Posts Tagged: women

Our Squid, Ourselves

Some women dwell in complete darkness, at unfathomable depths. They emerge only at night, rising to the surface to feed.

For years, there have been unconfirmed accounts of women leaping and flying across the seas: “We have discovered that women do not just jump out of the water, but have a highly developed flying posture. This finding means that we should no longer consider women as things that live only in the water.”

Women can tear at flesh and crush bone. Teeth line their tongues. Their spit can be paralyzing. They’ll eat anything.

Most women grab prey with their tentacles. But some women are different: they [...]


What Is the Difference Between Mascara, Eye-Liner and Concealer? Six Philosophical Inquiries

"My job, as CEO, is to hire the right people. My job is to know a lot of engineers, editors, venture capitalists, and salespeople—and to bring them together. Knowing the difference between mascara, concealer, and eye-liner is not my job."

Bryan Goldberg, founder and CEO of the new women's website Bustle


"What, in truth, is a thing insofar as it is a thing? When we ask this question we wish to know the thing-being (the thingliness) of the thing. The point is to learn the thingliness of the thing. To this end we must [...]


"Russian Lit Wives": On Bravo This Fall

The Moscow News explores the lives of the women who devoted those same lives wholeheartedly to the greats of Russian literature:

Sometimes this dependence was even physical. Both Nadezhda Mandelstam and Vera Nabokov could be seen lugging heavy cases, while their husbands strolled around unencumbered.

But some women found this self-immolation too much to bear. Sophia Tolstoy was a spirited painter and writer; her husband took the name of his heroine in "War and Peace" from a youthful novella of hers, "Natasha." But in the midst of her husband's religious conversion, she began to regret her devotion.

"Everyone asks: ‘But why should a worthless woman like you need [...]


Tina Fey at the Paley Center

Tina Fey and I chose the exact same instant to arrive at the Paley Center for "Hey Dummies: An Evening With the 30 Rock Writers," but she had a much better ride and smoother hair. Lest she make eye contact and catch me in a The-Queen-and-Hilary-Mantel moment of naked, cannibalistic gawpery, I instinctively whipped around and started pretending to text as a small throng of kind, nervous young women in fingerless gloves pressed forward with their smartphones, saying Tina, Tina! as loudly as they dared, which was never as loud as the voice you would ideally use in a business meeting, were you to find yourself in one.

Tina [...]


The Bathroom Whisperer: How to Really Clean a Toilet

Whenever I clean, whenever I am sweating on my hands and knees wiping strands of hair out of a corner or picking them off of freshly Ajaxed porcelain, I try to interrupt my feelings of victimized indignation to dreamily recall how I grew up with a maid.

Now, we weren’t particularly rich. My father was a school superintendent (this is back when school superintendents made one and a half times or twice what teachers made as opposed to 600 times) and my mother was a teacher. The deal was that my mother was such a housecleaning perfectionist that if she had even one iota of responsibility for cleaning the house, she [...]


Women Rationalizing Alone With Yogurt

In a tiny, tiny study, women who ate probiotic yogurt were able to match "a series of angry or fearful faces on a computer screen to other faces that appeared" in less-emotional ways than women who didn't, apparently.


Happy International Women's Day

This gallery comes courtesy of Survival International, who you may remember from ragging on Jared Diamond. The young girl in this particular picture is a member of the Awá people, currently not doing so great in Brazil.


"Where You Lunch Has to Be On Brand With Your Brand": Match the NYT Quote With the Salad!

"A salad may seem modest, but that dish (and its cult following among trend-attuned New Yorkers like Ms. Bhojwani) is emblematic of a shift in the way that women participate in the crucial information-gathering and idea-generating ritual known as lunch."

Match the annoying line from the story in yesterday’s New York Times Dining and Wine section about women who power lunch with the salad from one of the power lunching hot-spots that you want to vomit up right upon reading it!

1. “It’s a virtuously healthful dish, even though it tastes luxurious, and Tina Bhojwani has devoured it during more business lunches than she can count.”


My So-Called Post-Feminist Life

Deborah Kogan has something epic to say:

Fast-forward to 1988: I am raped by an acquaintance the night before my graduation from college. The next morning, before donning cap and gown, I stumble into the University Health Services building to report the crime. I'm advised not to press charges. "They'll smear you," I'm told by the female psychologist assigned to my case. I don't want to be smeared. I've got a life to live. Twenty-five years later, while watching CNN lament the effects of the Steubenville rape on two promising lives—the rapists', not the victim's—I'll hold two competing thoughts: nothing has changed; I wish I'd been braver. I [...]


What Made You a Feminist?

Haley Motek asked a group of women about the books/music/moments that started them on the road to feminism, and the answers are funny and different and unexpected and great.

I think my first encounter with feminism was likely Mary Poppins. I remember while I was watching it my mom explaining to me who the suffragettes were, and repeating the line of the song that they sing: “Our daughter’s daughters will adore us/ and they’ll sing in grateful chorus/ hats off to the sister suffragettes.” I don’t think I quite got it at the time—I think because it was so hard for me to fathom that women were treated so [...]