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More Men Are Moving Into “Pink Collar” Professions

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Once upon a time, a male kindergarten teacher or a male nurse was an oddity, even a novelty. But changing gender roles — and a turned-on-its-head economy — mean that more men than ever are working in what were previously considered to be “pink collar” jobs.

In an article about the trend today, The New York Times explains that “pink collar” jobs in fields like health care and home care/child care haven’t been bombed out by the economy because they cannot be outsourced and they are available to anyone without a college degree, regardless of gender. Hence, while jobs in all those fields are growing in general, the numbers of men working in them are increasing apace. Keep reading »

Evening Quickies: Ruffles Launching “Manly” Line Of Potato Chips Just For Men

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Ruffles Ultimate potato chips for men
  • Ruffles is launching a line of Ruffles Ultimate potato chips just for men, which will feature deeper ridges and more “manly” flavors like Kickin’ Jalapeno Ranch and Sweet & Smokin’ BBQ. New brands of dips with naaasty-sounding “masculine” flavors will also accompany the chips.  Thank God this will finally put an end to that horrible problem of men complaining that their potato chips have been too girly.  [New York Daily News]
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Catholic Orgs File Massive Organized Lawsuits Against Obama Administration Over Birth Control

  • Earlier today, 43 Catholic dioceses, schools and other institutions filed lawsuits in 12 federal courts over birth control coverage in President Obama’s plans for health care reform. The Obama administration has long touted its compromise that contraception coverage will be provided free by health care insurers if the employer refused to cover it; however, the people filing the lawsuit claim their religious liberty is under attack. Additionally, two Catholic universities recently dropped their student health plans entirely rather than deal with the compromise.  [New York Times]
  • North Carolina pastor Charles L. Worley was videotaped saying that lesbians and gays should be put behind an electrocuted fence and left to die off. “Build a great, big, large fence — 150- or 100-mile long — put all the lesbians in there,” he said. “Do the same thing for the queers and the homosexuals and have that fence electrified so they can’t get out … and you know what, in a few years, they’ll die out … do you know why? They can’t reproduce!” How grossly inhumane. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

“Think Like A Man” Allegedly Banned In France Because It’s Not “Diverse” Enough

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Think Like A Man

“Think Like A Man,” the new Tyler Perry romantic comedy [Update: based on a book by Steve Harvey] about black women and men, has allegedly been banned in France because officials say the film is not diverse enough. According to blogger Fabienne Flessel at the blog Global Voices:

Surprising as it may be, the answer lies in the fact that the film has an all-black cast. French cinema is often pointed at for not fairly displaying all components of the country’s multiethnic population. 

It is unclear, though, whether “Think Like A Man” has literally been banned, or if it just is not being screened. But the Global Voices blogger and several other French-speaking bloggers quoted/translated in his article seem adamant that someone in a position of power in France is uninterested in promoting films by and about black folks. One blogger claims “Tyler Perry’s movies are never scheduled in any French movie theaters or are only released in DVDs, even thought he has been used to leading the U.S. box office.”  Keep reading »

Tyler Clementi’s Ex-Roommate Dharun Ravi Sentenced To 30 Days In Jail

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“I do believe he acted out of colossal insensitivity.” 

This was the judge who presided over the trial of Dharun Ravi, the former Rutgers University student who was convicted in March with a bias crime (hate crime) for spying on his roommate, Tyler Clementi (in the pic), with a web cam while Clementi had gay sex. When Clementi discovered that he was being spied on and “outed” to other Rutgers students, he committed suicide.

Today, Dharun Ravi was sentenced to 30 days in jail and possible deportation. (His family immigrated from India.) Update: Ravi is also required to serve 300 hours of community service, attend a counseling program for cyberbullying, and service three years probation. The sentencing brings to an end to an incident that has had a coalescing affect on the national conversation about bullying. Keep reading »

How Not To Be An Awful Person At The Nail Salon

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All I wanted to do on Sunday was get a mani/pedi so my nails didn’t look so chipped and busted. Kicking back with a crinkled copy of Allure while Top 40 radio blares overhead is the closet thing modern women have to bliss. But instead of being a zen experience, my local nail salon was railroaded by a horribly rude woman causing drama. Rude Woman apparently needed to have ONLY non-scented lotion used on her skin. Yet, despite it apparently being so important, she didn’t bring any of her own along with her. 

Instead, Rude Woman got really snotty with all the employees about whether their lotion was scented or non-scented; she repeatedly talked down to them about whether they had it and why they didn’t. The way Rude Woman was talking — loud, accusatory — seemed to imply these nail salon folks either didn’t understand a lick of English (not true) or were intentionally trying to ruin her day. Other customers and I kept making eye contact during her repeated rants, like, “Can you believe this woman?”

Look. I’m sympathetic to her frustration, sort of.  A lot of nail salons will say anything to you to get you to use their services — my favorite is saying it will just be a five minute wait when it is really more like 20. But Rude Woman was just plain condescending. I was embarrassed for her. I was embarrassed for the employees.

So, Rude Woman, I hope you don’t read The Frisky. But just in case you do, I’ve penned a handy, dandy guide about how not to be awful at the nail salon.  Keep reading »

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