By Kath on In Praise of Broads

I hereby nominate former Texas Governor Ann Richardson for a position in the Broad Hall Of Fame

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 3:07 pm 3

By dotcommie on Ask a Fancy Person: First Parties, Working for Free, and What to Do When Your Gym Is Crawling with Children

@cordovan sofa I've been to a lot of gyms and have never been to one where small children running around was allowed or encouraged. I don't think it's the same thing as declaring a space to be "adults only" for the benefit of the adults, as one might do with a bar. Bars don't really pose any safety hazards to kids, so deciding they're not allowed is simply a cultural thing. I DO think gyms are inherently dangerous to little ones. There are fast-spinning belts on treadmills, weights swinging around and crashing to the ground, big people jumping and kicking, etc. I can easily envision kids sticking fingers under the weight stack in a cable machine, or falling off a treadmill, or trying to touch the treadmill belt. That would be the case at any gym. Regardless of whether the OP complained about safety or not, I think it's a completely sensible reason to not allow kids small enough to "toddle around."

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 10:39 am 3

By myeviltwin on The Best Time I Learned My Last Name Means Blow Job

Also, the last paragraph is gorgeous.

Posted on January 15, 2014 at 8:50 pm 1

By Kate on The Best Time I Learned My Last Name Means Blow Job

I worked one summer with a girl named Kim Godown. One day a guy came into the restaurant asking for Kim. He had flowers he wanted to give her. We had two Kims on staff, so I asked him her last name. "I didn't get it," he told me. "I asked, but she changed the subject." I knew immediately which Kim he meant.

Posted on January 15, 2014 at 4:22 pm 5

By kate.m on A Revenge Scenario For Student Loan Borrowers

I love this, and I nominate Elizabeth Warren as the leader of the revolt. In real life though, I'll just continue working my uninteresting corporate job so I can continue making payments until the debt is gone. Maybe then I will be able to regain hope, restore my imagination, and become a fully functioning creative and energized member of society. Which, incidentally, was the whole aim of going into debt for my liberal arts degree. Call me an entitled child of the 80's, but I thought I could contribute to the world.

Posted on October 16, 2013 at 5:18 pm 7

By laurel on Charming Uphill Both Ways in the Snow

@Anne Helen Petersen An essential part of male charm for me is the sense that the man genuinely likes women, e.g., sees women's essential humanity, not only their sexual objectivity. A man who seems to enjoy the company of women, as people or friends, is considered by people of limited empathy as emasculated, or "gay".

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By Oenone on "The tragedy of Obama's presidency is that he's too much of a Ravenclaw and not enough of a Gryffindor."

I live in Chicago. Rahm Emmanuel is DEFINITELY a Slytherin, regardless of where you come down on the Hillary question.

Posted on May 2, 2013 at 10:36 am 4

By causedbycomma on "The tragedy of Obama's presidency is that he's too much of a Ravenclaw and not enough of a Gryffindor."


Posted on May 1, 2013 at 4:03 pm 3

By anachronistique on What Goes With Your Netflix Marathon

@sony_b Mudders' milk.

Posted on April 30, 2013 at 2:53 pm 8