a permanent loss of sensitivity. Our society doesn’t allow parents to abuse their children, this argument runs, so why should we allow this particular form of violence, which is irrevocable and damaging? Proponents counter that circumcision reduces the risk of HIV transmission and of some STDs, that the “mutilation” in question is relatively minor, and that, in the case of religious communities, it is time honored and religiously mandated.

Personally, were it not for my Jewish heritage, I would never circumcise a child of my own. (I do not have children, though my partner and I are considering it.) There is no question that circumcision reduces sexual pleasure, which I find philosophically repugnant. In fact, whether or not this was the original purpose of the mitzvah, the power of circumcision to reduce pleasure was well known to Jewish sages; Maimonides, for example, praises circumcision for just that reason. In addition, it is an unnecessary form of surgery, and it is indeed permanent; your son cannot change his mind about it later, even if he were to discontinue Jewish religious observance. And all of us who have been to a circumcision ceremony know that — for some babies, at least — it does seem to hurt. Finally, while there may be marginal health benefits to circumcision, I’d rather invest the time teaching my son about safer sex than slice into the body that God and nature have formed.

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