04 Sep

Links for a Sunday Morning

It’s Hard to Go to Church – The Atlantic

While there have been changes in private belief and practice, the most significant shift has been in the way people publicly practice their faith: Americans, and particularly young Americans, are less likely to attend services or identify with a religious group than they have at any time in recent memory.

Parents Should Avoid Comments on a Child’s Weight – NY Times

Parents who have a child who’s identified as having obesity may be worried, but the way those concerns are discussed and communicated can be really damaging. The longitudinal research shows it can have a lasting impact.
The impact on girls may be especially destructive because girls are exposed to so many messages about thinness and body weight, and oftentimes women’s value is closely linked to their appearance. If parents don’t challenge those messages, they can be internalized.

At The Heart Of Fitbit’s New Features: Your Heart – Fast Company

Simply being able to see your heart rate at a glance, when you’re at rest or working out, and track it over time, is a valuable capability. With the new cardio and breathing features, the company is using heart-rate data as an ingredient for more ambitious offerings, designed to set the Charge 2 apart from its rivals and get its owners doing a lot more than counting steps and measuring calories burned.

Why Church Hymns Are Best Sung in Bars – The Atlantic

The culture has shifted so much and the church has been slow to respond. We’re finally waking up to our need for a great change. In the last 10 years, everyone is in a grieving process at most of the clergy tables that I sit at because nobody quite knows how to do their job anymore. There was this idea of the 1950s church, where everybody goes to on Sunday morning and you bring your kids, and there’s Sunday school. I wasn’t alive then, but I’m not actually sure that was even true. In the Midwest, it was only true for a slice of people—mainly upper-middle class white folks. The grief is all tied into how we thought church was in its glory days. I don’t necessarily think it was so glorious, so I’m okay letting it go.

French police make woman remove clothing on Nice beach following burkini ban – The Guardian

A woman told how she had been fined on the beach in nearby Cannes wearing leggings, a tunic and a headscarf. Her ticket, seen by French news agency AFP, read that she was not wearing “an outfit respecting good morals and secularism”.

Why Canada has so few supervised injection sites – Maclean’s

It should be health officials deciding whether the facilities open, not members of the community, bureaucrats and police. Essentially, you’re putting NIMBY-ism and the opinions of enforcement officials ahead of public health.

Why Hyper-Masculine Women Are Scary, but Not Fish-Like Men.

Track fans were quick to note that Semenya, with her beefy biceps and flat chest, doesn’t look like most women. The New Yorker called her “breathtakingly butch,” noting that, “Semenya became accustomed to visiting the bathroom with a member of a competing team so that they could look at her private parts and then get on with the race.”

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