Infidelity On Television Is Quite An Affair


Originally posted on Chocolate Vent:

Matters of the heart have long been fodder for TV plots, from soap operas to dramas to reality fare. But a new spate of shows is blatantly tackling the touchy topic of cheating.

And like the Facebook status says: It’s complicated.

Grace is cheating on Neil and so Neil cheats on Grace — but they love each other — in USA’s new drama Satisfaction. On FX’s Married, a hapless Russ is comically struggling with his sex life with wife Lina. (Both shows air Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT) And now Showtime is prepping an intense drama set to debut in October called The Affair.

“A generation ago, you never talked about having an affair. Then Oprah got us all talking about these things. And now that we’re all talking, the next step is we’re living things out more and less afraid — and TV’s catching up,” says…

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The earth is but one country…


Originally posted on charles1958:

Baha’i scriptures, from the words of Baha’ullah; in: The peace Bible; words from the great traditions.traditions. Los Angelles Kalimat Press, !986, p.115.

It is incumbent upon every man of insight and understanding to strive to translate that which hath been written into reality and action… That one indeed is a man who, today, dedicateth himself to the service of the entire human race. … It is not for him to pride himself who loveth his own country, but rather for him who loveth the whole world. The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens.

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The Sexism Behind Abuse


Many different ways have been devised for keeping women subordinated to men in patriarchal societies. Footbinding was used by the Chinese to cripple women for over a thousand years. Purdah, is the Muslim practice of secluding women from contact with men outside of the immediate family. Muslim women are to this day, are prisoners in their own homes. Clitoridectomy, the excision of the clitoris, is still practiced on millions of young, pre-puberty girls today in Egypt, Sudan, Somalia, Kenya, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Iraq,  Guinea and Ethiopia.

 

Violence against women in the form of battering in the home and rape in and outside of the home is a major issue for societies to address and stop. Violence against women has happened so often for millennia. Yet women continue to leave in fear for their lives.

 

Women in Japan, Netherlands, France, Wales, England, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, USA and Germany began to stand up for their human rights as women in the 1970’s. There has been much done to stop the battering but we have not ended violence against women.

 

As women, we demand that governments recognize the existence and extent of this problem in almost every society. We demand safety for ourselves and our children. I began work in Domestic Violence in the seventies, and here in America women continue to be killed, to face daily violence, to lose their self-respect and their hope. It is very difficult to find the courage to leave an abuser when he has twisted your actions and words to manipulate and control you.

 

Whether the abuser is male or female, the penalty for Domestic Violence must be increased. The perpetrator must be more severely punished.

 

Rape is the other type of violence against women that must be stopped. Rape has nothing to do with sex. It is constructed by a man’s need to have power and control over a woman. Men in sexist societies are surrounded by sexist views and attitudes which they use to validate their actions against women.

 

Male violence against towards women can not be eradicated without also eradicating the unequal power relationships between the sexes. Many sociologists feel that the traditional family need to be changed. Equality within domestic relationships is very important if we are to completely eradicate violence in families. This includes violence against children.

 

Spanking children is abuse. Slapping them is abuse. In addition, it teaches them that at the basic level, violence is the way to deal with problems and/or behaviors we are not comfortable with. This is why abuse is found in dysfunctional families. It is passed on from one generation to another. Children in violent homes, learn how to abuse and how to be a victim. No one should be a victim, ever.

 

I must also speak to teenage girls. There is nothing you can do that means your boyfriend has the right to abuse, hit, batter, slap or kick you. It is his issue and not yours. Talk to your guidance counselor or doctor or your parents.

“Love is never meant to hurt. It should never leave red marks, bruises, or broken bones.”  — Barbara Mattio

 

 

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The first time you are beaten is the time you should leave. Abusers do kill women.

The first time you are beaten is the time you should leave. Abusers do kill women.

 

 

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

It’s Fall Here In Northern California…


Originally posted on yes even this too will pass:

It’s over, summer 2014 that is. The San Francisco Giants and Oakland A’s seasons appear to be done and now Oakland Raider and 49er fans are starting to show themselves around the Bay Area more. The days are getting shorter and the nights longer and with the shorter days comes the crispness in the morning air. fills me with happiness. Fall has always been my favorite time of year for it’s a time when cats and dogs start to eat a bit more to prepare for the cooler weather. Never can have enough fur on those bones.

Animals truly are in-tune with the seasons. Talk about living in the moment. Have you ever seen a worrisome wolf or anxious armadillo? No they go about their lives the way they do. When they are hungry they eat and when they are tired they rest. Squirrels gather their acorns not because they…

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It’s Fall Here In Northern California…


Originally posted on yes even this too will pass:

It’s over, summer 2014 that is. The San Francisco Giants and Oakland A’s seasons appear to be done and now Oakland Raider and 49er fans are starting to show themselves around the Bay Area more. The days are getting shorter and the nights longer and with the shorter days comes the crispness in the morning air. fills me with happiness. Fall has always been my favorite time of year for it’s a time when cats and dogs start to eat a bit more to prepare for the cooler weather. Never can have enough fur on those bones.

Animals truly are in-tune with the seasons. Talk about living in the moment. Have you ever seen a worrisome wolf or anxious armadillo? No they go about their lives the way they do. When they are hungry they eat and when they are tired they rest. Squirrels gather their acorns not because they…

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