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  1. :grouphug: for you and everyone on these boards suffering with a chronic condition.
  2. Well, first, I should explain that I’m not trying to convince anyone to cut out olive oil. The question was asked why would one want to, and I attempted an answer. That’s all. I haven’t cut it out myself, but I can understand why some choose to. Especially those who have heart disease or who are at high risk for it. I am finding that the things I do to try to extend my life are improving my quality of life as well. Personally I think it’s far more absurd that the leading causes of death in this country are dietary. And not in a way that we can’t control, like not having
  3. Right, but I guess the question is whether it’s a healthy diet because of the olive oil, or in spite of the olive oil. I think it’s healthier than cream, butter, lard, tallow, etc. Just not sure how healthy it is.
  4. Well, I did find a little info. The Moscow Patriarchate's Commission "On the questions of the family, protection of motherhood and of children" did officially oppose the earlier law which had criminalized "family violence". https://meduza.io/en/news/2016/07/05/the-russian-orthodox-church-says-a-new-ban-on-domestic-violence-is-an-assault-on-the-holy-scriptures https://www.wheeljournal.com/blog/2016/2/9/lena-zezulin-the-russian-orthodox-church-the-law-and-family-violence Please note, I know absolutely nothing about either one of these sources, so I make no claims as to their reliabi
  5. Yeah, I got the impression that guy was just some random extremist. But there were some clips earlier in the film with priests, one of whom was basically saying that opposition to domestic violence was an evil influence from the West. When I first read (about a year ago) that this decriminalization had happened, I must have read at least a dozen different articles about it. They all (or the vast majority at least) said that the church had supported the law, but none of them explained exactly what was meant by that. Some/many people in the church supported it? The church officially support
  6. Oh, no! That's just awful. Please give her my hugs and sympathy.
  7. That was very hard to watch, but I really appreciate you posting it.
  8. Thank you all for the additional replies! I am continuing to investigate everything that’s been mentioned. I appreciate it.
  9. Oh, and your breakfast salad sounds delicious! I've been getting bored with my oatmeal-with-berries breakfasts and have been wanting some new ideas. I need to break away from the idea that it has to be "breakfast" food. ETA: If you're interested in a pre-made oil-free dressing, this one is pretty good: http://bragg.com/products/bragg-organic-fat-free-vinaigretter-salad-dressing.html Unluckily for me, both vinegar and citrus trigger migraines. So if anyone knows a vegan way to dress a salad without vinegar or citrus, I'm all ears!
  10. I haven't followed McDougall, so I can't relate any experiences, Attolia. I'm a newbie vegan myself, and while I have tried to cut waaaay back on my consumption of refined fats, I haven't cut them out completely. I like experimenting, though! I am getting my cholesterol checked later this month, and it will be the first time since going vegan, so I'm very curious to see what it is. If it isn't where I want it to be, then I'll tweak my diet further. But for those who don't understand the motivation for considering cutting out olive oil, I wanted to share this: https://nutritionfacts.or
  11. I haven't had time to listen to the podcast (yet, I hope to at some point) so I'm not clear on the particulars of the situation. But I can tell you that at the times in my life when I was uncomfortable with a man who was clearly pushing boundaries, I was very much afraid that reacting strongly on my part would escalate the situation. When you're dealing with someone who is stronger than you and who is physically capable of overpowering you, there is a very real possibility that a "**** off!" or a slap across the face will turn an inappropriate situation into an outright dangerous one. Don't
  12. Thank you for this! I just went vegan in August, but my husband and daughter are still omni. I can get them to eat vegan dinners with me three nights a week, but they still want meat (hubby especially) the other four. So this is a huge help! Hubby really likes meat substitutes. I don't really feel like I "need" them personally (I'm quite happy with veggies, rice, potatoes, beans, etc.) but I'm happy to eat them when he wants them. So thank you, OP, for starting this thread, because I'd never heard of soy curls! We've tried Beyond Meat and several varieties of veggie burgers, an
  13. I agree. That article that you linked referred to legalized prostitution as “commercialized rape†and I think that’s true. And if 88% of porn depicts violence and aggression, then that’s basically commercialized rape too. And when that becomes universally available and widely consumed, of course it is going to bleed over into public life and threaten women’s roles and our very safety. How could it not?
  14. Yes, using the cannabis example, when I was younger I was very pro-legalization. But there were taboos in place, in my mind and in society, that are now breaking down. My feelings on that issue are far more complex now. I think that people do get the idea that if something is legal, then it's basically okay, benign, not really a big deal. Perhaps because in an increasingly secular culture, we look more to the law and less to religion and history for our mores? Well said.
  15. Both of those articles were good, and the latter one included some good links as well. This topic is thoroughly depressing. My very innocent 18yo daughter is doing math homework with her dad right now, and I'm just trying not to panic about what her future holds. I always thought that my generation had it sooooo much better than my grandmothers' generation, because we didn't have to put up with as much overt chauvinism and discrimination as they did. But I never imagined that my daughter's generation would have to survive the kind of misogyny that is now spreading through our culture l
  16. Well that’s a very different picture than what was painted for me (friend of a friend kind of thing, I don’t think I’ve ever known anyone personally who has done that). That’s too bad, but I suppose not surprising. :( That is very telling, isn’t it, that women don’t own or manage the clubs.
  17. Oh, then I agree! (ETA and I’m sorry I misunderstood you.) It’s not a subject I’ve researched, but I’ve certainly gotten the impression that stripping is far, FAR safer for women than prostitution or porn. And I’ve even heard that their median income is much higher, though they are selling “lessâ€. I find that interesting.
  18. No. Countries with legalized prostitution are associated with higher human trafficking inflows than countries where prostitution is prohibited. The scale effect of legalizing prostitution, i.e. expansion of the market, outweighs the substitution effect, where legal sex workers are favored over illegal workers. On average, countries with legalized prostitution report a greater incidence of human trafficking inflows. Criminalization of prostitution in Sweden resulted in the shrinking of the prostitution market and the decline of human trafficking inflows. Cross-country comparisons of Sweden wit
  19. The fact that there is so little regulation of the porn industry, a multi-billion dollar industry, so little enforcement of what regulation there is, so little research done about the effects of that "work" on the "workers", and so little research done about the effects of the industry on society at large, all of that leads me to believe that rate of abuse and exploitation is so high, that that's where the focus needs to be, not on the relatively small percentage of ethically-produced porn (assuming such a thing exists at all). That's what I was trying to convey by saying "negligible". I
  20. But the reason The Rock was chosen and not Jimmy Fallon is that The Rock is near an extreme end of the physical spectrum, the end that's capable of pounding most of the rest of us into dust if he chose to do so. I choose not to watch porn for the exact reason I cited: as a consumer, I have no way of knowing if the people being depicted are there of their own free will or if they were coerced, manipulated, or even forced. That is completely unacceptable to me. I will not support such an industry. I do enjoy steamy romance novels and occasionally* even outright erotica, because
  21. But wasn't that the whole point of that thing about treating everyone like The Rock? Only treat people with respect if they can beat the crap out of you? There's no inherent reason to treat a 4'11" 98-pound woman with respect, so you have to pretend she's a gigantic man in order to do so?
  22. Oh, I think it's possible. It's just not reality. As Sandwalker pointed out, consumers have no way of knowing if what they are watching involved true and free consent or not. This story made headlines and involved lawsuits. How much more rape and assault goes on in porn that never gets reported? How much more porn than that involves coercion and exploitation, if not outright rape? Too much. Far too much. I suspect that the tiny percentage of women who are there giving true and free consent is so small as to be negligible.
  23. Thanks! I have a couple of Panache bras but I've never tried their sports bras.
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