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OK - so we're both 51y now. I get a couple of months each year to be mr ebb's younger piece of fluff before I catch up numerically. Last year was #thisis50 ... this year, well you do the maths!
... and the selfies continue; age is no barrier.
As a semi-avid selfie taker, I have dealt with the usual comments on vanity, narcissism, purpose, constructive use of time, but as a budding portrait painter, older mother, expat and trailing spouse, career-changer, and so on, I usually have a witty rebuffal.
And now there's the age thing apparently. What's the cutoff for selfies as a woman ages? and is there any protocol for choosing what to share? In the many ways that society seems to think it has a right to tell older women what to wear and how to look, is there also a set of rules regarding the sharing of selfies? I've found myself being a little more critical of my sharing - chin up, don't share the suggestion of double chin; bump up the exposure to smooth the complexion; vignette on flattering body parts; emphasise the jewelry; twinkle!
But why? It's only human to want to be acceptable, but is it authentic? What is happening to my body and face is an authentic process--ageing--so why should I hide it? IMO that would be vain.
A recent Facebook share, where I posted a #thisis51 selfie altered using the Prisma app, stimulated some interesting reflection for me on what is and what isn't permissible in being a woman, getting older and gender/society norms.
My reply? read on ... and please chime in with your thoughts :)
What am I aiming for here?
Most simply - I'm messing about with the Prisma app; it's a Deep Dreaming type of algorithm set up that plays with the digital structure of a photograph. When I first noticed friends using it, I was immediately drawn to the way it presented an image, rendering different painterly effects that I thought inspiring for my own art practice. Since I paint a lot of portraits and use myself as a handy model, I try out Prisma on my selfies to explore some creative inspiration.
The slightly more complicated Qs posed are to do with age, appearance, gender norms and stereotyping, repression and age, with the implication that I am permitted to post only youthful, non-aged images at my stage of life.
First, I'd like to state that I am enjoying my age and stage, and that my appearance has nothing to do with this fact. Whether I am wrinkled as heck or possess the cheeks of a baby does not influence my selfie postings. In this digital space I explore what it means to be a woman at 51y, showing it in all its glory or otherwise, regardless of society's opinion.
I hope that sharing this journey helps other women,in the way that what they have shared has helped me. I also hope that younger friends take notice and see that life does not finish digitally at 35y or whenever.
And lastly, I hope that continuing to explore creatively and personally as I age shows that women do not have to grow invisible as they head into the sixth, seventh, eighth and more decades of life."
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Apparently, adding a chicken to the packing list might be a wise idea this summer, especially if you’re traveling in malaria-prone areas. Researchers with the University of Addis Ababa and the Swedish University of Agriculture have found that chicken body odours repel malaria-bearing mosquitoes.
Not only did the research team determine that chickens actively discourage Anopheles arabiensis, the dominant malaria vector in the area of Ethiopia where field testing was carried out, but they also identified the “chicken-specific compounds” responsible.
First, the scientists took a look at what the mosquitoes preferred to dine on at indoor and outdoor buffets. Community living in the three Ethiopian villages surveyed includes close proximity between humans and agricultural animals, both outdoors and indoors. Surprisingly, the results showed that for the indoor buffet, mosquitoes show a preference for human blood even when cattle, goats and sheep are available. However, when outdoors, An. arabiensis prefers cow. Chickens feature rarely on either menu even though they are extremely abundant.
So, what is so repulsive about chickens? Mosquitoes use scent to target the next blood meal, so the scientists took a look at species-specific body odours, using gas chromatography and mass spectrometry to identify the volatiles. Although they found a number of active compounds given off by hair, feather and wool clippings in common, the researches also found that chickens emit some unique personal odours. But were these the answer?
Next up was testing the mosquito response to see if the researchers could identify a positive (attractant) response or a negative (neutral or repellent) reaction. They did this by measuring the electrical response in decapitated mosquito heads, teasing the antennae with whiffs of the odour compounds. Compared to compounds common to cows, goats and sheep, the researchers saw a dose-dependent difference in antenna sensitivity to the chicken odours.
Using a real sleeping human as bait, the study then turned to a field test to see whether this lack of attraction translated into real-life events. The researchers caught fewer mosquitoes when they baited the traps with the chicken odours. Hanging a cage with a live chicken in it had the same deterrent effect.
Maybe it’s not such a stretch then to imagine adding live poultry to the holiday suitcase, though most likely as body lotion or a spatial repellent rather than fowl. It is also worthwhile noting that as yet there is no proof on whether this might be true in other areas of the world; maybe, since chickens are not the source of a good blood meal, the mosquitoes tested know not to hunt for food in that environment. Further testing to see if chicken odour is a repellent in other geographical locations would be more informative.
Moreover, does chicken odour deter Zika-bearing mosquito species Aedes aegypti ? If it does, Rio might become sporting chicken central for a few weeks this summer.
Jaleta, K.T., S.R. Hill, G. Birgersson, H. Tekie, and R. Ignell. 2016. “Chicken Volatiles Repel Host-Seeking Malaria Mosquitoes.” Malaria Journal 15(354). doi: 10.1186/s12936-016-1386-3.
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