Sexual abuse in marriage

Sexual abuse in marriage is another form of intimate partner abuse that we don’t often talk about. When we think of domestic violence, the image is often one of physical violence. But we know now that abuse takes many forms. Physical, sexual, emotional and even financial. My guest today left an abusive marriage a year ago and shares her story of emotional and sexual abuse in her marriage.

Warning: this is a long post that details emotional abuse, threatening behaviour and sexual abuse that may be upsetting, confronting or triggering for some readers. 

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Pepsi, the parent company of Frito-Lay, have announced that they are developing a new kind of product. Chips, but for women.

Yes, you read that correctly. Chips for women.

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Apparently, the Doritos you normally scoff by the bag, coating your fingers in tasty orange dust, are NOT chips for women. We’ve been forced into eating non-female-specific chips for years without even knowing. Call me cynical (because I am) but this reeks of a sexist marketing ploy relying on harmful stereotypes. PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi was interviewed by Freakonomics, where she discussed the upcoming product.

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It’s 2018 and while many people still react to gender diversity in a negative way, the fear and ignorance is slowly but steadily falling away. Everyone can be a part of that process by being respectful of a person’s gender pronouns. Personally, it makes me really happy to know that we are living in a time where gender diverse people can let people know how they should be addressed or referred to. They can make decisions about their bodies and lifestyles to make living in their own skin more joyful and less painful or traumatic.

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The following is guest post by Kell Kelly of All Mum Said.

Talking to Teens about Consent

Today’s teenagers are living in a world that’s far beyond anything we came across at their age.

They’re constantly accosted by technology. Branded images, messages and ideas designed to sell products and lifestyles. Social media influencers shape their ideas of how their bodies should look and what their bodies should do. The alarming rate of pornography use by children as young as eight gives our children very warped ideas of what sex is.

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