High Tech Panties Won't Stop Rape

There is currently an Indiegogo campaign created by AR Wear for a line that they call Anti-Rape Clothing. These garments, which include a pair of boy-cut brief-style panties, running shorts, leggings and “travelling shorts,” are allegedly designed and built to be unremovable except by the owner, who has some sort of key to release the locking mechanism on the waistband. Basically they act as a chastity belt, although of course we are not supposed to think of them as chastity belts....more
@herdaily I know! My thoughts exactly!!! more

Exploitation vs. Appreciation: Can You Tell The Difference?

First, take a few and read this from NPR Music: "When Pop Stars Flirt With Bad Taste"Cultural appropriation.Done "right": tastefully with an obvious appreciation, understanding and respect for a culture's influence on them and their artistry:Justin Timberlake MTV Vanguard Medley(Click to watch)...more
This is such a wonderful post! I love you! <3 more

Your Ten-Dollar T-Shirt Is Not The Problem

In the wake of the April 24th Bangladesh factory collapse, which is now considered to be the most deadly accident in the history of the garment industry, I’ve been hearing a lot of people sharing some pretty uneducated and uninformed opinions.I’ve heard stuff like, “Well, where did you think your ten-dollar T-shirt came from?”And, “Major clothing brands should refuse to do business with manufacturers in Bangladesh.”And, “Why do we even make stuff overseas anyway? It’s all crap.”...more
@Tommie Yeah, totally a typo, sorry! more

Taking a Break from Cloth Diapering to Save Sanity

So where does that leave me on my cloth diapering journey? I'm taking a break. But wait, what? What about saving the polar bears and hazmat suits? I know, I know, I can sometimes be as crunchy as they come, but I realize that if I go insane from using cloth diapers (or suffer severe humiliation in front of cloth diapering pros as they inform me that my "cloth diapering safe detergent" actually has plant oils that may alter absorption) I will not be in the right mind to do more important things with my baby. ...more
We live in a 40 unit building with only two washers and two dryers (it was built in 1927 so it's ... more

Naming the Dog: What's Your Method?

I have named, or helped name, a lot of dogs and my life and I've never considered any of the things suggested in The Art of Naming a Dog. I'm a little surprised they didn't mention things like Scrabble name scores because they've covered pretty much every other naming issue possible. Sheesh, how silly. ...more
We don't have any dogs, but we do have two cats, Rosamond (Rosie) and Juniper.   Rosie is named ... more

Why Do People Expect Me to Apologize for the Boston Bombings?

If you have the internet connection to read this post, you surely know about the bombings at the Boston Marathon. This news is horrifying, depressing, and once again a stark reminder of the vulnerability of each and every day, and the tragedy that can lurk around any hidden corner. ...more
Thank you for this. It's perfect & true. more

10 Concrete Ways To Help Boston

I was sipping an overpriced Americano in a small, aggressively hip coffee shop Monday when the news broke about the bombing at the Boston Marathon. I’d only meant to sit down for a few minutes, but ended spending over two hours there nursing my cold coffee and obsessively refreshing my Twitter feed....more
@ShelbytheStrickster I'm glad they helped. I figured there would be other people out there like ... more

10 Concrete Ways To Help Boston

I was sipping an overpriced Americano in a small, aggressively hip coffee shop Monday when the news broke about the bombing at the Boston Marathon. I’d only meant to sit down for a few minutes, but ended spending over two hours there nursing my cold coffee and obsessively refreshing my Twitter feed....more
@marykatbpc Yes, I've been struck by his story too! I think that's a wonderful idea! more

10 Concrete Ways To Help Boston

I was sipping an overpriced Americano in a small, aggressively hip coffee shop Monday when the news broke about the bombing at the Boston Marathon. I’d only meant to sit down for a few minutes, but ended spending over two hours there nursing my cold coffee and obsessively refreshing my Twitter feed....more
@TwoKidMinimum Seriously, this makes me tear up whenever I read it:   '"When we were in need, ... more

10 Concrete Ways To Help Boston

I was sipping an overpriced Americano in a small, aggressively hip coffee shop Monday when the news broke about the bombing at the Boston Marathon. I’d only meant to sit down for a few minutes, but ended spending over two hours there nursing my cold coffee and obsessively refreshing my Twitter feed....more
@TwoKidMinimum Yes, I saw the Children's Hospital Amazon wishlist too! I agree that that is a ... more