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By Gardy Chacha // Lady Speak
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- Back in 2014, the naked images of Kim Kardashian on Paper Magazine with the headline ‘Break the Internet Kim Kardashian’ sparked off debates as to how far a woman should be allowed to expose her body to the world through public media.
- Many bashed her for objectifying the female body. There was also a clique who praised her bravery saying that she reserves the right to express herself.
I am sure; a lot of men must have spent a good percentage of their time trawling the images online. Kim’s greatest assets, her gourd-like posterior, have kept her fame at an all-time high in recent months.
The science of beauty
A team of evolutionary scientists from New Zealand have suggested that male attraction to a large female bottom is due to an ingrained preference for women with a small ‘waist to hip ratio.’
The smaller the waist in relation to the hip, the more attractive a woman appears to a man. Previously documented researchers have found women with small waists and big hips have higher levels of fertility compared to everybody else.
There is some amount of truth in this. According to Dr John Ong’ech of KNH, a certain amount of fat in the body of a woman is required to elevate her fertility levels. The fat prepares her body to carry the growing foetus until nine months are over. It plays a protective role to the baby as long as it is inside the womb. However, Ong’ech adds that the amount of good fat for pregnancy cannot be measured on the scales of beauty. “What is paramount is if the woman is healthy enough to carry the baby,” says Ong’ech.
A separate study of 16,000 women by the Universities of Pittsburgh and California in 2007 found that curves are linked with intelligence. According to the results, first carried by UK’s Mail Online, the researchers discovered that women with a greater difference between the waist and hips scored much higher on tests, as do their children.
The explanation given: “fat around curvy hips and thighs holds higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for the growth of the brain during pregnancy.”
This, in Ong’ech’s opinion, is hogwash with no tangible evidence to prove the findings. As far as he is concerned, intelligence is closely linked to genetics than the shape
READ MORE HERE: standardmedia.co.ke/evewoman/article/2001251422/why-men-rush-for-curvy-women
‘What are you doing today?’
Let’s go mushroom picking.’
Our guide for the day, Latvian blogger Zane Enina ofMugursoma.lv fame tells me that this is a pretty common conversation amongst Latvians during Autumn.
I wonder immediately if they are enough mushrooms for every Latvian to go mushroom picking.
‘50% of Latvia is covered by forests. There are always enough mushrooms for everyone. Plus a whole lot of space to get lost in and escape reality.’
We’re rolling through an open road about 100 kms outside of Riga. We’re surrounded by dense forests and an immense blanket of silence. We’ve been driving for almost 20 minutes from Zane’s house in Vangazi and there’s been nothing but green forests and deep blue skies.
I’m pretty excited about the idea of foraging for food. It has been one of those skills I’ve been always curious to learn more about. My father grew up in a rural part of India where nature’s bounty was rich. The garden of the house he grew up in was more like a jungle. You could find everything here from the freshest (hottest) green chillies
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Because underarm antiperspirants or deodorants are applied near the breast and contain potentially harmful ingredients, several scientists and others have suggested a possible connection between their use and breast cancer (1, 2). However, no scientific evidence links the use of these products to the development of breast cancer.
Aluminum-based compounds are used as the active ingredient in antiperspirants. These compounds form a temporary “plug” within the sweat duct that stops the flow of sweat to the skin’s surface. Some research suggests that aluminum-containing underarm antiperspirants, which are applied frequently and left on the skin near the breast, may be absorbed by the skin and have estrogen-like (hormonal) effects (3).
Because estrogen can promote the growth of breast cancer cells, some scientists have suggested that the aluminum-based compounds in antiperspirants may contribute to the development of breast cancer (3). In addition, it has been suggested that aluminum may have direct activity in breast tissue (4). However, no studies to date have confirmed any substantial adverse effects of aluminum that could contribute to increased breast cancer risks. A 2014 review concluded there was no clear evidence showing that the use of aluminum-containing underarm antiperspirants or cosmetics increases the risk of breast cancer (5).
Some research has focused on parabens, which are preservatives used in some deodorants and antiperspirants that have been shown to mimic the activity of estrogen in the body’s cells (6). It has been reported that parabens are found in breast tumors, but there is no evidence that they cause breast cancer. Although parabens are used in many cosmetic, food, and pharmaceutical products, most deodorants and antiperspirants in the United States do not currently contain parabens. The National Library of Medicine’s Household Products Database has information about the ingredients used in most major brands of deodorants and antiperspirants.
I just found this a little while ago and it’s perfect for what I have finally grown into. I used to follow the crowd so that I could fit in. I didn’t know that that was a mistake. I wanted to do the things that I knew would make everyone accept me….that was also a mistake.
I have learned much in these 53 years of life. I have learned that you can try to do what everyone else is doing, but you will never really fit in, so yes, it is best for me to just do me…..be who I truly am and do what I love, think the way I think, because at the end of the day, those that really like me, still will……..those who really love me, still do, and I am grateful that I’ve finally found what is right for me.
I hope you all have found your way, and if you haven’t, I truly hope that you soon will.
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