Monthly Archives: May 2011

More Women’s Stories

Here is Foreign Policy‘s slideshow  about “child brides,” an increasingly common practice in rural Afghanistan. A quote that blows my mind: “More than 50 million girls under the age of 17 in developing countries are married.” National Geographic‘s Cynthia Gorney has a story about this as well.

And in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, a woman, Manal-al-Sharif, was arrested this week for driving, after posting a YouTube video last week showing her defying the law. Women are not traditionally allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia, but some–men and women–are trying to change that.

A Woman’s World

From the New York Times website, this photo series “illustrate[s] the importance of educating girls and empowering women.” All the photos were sent in by readers from around the world; as a group, they’re pretty thought-provoking. Check it out.

A Radical Experiment in Empathy

This is Sam Richards’ TED talk from October 2010.

Test Viewing Assignment

Look through the TIME magazine slideshow linked here. The photographs are from the book Hungry Planet, by Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio. They traveled around the world and spoke with different families about what and how much they eat. Each photo depicts a family with one week’s worth of food purchases. Among the lessons Mr. Menzel learned from the project:

I think the most interesting thing that I learned that I think other people could benefit from was the family in Okinawa. And the reason we went to Okinawa was because it has the highest percentage of centenarians anywhere in the world. And the surprising thing is not so much what they’re eating–which is fairly healthy things like fish and soy–but it’s their attitude and it’s what their parents taught them as children. And they were told `Hara hachi bu,’ and that means only eat until you’re 80 percent full. And that’s not really what Western people are telling their kids to clean their plates and `Mange, mange,’ you know, make sure that you eat enough. It makes a lot of sense because your brain lags behind your stomach. And if you stop when you’re 80 percent full, that’s the point when you really have had enough and your body really is at a point where it’s got the right amount of food.

An interview with Menzel and D’Aluisio can be found here.

Test Reading Assignment

Tonight, please read chapters six and seven of whatever it is we happen to be reading at the moment.

Test Assignment Post

After reading the assigned essay, consider the following questions:

  1. What beliefs or values do you assume all world cultures agree on? What do you believe we all have in common?
  2. What beliefs or values do you think depend on what culture you’re in?

Lessons in Juxtaposition

Courtesy of The Atlantic‘s James Fallows: