On What I've Learned From Three Years Without Shampoo

@parallel-lines Same here. No matter how diluted it was, the vinegar made my hair smell awful when there was any moisture present (mist, rain, perspiration). I was mortified when I had my hair cut and as soon as the hairdresser sprayed it it smelled like vomit.
I never got very far with no-poo not because I'm afraid of lank hair but because we have such hard water here in London and in my experience hard water makes no-poo virtually impossible. My hair felt like wet cardboard and it became dry and bleached. The elaborate filtered water operation that evolved to rinse it was just too hairshirty for me.

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On The True Cost of "Santa Baby"

In my head it is twinned with 'My Heart Belongs to Daddy' (also covered by Eartha Kitt) which is equally creepily full of inappropriate double entendres.

Posted on December 16, 2013 at 2:53 pm 0

On Blue Cup: An Ode to My Plastic Tumbler

@GoCeilings @96227425@twitter My partner's favourite Guinness mug broke so I found one on eBay and bought it and now we just pretend it is the original mug. It's a little like when your childhood hamster died and you got a new one: cold as ice, and you will initially protest 'it will never be the same' etc but it works.

Posted on December 12, 2013 at 3:13 pm 1

On Four Unfunny Truths About Laughter Yoga


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On On Being Photographed: "Female-Female Spiritual Transsexual" The World Famous *BOB* Presents the Subject's Point of View

Omg, *BOB*! We were just talking about you the other day, remembering how much fun you were at Foxy. Can't wait to see the book.

Posted on November 18, 2013 at 8:11 am 0

On Lady-Comp: How I Quit Hormones

@gimlet @DrFeelGood Two years late to this party - how did I miss this article? I used the UK Persona device and it was eventually revealed that the failure rate was a lot higher than they were letting on. There was a successful class action lawsuit against them too: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/2030864.stm

Posted on September 13, 2013 at 12:41 am 0

On Lady-Comp: How I Quit Hormones

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On When Trash Attacks

@SarcasticFringehead For me the easy solution is just to take the kitchen bin out to the compost bin without the mistaken frustrating expectation that a bag will cope.
I don't use a bag, I just line the bin with a few layers of scrap paper (often containing the kind of information that you would otherwise have to shred, which gets conveniently deactivated by bin juice) and it tends to all dump out fairly cleanly. And you don't have to buy compostable bags.
Several birds; one stone.

Posted on August 5, 2013 at 4:57 am 0

On Who Has a Woman Problem?

I thought this was going to be about the New Yorker: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/27/new-yorker-all-male-issue-april-29-2013_n_3169623.html?utm_hp_ref=women
But everyone has a woman problem, so I guess it is about everyone.

Posted on August 4, 2013 at 7:52 am 0

On "Don’t worry, it’s no 'Sex and the City,' they say. As if that were a good thing."

@eleventyone My point about James Bond is that it is just as problematic (white, bourgeois, materialistic, insert your issue here) but somehow it doesn't get the same stick as a programme like SatC, because JB is for "everyone" and SatC is "for women". If you prefer an example that is more relatable you can substitute The Big Bang Theory, Friends, Frasier or any other show on tv. But this is the core of the problem. Why is it that a commercial product like SatC is thought to represent women? Because it has women in it? Who has held it up as an example? And why don't we hold every other cultural product up to the same standards as this show about women, which women like?

I think sometimes when a group of people feel marginalised they look to the nearest cultural thing (music, tv, etc) - no matter how flawed - where they can see themselves represented, so although there is no feminist agenda apparent in SatC, there are some relatable characters and there is 'female' subject matter (I don't mean shoes, but breast cancer, sexual harassment, dating men, etc). But it's too easy to say "Okay, that's the tv programme women can watch and enjoy so it is a women's show about women."

I don't know if 'everyone' was talking about which character they were - I have never heard this from any of my friends who liked the show - or about the shoes, but if people were talking about it this sounds like the kind of thing that advertisers like, and advertising isn't about women, it's about making money. I assume this kind of thing turned up in magazines aimed at selling stuff to women. But this is how, as blushingflower says, "women are socialized to devalue the things they like and discredit their own taste." No one says, Hey, I like seeing interesting, multi-dimensional women on tv and I don't care about their shoes, so I'll watch the show but I'm going to stop buying magazines that try to peddle this rubbish, or I'm going to write to the advertisers or whatever, they say, Oh no, this show is crap now and then suddenly the narrative becomes misogynistic - women are shallow so the show is all about merch, these women made us think they were feminists but they're not, this is why we (women) can't have nice things, etc.

Posted on July 29, 2013 at 2:00 pm 0