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Sunday Posts

There’s a crescendo of voices saying, ‘If you don’t do X or Y, you’re doing it wrong,’” Monk says. The result is “a kind of over-preciousness about motherhood. It’s obsessive, and it’s amplified by the Internet and social media.” 

Sunday Reads

“Silence is often a woman-flavoured thing. It is guilty of holding countless women’s names and voices hostage inside of its spine and its ribcage.” Nikita Gill 

 

Sunday Reads

Recipes

Sunday Reads

  1. A creative activity from something we all use weekly.
  2. Sometimes we are loneliest in the midst of other people.
  3. Funny but so true how we always Google an illness and walk away with the worst possible diagnosis.
  4. Very emotional read about the alternates at the Olympics – it takes such depth of character to keep going when you are so close but not quite there.
  5. How (un)romantic to talk of love and microbes.
  6. Obama’s Summer 2016 Playlist, I think I have deciphered the code message behind it.
  7. Lovely story about this dad that tried to get his daughter out of an arranged marriage.
  8. BUT, Joburg has some cool places
  9. I am astounded by the desperate measures people will take to get to a “better life. Long, but worth the read.

Long Sunday Reads

  1. Thoughtful cards that recognise the many paths to parenthood.
  2. I would happily co-sign the petition to have all academic research freely distributed. (NY Times link)
  3. The top researchers on RePec (Research Papers in Economics) from a ” Developing Country” are all male and predominantly pale.
  4. Jeez, the ethics and externalities stemming from a privately owned city in India.
  5. Decorating together as a couple.
  6. Relationships aren’t always exciting or glamorous. And that’s fine. These 24 comics celebrate the more mundane bits of things #7, 12,16,17,19 and especially 22.
  7. I’m already so iffy about eating eggs, not sure it was wise to read this egg on whether to wash eggs or not, whether to keep them in the fridge or not.
  8. Daily life in a major Accra slum. Very riveting (but could be gross) read.
  9. Imagine if your hotel owner knowingly spied on you while you visited their hotel?
  10. Don’t let fear dictate how your life should be / the pressures that women face regarding marriage.
  11. Data sources for researchers, many free and easily available.
  12. No more boy only OR girl only books.
  13. Wearable baby tech marketed to parents based on fear mongering.So shameful and morally horrid.
  14. What will happen when African leaders take their election rigging online? I cannot even imagine!
  15. I am sometimes guilty of not taking my job THIS seriously!!
  16. Various recipes this week.

Sunday Reads

Some great reads coming up from a less than warm Joburg morning 🙂

  1. Love this blogger, her pictures are spectacular. Check out her guide to the off-track places to visit in Joburg.
  2. Two very opposing views on Rihanna’s latest video. I watched the preview on the BET Awards then I caught twenty seconds of the actual video and I stopped. I think it’s gross and demeaning. View one, View two.
  3. Some reading lists from Africa and India.
  4.  Some influential Africans to watch on Twitter.
  5. The blogger herself is actually quite a lovely writer too!
  6. In case you are wondering what to do with an overload of cauliflower and zuccini.
  7. I am not my hair. I have my hair natural and locked but I accept that different versions work for different African women and people should select what they like and work with that and not judge other women for choosing to do something different with their hair.
  8. I love this lady’s home. VERY MUCH!!
  9. Definitely trying out this Chicken/Rice recipe this weekend.
  10. Might also try this chicken and couscous salad recipe.
  11. Wanna know how your income fares globally? Try this Calculator here.
  12. More about how Uber enters markets.
  13. Very interesting conversation around amateur porn by Rashida Jones (Be warned, the content could be offensive for sensitive readers)
  14. Looking to volunteer your time at a worthy cause? Here is a site that connects volunteers to need.
  15. Do you love to learn something new each day?

Links from this week

As you have your breaky/tea/ lunch break, please enjoy stuff that I have read this week that I liked.

 

curveballs

Very random post this one is. A mish-mash of so many things.

Came across these guys, of the MTV series, the Buried life. And it raises the question, what is that thing that we would do if we didn’t have to work for money?  Sometimes we bury these things in pursuit of life’s great answers and that is a sad thing. I would work in a library/ bookstore and give more of my time to help the disadvantaged women and girls in our society. And I don’t know whats stopping me from doing the second thing because I certainly have a lot more time on my hands now..

Was listening to a podcast this morning and some of the trends or stuff they were discussing was quite mind-opening:

Apparently surrogacy (baby outsourcing)  in India is big business and the government is coming in now to regulate this area. It’s not so much an ethical question for me as much as the fact that desperation drives these women to do this, because the returns are fairly high. The government came in to set an upper limit of five kids per surrogate mother.

Apparently the new trend in Nairobi is to not breastfeed after delivery. Apparently, the fear is largely of saggy breasts and looking unattractive for your partner. What struck me is the rational and the choice between the child and the mate and clearly I have no idea but, the choices are just odd! The dietitian involved urged women to breastfeed for the benefit to their children and also because it helps you lose weight. I must admit that part of what shocked me is the knowledge that I breastfed until I was four and a half years old!

My other obsession, is Urban Dictionary. Today’s word:

FOOD BABY: when you eat so much, that your stomach looks pregnant

My ultimate favourite:

PEEGRET: When you regret not going to pee before leaving a given place!

So what random thoughts are swirling through your mind?