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Musing Monthly Matters: June 2012

Why is there so much month left at the end of the money? – John Barrymore

I have decided to post some links, observations, thoughts and questions towards the end of each month that I have come across during all my time spent researching online. Sometimes I just do not have enough time to write full posts on everything although I wish I could 🙂

I hope they provide you with some entertainment and something to mull over or laugh at during that last week of the month when the bank balance has dwindled and you cannot go out for dinner, drinks and dancing!

Set aside some time to read this article not only because it is very long but because it is well written and can stir some great debate: Why women still can’t have it all. The writer Ann Marie Slaughter is a highly educated and accomplished woman and eloquently debates the feminist ideal that “women can have it all” – both a high-powered job and a fullfilled and purpose driven family life.

Whilst working as the Dean of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs she rebuilt the international relations faculty and created numerous new centres and programs. Slaughter served as Director of Policy Panning for the United States (the first woman to hold that position) and upon leaving this position received two esteemed awards. She is a Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton, has had a few books published as well as hundreds of articles for newspapers, blogs and magazines. In addition she appears regularly on TV (CNN, BBC, NPR, PBS), lectures at Ivy League universities, has been named a “Top 100 Global Thinker” by Foreign Policy magazine three years in a row, sits on many boards from the Council of Foreign Relations to the McDonald’s Corporation and the list goes on. She holds a B.A, M.Phil, D.Phil and a J.D from Princeton, Oxford and Harvard respectively. In addition to all of this she is a wife and a mother!

Do you think women can achieve success, happiness, purpose and pride trying to carry out both of these very demanding but different jobs; that of career woman and mother?

I came across a website called Ruby Box which describes itself as ‘South Africa’s first luxury beauty box’. For 100 per month subscribers receive a box every month with trial-size samples of luxury brand beauty products. An inexpensive and effective way to always have the best products at your fingertips and to find what works for you. Unfortunately for me I am allergic to almost everything and can only use ONE brand of aqueous cream (yes I am even allergic to aqueous creams!) so my bathroom cupboard will remain brandless and filled with my home-made goodies. Let me know what you think of the concept?

There was great excitement in South Africa with the announcement that Lady Gaga would be here towards the end of November this year. For most people this excitement was because they cannot wait  to see such a phenomenal performer live, for others there was uproar! Messages were being passed around for Christians to pray that the “devil’s bride” would not be allowed to perform in our country and many opinions expressed. I found one blog competely dedicated to this topic: Lady Gaga Satanic Superstar and then many posts, a few are: Lady Gaga proudly sings for the devil from the blog now the end begins and Lady Gaga and her Satanic Music Video. A brilliantly written opinion piece on the topic can be read on the Rapport‘s website here. (This is an Afrikaans piece but well worth reading if you can understand the language).Marie Claire South Africa wrote a great article on this pop star earlier this year, cannot rememember in which month’s issue this was but will try and find it. These were all found within a one minute search of the web, I am sure there are many more opinions.

Quite frankly I think she is a talented performace artist and anything can be twisted into something evil. If we are going to over-analyse everything we could possibly say that Christian women should not wear any make-up or jewellery as did God not create us “whole in His image”?

I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God. (NIV, 1 Timothy 2:9-10)

Or that women should not wear pants as pants were traditionally worn by men:

A woman must not wear men’s clothing, nor a man wear women’s clothing, for the LORD your God detests anyone who does this. (NIV, Deuteronomy 22:5)

Or to not where clothes that have been made using synthetic materials:

Do not wear clothes of wool and linen woven together. (NIV, Deuteronomy 22:11)

I understand these are all passages taken out of the Bible and I have not put them into context but I am trying to prove the point that people can over analyse anything and turn it around to prove their point.

Why did no-one march when they saw the front page of The Star on 14 June 2012? I know the Androliakos family well and send out my sincerest condolences. What gets me most about this is that it is not an isolated case. Surely more can should be done to apprehend these disgusting criminals.

Violent stories that should have received far more media attention: “Parents and residents of Harare 33 and 34 Section cheered as about 100 teenagers affiliated to the Vato-Slokos and the Madonsela gangs attacked each other with knives, pangas, sticks and stones.”, the sick issue of the rape video that went “viral” and the case keeps being postponed, one article can be read here. And so many more…

View an 18 year olds unique self-portraits

The art of camouflage

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3 thoughts on “Musing Monthly Matters: June 2012

  1. Love this post Tam! Great points I could sit here debating some of these topics all day!!

    Posted by RichRayson | June 26, 2012, 12:41 PM
  2. The power of knowledge

    Posted by Elvira Nel | June 26, 2012, 7:55 PM

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