California's New Anti-Paparazzi Penalties: Should Celebs Enforce Stalking Laws?

In late August, the California legislature overwhelmingly passed amendments to stiffen penalties connected to its current anti-stalking law. You can read the bill here. The objects of the amendments’ affection? Paparazzi who get too close. Lawmakers had sympathy for the idea that there is such a thing as paparazzi being too close, even to celebrities whom we might think don’t deserve such legal protections given that their careers are often spent in and dependent upon being the center of attention....more

That video was horrible.

Personally, I had no idea what Kate Moss looked like. I've never ... more

Ethical Dilemma: Criminal Shopping?

Well, you should try it. No one ever has to know. A bunch of us do it every once in a while. And if you don't get too greedy, no one ever has to know. Is it wrong? Well, in the pure sense, sure -- but it isn't right that we have to work these insane hours either, and other jobs are not so easy to find these days. Besides, everyone hedges their expense reports somehow. ...more

I'd report them. I have reported them.

Long story short, I used to work as an accountant, and ... more

Should Birth Control Pills Be Sold Over-The-Counter?

Is it time to start selling birth control pills over-the-counter (OTC)? The easy answer is, yes.  But is it really an easy question to answer? No. Remember, we are living in a country where many parents are still against condoms being available to students, and where many schools are teaching abstinence only in place of sex-ed classes....more

"I mean we've come to a point where almost everyone knows if you skip the green pills and keep ... more

Show and Tell: NieNie Asks ... What Are You Doing at 10AM?

Hi, Today and each Monday after, I am going to be on BlogHer to introduce to you all to my new theme. And I need your help. This week's theme is going to be: "What are you doing at 10:00 am?" What are you doing? Where are you? I want to know! Share your pictures and comments about YOUR 10:00 am activity -- any day through this Friday. Please add your pictures in the commments here or email them to Julie Godar at BlogHer. ...more

At 10am today, I was lying in bed, trying to recover from a migraine. The husband was asleep ... more

Renegades of Home Renovation: You Put Up a WHAT While I Was Working?

Living through home renovations is like living through lice: If you've never had to endure it, you really don't know what the rest of us are talking about.  You won't heed warnings, you won't take precautions, you will think, "It really couldn't be that bad -- you're just being dramatic." ...more

Ear plugs.

Retreating to a room where the smell of paint doesn't reach.

When necessary, ... more

The New Definition of Marriage: It's All About Me, Me Me -- or Is It?

Marriage is in the news again. This time, the focus is on commitment -- or, more specifically, how to stay married once you are married. The newest idea is “self-expansion," the concept that your level of commitment to your marriage may depend on how much your partner “enhances your life and broadens your horizons.” No longer is marriage about shared goals. Now it’s all about you, you, you, or rather, what you do for me, me, me. ...more

What's called a prenup in the west is considered a fairly standard part of the wedding here. ... more

My First Gray Hairs

About a month ago during a quick vacation in Denver, I returned to my hotel with my sunglasses atop my head and when I took them down there they were: three gray hairs....more

Mine aren't grey, nor are they silver. They're bright bright sparkly white.

I found my first ... more

Want to Lighten Your Skin in Your Facebook Profile? Multinational Corporations and the Cultivation of Colorism

The application, launched by Vaseline and aimed at men in India, smoothes out blotches and lightens the overall skin color of your profile photo, allowing men to present a more “radiant” face to their friends. ...more

The fairness envy, for lack of a better term, is alive and well in Sri Lanka, too.

It's ... more

"Here, Smell This" -- How Long Do You Keep Food in Your House?

My husband likes to give his meat a bath -- washing and drying it before cooking. I tell him that we're cooking it thoroughly and it will be FINE ... but I can't break him of the habit. At least he doesn't loofah. ...more

Yeah, speaking of food poisoning... I just got over a pretty bad bout of it. From food eaten ... more

The New Definition of Marriage: It's All About Me, Me Me -- or Is It?

Marriage is in the news again. This time, the focus is on commitment -- or, more specifically, how to stay married once you are married. The newest idea is “self-expansion," the concept that your level of commitment to your marriage may depend on how much your partner “enhances your life and broadens your horizons.” No longer is marriage about shared goals. Now it’s all about you, you, you, or rather, what you do for me, me, me. ...more

Having fun together? Yep, we do a lot of that. The husband has a great sense of humour and can ... more

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