Women’s News: Men, Women See World Differently, Gender Study Shows

Women’s News: Men, Women See World Differently, Gender Study Shows

Inspirational Woman Of The Day: Rev. Joyce Meyer

Inspirational Woman Of The Day: Rev. Joyce Meyer

A Message From The Creator

A Message From The Creator

Women And Politics: Fluke fires up crowd about women’s rights at DNC

Women And Politics: Fluke fires up crowd about women’s rights at DNC

Women And Politics: Fluke fires up crowd about women’s rights at DNC

by Sarah Courtney

CHARLOTTE — Sandra Fluke told women at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday night that the right to choose means choosing President Obama for re-election.

“I’m here because I spoke out, and this November, each of us must speak out,” Fluke told the primetime audience in Charlotte.

The Georgetown law student rose to national fame earlier this year when conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh made inflammatory comments following her Capitol Hill testimony in favor of increased contraception access. Since then, Fluke has shown up on the campaign trail and cable news speaking on behalf of Obama’s re-election. She’s considered among the Obama-Biden campaign as one of their strongest surrogates for rallying the base.

In her DNC remarks, Fluke warned that a Romney-Ryan victory in November would result in “an America in which states humiliate women by forcing us to endure invasive ultrasounds that we don’t want and our doctors say we don’t need,” referring to controversial legislation in Virginia, requiring women seeking an abortion to first undergo a vaginal ultrasound.

Fluke spoke about her main cause, women’s access to affordable birth control. She made the case that that Republican men want to control access to contraception, as convention-goers waved signs reading “Our Healthcare Choice Vote”.

Fluke championed Obama’s healthcare reform law, telling delegates and viewers because of Obama, “no one can charge us more than men for the exact same health insurance.” Democrats at the convention and on the campaign trail have embraced the term “Obamacare” in recent weeks, referring to the Affordable Care Act passed into law in 2010.

Last month Fluke introduced Obama at a campaign rally in Denver, telling her story and getting the crowd excited.

“President Obama had my back, he has your back. Now, we need to have his back,” she said.

At that event, she made the case that Republicans would take women’s rights back, to which Obama thanked her for her remarks, saying “She was brave to stand up for herself, and an eloquent advocate for women’s health. And I suspect she’s going to be doing some even greater things as time goes on.”

Read more: http://politics.blogs.foxnews.com/2012/09/05/fluke-fires-crowd-about-womens-rights-dnc#ixzz25iLqJrHJ

A Message From The Creator

Inspirational Woman Of The Day: Rev. Joyce Meyer

Joyce Meyer overcame a background of sexual and emotional abuse to build one of the largest Christian ministries in the world.

She is also a bestselling author of more than 90 books, includingBattlefield of the Mind, Never Give Up, and Eat the Cookie…Buy the Shoes.

Her ministry has been the subject of controversy, however, and

she was one of six Word of Faith preachers investigated by U.S. Senator Charles Grassley (R, Iowa) in 2007 for their lavish lifestyles. Since that time, Meyer has reduced her and her husband’s salaries and relies more on royalties from her books. She has also increased the financial transparency of Joyce Meyer Ministries.

Did God Make Joyce Meyer Rich–or Did Her Donors?

Like several other Word of Faith preachers, Joyce Meyer lives large on things supplied by the ministry: a private jet, a luxurious home for her and each of her four grown children, expensive cars, and an opulent headquarters building adorned with costly furnishings.1

A 2003 St. Louis Post-Dispatch article detailed some of the office trappings:

The decor includes a $30,000 malachite round table, a $23,000 marble-topped antique commode, a $14,000 custom office bookcase, a $7,000 Stations of the Cross in Dresden porcelain, a $6,300 eagle sculpture on a pedestal, another eagle made of silver bought for $5,000, and numerous paintings purchased for $1,000 to $4,000 each.2

Meyer told the Post-Dispatch that her home, a 10,000 square foot Cape Cod with a swimming pool and guest house, was no different from a parsonage that many churches supply to their pastor.3 She makes no apologies for her lifestyle, saying she has obeyed God and done his work and that he has made her rich as a reward.

Critics, such as Ministry Watch and the Trinity Foundation, say such finery has no place in a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization. Meyer’s ministry came under investigation by Senator Grassley in 2007 with five other Word of Faith preachers: Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland, Creflo Dollar, Eddie Long, and Paula White.

At the conclusion of the probe, Meyer joined the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, a respected group with high standards for financial transparency and independent governing boards.


Women’s News: Men, Women See World Differently, Gender Study Shows

By: LiveScience Staff
Published: 09/04/2012 11:31 AM EDT on LiveScience

Guys’ eyes are more sensitive to small details and moving objects, while women are more perceptive to color changes, according to a new vision study that suggests men and women actually do see things differently.

“As with other senses, such as hearing and the olfactory system, there are marked sex differences in vision between men and women,” researcher Israel Abramov, of the City University of New York (CUNY), said in a statement. Research has shown women have more sensitive ears and sniffers than men.

“[A] recent, large review of the literature concluded that, in most cases females had better sensitivity, and discriminated and categorized odors better than males,” Abramov and colleagues write Tuesday (Sept. 4) in the journal Biology of Sex Differences.

Abramov and his team from CUNY’s Brooklyn and Hunter Colleges compared the vision of males and females over age 16 who had normal color vision and 20/20 sight — or at least 20/20 vision with glasses or contacts.

In one part of the study, the researchers asked the volunteers to describe different colors shown to them. They found that the guys required a slightly longer wavelength of a color to experience the same shade as women and the men were less able to tell the difference between hues. [Your Color Red Really Could Be My Blue]

The researchers also showed the participants images made up of light and dark bars that varied in width and alternated in color so that they appeared to flicker, a measure of participants’ sensitivity to contrast. Compared with the women, the male volunteers were better able to identify the more rapidly changing images made up of thinner bars, the researchers said.

Abramov explained in a statement these elements of vision are linked to specific sets of thalamic neurons in the brain’s primary visual cortex. The development of these neurons is controlled by male sex hormones called androgens when the embryo is developing into a fetus.

“We suggest that, since these neurons are guided by the cortex during embryogenesis, that testosterone plays a major role, somehow leading to different connectivity between males and females,” Abramov said. “The evolutionary driving force between these differences is less clear.”

Previous research found that men and women also focus differently. In experiments at the University of Southern California, researchers found that men are likely to fixate on the mouth of a person in conversation and also are more likely to be distracted by movement behind that person. Meanwhile, women tend to shift their gaze between a speaker’s eyes and body, and they are more likely to be distracted by other people, the researchers found.

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Read More: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/04/men-women-vision-gender-study_n_1854660.html?utm_hp_ref=women&ir=Women

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