As part of White Ribbon Day today, Relationships Australia is strongly encouraging people to speak up and take action on domestic violence. The goal of White Ribbon Day is to make violence against women a thing of the past.
“The days of friends and neighbours closing the door and shutting the windows on domestic violence are well and truly over,” Anne Hollonds, Psychologist and Relationships Australia NSW CEO said. “Today far more people are aware of the need for everyone in our community to be safe from violence and they are taking action to make that happen.”
You’re in the perfect relationship, you love each other, you get along, you share interests, there is trust and you never fight… well almost never, when it comes to money there is often rather large and ‘intense’ discussions. Don't be ashamed most couples will have argued about love at one point in time, everyone has.
The Westpac Women’s Markets Women & Money Survey confirmed that couples normally quarrel over money. 47% of Australia’s women have experienced a disagreement with their partner over money matters.
University of Sydney is investigating the link between the addiction to internet porn and how it affects people’s work, finances and relationships. Dr Gomathi Sitharthan found that approximately 70% of men and 30% of females had accessed sites which contained porn.
Dr Gomathi Sitharthan is the main researcher behind the study and the Deputy Coordinator of the University of Sydney’s Graduate Program in Sexual Health.
Sitharthan stated that “viewing porn online becomes a major problem only when people become so preoccupied that they spend 16 to 18 hours a day doing nothing else but watching porn, with serious impacts on relationships, work, studies, and finance.”
A survey, commissioned by Optus, has shown that when asked Australian’s are more likely to give up their partner than give up their broadband Internet connection.
Those surveyed were asked to rank, in order of preference, what they would give up for a month, the list included: landline, broadband Internet, mobile phone, an overseas holiday, their car, chocolate, their daily coffee fix or their partner.
Surprisingly, Australians were six times more likely to forgo their partner over their broadband Internet connection and “twelve times more likely to give up their chocolate than their broadband connection”.
The recent ‘Great Australian Sex Census’ has shown that real estate agents and salesmen are bigger cheaters than students and those working in IT. Men are either more likely to cheat, or more likely to admit to cheating than women. Cheating rates can also be determined by which Australian state you live in, with a higher number of those admitting to cheating in ACT, the survey showed that the loyal lovers are located in South Australia.
DrinkWise has released it's second campagin to education Australian parents and teenagers about consuming alcohol. The campaign entitled Kids and Alcohol Don't Mix aims to educate parents about why we now need to delay the age in which teenagers first try alcohol. The idea is to empower parents by imparting them with knowledge and igniting a discussion parent to parent. This comes as Professor Ian Hickie from the Brain and Mind Research Institute releases a summary which concludes that alcohol should not be consumed by teenagers under the age of 18 and alcohol use is best postponed for as long as possible in the late teenage and early adult years.
Helping Our Daughters to Love their Bodies even when we don’t Love our own...
Her Mother's Thighs written by Dara Chadwick has posed a very important question: How can we help our daughters love their bodies- when we don't love our own? This question is one parents are asking more and more as problems with body image and eating disorders become more common than ever. Hollywood and cosmetics and dieting companies are all hard at work to make us believe that our bodies still need improvement, but as a parent how can you make your daughter feel happy with her body?
I was recently told a story about online dating and it made me realise how dangerous online dating actually is. I know that i fyou 'play it safe' you normally don't get hurt, but what I didn't realise was how safe you actually had to play it. The story was told to me by someone who wishes to remain anonymous. The woman believes that Lavalife has so many members and is the 'biggest dating site on the internet' because they allow cyber bullies to produce hundreds of profiles. The woman who told me this story joined Lavalife because she was lonely, she had just moved states. She chose to meet this man because she thought she knew him. She had talked to him for four weeks beforehand. After she met him the lies began. He told her he wasn't single, that he instrad had a girlfriend but wasn't happy in the relationship and only stayed because of his child, he also told her that his girlfriend was a hitwoman and had gang connections.
Valentine's Day is soon approaching, it's February 14th in case you forgot! Valentine's Day poses so many questions. Regardless of if you are single or in relationship Valentine's Day is hard! If your single is it worse? Do you have to organise to go out with a friend? Do you want to hit up the Valentine's Day singles parties? Should you ask that special someone to dinner? When you're in a relationship you have to organise cards, flowers, chocolate, make dinner reservations and even organise a special gift!
A recent survey from Australian men has shown that men want women to care less about their body image. The survey showed that three out of five guys think their girlfriends should forget skinny lattes and green salads and tuck into a steak, fries and have a beer with them. 60% of guys are not concerned about their girlfriends size, what she eats and most confess to hating it when their partner 'diets'. However the survey did show that men are becoming increasingly self-conscious about their body image as two out of five guys are concerned about their body size.
When you fall in love with some when is it the right time to tell them those three magic words? I love you. It's hard to say when the right time is; you really can't base it on an exact science. I think the most important factor to consider when preparing to say it to a partner is whether you do in fact love them; go over this in your head and if the answer is yes then chances are you're ready to say it. Don't just say it, do it. Love is not just a feeling; it's an action. Saying it without showing it is, in a way, a lie. Express your love in action as well as in words.
What is love? What is the meaning of love? Love is a word that cannot be fully defined. We as individuals can only define love in our own hearts. Love is an expression and feeling of how people care for one another. Love should be experienced and not just felt. Love cannot be measured, as it is a feeling that comes from deep within. Love can occur between two or more individuals. It bonds them and connects them in a unified link of trust, intimacy and interdependence. It enhances the relationship and comforts the soul. It is an element within you that is always there.
Cyber bullying is a nasty phenomenon, which is increasing in Australia. It is defined as an act where one uses electronic communication to harm others. It is a new high tech version of the standard schoolyard bullying, however you can't exactly walk away. It's a lot more severe than the regular passing notes behind the teachers back. Cyber bullying is completed either online or through mobile phones. Cyber bullies can use text messages, phone calls, email, chat rooms, discussion boards, newsgroups, game web boards, instant messaging, social networking sites or blogs and web pages to harass and embarrass others. Bullying can be; spreading false rumours, telling upsetting stories or posting awkward images and sending offensive messages, of which some could be of a sexual, stalking or threating nature.