The Dirty (Not-so?) Secret of the Literary World

So I loved Maddie’s post (see “Wikipedia, and ladies” below) on the lack of women contributing to Wikipedia (it’s true- The Sopranos is better than Sex and the City) but I’m not sure what kind of a spin we can put on this depressing information. Except that it’s entirely presented as pie charts, which I…

The best study tip: take a break and meditate!

As this article reports, new research coming out of Massachusetts General Hospital may prove that regular mindfulness meditation not only helps you to relax and keeps your stress at bay, but can actually change your brain structure, increasing brain density in areas associated with focus, memory, introspection and self-awareness. The study was conducted over a…

Watch the “Target Women” video series. Now.

Someone else shares my disgust with most dating self-help books and their blatant anti-women messages… but whereas I  just scoff out loud every time I pass a stack of Why Men Love Bitches in Barnes and Noble, Sarah Haskins has turned her anger into a hilarious video. Check out some of her other segments in…

The debate continues…

Ladies: to shave or not to shave? Unfortunately, the question still holds far more weight than it should. NY Times readers give their two cents here.

Gender equality and the “Dumb Male Theory”

The Wall Street Journal, always a favorite, published this article on Iceland’s rise to the #1 position worldwide in terms of gender equality.  The stated reason for the newly acquired leadership?  Women had less to do with Iceland’s spectacular economic fall than men and so are being elevated to higher positions by default, as it…

Quick: What do Lesotho, Swaziland, Papua New Guinea and the US have in common?

Answer: They are, according to the International Labour Organization, the only four nations on the planet with no paid maternity leave.   Meanwhile, the Financial Times reports, countries not run on twisted draconian principles of 19th Century capitalism, are debating whether to increase government mandated paid maternity leave. Imagine. The UK is considering an increase from nine…

CU Food Sustainability Project Blog

I’m probably one of the last people to have discovered this, but the Columbia University Food Sustainability Project has their own blog!  Check it out here and see how you can get involved through their calendar of events…

AIDS in the UAE

This article, “UAE recorded 35 cases of AIDS last year,” is about AIDS cases in the UAE and the struggle to raise awareness around the issue of AIDS. I found it interesting that in the UAE, a relatively “western” country by many standards, an AIDS awareness conference was titled, “Women, Take the Lead… Leaders, Keep…

You gotta love Dove…

Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty has been around for a while and I’m sure that many have already seen this “Evolution of Beauty” video, produced by the company.  A friend just shared it with me the other day, however, and I thought I would pass it on… it’s actually a little creepy, but such a…

The Triumph of feminism?

I was hoping to keep with the theme of a non-partisan 9/11 today and avoid all topics surrounding the election, but I thought that this article, posted on Economist.com, asks a very interesting question: can feminists really dismiss McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin for Republican VP as a step in the wrong direction?