It seemed like Helen Gurley Brown, the famed magazine editor who turned Cosmopolitan into the raciest!, the daringest!, the most fabulously pro-woman/pro-men, pro-men-chasing-women-and-women-chasing-men magazine ever! had figured out how to be ageless, kittenish and fabulous forever. But, alas, time finally won out against the impossibly dynamic Helen, and she passed away today at the ripe young age of 90....more
Are you done with your holiday shopping yet? This year, the “Buy Local” message seems to be more prominent than ever. It’s a message with which I generally agree. My nieces and nephews always get gifts from the awesome independent children’s bookstore, and I like to check out small boutiques for things such as artisan foods and local honey. So when a “Buy Local” email was forwarded to my inbox, I was really disappointed to see the racist undertones in the message.
2011 Holidays -- Birth of a New Tradition...more
[Editor's Note: It seems so obvious that parenting is very cultural. So when it comes to getting more mothers to breastfeed, shouldn't we start with finding lactation consultants of different races and ethnicities? Kimberly Seals Allers writes on Women's eNews why it's so important to have more diversity in the ranks of lactation consultants. --Grace]
"The proverbial 'Sally' cannot talk to the proverbial 'Shaniqua,'" says Johnson.
First time at BlogHer. So many new things in store. Whom to meet. Where to meet. What to wear. When to get there and why go at all? For the friendships? For the parties? For the classes? Or for the swag? So many decisions, so little time....more
Two weeks ago, a gunman entered a movie theater in Colorado and killed twelve people. In the days following the shootings in Aurora, there were discussions. We spoke of inadequate gun laws. Or we argued that this had nothing to do with guns....more
What a powerful time at BlogHer ’12 in New York City. You weren’t there? Well, I’m here to catch you up on some of the political discussions that happen when over 4000 women bloggers get together....more
The Library of Congress recently released a list of Books That Shaped America, along with an exhibit of the same name that will be on display in Washington D.C. until September. Out of the 88 books chosen for their influence on our nation’s culture, not a single title was written by an Asian American or Native American. That’s right. Not a single novel, non-fiction account, children’s picture book, or even cookbook (there are a few of them included, too) focuses on the experiences of these often overlooked ethnic groups....more
I’ve been running around the last few weeks buying school supplies for The Big One to start 3rd grade at the end of the summer. I’m a bargain hunter (never pay retail!), so I’ve been buying a little here and a little there, whenever I find a good deal.
And every so often, as I’m getting him ready for school, I realize that The Little One could have been starting kindergarten in the fall too. Maybe.
See, try as I might to get him born earlier, he was evicted born 13 days after the cut off date. 13 stinking days....more
Key GOP leaders did the right thing last week, with Sen. John McCain speaking out against Rep. Michele Bachmann's allegation that Hillary Clinton's aide may have ties to the Islamic terrorists. As you may remember, Clinton's aide, Huma Abedin, has seen enough troubles of her own-- unrelated to her religion, but to her husband Anthony Weiner....more
Yesterday, I shared a link on Twitter and Facebook to Julia Magnusson's post about the latest Land's End catalog gaffe. And lo and behold! The power of social media! Land's End responded and asked if they could email me some background from their creative team. Sure! Please do explain why your catalog says math is hard on Chloe's backpack page and superheroes are tough on Matthew's! I'll bet that's some good reading!...more