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Women’s News: Now THIS Is How You Respond To Street Harassment

 

All too often women are catcalled on their walk to work, to dinner and even to school. Vlogger and peer sex educator, Laci Green provides a few suggestions for how women can respond to street harassment in her video“Creeps On The Street.” As most of us already know, street harassers don’t care how you’re dressed or if it’s 7a.m. of if you haven’t had your morning coffee yet. And as Green points out in the video street harassment is ubiquitous — every woman she knows has experienced some form of it.

Throughout the video Green discusses the effects of street harassment and just how frustrating these violations of one’s personal space can be. After her first experience of street harassment at 13 years old, Green quickly realized that catcalling is definitely not a compliment — especially because street harassment always involves a degree of misogyny and/or homophobia.

Green recounts a few of her personal experiences of street harassment, and recalls one in which she finally understood why some men do this: “That moment was pivotal for me because I realized I’m not a person to this guy. I’m not a human being who is giving a clear ‘Back Off’ signal. No, I was a cute thing, an object for him to look at, poke and prod at it for his own pleasure.”

Green suggests a few lighthearted ways to deal with unwanted attentions, including giving the harasser the stink eye, using “faux flattery” such as “YOU think I’M sexy??” or calling the person a creep (because “creeps hate being called creeps”). While all of her advice is amazing, Green’s best tip is to never jeopardize your safety and always respond in a way you’re most comfortable with.

Regardless of how you choose to respond to incidents of street harassment, we’re thankful that Green is getting us to talk about it.

Read More: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/06/responding-to-street-harassers_n_4398566.html?utm_hp_ref=women&ir=Women

Women’s Health: Step away from that soda: Sugary drinks raise cancer risk for women, study finds

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Maggie Fox NBC News

Here’s another reason for ladies to just put down that sugary soda – it raises the risk of endometrial cancer.

Women who drank the most sweet soft drinks had a 78 percent increased risk of the cancer, researchers found. But other sweet treats, such as baked goods, didn’t have an effect. Nor did natural fruit juice, even though it’s full of naturally occurring sugars.

The findings fit in with other research linking sugar intake, obesity and a lack of exercise with the cancer, which kills more than 8,000 U.S. women a year.

“Other studies have shown increasing consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages has paralleled the increase in obesity. Obese women tend to have higher levels of estrogens and insulin than women of normal weight,” said Maki Inoue-Choi, who did the study while at the University of Minnesota and now is at the National Cancer Institute.

It has to do with how insulin, which controls how the body uses sugar, affects other hormones such as estrogen.

“Increased levels of estrogens and insulin are established risk factors for endometrial cancer,” Inoue-Choi said.

Inoue-Choi and colleagues studied the records of 23,000 middle-aged women who had gone through menopause. Endometrial cancer is more common in women past menopause.

The women had been taking part in a bigger study of diet, and regularly filled out questionnaires on what they ate and drank every day. They were specifically asked about Coke, Pepsi and other cola drinks; caffeine-free versions of these drinks; 7-Up and similar sugar-sweetened sodas, and other sugary drinks such as lemonade or Hawaiian Punch.

They were also asked about sugar-free drinks such as Fresca, Diet Ginger Ale and other beverages. And they were asked about cookies, brownies, doughnuts, candy and pies.

The researchers arranged the women into five groups, called quintiles, from those who ate none of these things a week to those who ate 60 or more servings a week.

The women showed one known pattern – those who were older, weighed more, who had late menopause or had a history of diabetes were at higher risk of endometrial cancer, which is diagnosed in nearly 50,000 U.S. woman every year.

“In contrast, women who ever smoked or experienced a greater number of live births were at lower risk of endometrial cancer,” the researchers wrote in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Preventionwhich is published by the American Association for Cancer Research.

Women who drank sugary drinks had a higher risk of the most common type of endometrial cancer, called Type I endometrial cancer. The more they drank, the higher the risk, the researchers found.

“The risk was 78 percent among women in the highest quintile of sugar-sweetened beverage intake,” they wrote.

Other studies have found that coffee and exercise reduce the risk, but Inoue-Choi and colleagues did not.

“Fruit juice intake was not associated with the risk of Type I endometrial cancer,” they added. “Similarly, neither sweet/baked good nor starch intake was associated with Type I endometrial cancer risk.”

It might not be anything special about sugary drinks, the researchers say. It might be that women who drink a lot of such drinks have other unhealthy habits, too.

And Inoue-Choi says it’s not clear why drinks and not other sweet foods showed an effect. “One possibility is that sugar from whole foods comes with other nutrients, such as fiber,” she said in a telephone interview. “Sugar from beverages doesn’t come with these nutrients.”

More research will be needed to tease out an explanation. But Inoue-Choi notes that obesity is still, by far, the biggest risk factor for endometrial cancer, causing half of all cases.

A growing body of research shows that women who eat more high-calorie foods have a higher risk of endometrial cancer. A 2011 study in Sweden found women who ate more sweets more likely to develop it.

And last July, the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and the World Cancer Research Fund International said sweet, starchy foods like sugar and white bread probably cause endometrial cancer, while coffee probably protects against it.

Estrogen is one known cause of the cancer, which affects the lining of the uterus. Women who take hormones, as in hormone replacement therapy, are usually given a form of progesterone, also, to protect against endometrial cancer.

Fat cells also secrete estrogen and that’s one reason why obesity can cause the disease, experts say.

There are two main types of endometrial cancer, according to theNational Cancer Institute – Type I and Type II. Inoue-Choi and colleagues found that sweetened drinks only affected Type I risk. But Type I accounts for 80 percent of endometrial cancers.

It’s usually diagnosed early, in time for treatment, because in 90 percent of cases the woman has abnormal bleeding, the American Cancer Society says.

Read More:  http://www.nbcnews.com/health/step-away-soda-sugary-drinks-raise-cancer-risk-women-study-2D11641447

My Friend: Eula M. Guest

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Marketing Mindset

Do you have a marketing mindset? When you are running your business are you thinking about how to market that business? Do you wake up in the middle of the night with ideas on how you are going to market that new products or services? If you can’t say yes to these questions then you need to restructure and retrain your brain to be in marketing mode. Marketing should be a part of what you do for your business 75% of the time, you should have the behaviors already in your brain of what you are going to do next. If this is not part of your behavior then you need to make sure you have strategies in place that someone is doing marketing 75% of the time when you are running your business. Your marketing strategy should be working when you are not working. Build those marketing behaviors and make it a part of your business every day. Here are some tips to get you there:

  • If you haven’t already you should have met with a marketing strategist to implement a plan for 2014. If you have done some marketing in the past what has worked and what hasn’t worked?
  • You should always be in some kind of marketing mode, wherever you are you should be talking about and marketing your business; you should never leave your home or office without your business cards. You never know who you will meet or run into
  • Marketing to you should be like air you need it to survive, you can’t live without it.
  • Who is managing your social media content? Do you have a social media manager and if not why not?
  • Where is your customers and present clients getting their information, you should know this to be in front of them.
  • Invest in e-mail marketing. If you haven’t why haven’t you? If you can’t do it you should have an e-mail marketing manager. E-mails are worth their weight in gold and they translate into sales, you should be in front of your client base at least once per month with updates, sales, and discounts on what your business is doing. Use that e-mail marketing as a way to keep in the minds of your list and not to just sell.
  • Have you invest in a marketing video for your website? How are you reaching your target market? How is your target market finding your website? You have to connect the dots, all your social media pages should have a link to your website. You should have a subscribe to your newsletter on your website and social media pages
  • Remember you can set your newsletter for when you want it to go out, you don’t have to rush to do it, take time to make sure your content makes sense and that you have valuable information for your subscribers. Last but not least remember to use the share button.

A Message From Kim

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Only when your consciousness is totally focused on the moment you are in can you receive whatever gift, lesson, or delight that moment has to offer.
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