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The Unique, Painful Struggle of Being an Overweight Woman With a Mental Disorder

<i>According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, approximately 18.5% of adults in the United States experience mental illness every year. That's</i> …

Mental Health

PRAGER: Leftism Is Not Liberalism

What is the difference between a leftist and a liberal?<p>Answering this question is vital to understanding the crisis facing America and the West …

This Is Why Feminism Does Not Need Rebranding

BuzzFeed poll shows majority believe in feminism in all but the name.<p>The BuzzFeed Feminism Survey was taken by more than 300,000 people last week, and though admittedly the anonymous nature of the poll means the conclusions aren't unimpeachable, the data we collected offer some insight into the …

Feminism

An Introvert's Open Letter to Extroverts: 5 Things You Should Know About Me

Photo Credit: silvia sani via Compfight cc<p>Dear Extrovert,<p>First, let me start by thanking you for being in my life. You are the yang to my yin. You get me out more, meeting new people, having new experiences and stretching my comfort zone. You help color my external world with a vast richness that I …

How she went from a schoolteacher to an ISIS member

The petite 25-year-old tentatively opens the door to the hotel room where we've agreed to meet. Her face is covered, but her body language betrays her anxiety.<p>She slowly lifts her niqab, revealing her young, heart-shaped face. Her large brown eyes, filled with guilt and turmoil, are delicately made …

'Arguments against the burka are deeply suspicious'

Europe's most senior rabbi says a court ruling upholding France's ban on the burka amounts to the traditional concept of religious freedom "unravelling before our eyes"<p>The American comedian and social commentator George Carlin once said that “Religion is like a pair of shoes.....Find one that fits …

Nigerian man is locked up after saying he is an atheist

Campaigners call for release of 29-year-old Mubarak Bala, who lives in Kano in Nigeria's predominantly Muslim north<p>A Nigerian man has been incarcerated in a mental health institution by his family after saying he had lost his belief in God.<p>Mubarak Bala, 29, is said to have been forcibly medicated …

Berlin House of One: The first church-mosque-synagogue?

<b>Berlin thinks it is making religious history as Muslims, Jews and Christians join hands to build a place where they can all worship. The House of One, as it is being called, will be a synagogue, a church and a mosque under one roof.</b><p>An architecture competition has been held and the winner chosen. …

Religion

Chronic stress can hurt your memory

Do you tend to forget things when you're stressed? Like when you're late for a meeting and can't remember where you left your car keys? Or when you have to give a big presentation and suddenly forget all your talking points seconds before you start?<p>There's nothing like stress to make your memory go …

Your Button-Mashing Could Be Causing Permanent Hand Injury

Whether you're reading this at your desk, on your phone lounging on the couch, odds are you're doing it wrong.<p>The way many of us use our tech could, …

India elections: what women want from a new government

We've been asking Indian voters to tell us what they want a new government to address. For the country's women, education and safety from sexual violence are paramount<p>One summer afternoon in 2011, I found myself at Surpur, a Dalit village in Rajasthan's Alwar district, 200km from Delhi. Surpur is a …

Sri Lanka Pushes For Rapists To Marry Their Victims

Even underage victims of rape should marry their attackers, says president.<p>When Sri Lanka's top gender official suggested that women marry the men who had raped them in order to reduce the number of sexual assaults in the country, he stumbled on a problem: what if the rape survivors are …

Sri Lanka

No-fly list used by FBI to coerce Muslims into informing, lawsuit claims

Case highlights plight of people wrongfully added to database who face lengthy, secretive process to clear their names<p>Naveed Shinwari hasn’t seen his wife in 26 months. He suspects it’s because he refused to become an informant for the FBI.<p>In February 2012 Shinwari, who has lived in the US since he …

Turkish Activists Say Their Country Is Sliding Backward On Women's Rights

ISTANBUL -- There are few things that shock Pinar Ilkkaracan, one of Turkey’s most prominent women activists. For three decades, she has battled what she describes as stifling sexism and stubborn politicians. But in 2010, in a revealing moment she says still haunts her, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip …

'Shouldn't You Be Over That by Now?' How to Respond to Judgment on Your Grieving Process

A newsletter reader sent me this question:<p><b>How can I deal with people who expect me to be "over this" already? My fiancée died almost two years ago.</b><p><b>How can I convince them it's all right that I'm not "over it"?</b><p>Though this question was sent by one reader, lots of people struggle with this issue. I …

Emotions

Domestic Violence, Part 1

What is it? What are the stages? And, how can it be prevented?<p>Domestic violence is a nice clinical name for a battering relationship or a relationship where someone is receiving physical or verbal beatings.<p>A batterer can be either male or female. They can come from a wealthy or a poor family, as …

Sociology

Tennis Player Stops Match to Help Woozy Ball Girl

Link to Media<p>Grigor Dimitrov, currently the 16th-ranked tennis player in the world, lost his match to Kei Nishikori in the ATP Miami Masters on Sunday, but it's what he did to help a ball girl during the match that left many impressed.<p>Dimitrov noticed a young ball girl was woozy from the heat and …

Turner Broadcasting

A scream of solidarity to my fellow women everywhere

Is mise Cara Park.<p>I am used to speaking publicly but I am a little nervous about this speech as it is so important to me.<p>I have always wanted to do this and I am not sure if I will get the opportunity again so if you could humour me, I want to let out a scream.<p>A scream of frustration.<p>A scream of …

Rape and sexual assaults in the military need more than 'kangaroo court' justice

Informal and unaccountable 'in-house' procedures mean hundreds of allegations go unquestioned<p>The foreign secretary, William Hague, has called for an end to the use of sexual violence in war as part of the fine and timely crusade he has taken up alongside movie star Angelina Jolie. An inquest into …

16 Habits Of Highly Sensitive People

Do you feel like you reflect on things more than everyone else? Do you find yourself worrying about how other people feel? Do you prefer quieter, less chaotic environments?<p>If the above sound true to you, you may be highly sensitive. The personality trait -- which was first researched by Elaine N. …

The homeless Hungarian lottery winner who is giving his money to charity

László Andraschek is giving a guided tour of the homeless centre in Győr, Hungary, where residents sleep up to six a room. He lived here for seven years. "It all happened to me, I remember it, but I don't miss it," he says. Small wonder, as Andraschek has bought six properties for himself and his …

Pakistani village gives girls pioneering sex education class | Reuters

JOHI, Pakistan (Reuters) - In neat rows, the Pakistani girls in white headscarves listened carefully as the teacher described the changes in their bodies. When the teacher asked what they should do if a stranger touched them, the class erupted.<p>“Scream!” one called out.<p>“Bite!” another …

Press record. Is that what we do now when someone dies?

She took, she said, "great pride in her work". She was "excited" to be part of a "lovely team". But on Tuesday, as Hollie Gazzard finished her shift in the hair salon she worked in, a young man stuck a blade in her flesh and stabbed her to death. Colleagues screamed as they watched her fall. …

Being a doctor was once a job with great purpose. Now it's just a business

The 'free market' approach to care means seeing more patients in less time. We've lost the human connection in health reform<p>As a physician, I resent the fact that the divisive healthcare reform debate has made my profession look like it is only a business, essentially a commodity. Growing up in the …

Why Africa is a hotbed of homophobia

As Uganda's president remains on the brink of ratifying savage new anti-gay laws, our Africa Correspondent reports on a continent at war with itself<p>Simon Lokodo cannot imagine kissing a man. "I think I shall die," he said last week. "I would not exist. It is inhuman. I would be mad. Just imagine …

What is the effect of pro-life pregnancy advice centres?

They pretend to offer impartial help, but what kind of harm do these unregulated centres have on vulnerable young women?<p>I remember the year I was 18 as being basically one long summer, but the cloying tense sort of summer that makes up coming-of-age novels, and news reports on unusual crimes. It …

Do You Suffer From the Imposter Syndrome?

I remember a client I had many years ago -- an executive in a large aerospace firm -- who complained about a little voice in his head that was constantly criticizing almost everything he did. He never felt that he deserved his successes, including his current executive position. He even had …

Game Changer: One Simple Thing You Can Stop to Improve Your Life

Complaining is one of the ego's favorite strategies for strengthening itself. Every complaint is a little story the mind makes up that you completely believe in. Whether you complain aloud or only in thought makes no difference. Some egos that perhaps don't have much else to identify with easily …

Solving the Problem of Grief: The Solution Is Not What You Think

<b>Solving the problem of grief is a problem in itself: if the ways you are broken cannot possibly be fixed, why does everyone keep giving you solutions?</b><p>Before my partner died, I was reading <i>There is a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem</i> by Dr. Wayne Dyer. It's a great book. When I tried to pick it up …

Emotions

Beth Tweddle, Eugenie Bouchard and all women in sport deserve better

From appalling Twitter abuse to patronising questioning on TV, this was another terrible week for female athletes. Now it's time for it to stop<p>Sport has a women problem. Or rather, not sport per se, (women are brilliant at it, not that you’d probably know, since it only receives 5% of media …