Business guru and former CEO of General Electric, Jack Welch, recently gave a speech in which he said said women in the working world have to realize that “there’s no such thing as work-life balance.” Instead, we all make “work-life choices” and if women choose to take time off from work for children, there could be “consequences” to that choice. Notably, Welch said, women who stay home with children might be passed over for promotions if we are “not there in the clutch.” In other words, you can’t have your cake and eat it, too.
I actually do agree with some of his points—taking time off to raise kids sets women and their skills back, and people who are present and excelling “in the clutch” deserve promotions and rewards more than people who aren’t. But the problem with work-life balance isn’t exactly the way Welch makes it sound, as if we only have two choices. The problem is that for a really long time, the workplace was set up so moms and dads had to make those choices. Keep reading »
Displayed at UK bus stops, this campaign by the Torbay Council warns dog owners to clean up after their animals. Those who don’t comply will face a hefty fine. Sure, the ad’s message is good but, um, EWWWWWWW! That child appears to be playing in and eating a giant pile of dog poo because, because as the ad claims, “Children will put anything in their mouths.” C’mon guys, give kids some credit. They won’t put that in their mouths. [BBC] Keep reading »
When Alice Eve Cohen, 44, noticed her belly bulging, she thought the worst—she was convinced she had a cancerous tumor growing inside her at an alarming rate. Doctors said her odd symptoms were caused by menopause and a bladder infection. Well the docs really missed the mark, ’cause the thing that’s been growing and bobbing around in Alice’s tummy for the past six months was actually a baby girl. Alice was told years ago that she was infertile and that fertility treatments would harm her uterus, but lo and behold after three more months, Alice successfully gave birth to baby Eliana. Alice talks about her whole ordeal in her novel, What I Thought I Knew. As scary as that must have been, being mistaken for a tumor is still better than being born in a toilet. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
A shooting range, a hunting party, South Central Los Angeles: These are all places you might expect a stray bullet to graze your body. A public bathroom? Not so much. Yet, some poor 53-year-old woman managed to defy the odds and got shot in the leg while innocently relieving herself. Janifer Bliss, from Tampa, FL, was injured when a gun was dropped by the woman in the next stall. Bliss is currently in the hospital for minor treatment, and the state of Florida is considering bringing charges against Debra Monce, 56, who was carrying the concealed gun. No humor in that potty. Okay, maybe just a little. [metro.co.uk] Keep reading »
Some people’s pets are like kids to them…and any parent would go nuts if you put their kid in the cargo hold. That’s why Pet Airways will fly your furry friend to your desired destination on their own fleet of planes on pets-only flights.
Pet Airways only flies to five cities in the U.S. and charges a flat, one-way fee of $250. But pet owners interviewed by the AP say the cost is worth the piece of mind knowing their basset hound or tabby cat will be escorted onto the flight along with about 50 other pets, checked on every 15 minutes during the flight, and given a bathroom break on the layover. Flights are already booked up for two months! Is it just me, or does this business idea sound like the really bad plot of a kids’ movie? [Or my dream job. -- Editor] [AP] Keep reading »
Yikes! A 54-year-old Californian mother of three booked an appointment with a plastic surgeon to have some work done. But when she found out how many Benjamins she’d have to lay down, she did what every thrifty American would do. (NOT!) She went online, bought a $10 vial of liquid silicone, and injected it into her own lips and cheeks. She is — shocker! — not so pleased with her new face. Keep reading »
Barbara Walters is having a very educational week. Sexually, we mean. Last week Margaret Cho visited “The View” and gave Barbara a lesson on the G-spot. Then, over the weekend, Barbara saw “Bruno” and learned more than she cared to about anal and giving oral sex. I saw “Bruno” this weekend as well and was shocked to see a man in his, I swear, 90′s, sitting front row and center. I was concerned he would have a heart attack. Anyhoo, check out Babs’ disgust in the clip above. [via Jezebel] Keep reading »
Hold that credit card! Double X excerpted a section from the forthcoming book, Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture, by Ellen Ruppell Shell, which reveals the scams at outlet malls are lamer than the kids who hang out in the food court all day.
The author visited at an outlet mall in Las Vegas with a prices and branding expert to scope out the “deals.” At a Crescent jewelry store, the ladies examine an $832 diamond-and-white-gold pendent, marked down from $3,329, which the jewelers are eager to give them “a better price on.” But back at home, Shell does a little googling and discovers the pendent’s diamonds can just barely pass as gemstones according to diamond grades. Plus, nearly identical pendents could be found on eBay for only $229!
Yeah, markups pretending to be markdowns suck. And it’s sneaky that stores selling comparatively-cheap wares at inflated prices are shacking up next to the Barney’s Co Op and La Perla so they look fancier. But…that’s business, isn’t it? Keep reading »
It turns out some women are having babies for the wrong reasons. I won’t mention any names (cough, Nadya, cough), but according to Women’s Health, the social, psychological, and hormonal benefits of getting preggers are making some women wanna pop ‘em out like there’s no tomorrow. When a woman is rockin’ a baby bump, she gets mucho attention from her friends, family, hubby, and even strangers—which makes gals feel less lonely and is heaven for those attention-starved chicks. Keep reading »