Monday, December 28, 2009

Respect for Women in the Military

Women as well as men, need to work for a living. In most careers, women have gotten the respect they well deserve for their hard work. OK, there are issues with women not getting equal compensation for the same jobs held by men... But lets put that aside for now and instead focus on one particular career for women that has proven to treat women with not only a lack of respect, but a career in which women are laughed at, bullied, raped and even killed by their fellow workers. A career in which women are outnumbered by co-workers who seem to think that they are beyond the law and can get away with murder if they want to. The career we are talking about is the Military Career. Whether women join the Air Force, Army, Navy or the Marines, it is common knowledge that they get treated by some of their fellow soldiers, as secondary citizens. Many female soldiers are victims of stalking, sexual assault or rape, and other hate crimes. More often than not, the military ignores these victims and looks the other way.

The Air Force, Army, Navy or the Marines, seem to think that their profession is exempt from treating women with respect. They forget that they represent our country and not a third world country where women are victimized and treated like animals. It is so against what our country stands for! Women must stand together and make sure that these crimes do not go unpunished. We need to make sure that the U.S. Military follows the same rules of conduct that Corporate, Manufacturing and Retail America does. American soldiers should abide by the law or face consequences. We ask that all American women, speak out against these crimes and make our government elected officials aware of our disapproval.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009 - Is That Lipstick or Pepper Spray?

Emily Friedman from contacted us on Monday requesting information on our pepper spray products. The story mostly relates to disguised pepper spray for women and how they are being used as weapons for self defense. We are proud to announce that she mentioned us in her article. Please read the entire article HERE.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Your Best Self Defense? Don't Sit On It.

There is a new area of scientific study called "inactivity physiology" or commonly called "sitting disease". Us humans have evolved over millions of years to be on the go! Recently due to industrialization and high technology, we are literally killing ourselves by sitting too much on our butts. Our bodies were built to be erect and active. For thousands of generations the environment kept us constantly active. Women, in fact, are less active than men, simply because they tend to do less sports and have more sedentary jobs.

When you sit for extended periods of time, your body starts to shut down at a metabolic level. Your circulation slows down and you burn less calories. Also the less you move the less blood sugar you burn and the more likely you can get diabetes. Even your brain gets less circulation and those feel good hormones levels go down and blood pressure goes up. Sitting down too much also hurts your lower back, weakens your spine muscles and you are more prone to get heart disease because enzymes that keep blood fats in check, are less active. Even if you exercise regularly, if you sit more than you exercise, stand or walk around, you are metabolically too inactive.

So it boils down to this, try to stand up more often! The simple act of standing up, makes a world of difference and burns more calories. You become healthier, less depressed and have a sharper mind. Below is a few suggestions.
  • Take more breaks at work, get up and walk.
  • While on the phone, stand up and talk.
  • Stand at your desk instead of sitting.
  • Go to a coworker's desk instead of emailing them.
  • Use the stairway instead of the elevator.
  • Spend less time watching TV. Try to exercise, while watching TV or better yet, make out!
  • Do your own house cleaning, laundry, meals, instead of hiring someone, calling for takeout or getting fast food.
This information was summarized from an original article written by Selene Yeager, Women's Health.

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