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Apparently this photo of a lesbian kiss constitutes ‘nudity and pornography’ on Facebook

An Italian woman said she was left stunned after Facebook suspended her user account for posting a stock photograph of two women kissing in support of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT).

Carlotta Trevisan, a 28-year-old mother who is straight, but supports LGBT rights, was asked by Facebook to remove the image, which it said broke rules regarding “nudity and pornography”.

When she refused, she was told her account would be suspended for “violating the community’s standards.”

As well as the image being reported to Facebook, she received abusive comments such as that the image was “disgusting”, and inappropriate because other users “have young children to protect.”

The stock image used by Ms Trevisan is widely available through search engines, and is used to show support for LGBT causes.

She said: “What was the harm with this photo, especially when so many like this can be found on Google? How can one photo provoke such sensitivity?

“There is nothing bad about a kiss… When I see people of the same gender kissing, I only see love, nothing else.”

Once Ms Trevisan’s profile was reinstated after the incident which took place on IDAHOT on Saturday, she set the image as her profile picture.

She said the fact that her profile was suspended was “sobering”, and that she feared for others, particularly younger people who may not be able to stand up for themselves.

“I’m 28 years old and can fight back – but if that same photo had been posted by a 16-year-old girl how would she feel?”

Speaking of her daughter, she said: “I’m thinking of her future.”

Many welcomed Ms Trevisan back to Facebook on her return.

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Ancient Egyptian Woman with 70 Hair Extensions Discovered

By Owen Jarus, Live Science Contributor | September 17, 2014

More than 3,300 years ago, in a newly built city in Egypt, a woman with an incredibly elaborate hairstyle of lengthy hair extensions was laid to rest.

She was not mummified, her body simply being wrapped in a mat. When archaeologists uncovered her remains they found she wore “a very complex coiffure with approximately 70 extensions fastened in different layers and heights on the head,” writes Jolanda Bos, an archaeologist working on the Amarna Project, in an article recently published in the Journal of Egyptian Archaeology.

Researchers don’t know her name, age or occupation, but she is one of hundreds of people, including many others whose hairstyles are still intact, who were buried in a cemetery near an ancient city now called Amarna.

This city was constructed as a new capital of Egypt by Akhenaten (reign ca. 1353-1335 B.C.), a pharaoh who unleashed a religious revolution that saw the Aten, a deity shaped as a sun disk, assume supremacy in Egyptian religion. Akhenaten ordered that Amarna be constructed in the desert and that images of some of Egypt’s other gods be destroyed. Amarna was abandoned shortly after Akhenaten’s death, and today archaeologists supported by the Amarna Trust are investigating all aspects of the ancient city, including the hairstyles its people wore.

Bos is leading the hairstyle research, and the woman with 70 extensions leaves her puzzled.

“Whether or not the woman had her hair styled like this for her burial only is one of our main research questions,” said Bos in an email to Live Science. “The hair was most likely styled after death, before a person was buried. It is also likely, however, that these hairstyles were used in everyday life as well and that the people in Amarna used hair extensions in their daily life.”

Many of the other skulls Bos analyzed also had hair extensions. One skull had extensions made of gray and dark black hair suggesting multiple people donated their hair to create extensions.

Hairy discoveries

As Bos analyzed a selection of 100 recently excavated skulls (of which 28 still had hair) from the Armana cemetery, she noticed the people who lived in the ancient city had a wide variety of hair types. They range “from very curly black hair, to middle brown straight,” she noted in the journal article, something “that might reflect a degree of ethnic variation." 

Those skulls with brown hair often had rings or coils around their ears, a style that was popular at Amarna, she found. Why people in this city liked it is unknown. "We still have no idea. This is of course one of the answers we are still trying to find from the record,” said Bos in the email.

People in the city also seemed to be fond of braids. “All braids found in the coiffures were simple and of three strands, mostly 1 cm [0.4 inches] wide, with strands of approximately 0.5 cm [0.2 inches] when tightly braided,” Bos writes in the journal article.

People at Amarna also liked to keep their hair short. “Braids were often not more than 20 cm [7.9 inches] long, leaving the hair at shoulder length approximately,” Bos added. “The longest hair that was found consisted of multilayered extensions to a length of approximately 30 cm [11.8 inches].”

Fat was used to help create all the hairstyles Bos found, something that would have helped keep the hair in one piece after death. More research is needed to determine whether the fat was from animals. A textile found on each of the skulls may have been used to cover part of the head.

Hide the gray?

In one case a woman has an orange-red color on her graying hair. It appears that that she dyed her hair, possibly with henna (a flowering plant).

“We are still not completely sure if and what kind of hair coloring was used on this hair, it only seems that way macroscopically,” said Bos in the email. “At present we are analyzing the hairs in order to find out whether or not some kind of coloring was used. On other sites dyed hair was found from ancient Egypt.”

This woman, among other ancient Egyptians, may have dyed her hair “for the same reason as why people dye their hair today, in order not to show the gray color,” Bos said.

Getting in the Halloween spirit yet? Behold this week’s #WeirdWednesday photo: the shiny loosejaw! Unearth more ocean mysteries by following the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute on Facebook

This fish is from the family dragonfishes, and lives in pelagic waters to depths up to 1,200 meters (almost 4,000 feet). It has red light organs, or photophores, beneath its eyes. Red luminescence is rare in the deep sea and most deep-sea animals can not see red light. The shiny loosejaw can see red - essentially providing themselves with their own night vision goggles! It also has a long chin barbel for luring prey.

meeting a friend's new girlfriend can be weird

I remember when I was younger, meeting a new date was fun, something you looked forward to, because maybe this person would be cool and awesome and fit right in with your friends or maybe not, and maybe you’d see the person just this one time and there would be a fight between them later or something and you’d never see them again except maybe in the checkout line at Walmart where you’d both struggle to place each other and there would be that knowing nod or a simple shrug then you’d leave, passing like ships in the night.

And it was okay, because when you’re young, there’s more. There’s chances, and opportunity, and hope in spades, so you don’t worry so much about the people that come and go. But when you get older, those pools start to dry up and you wonder, whoa, what if? Is this it? What happens if this doesn’t work? What do I do next?

So, last night, we met a friend’s new girlfriend. They’d been dating a while, but it was time to introduce her to the friends. I went in with almost no expectations, except said list of baggage above. As a friend, the thing I most look for in meetings like this is not so much how I feel about the person, but more how the new couple interacts. They seemed to get along great, which was awesome, and in stark contrast to my friend and his ex, the mother of his daughter. So, unfortunately, I had that measurement to compare them to as well, but that’s life, right? You gotta try to be happy, no matter what your situation, and no matter what has happened to you.

The best thing about the meeting was how the new date and her daughters took to my son. They were given prior information about his condition, so they had an idea of what they were getting into, but they really surprised me. They walked all over the restaurant with him, helping him climb onto chairs and laps and giving him things he asked for, like toys and drinks. They carried around his vent and food bag and didn’t bat an eyelash, even when a nurse who took care of him in the hospital came running over because she hadn’t seen him in so long, and picked him up and kissed him all over his face. At the end of the night, the older daughter even helped us take Fin to the car. It was wonderful to see. I hope this is just the first of many meetings.

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