It’s time to create a new definition of chick lit, one that moves away from the tired standbys and into a new frontier. There are stories written for women by women that are varied and interesting and funny. These 10 books all share similar themes to the traditional chick-lit offerings: strong female characters and relatable situations. The key difference is the focus. Instead of serving as tarted-up romance novels, the books offered here explore the difficulties of the entire range of female experience. Let’s try and expand our horizons. Jennifer Weiner and Sophie Kinsella serve one purpose. Let these other forays into chick lit fulfill another. Click through for our suggestions for unconventional chick lit.
I first read Bridget Jones’ Diary when I was a teenager, marveling over how adult and grown up Bridget’s entire world was. Cigarettes! Drinking! Poor decisions! For a 15-year-old with an untraditional worldview, Bridget’s foibles were aspirational. She was a woman in her thirties, still single, still struggling to make it to work wearing a bra and with both shoes on, still trying to figure out what a happy life meant. Her problems, while abstract, were problems that I saw myself having as I got older. I quietly recognized bits of her in myself, and unknowingly carried that with me as I grew up. Revisiting the book at age 31, I was pleasantly surprised to see that not much had really changed.
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If you are a human being with a heart and a soul and the ability to emote and feel, you will most certainly enjoy clicking on the video above and watching the mesmerizing live feed of these baby fainting goats from the Barnyard Buddies farm in Colorado. For the uninitiated, fainting goats are goats that have a inherited and harmless genetic condition that causes their muscles to freeze when they’re startled or excited. They don’t actually faint — just collapse to the ground, completely aware of their surroundings, and are not harmed! This is truly the most adorable affliction I’ve ever heard of. This live cam is highly recommended, but if goats aren’t your thing, check out some other animal cams after the jump!
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“Our whole movement is about girl power, so if you’re Black, White or Asian, you can twerk. But Miley Cyrus twerking is not our twerking. She’s just a fan who is showing it to a whole different ethnic group, you have to give her her props for that.”
Lady Luscious and Mizz TwerkSum of the original Twerk Team issue what is hopefully the final nail in the coffin of the “Can Miley twerk?” debate, pointing out that twerking is an act of empowerment. If you’re not familiar with the Twerk Team, head over to their YouTube page to check ‘em out. These ladies can move. [Life And Times]
Selling motorcycles with hot chicks is the oldest trick in the book, and has been done so much that I can’t even get rankled by Portland-based Ducati dealer MotoCorsa using this very pretty model to move bikes. But when you flip the script and put the dudes who work in the shop on the bikes, in the same outfits? I’m sold. Check out the rest of the photos from the shoot over here. [Asphalt and Rubber]