For two years, Pushpa Mala, a Nepalese woman, has been suffering from uterine prolapse — a medical condition in which the uterus slips into the vagina due to weak muscles in the pelvic floor. When her uterus falls into her vagina, she pushes it back in. Due to her condition, it is difficult for her to sit or stand, and the foul smell causes her shame and embarrassment.

Uterine prolapse affects 10 percent of Nepal’s 13 million women. It is caused by overwork and pregnancy at a young age, but in places like Nepal, gender-based discrimination is the true culprit. ”Women and girls are in essence denied control of their own bodies and lives,” states Amnesty International in a report on uterine prolapse in Nepal. “Many are unable to decide if or when to marry or have children, whether to use contraception or how many children to have.”

Read more via Aljazeera America.

PHOTO: Bijoyeta Das. Diagram from the Amnesty International report.

When someone tells you, ‘I love you,’ and then you feel, ‘Oh, I must be worthy after all,’ that’s an illusion. That’s not true. Or someone says, ‘I hate you,’ and you think, ‘Oh, God, I knew it; I’m not very worthy,’ that’s not true either. Neither one of these thoughts hold any intrinsic reality. They are an overlay. When someone says, ‘I love you,’ he is telling you about himself, not you. When someone says, ‘I hate you,’ she is telling you about herself, not you. World views are self views—literally.
Adyashanti (via lazyyogi)



What if verbal abuse left the same scars as physical abuse? Would it be taken more seriously? That’s what photographer Richard Johnson hopes to accomplish with his new photo project, “Weapons of Choice.”

The series uses a makeup artist to put bruises and scars on photo subjects. Embedded in these violent marks are some hateful words typically associated with abuse, such as “Stupid,” “Dumb,” “Trash” and others that are much, much worse.

Great art like this is why the line between hate speech & censorship are so important. 

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