Study Claims That “Happy Wife, Happy Life” Is Actually True

Marriage

A new study from Rutgers University and the University of Michigan has found that in a heterosexual marriage, a wife’s happiness is more important to the survival of the relationship than her husband’s. Researchers studied 394 couples who’d been married for an average of 39 years. The couples were asked questions about whether their spouse appreciates them, argues with them or gets on their nerves. They were also asked how happy they were during a 24-hour period while doing specific activities like errands or watching television. Most of the participants reported a high level of satisfaction with their lives, and if a woman reported being happy with her husband, he was more likely to be happy with life in general no matter how he felt about the marriage itself.

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Why I’m Switching From Facebook To Ello

Since Facebook announced that it was going to suspend accounts unless users used their legal names earlier this month, many people have been looking for a new place to socialize, and Ello has been gaining traction. Ello is another status-based, at-reply-based social network, with a minimalist aesthetic and, mostly importantly, no ads, and anonymized data gathering with the opportunity to opt out of data-gathering entirely.

And before you get going, I know, I know, it’s buggy. The search function isn’t working well if at all, and during peak traffic it can have really long loading times. I accept that as a given for a new social network to which, yes, many Facebook users are genuinely fleeing. I’m not sure I love the design, and you can’t embed videos. Keep reading »

Amorous Polish Donkeys Reunited At Zoo After Slut-Shamey Separation

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It isn’t just teenaged girls who are slut-shamed for their sexual behavior. A pair of donkeys at a zoo in Poznan, Poland were unfairly and unjustly separated after their “amorous” “lovemaking” upset local mothers.  Keep reading »

Shock-Absorbent Pneumatic High Heels: I Have So Many Questions

Designer Silvia Fado has constructed a new line of high heels that use shock-absorbent pneumatics, hydraulics, and rubber, and design normally reserved for sports footwear to create an ergonomic high-heeled experience.

I won’t even ask if you can afford buying them because the answer is “probably not”: On Fado’s page for the Kinetic Traces footwear line, there are no prices, just an invitation to contact them if you’d like to have a pair made for yourself (a commercial line will be out later in the year). They are truly beautiful shoes, albeit — to me, at least — kind of intimidating. I’m recovering from a jacked-up ankle and I want none of that. Keep reading »

Yes, I Have Emotional Disorders; No, I Won’t Be Ashamed Of It

Women + Mental Illness
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I’ve said it briefly before, but I want to say it again in more depth: I’m not ashamed of my emotional disorder. In the six months since I started writing for a living, I’ve had a rash of people — okay, trolls — on the internet writing e-mails, leaving comments, and even writing blogs about my mental stability, but specifically saying that there’s something “wrong” with me.

I mean, kind of. I have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. I don’t think I’ve ever said explicitly why: Because I was in a long-term, abusive relationship, and because six months after I left it, I was raped. On top of that, I was diagnosed with ADHD when I was 13, and I’ve gone through a slew of diagnoses to figure out exactly why I feel emotions as intensely as I do, and my doctors and I have recently settled on it being sort of a generalized personality disorder — not exactly one or the other of those listed in the DSM-V. Keep reading »

This Brilliant Spoof Of “Girlfriend Intervention” Is Everything

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Fairy Blackmothers To The Rescue

A new Lifetime show, “Girlfriend Intervention,” invites a group of black women (or, as the show calls them, “sisters”) to make over a white woman (a “basic”) and help her find her inner “strong black woman.” Yes, this is an actual show! On TV! How this racist mess got past multiple executives and onto the air without even one of them questioning whether it’s obscenely problematic boggles the mind. Stand-up comedian Phoebe Robinson and her friend Jessica Williams from “The Daily Show” decided to replicate “Girlfriend Intervention” on real-life New York City streets, and the results are every bit as amazing as you think.

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