Love this! Being “in the moment” doesn’t mean recording it on your smartphone!

A Guardian article by Julian Baggini - Julian discusses the advent of the Apple Watch, saying that “the smartwatch is going to normalise several things that should appal us.”  He discusses the “quantified self,” a movement that I am starting to feel is self-obsessed naval-gazing. And best of all, he says “we now have running commentaries in place of reflection, ephemeral news headlines over lasting information that matters.”

 

Women on boards around the world: incremental progress not enough to disrupt status quo

Catalyst, a member organisation working to expand opportunities for women in business, analysed  women’s share of board seats at stock index companies around the world. The research was divided into four regions: US, Canada, Europe and Asia-Pacific.

Of course, it is no surprise that the headline result is that “Incremental progress [is] not sufficient to disrupt [the] status quo.”

Catalyst. The report.

Achieving gender equality through storytelling

Melinda Gates launched a blog at the end of 2014 to gather inspirational stories of women around the world and the ways they are making their communities and countries better places.

Better by Half says “Women make up half our entire population. When they’re held back, half the world’s potential goes unrealized.

“But when women and girls are empowered, we’re not just better by half. The world is twice as good.”

Anyone can contribute to the site, and it is an excellent resource for finding organisations working with women and girls.

17/50 states graded A or B in reproductive health and rights

That proportion is far too small. In the Population Institute’s third annual report card on the United States’ reproductive health and rights, the overall grade for the country was a C.

Again, far too low. Reproductive rights affect men and women. Women bear children, many of whom grow up to be men. It thus boggles my mind how any man could deny a woman affordable, accessible reproductive health care. They wouldn’t be around if it wasn’t for a woman. To prevent or block reproductive health care and access is a violation of women’s fundamental human rights.

See how your state fares in the latest report card.

Studying the impacts of sexism difficult because women normalise the fear and anxiety

Researchers recently published an article in Sex Roles examining the effects everyday sexism has on women and women’s health. It’s no surprise that they found that “some of the sexism women face makes women generally more fearful and anxious.”

Even more upsetting is the knowledge that one of the main barriers to this type of study is the normalisation process that women undergo in order to handle the variety and constancy of sexism.

Speaking to The Guardian, one of the researchers used the example of her decision to cross the road when she saw a man in a van in front of her on her daily run.

“I didn’t think twice about it,” she said.

“Over time, existing in a state of hypervigilance has a negative impact, and leads to a higher level of psychological distress.”

Rate of environmental degradation worldwide worrying scientists

Researchers have identified nine processes that underpin life on Earth, and of those nine, four have exceeded safe levels.

And while there is drastic variation around the world, scientists say that “the overall picture is one of deterioration at a rapid rate.

“Since 1950, urban populations have increased seven-fold, primary energy use has soared by a factor of five, the amount of fertilizer used is eight times higher and the amount of nitrogen entering the oceans has quadrupled.”

Without change, scientists say that humans will follow the pattern of rising to the top of the social chain and then collapsing as a race because of the refusal to adapt to and acknowledge the need for sustainable practices and processes.

At present we know only that the imagination, like certain wild animals, will not breed in captivity. George Orwell