Stop Celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week -- Unless You're Going to Do Something Else

Back when I was teaching in Canada (Linguistics courses at the University of Toronto), there was no Teacher Appreciation Week. I’m not even sure there was a Teacher Appreciation Day. And I find myself wondering if there should be one anywhere.Don't get me wrong. I know from experience that teachers work hard. I know that they are vital to the continuing success of our society and even of our planet. In my opinion, education, and therefore teachers, are key to just about everything.So why don't I think we should have Teacher Appreciation Week? Because I don't think society is truly appreciating teachers the way that we should....more
Bless you. That is all. more

Getting Past Internet Snarking (or, My Crooked Teeth Made a Stranger Puke)

The bizarre thing is that though we’re incredibly critical of women’s natural imperfections, we can be twice as brutal in criticizing women who go about trying to fix them. If I HAD gotten my teeth fixed and that picture was of me with perfectly white and straight teeth, I just have this feeling that I could have just as easily been criticized for looking fake (And if not that, then I’m certain it would have been something, because they also convinced themselves that a stray strand of hair from my bangs stuck to my cheek was an eyebrow down to my chin). ...more
Well, online snark is a phenomenon that probably warrants psychological study. And I'm also ... more

Ashley Judd Tongue Lashes Culture of Criticism; It Burns

Have you read the piece that Ashley Judd wrote for The Daily Beast about the recent media attack on her "puffy face", but moreover about how not okay it is that such attacks even take place?  Because you really should....more
@@BehavioralChild  I agree that her remarks would be less valid if she was only complaining ... more

Ashley Judd Tongue Lashes Culture of Criticism; It Burns

Have you read the piece that Ashley Judd wrote for The Daily Beast about the recent media attack on her "puffy face", but moreover about how not okay it is that such attacks even take place?  Because you really should....more
 @@BehavioralChild : I agree that her remarks would be less valid if she was only complaining ... more

Ashley Judd Tongue Lashes Culture of Criticism; It Burns

Have you read the piece that Ashley Judd wrote for The Daily Beast about the recent media attack on her "puffy face", but moreover about how not okay it is that such attacks even take place?  Because you really should....more
Yes, this essay caused me to do some soul-searching as well. What really disturbs me is the ... more

The Mascara Games: Fear and Loathing at the Drugstore

Not too long ago, as I was half-squatting, half-sprawling on the floor of my local drugstore, unsuccessfully searching the lowest possible shelf for a replacement mascara, a question popped into my head. Do all beauty products get discontinued within a year's time, or just the ones I like?...more
 @JennaHatfield : No, surprisingly enough, price is often not a determining factor. There are ... more

Newcastle Beer Censors "Unattractive" Women

As far as beer commercials are concerned, women might as well be blow-up sex dolls -- as long as they're pretty dolls. But in what looks (at first) like a win for feminism, Newcastle Brown Ale is running a TV commercial featuring a female brewmaster. The commercial goes on and on about her skilled hands, showing them sifting through barley and such. But wait for the punchline: "Why do we focus so much on our brewmaster's hands? Because she's not an attractive woman."...more
Yeah -- I call BS on their explanation. Nice try, though. more

Birth Control Heats Up As A National Issue--But Where Are the Women?

It’s time for a birth control lesson, ladies. Are you with me? ...more
@dsnellgrov : But your argument implies that this debate is purely based on the cost of birth ... more

Birth Control Heats Up As A National Issue--But Where Are the Women?

It’s time for a birth control lesson, ladies. Are you with me? ...more

Ladies, This Word Needs To Be Banned.

Deep Inside its core, the cupcake developed a bitter sludge due to "Yummy!" abuse....more
Why, I'm pretty sure I used this word in a blog comment just today! But I think I was ... more