UPDATE: It has come to our attention from Lyn-Marie Cunliffe that this story, as it was reported on the Daily Mail UK and the UK Telegraph, is not true.
We all know that fans can be, well, fanatical. But this 49-year-old British mother has taken her love of Victorian literature just a touch too far: Lyn-Marie Cunliffe goes about her daily life dressed in full period garb as Charlotte Bronte, author of Jane Eyre. Talk about loving vintage, huh? Keep reading »
So there’s a new site for ladies! Ladies who like business! And it’s got a stupid, stupid, stupid name. The site Mogulite has rebranded itself as TheJaneDough.com. But that’s not all! Its tagline is: “All the business news we knead.” Get it? Because you need news like you knead bread. Because you’re a woman! And that’s what women do! In the kitchen!
Mogulite’s current mission is to cover power players, but apparently its owner(s) — Dan Abrams and Mediaite — are looking to compete in the working women space. So what’s the point of The Jane Dough? Launching under its new moniker, stories will include: “Our take on obnoxious women’s stereotypes, radical CEOs who are promoting female executives, and the absurd coverage that workplace sexism gets in the press — these were the stories we got really excited about — and, judging by the traffic, our readers got fired up over them, as well,” says editor Amy Tennery. So far so good. So then why give the site such a stupid, demeaning name and tagline?
Ugh. The very last thing we (i.e. women) need is a “study” claiming to observe women’s snarky reactions to another woman dressed sexily. The lead author of the study begins with a quote that is concerning in and of itself: “I was convinced, having lived a life as a woman, that we’re not as pleasant as some people make us out to be.” Huh? I’ve never heard of anyone making women, as an entire gender, out to be pleasant. Tracy Vaillancourt, who is also the professor of psychology at University of Ottawa, invited 86 women to participate in a conflict resolution study, but she had a different agenda when she documented how the women reacted to a young female student entering the room in a certain outfit. Vaillancourt did not document the ages of the 86 women who partook in the study or, well, anything about them, only their responses to the student, who wore either a T-shirt and khakis or a low-cut top and mini skirt. Vaillancourt stated that “ninety-seven percent” of the women responded inappropriately to the student. To use the same scientific term that Vaillancourt herself uses, the reactions were bitchy. Keep reading »
Just kidding! There was a slight miscalculation. Men don’t actually think about sex every seven seconds. I always thought that 8,000 sexual thoughts a day seemed like an oppressive estimate. New research says that men are not the wild, hyper-sexualized beasts science made them out to be. Men’s sexual notions happen more like once every hour. Much more manageable. The study, done at Ohio State University, found that in addition to their sexual thoughts, guys actually think about (gasp!) other things during the course of a day like eating and napping. The men in the study thought about sex an average of 19 times a day with food a close second at 18 times a day, while women thought about sex an average of 10 times a day and food 15 times. Keep reading »