Shelly Butcher

Currently living in Oakland, CA, formerly of Israel, by way of Palo Alto. I... read more

Raising a Jewish daughter v. raising a daughter Jewish-ly?

I am Jewish, so is her father. We live a life within the Jewish community. At seven months, she has never gone for longer than two weeks without attending services.  All objective facts point to        Z being raised in a Jewish home.  However, I hesitate to say that we are raising a Jewish child, simply because we are raising a child jewish-ly.  (Just as I hesitate to assume she will choose her birth gender – nevertheless for now she is a girl)....more
I think you are spot on. I was raised as nothing really in an interfaith home and came to ...more

Remember The Human: Christina Aguilera's Brazen Sexuality and Our Reaction To It

Unsurprisingly, I am mesmerized by the new Christina Aguilera video “Not Myself Tonight.” No, that's a misstatement. I am mesmerized by the response to Christina Aguilera's video “Not Myself Tonight.” Look beyond the allegations that she's hijacked elements of Lady Gaga and late '80s/early '90s Madonna and zero in on the reaction to the brazen sexuality presented in the video. ...more
It's an interesting video and one I think I'd be a little more impressed by if it didn't buy in ...more

Foodie shopping destinations during BlogHer Food 2009

If you’re traveling to San Francisco for BlogHer Food 2009, you might want to leave a little extra room in your suitcase. Not only is this a city of great eating and drinking, this is a terrific city for culinary shopping and tourism. ...more

Gudrun, some of these places were totally new to me, too, and yeah...there are some field ...more

Baby Blues for The Office

"'Shipper," "'shippiness," "'shipperhood." Those words -- used to describe your allegiance to certain fictional characters getting together with other fictional characters -- make my skin crawl, as do the multitude of forums and sites devoted to the discussion of said 'ships. ...more

Honestly, I think the American version of The Office has gone on too long. How many more ...more

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

Fourth grade. It was 1972 and I was nine years old. I went to school at Alice Birney Elementary School, in Charleston Heights, SC. It was the year my education became an experiment. It was the year I discovered boys (and girls.) It was the year I discovered junk food. It was the year that I discovered Teen Beat, Tiger Beat, and Seventeen Magazine. It was the year everything changed. ...more

Part of the problem here is the generally perceived cause of obesity - sitting on your butt ...more

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

Fourth grade. It was 1972 and I was nine years old. I went to school at Alice Birney Elementary School, in Charleston Heights, SC. It was the year my education became an experiment. It was the year I discovered boys (and girls.) It was the year I discovered junk food. It was the year that I discovered Teen Beat, Tiger Beat, and Seventeen Magazine. It was the year everything changed. ...more

Part of the problem here is the generally perceived cause of obesity - sitting on your butt ...more

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

Fourth grade. It was 1972 and I was nine years old. I went to school at Alice Birney Elementary School, in Charleston Heights, SC. It was the year my education became an experiment. It was the year I discovered boys (and girls.) It was the year I discovered junk food. It was the year that I discovered Teen Beat, Tiger Beat, and Seventeen Magazine. It was the year everything changed. ...more

Part of the problem here is the generally perceived cause of obesity - sitting on your butt ...more

Owning My Thin Privilege

I'm having a hard time accepting my own thin privilege. RMJ at Deeply Problematic wrote a post a little bit ago about coming to accept her thin privilege. That was really the first time that I thought of myself as having thin privilege and it made me kind of uncomfortable. And I want to explore that uncomfortableness here. ...more

I think it's the "thin" that is getting to me. Maybe I've read too many books about body image ...more

Owning My Thin Privilege

I'm having a hard time accepting my own thin privilege. RMJ at Deeply Problematic wrote a post a little bit ago about coming to accept her thin privilege. That was really the first time that I thought of myself as having thin privilege and it made me kind of uncomfortable. And I want to explore that uncomfortableness here. ...more

I think it's the "thin" that is getting to me. Maybe I've read too many books about body image ...more

Owning My Thin Privilege

I'm having a hard time accepting my own thin privilege. RMJ at Deeply Problematic wrote a post a little bit ago about coming to accept her thin privilege. That was really the first time that I thought of myself as having thin privilege and it made me kind of uncomfortable. And I want to explore that uncomfortableness here. ...more

I think it's the "thin" that is getting to me. Maybe I've read too many books about body image ...more