Too Bad, So Sad: First-Born Problems

I’m sure you’ve heard the expression “first-world problems” -- as in when a privileged person complains about his or her tough life when less fortunate people would do anything to have that “problem.” For example, me complaining about cleaning up for the cleaning ladies is a classic first-world problem -- yet I still do it every other Thursday. Well, this is sort of like that, except I’m talking about first-born problems. ...more
Hmmm this could explain why I'm such a drama queen. My little brother was born when I was 4 1/2.more

It's Not Just Lululemon: Dude Proves Yoga Pant Sizing is Crazy

Over the past few months, Lululemon has been under fire for shunning plus-size shoppers. Not only has one former employee stepped up confirming that discouraging “larger” women shoppers was the store’s key strategy, but their stretchy pant leader, founder Chip Wilson, has implied that the reason some pants become sheer is because the plus-size consumer is ruining the fabric....more
Sorry, I understand the point that Anti-Jared is trying to prove, but it doesn't really make ...more

Why Doesn't My Boyfriend Want To Be With Me 24/7!?!

Dear Mouthy Housewives, I’m in a bit of a pickle. I have been dating a divorced man for over a year and a half now and I love him dearly. But (there’s always a but, right?), he is still living his life like he did with his ex-wife where they were basically roommates and lived separate lives. He is constantly scheduling things with other people even though I have told him that I would like to spend more time with him....more
I hate to say this, but if you are only spending a couple of hours at a time with this guy, you ...more

Chris Brown and Whitney Houston: Entertainment Industry Fails Black Women

Chris Brown's "comeback" at the 2012 Grammys -- on the heels of the untimely death of Whitney Houston -- is a sad commentary as to how far society has to go in terms of respecting Black women....more
Excellent article! Thanks for the reminder about Chris Brown's behavior at the Today Show. I had ...more

"Forever" Dies Hard

I didn't want to sell my engagement ring -- more out of obstinate pride than any sentimental reason. When my husband and I got a divorce, I did the tasteful thing and offered to return the ring to him. He told me to keep it. Leaving a cushy executive job made sense if one was going to be a wife. But surely I didn't think this silly notion of supporting myself as a writer was going to work out? "Keep it," he said. "You'll probably need to pawn it before the year's out." ...more
Thank you for posting this fascinating and important article. I wish more people knew this ...more

Redefining Our Ideal Body

I thought that one of the most powerful messages in William D. Lassek, M.D. and Steven J. C. Gaulin's Why Women Need Fat: How "Healthy" Food Make Us Gain Excess Weight and the Surprising Solution to Losing It Forever was that our bodies are at their best when they feel healthiest, not when they were at a certain size or looked a certain way. What the authors were saying is that our thinnest point may not be our healthiest. ...more
I think your attitude is definitely a good one, but unfortunately it is not represented in the ...more

Do You Know Your Natural Weight?

In their book Why Women Need Fat: How "Healthy" Food Make Us Gain Excess Weight and the Surprising Solution to Losing It Forever, authors William D. Lassek, M.D. and Steven J. C. Gaulin suggest that we have a natural weight. They advocate that this natural weight is based on our genetics and that our weight is much harder to change than we've been led to believe. To put it simply, we have a weight we're meant to be and for many people it's simply not a size two. ...more
I thought that this section of the book could have been very useful but I didn't take the time ...more

"Diets Don't Work." Wait! What?!

In their book Why Women Need Fat: How "Healthy" Food Make Us Gain Excess Weight and the Surprising Solution to Losing It Forever, authors William D. Lassek, M.D. and Steven J. C. Gaulin have a chapter titled "Why Dieting Doesn't Work." By the time I time I got to that chapter I had already realized I had misclassified this book as a "diet book" based on the cover. (I know, I know. We're not supposed to do that but admit it, you do it too.) Then the authors went even further -- they claimed that dieting can even cause us to gain more weight. ...more
What people don't want to admit is that losing weight is really difficult. To lose weight, you ...more

Research the Flat Abs Myth: Women Are Supposed to be Fat

"Get ripped in the new year!" "Have the lean body of your dreams!" "Six-pack abs in 6 weeks!" "Burn fat up to 400 times faster!" Thanks to the advent of Resolution-Making Season (also known as the fitness industry's Santa) and an e-mail address that seems to be on every marketer's PR list, I've been getting a slew of "get shredded" pitches every day. The products are wildly variable - everything from mushroom pills to different exercise equipment to books - but the end goal is always the same: to help women get as lean as possible. Inevitably these pitches are all illustrated with pictures of 18-year-olds with perfectly sculpted abs. I don't even need to describe them further, because you already know exactly what I'm talking about. They're in magazines and on websites, everywhere. ...more
Great article! All of those magazine covers must be photoshopped. I take pilates and even the ...more

This Means I Get To Use Real Butter, Right?

In the first section of William D. Lassek and Steven J. C. Gaulin's new book, Why Women Need Fat: How "Healthy" Food Makes Us Gain Excess Weight and the Surprising Solution to Losing It Forever, they look at how the American diet has changed in the past forty years. The authors say that one of the biggest changes we've made is taking a step away from saturated fats, which was supposed to to make us healthier. But has it? ...more
@sassymonkey @kendalldog I agree. I thought the book definitely should have focused a little bit ...more