I mean, I have my opinions and my opinions are the reason I don’t pay attention. I don’t like reading things that make me uncomfortable, and to be honest, a lot of these celebrities make me uncomfortable.
Like the Sarah Silverman thing. Has everyone forgotten that she dressed up…
Everyone is going to disappoint us. We all know MLK cheated on his wife. Yes, we all need to have high standards. We need to hold each other accountable. But little is accomplished when we throw away the efforts of celebrities who try to draw attention to issues. I am not saying that each of the people listed in this diatribe deserve a Nobel Peace Prize,and some of the women mentioned have done truly offensive things. But artists put themselves out there in ways that make themselves and us uncomfortable. Sometimes they get it wrong, sometimes they hit the nail on the head. Celebrities live under a microscope most of us are not cursed to bear. If I were in a room, a conversation or a relationship with Sarah Silverman, Margret Cho or Lady Ga Ga I would want her to know I honor her choices, and I am grateful to her for trying like hell to bring dignity to mine.
Fans of the Zodiac have been bombarded with the unsettling news that their astrological sign may not be what they thought.
The horror of switching from Gemini to Taurus had people rushing to the Web for answers, sending searches for “zodiac signs" into the stratosphere.
So has your sign changed? Probably not. But it all depends on what kind of astrology you follow. Let us explain.
It may come as a surprise that there are different branches of astrology. A main Eastern form, for example, called Sidereal astrology, looks to the background stars, those famous constellations, as its guide.
Western astrology — which uses the zodiac — has its signs fixed to the seasons. Most Westerners, and all those horoscope pages we eagerly check, go by the zodiac. These signs follow what early astrologers called star signs, whose reference points are the tropics that form a ring around the earth. The zodiac is based on our relationship to the sun, not the stars.
The back story: About 2,000 years ago, the astrological signs and the astronomical ones were the same. But not anymore. The locations of the signs are based on the sun’s location on the first day of spring. That location in the sky has slowly drifted westward because of something called “precession” — the earth continually wobbles (science for a slight motion) every 26,000 years. Since the constellations were first identified, they have shifted some 30 degrees. Translation: The signs have slipped about a month westward, relative to the stars.
What this means to you: If you follow astrology that is linked to the constellations, your sign would go from say, a Gemini to a Taurus. You could even have a 13th sign, Ophiuchus, which you may have read about.
"It’s a huge point of confusion for the public," says Bing Quock, assistant director of Morrison Planetarium at the California Academy of Sciences. For those who follow Western astrology, “astrologers are not talking about the constellations at all. When an astrologer says the sun is in a certain sign, they’re talking about the sign, the location relative to the equinox. They’re not talking about the location of the constellations. “
In short, if you follow the Sidereal astrology, the Eastern branch, your sign may have shifted.
But for the rest of us, our horoscope, and our signs, are still the same.
Welcome to the study website for the Women’s Global Sex Study. In collaboration with GaydarGirls, researchers at the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University are conducting a study on the sexual beliefs and behaviors of women who have experienced or currently experience sexual attraction, desire, affection, intentions towards or sexual behavior with other women.
The data will be used to help us understand the sex lives of women in the bedroom (and beyond) in order to promote better and safer sex between women! Current knowledge of sexual pleasure and risk between women is largely based on either heterosexual models of sex or relatively small groups of women which may not represent the thoughts/feelings/behaviors of you or your community. This is why we need you to help us reach our goal of collecting the largest, most diverse data on the sexual lives between women in contemporary history! The information will be used by sexual educators who want to promote pleasure and medical professionals who can help women identify ways to protect themselves from any risks—- leading to safer and happier sex.
This is your chance to help researchers, sexual educators, medical personnel and policy makers understand the needs and desires of your community! In addition to helping your community, participants will receive a ‘thank you’ from a web-based store that can be used for books, body products (e.g., lotions), sexual enhancement products and more.
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