Why I just deactivated my Facebook account – #FBrape

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Sonsie's Basement

I reckon Facebook annoys most of its users from time to time. The surreptitious changes to your privacy settings, the new timeline, the relentless push towards a ‘share everything’ mindset. Until this week, my own bugbear was the insistent promptings to add my favourite films and books every time I log in on a pc. Facebook had even come up with some helpful suggestions (Dirty Dancing and Twilight), making me wonder if they think I am, in fact, a 14-year old girl.

Until now I’ve put up with these irritations because I have friends, family and colleagues on Facebook, and I’m mildly nosy. I like to see what they’re up to. Granted, there is the odd boring picture (I don’t need to see your dinner!) that doesn’t improve the quality of my life, but generally it’s worth it.

Today I deactivated my Facebook account. The #FBrape campaign of the last…

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What happens when the pursuits of “skinny” and “strong” collide?

Fit and Feminist

By now I’m sure most of you are familiar with the saying “Strong is the new skinny.”  It shows up fairly regularly on fitspo images and in fitness circles as a way of promoting a new standard of female beauty, one that is focused on strength and physical power instead of weight loss and restriction.  The words are often accompanied by photos of women showing off glistening muscles while they pose with weights or perform feats of bodyweight strength.  If you have spent any time at all in the fit-o-sphere, you’ve seen what I’m talking about.

Now, I support the general idea behind the phrase.  I would prefer that women – and men, really – work to cultivate their bodies’ abilities rather than fight against them in an attempt to meet our culture’s incredibly fickle beauty standards.  But I also have some issues with the execution, which, as I…

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Famous Authors’ Handwritten Outlines for Great Works of Literature

Flavorwire

Writing a novel (or a story, for that matter) is confusing work. There are just so many characters running all over the place, dropping hints and having revelations. So it’s no surprise that many authors plan out their works beforehand, in chart or list or scribble form, in order to keep everything straight. After the jump, you’ll find a mini collection of those planning papers, so you can take a peek into the process of some of your favorite authors, from James Salter to J.K. Rowling.

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Hip-Hopistan:Inside Greater Kurdistan’s Nascent Hip Hop Scene

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The bass pounded from the speakers, but the crowd sat idly by.  Amir, an amateur Kurdish rapper, struggled to beat out his raps, completely failing to move the crowd.  He left the stage in Azadi Park frustrated.  Amir saw many challenges facing the hip-hop scene in Sleimiani, quoting Tupac, his foremost  hip-hop influence: “I see no changes.”  The crowd did not respond positively to this “stigmatized art form” as Amir put it before walking away.

At a refugee camp just a few hours away, Swedish born rapper Serhado, a Turkish Kurd, performed for Syrian Kurds.  At the height of his concert, the crowd chanted and swayed along to his popular anthem Ez Kurdistan Im (I am Kurdistan).

The changing dynamics in the Middle East have  placed Kurds onto the regional stage.  The Kurds are the largest ethnic group without a country of their own who are currently divided between…

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Hip-Hopistan:Inside Greater Kurdistan’s Nascent Hip Hop Scene

in parentheses

The bass pounded from the speakers, but the crowd sat idly by.  Amir, an amateur Kurdish rapper, struggled to beat out his raps, completely failing to move the crowd.  He left the stage in Azadi Park frustrated.  Amir saw many challenges facing the hip-hop scene in Sleimiani, quoting Tupac, his foremost  hip-hop influence: “I see no changes.”  The crowd did not respond positively to this “stigmatized art form” as Amir put it before walking away.

At a refugee camp just a few hours away, Swedish born rapper Serhado, a Turkish Kurd, performed for Syrian Kurds.  At the height of his concert, the crowd chanted and swayed along to his popular anthem Ez Kurdistan Im (I am Kurdistan).

The changing dynamics in the Middle East have  placed Kurds onto the regional stage.  The Kurds are the largest ethnic group without a country of their own who are currently divided between…

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