A new report by the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research has shed some light on attitudes towards Muslim women covering up.
Participants were presented with six images of women veiled in different ways and asked “Which one of these women is dressed most appropriately for public places?” The participants hailed from seven countries with a Muslim majority viz. Tunisia, Egypt, Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
The authors said that the findings reflected the respective “country’s orientations toward liberal values as well as the level of freedom people enjoy” and that for instance, ”In Lebanon, Tunisia, and Turkey, where people tend to be less conservative than the other four countries, the preferable style for women also tend to be much less conservative than the other four countries.”
The study has elicited a mixed response and strong criticism from several quarters. The Lebanese satirist, Karl Sharro, retaliated with a fictitious poll on appropriate clothing for American women, reposted below.
“It’s an equivalent survey of American women based on Arab or Middle Eastern stereotypes of American women,” he said. ”This was a way for me to visually spoof the image and a way for me to say that stereotypes work both ways.”
Happy New Year lovers!
Here’s a tried-and-tested goal-setting technique to help you along your New Year resolutions. To increase the odds of your attaining your objectives, management gurus say, your goals need to be S.M.A.R.T.: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-Bound.
Specific: It answers what the goal is, why it needs to be accomplished, who’s help you need, where, which requirements and constraints you need to watch out for.
Measurable: How will you know when you’ve accomplished your goal? For instance: Don’t say “I want to lose weight” or “I want to have a better vocabulary”. Instead, say, “I want to lose x kilos” or “I want to know and know how to use x number of new words”
Attainable: The goal must be realistic and with your reach in a certain time frame. Additionally, you need to be able to answer the “how” of how you will attain them. Have a game plan.
Relevant: Is the goal important and worthwhile to you? Is it the right time and place for it? Are you the right person to be doing this? Why or why not? If deep down, you’re doing this because someone else wants you to, or you think you “should”, you’re setting yourself up for failure from the outset. You need to be motivated for you!
Time-bound: By when do you hope to accomplish said goal? It’s not enough to have just one large deadline. Ask yourself what you will do on a daily, weekly, fortnightly and monthly basis to help you along.
Want to kick it up a notch? Try SMARTER goals: SMART+ Evaluate and Revaluate.
This time, last year, grumpy cats were the darlings of the internet. But that’s like so 2013.
If this popular new tumblr is anything to go by, it appears sassy birds are all the rage now.
The tumblr, Sassy Birds, features gifs which range from owls and parrots to eagles and flamingos, each cheekier than the next. And unlike the homogenous grumpy cat, these birds have distinct personalities and names as diverse as Gertrude and Juanita.
We feel you, sassy birds!
As the winter air has left most places, it has left some dead skin behind, notably on our lips. Balms simply aren’t enough to get rid of the same. Some say to use toothbrush bristles to wear away the skin, instead of peeling it, which sounds a little harsh. But worry not! That’s So Gloss! brings you the simplest technique of letting go of this problem, and keeping your lips shiny and supple for the lipsticks you want to apply this season.
- Vaseline (Any form of balm or base) : 1 tbsp
- Honey : 1 tbsp
- Sugar (Grainier form, eg- white) : 2 tbsp
- Added flavours (For the essence, use your favourite types right from strawberry, chocolate, vanilla, apricot or even some essential oils)
- You need to add all the ingredients above, in a container that’s preferably an empty beauty product base, or a simple bowl where they can be mixed well.
- Mix all the ingredients till you form a thick paste.
- Add more sugar or honey depending on how you want the thickness and longevity to be.
Use a little amount, by scooping it out from your jar, onto your lips. For this you can use a ear-bud or your finger. Massage it for 2-3 minutes. Accompany this with the help of a toothbrush now, since you have a solid base to protect your lips from the bristles directly. Rinse away the scrub particles from your lips and put on your favourite lip stick. Your lips are now supple and kissable!
Add lip stick tones such as Scarlet, Paprika Red, Burgundy, Shocking pink, Hot pink or Sheer shades for some fun!
Photo Sources: craftgawker and themetrognome.in
The Representation Project, formerly Miss Representation, is a non-profit dedicated to fighting gender stereotyping in film, TV, and advertising. Last month, they came up with this video “How The Media Failed Women In 2013” that has since gone viral.
The video takes stock of the triumphs and cringe-worthy moments for women in and through media in the last year, and makes for an uncomfortable though necessary watch. Certainly things to keep in mind as individuals and organizations as we go onward.
Our friends over at Storypick have compiled a satirical list of 34 things every Indian can do in 2014 to make India a superpower.
While we can’t claim to endorse every one of these points, collectively, they’re pretty legit and funny. So next time you endorse women being disrespected, or decide it’s too inconvenient to vote or turn the lights off or treat the roads as your garbage bin/urinal or give in to your parents demands to pursue xyz career, remember, you’re getting this nation just a step closer to world domination.
To teach the world a lesson in internet security, a group of hackers has leaked over usernames and phone numbers of over 4.6 million Snapchat accounts on its website.
The hackers have blurred out the last two digits of every number to “minimize abuse” but the situation is still pretty bad. It appears Snapchat has since patched up the hole in their security system that permitted the leak but they still stand to lose approximately $4 billion, not to mention the trust of loyal users, which, let’s face it, is probably worth a lot more.
You can check whether your own account data was among those leaked through snapcheck.org.
According to our good friends over at sticky comics:
We’ve all been there!
- Let go of regrets! Easier said than done, but dwelling in the past will not serve you. Acknowledge your regret, and then, let it go. As Oprah would say- when you know better, you do better!
2. Go on a mental detox: Try going a whole day without thinking negative thoughts. When you feel a negative emotion observe yourself as though in third person. Don’t judge yourself, but certainly don’t dwell or act upon the negative.
3. Keep a gratitude journal: A book where you jot down on a daily basis, all the nice things that have happen to you, all the compliments you’ve received and everything you’re grateful for. Alternatively, you could always think of 3 nice things that have happened to you each day before you go to bed. But jotting it down allows you to look it over later.
4. Practice positive thinking and creative visualization: Not to go all “The Secret” on you but making affirmations to yourself that everything is going well, and will improve, has been proven to put you in a more in-control state. Creatively visualizing / imagining how things are going to turn out as you want them to increases the odds of the same happening.
5. Keep at it! Like everything else, positive thinking too, takes practice, to make it a way of life. So hang in there, and keep at it!
Picture Sources: www.weheartit.com
It’s the last day of March and our last post for a while. It’s been a wonderful few months but we’re taking some time off. We should be back in two seasons (by Winter 2013-14) with a newly revamped site and lots of great content. Should you have any special requests, do feel free to get in touch with the editors. Do keep in touch with us over on our Facebook page and thanks again for your continued support!
The Gloss Team