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Positive Body Questions

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 17, 2014 by Mrsbeard

It’s been a really long time since I have posted. Probably over a year.
It is pleasant and surprising to see that people still visit my blog regularly. In fact, in the last year, there has only been a couple of days where I have had no visits.
So if you have come onto The Hanging Sun in the last year, thank you so much 🙂

I’ve been quite unwell today which means that I’ve been stuck doing sweet eff ay.

I started to think about body image and the way females view themselves. Earlier today I saw photos of a woman who posted some revealing photos of herself on Instagram. Usually this annoys me but her photos were so beautiful and not the least bit sleazy or attention seeking.

It made me think, this woman baring her breasts shows no shame and seems happy with her cup size. Though she is probably statistically an average size cup, most people would suggest she is “small breasted”. And I admire her and other women with “smaller” chests.

If I admire other women for this, why can’t I admire myself for this same quality? Why is it that I look at other women who don’t have their boobs under their chins and think negatively like I think about my breasts and breast size? While I am statistically an average size C-D why is it that I still feel so shitty about them?

I was watching a show this afternoon with did a survey of women in the streets of Australia. Most women interviewed couldn’t think of a positive quality of themselves.

So I decided to ask Facebook and Instagram. If you are a female, what do you like about your body or what part of your body do you see in a positive light?

So far I’ve had some interesting answers, mostly feet and curves related, and breasts. I will try post the rest of the lil survey later in the week.

🙂

We Are Our Own Masters

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 23, 2013 by Mrsbeard

I could be too much of a skeptic for my own good… Here’s a list of some of the things I don’t believe in.
– Gods, all of them
UFO’s of the alien kind
– Osama Bin Ladin being killed by US troops
– Ghosts
– Astrology
– Dowsing
– Levitation
– Séances
– Telepathy
– Clairvoyance
– Reincarnation
– Magic
– Santa
– Homeopathy
– Reiki
– Fung Shui
– Crystal Healing
– Rebirthing Breathe Work
– Curses
– Lunar Effect
– Nibiru cataclysm
– Channeling
– Crop Circles
Tutankhamun‘s curse
– Body earthing
– Faith healing
Therapeutic touch
Urine Therapy
Dianetics
– Miracles
– Weeping statues and paintings
– Angels
– Demons
Satan
– Poltergeists
– Souls
– Cryptids
– Haunted houses
– Premonitions
– Satanic/demonic possession
– Spirits
– Aliens in the popular form
– Voodoo dolls
– Prayers, chants, spells, blessings
– Manipulation of the elements
– Love in a metaphysical sense
Heaven
Hell
Purgatory

An Assualt On Reason

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on December 4, 2012 by Mrsbeard

Some of my new reads/audiobooks:

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Look At The Bells, Look At The Bells

Posted in Uncategorized on December 4, 2012 by Mrsbeard

Someone just gave me a GREAT idea for a tattoo, how exciting!
And they don’t even know that they helped me think of it.
Anyway…

The older I get, the more unsatisfied I become with Christmas.
It’s one of those “Hallmark” holidays which urges people to spend money on things that they don’t need or things that other people don’t need nor want.
Christmas spending this holiday season is tipped to exceed $30 billion dollars!

Instead of giving a gift that someone needs or that the proceeds go to a charity, we give each other utter crap!
Even if the gesture is wonderful and warm and kind, chances are you have little use for the gift.
For children, it is different, kids will play with anything you give them and half the fun for a child is being given a present to unwrap.
For me, not so much.
Don’t get me wrong, I am very grateful for any gift I receive but I seem to attract a lot of things that I can’t use.
– Those bath bombs/moisturizing cream/make up makes my eczema break out something ferocious (In fact, a lot of make up and beauty products don’t agree with my skin, even some mascara seems to give me eczema on my eyelids)…
– And those tops you bought me are too small/pink/big/frilly/shiny/uncomfy/etc.

So this year, unless you are James or my parents, PLEASE do not get me anything!
Not even a Christmas card!
I feel bad when I have to put them in the recycling bin after keeping it for 3 years. (Question: Why do we keep gifts even though we don’t use them or can’t pass them on? Why can’t we throw away birthday cards or Christmas cards? Why do I feel terrible when I throw away a piece of cardboard with a picture of Santa on the front and simply “Merry Christmas Nat” written inside?)
Please don’t spend any money on me; OR if you REALLY have to, donate some money to the Two Cats Foundation!

So, because I am a poor uni student with -0 income, I shall address this year’s letter to Santa in order to get the things and only the things that I need.

Dear Mum and Dad,

For 2013, I need the following items:

– Vans, however, I think it’s okay, I think James is buying me a pair… Ok, so I don’t NEED a pair of new Vans but … I can’t think of a good excuse… I just want some plain ones… That’s a really poor excuse… ; OR
– a new pair of black Cheap Monday jeans, as you know, I show my crutch to the world because the zip is broken and the belt loops have ripped off, Cheap Monday’s are the only brand that fits my skinny legs…; OR
– money for a new bikini, my old ones are too small or faded and I want retro high waisted ones; OR
– a donation to the Two Cats Foundation (James’ Cambodia foundation); OR
– The Atheist’s Guide to Christmas, it’s a book by many authors, I can probably find it online though; OR
– A full tank-o petrol 😉

One of these things will be fine, you may choose the cheapest option.
Thanks Santa!
– If you are not Santa please do not buy me anything.

Ugh, I sound so feral and stuck up and materialistic and greedy, but the thing is, these are the only things I can actually keep and use.
Just sayin’

Also, this year, I have realized how utterly pointless putting a star on my Christmas tree is. I have always felt really awkward about it and about it’s symbolism.
Yes, Christmas is a joyous time and it is great to be with family but I’m starting to feel that some of the religious symbolism of Christmas won’t be missed on my tree if I don’t place it there.
This year I propose that I will put a Flying Spaghetti Monster on my tree, and, if that isn’t taken well by the family, I will put him up in my room.
He is very cute.

The Sleep Delusion

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on November 23, 2012 by Mrsbeard

I’m quite stressed and tired but I can’t put this book down! Here are some more of my favorite quotes from The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins!

The Argument from Degree. We notice that things in the world differ. There are degrees of, say, goodness or perfection. But we judge these degrees only by comparison with a maximum. Humans can be both good and bad, so the maximum goodness  {79}  cannot rest in us. Therefore there must be some other maximum to set the standard for perfection, and we call that maximum God. – Thomas Aquinas and the 5 Proofs of the Existence of God

And the witty Dawkins rebuttal:

You might as well say, people vary in smelliness but we can make the comparison only by reference to a perfect maximum of conceivable smelliness. Therefore there must exist a pre-eminently peerless stinker, and we call him God.

And I love his prose, simply humorous if nothing else! Here is a great example:

Let me translate this infantile argument into the appropriate language, which is the language of the playground:

‘Bet you I can prove God exists.’

‘Bet you can’t.’

‘Right then, imagine the most perfect perfect perfect thing possible.’

‘Okay, now what?’

‘Now, is that perfect perfect perfect thing real? Does it exist?’

‘No, it’s only in my mind.’

‘But if it was real it would be even more perfect, because a really really perfect thing would have to be better than a silly old imaginary thing. So I’ve proved that God exists. Nur Nurny Nur Nur. All atheists are fools.’

I have, however, met many of the wonderful ‘proofs’ collected at http://www.godlessgeeks.com/LINKS/GodProof.htm, a richly comic numbered list of ‘Over Three Hundred Proofs of God’s Existence’. Here’s a hilarious half-dozen, beginning with Proof Number 36.

36. Argument from Incomplete Devastation: A plane crashed killing 143 passengers and crew. But one child survived with only third-degree burns. Therefore God exists.
37. Argument from Possible Worlds: If things had been different, then things would be different. That would be bad. Therefore God exists.
38. Argument from Sheer Will: I do believe in God! I do believe in God! I do I do I do. I do believe in God! Therefore God exists.
39. Argument from Non-belief: The majority of the world’s population are non-believers in Christianity. This is just what Satan intended. Therefore God exists.
40. Argument from Post-Death Experience: Person X died an atheist. He now realizes his mistake. Therefore God exists.
41. Argument from Emotional Blackmail: God loves you. How could you be so heartless as not to believe in him? Therefore God exists.

The Exam Delusion

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on November 22, 2012 by Mrsbeard

So, I have an exam next week and I should be studying but I found “The God Delusion” by Richard Dawkins online for free.
Every time I go into a book shop I intend on buying it, but then I buy something else that I read once and never pick up again, even if it’s a really good book.
I’ve been doing this practice for years, well… ever since the book was released.

Anyway, in my attempt to avoid studying I’ve started reading the book that is still so highly criticized and said to be the “devil’s works”.
So far, I am enjoying it and although there has been no mention of true arguments just yet (I’m only up to chapter 2), Dawkins does point out some important issues.
Obviously, if you are interested, go ahead and read it.
Most of the “shit-talking” has obviously been from religious Dawin/Dawkins haters, that is expected when you publish a book of this nature.
Even if you are religious, I recommend that you read it; I doubt it will change your mind but it’s always worth reading how the “other side” feels and it may even get you thinking as to atheist and non-religious reasoning.

I don’t want to bombard Facebook with my ranting opinionated atheist chatter so I will post some quotes from the book that I particularly like here.

On 21 February 2006 the United States Supreme Court ruled that a church in New Mexico should be exempt from the law, which everybody else has to obey, against the taking of hallucinogenic drugs.8 Faithful members of the Centro Espirita Beneficiente Uniao do Vegetal believe that they can understand God only by drinking hoasca tea, which contains the illegal hallucinogenic drug dimethyl-tryptamine. Note that it is sufficient that they believe that the drug enhances their understanding. They do not have to produce evidence. Conversely, there is plenty of evidence that cannabis eases the nausea and discomfort of cancer sufferers undergoing chemotherapy. Yet the Supreme Court ruled, in 2005, that all patients who use cannabis for medicinal purposes are vulnerable to federal prosecution (even in the minority of states where such specialist use is legalized). Religion, as ever, is the trump card. Imagine members of an art appreciation society pleading in court that they ‘believe’ they need a hallucinogenic drug in order to enhance their understanding of Impressionist or Surrealist paintings. Yet, when a church claims an equivalent need, it is backed by the highest court in the land…

A widespread assumption, which nearly everybody in our society accepts — the non-religious included — is that religious faith is especially vulnerable to offence and should be protected by an abnormally thick wall of respect, in a different class from the respect that any human being should pay to any other…

The aptly named Oral Roberts once told his television audience that God would kill him unless they gave him $8 million. Almost unbelievably, it worked…

All the Founding Fathers, whatever their private religious beliefs, would have been aghast to read the journalist Robert Sherman’s report of George Bush Senior’s answer when Sherman asked him whether he recognized the equal citizenship and patriotism of Americans who are atheists: ‘No, I don’t know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God’…

Many orthodox people speak as though it were the business of sceptics to disprove received dogmas rather than of dogmatists to prove them. This is, of course, a mistake. If I were to suggest that between the Earth and Mars there is a china teapot revolving about the sun in an elliptical orbit, nobody would be able to disprove my assertion provided I were careful to add that the teapot is too small to be revealed even by our most powerful telescopes. But if I were to go on to say that, since my assertion cannot be disproved, it is intolerable presumption on the part of human reason to doubt it, I should rightly be thought to be talking nonsense. If, however, the existence of such a teapot were affirmed in ancient books, taught as the sacred truth every Sunday, and instilled into the minds of children at school, hesitation to believe in its existence would become a mark of eccentricity and entitle the doubter to the attentions of the psychiatrist in an enlightened age or of the Inquisitor in an earlier time… – Bertrand Russell

I was on a television panel with Swinburne, and also with our Oxford colleague Professor Peter Atkins. Swinburne at one point attempted to justify the Holocaust on the grounds that it gave the Jews a wonderful opportunity to be courageous and noble. Peter Atkins splendidly growled, ‘May you rot in hell.’

Swinburne lets fall his gem: ‘There is quite a lot of evidence anyway of God’s existence, and too much might not be good for us,’

Tonight I’m Alive

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 7, 2012 by Mrsbeard

I had a rad weekend!
I caught up with some great friends and had some laughs!


Vigal from The Ghost Inside from Cali.
Terrible picture but hey thats what happens with an Iphone 3GS!

I met someone with possibly the best vocals on the hardcore scene and they were so genuinely friendly!!
I may have shed a tear during the last song, Engine 45, I’ve certainly been there.
Thank you for sticking out the tour in such devastating circumstances.
Sending my condolences to you and your family.

Btw, I really don’t like the Amity Affliction’s current cover art for the new album. I find it really disturbing and insensitive of them to use it as the cover. Is anyone else not impressed?

Also:
I’m moving house in 2 weeks, this makes me very sad 😦
Even though we are getting alpacas I am still very upset about moving.
In other news Sarah and I are starting burlesque classes!
Eat your heart out Dita, Sarah and I are coming after your empire!