On November 28, Elan Gale decided to entertain the world by making up a story that we have all experienced in one way or another. He tweeted that he'd boarded a US Airways flight on his way back to Los Angeles, that the flight was running late, and that one passenger was furiously yelling about it. Soon, Gale was live-tweeting a fictional battle with a woman immortalized as "Diane in 7A." What unfolded on his feed can only be described as a how to on behaving badly. What made it so hard to look away is the same thing that makes reality TV the addictive thing it is. Is it time to reconsider?
Growing up on opposite sides of the world, Alfie and I have very different ideas of what a traditional holiday celebration looks like. We both celebrate Christmas in the Western tradition. We both grew up with Santa Claus, Christmas trees and stockings. But that's where the similarities end. From the weather (white Christmas versus a tropical one) to the decorations (holiday cards versus Nativity scenes), our holiday traditions are literally worlds apart!...more
Over the last few days, there has been a lot of "outrage" and "debate" about the flyer sent out by the USPS featuring a Kwanzaa stamp, a Hanukkah stamp and a gingerbread stamp. To many, this is a glaring omission of the Christmas holiday, there is no stamp that has the words "Christmas" featured in the ad. Note: There are stamps available on the USPS website which have a more traditional Christmas picture and the word "Christmas" on them. According to the USPS, they feature the new holiday stamps in the ad and the gingerbread house is new, end of story....more
A few thoughts and meditations on Halloween and various other holiday costumes and jokes that one might want to reconsider:
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1) If I'm ignorant of the ways in which my action is stereotyping and/or mocking, I'm still stereotyping and/or mocking.
2) Describing myself as “ignorant” about something is not self-deprecating but a simple statement of fact—that I have something to learn;...more
It's all over my Facebook and Twitter feeds.Don't shop on Thanksgiving night! Tell [Major Retailer] that Thanksgiving isn't about greed!Say NO to Black Friday on Thanksgiving!How dare these retailers try to steal our time with our families from us! It's wrong. Thanksgiving is a time for being thankful for what we've got, not for standing in line to see what we can get.Thanksgiving is, above all, a time for family.Except when it's not....more
November is Native American Heritage Month. And there is so much more to indigenous history than a few scenes from a Thanksgiving skit. In fact, there are many Native American women blogging about everything from books, to fashion, to politics, and this month we want to highlight some bloggers we love. I hope you'll check them out!
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For many of us, the burdens of immigrants are, well, other people's problems. We can commiserate but, at the end of the day, we’ve got jobs and families and a real life with enough problems of our own, right? Wrong....more
I think this is what it must have felt like to watch the first moon landing or the first television broadcast...I just found out about GoldieBlox, a company whose slogan is "Disrupting the pink aisle." What I am about to write makes it sound like I am part of the GoldieBlox marketing team: I have no connections to GoldieBlox whatsoever, I am just a woman blown away by the idea that there is a commercial I would be excited to show my daughters. ...more
The GoldieBlox YouTube video featuring three girls building a Rube Goldberg machine has gone viral -- but not without criticism. Yes, the clip shows the trio putting their girlie teapots and doll houses to use as parts in an engineering project (set to a kid-rendition of the Beastie Boys' old tune Girls) But, the video is still a commercial, and beyond the catchy two-minute clip, people are starting to question what GoldieBlox is selling. ...more
Excerpted from The Giving Game: Surviving Philanthropy's Schemers Dreamers & Volunteer Vixens - Come Hell or High Heels, by Merri Lee Marks.“In doing good, there’s always a lot of self-involvement.”—Trent Stamp, Charity Navigator...more