It’s not just sexist, it’s stupid.
Let’s stop acting like pain is a game that someone can win at.
They could be doing more harm than good.
Why do we reject a woman’s account of her own pain?
There’s no such thing as an easy cure.
Women’s clothes are generally less comfortable than men’s clothes, it’s not a secret. But just how much pain do women have to go through and what effects does tight clothing have on our bodies? These questions are easily answered – without any words, but through photographs by Justin Bartels.
In a series of black and white photographs showing women’s bodies who had just taken off tight clothing, such as skinny jeans, push up bras, or lace up heels, Bartels gives us an impression of the impact fashion can have on our bodies. Deep marks are left by every seam, lace, or button; one woman’s bare feet even look as if she is still wearing her lace up heels, the dents are that deep.
Bartels had the idea for the photo series after dating different women who all had one thing in common: Tight and uncomfortable outfits. By showing the marks, which are almost wounds, Bartels wants us women to question why we choose style over comfort. The answer would most likely include society’s unrealistic beauty standards and expectations.
Seeing those pictures as a woman, what is shown seems familiar as most of us have worn tight jeans before or heels that leave not only marks, but blisters and cuts on our feet. What seems normal to us, really should make us think: Why do we choose skinny jeans over loose pants and high heels over medium heels? Are we trying to please others? Is it masochism? And most of all: Is it worth it?
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Headaches are one of the most prevalent global health issues and common headaches affect around 6 million Australians1. Headache Week kicks off today, aimed at encouraging all Aussies to start thinking differently about common headaches, their source and how they can effectively relieve them.
According to Gerald Edmunds, CEO of Headache Australia, when it comes to headaches, it’s more effective and appropriate to relieve the source of pain.
“Headache Australia’s focus for Headache Week this year is educating Australians to consider the real source of their common headache. It’s important to first address the cause of your headache, which will often be in the muscles of your head and neck, and choose a method of relief that is effective for the cause,” Gerald said.
Headache Australia recommends keeping a simple headache diary to help identify the source of their headache pain. This includes assessing your work environment, posture, stress, diet and hydration, level of exercise, sleep patterns and daily routine.
“As a nation we tend to self-diagnose our headaches but we don’t always get it right. Taking the time to ask yourself a few simple questions to understand why you are experiencing headaches is a good place to start. Of course, if you are particularly concerned about your headache, you should consult your local pharmacist or GP immediately,” he said.
An initiative of the Brain Foundation, Headache Australia is the only organisation in Australia that aims to support the millions of Australians affected by headaches. The organisation aims to reduce the incidence and impact of headaches on society via community awareness, education and research programmes.
To try Headache Australia’s interactive app to find out more about the source of your headaches or to download a headache diary, visit headacheaustralia.org.au.
So you’ve finally decided to break up with him but what do you say so he doesn’t’ end up weeping buckets or going psycho and throwing furniture about. These are our pointers for making a quick, clean and as painless exit:
- Don’t verbally beat him up. Character assassination is not required at this point, no matter how tempting it is to whip out all those little things that irritate you, and it will only make you look petty. Besides he’s already going to feel like crap, don’t add to it.
- Get it over with. Don’t let the conversation go on for hours, you will just be going round in circles. It will just get late and you will end up in bed together – bad idea. It should take no more than an hour, no matter how long you’ve been together.
- Make it stick. The worst thing you can do is throw in a maybe to try to ease their pain. This leaves the proverbial door ajar slightly when it should be closed firmly behind both of you. Give him back his stuff. Keep all gifts he gave you, except if they are family heirlooms.