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Devan Sipher Defies Publishing Sexism with a Romantic Comedy about A Nice Guy

"The Wedding Beat," a new novel by New York Times wedding writer Devan Sipher, encountered one big bump in its road into print: the publishing industry doesn't think much of female readers. ...more
@jencoffeen I thought the Hornby point was interesting too. The whole article is thought-provoking.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
Every time women's rights leader focus on nonsense like an innocent and frankly, very funny ...more

Ten Really Good Reasons Not to Have Kids

Nearly one in four parents (22%) say that if they could do it over they would not have children, according to a Dear Abby poll. Dr....more
I respect your decision not to have children.  I really do.  But this comes across as pretty ...more

Race and Weight: Is Self-Esteem Better for Your Health than Weight Loss?

Black women in the U.S. are happier with their appearance than white women even though they are fatter, according to an article in the Washington Post by Lonnae O'Neal Parker. The article suggests that because most glamorous female images in the media are of white women, the images have less of an impact on black women. For once blacks benefit from being excluded....more

What Doesn't Separate Us From Animals

Humans have long invented and clung to rationales for our superiority to animals, and, by extension, for our right to use and abuse them. One favorite distinguishing characteristic was language, but then great apes like a chimpanzee named Washoe learned sign language....more

Halloween Needs More Death

As Halloween approaches, it brings a tide of childhood memories: handmade princess costumes, the joy of free candy, the rule among my peers to hold our breath when passing a cemetery so we wouldn't ‘catch’ death. As children, it seemed that simple not to die, and secular America hasn't outgrown that belief. But by ignoring and hiding death, we remain helpless against our fundamental fear of it. Through my practice of mindfulness meditation I have discovered just how fearful and resistant I am to the concept of death as I develop a mindful approach to facing it. ...more
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World Farm Animals Day: Top Five Questions About Veganism

As a vegan I hear a lot of the same questions over and over. I am vegan because I don't want to participate in the suffering that factory farming causes non-human animals, as opposed to being vegan for health or environmental reasons – though those are great reasons too. In observance of World Farm Animals Day on October 2, here are some answers to five questions people often ask me about being vegan. Shearing sheep doesn't kill them, so why don't you wear wool? Because sheep raised for wool suffer terribly and are eventually killed for their meat....more

Court in Costco Discrimination Case to Employers: Don't Fight Discrimination

Plaintiffs suing Costco for sex discrimination face another round of litigation thanks to the Supreme Court's recent dismissal of the Wal-Mart sex discrimination case. Because of the Supreme Court's decision, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Friday that the Costco trial court must reconsider whether the plaintiffs can prove that the company should be liable for sex discrimination in store-level promotions. ...more

How to Stop Workplace Bullies

Employees often encounter unfair treatment in the workplace that can be upsetting and even unbearable, but isn't illegal. Unless the treatment is based on the employee's sex, race, religion, national origin, disability, age, or on another protected category, a lawyer probably can't help. The unfair treatment may not be discrimination -- it may be bullying. ...more