10 Ways To Throw A Bridal Shower That Doesn’t Suck

When I got engaged about a week ago, the questions, inevitably, came pouring in: What’s the date? Where are you registered? Are you planning a shower? My answers were: No idea, I’m not, I’d rather be attacked by a hive of angry bees with no EpiPen nearby. People were aghast. No shower?! Why wouldn’t you want a shower? It’s a party in your honor! Espresso machines as gifts! Enough wine glasses to last through forty years of snapped stems! Expensive-ish linens!

So, I surveyed a group of friends about the shower phenomenon—some of them had been through their own showers, others who had been forced to buck up and attend about 84908923290123 of them like me. Here’s what I thought (and they agreed) would make a bridal shower vaguely tolerable, brides listen up! Keep reading »

A Frog Wedding To Appease Rain God

Oh, Hindu rain god, won’t you please bless this Indian village with rain so defenseless, independent frogs won’t be forced to marry? Villagers in the northeastern In the northeastern state of Asam, marrying frogs is a local custom that villagers say appeases the rain god after a drought. There hasn’t been any rain for the past couple of months, one villager told Reuters. The villager added that she is sure the rain will come soon, now that they have performed the frog wedding. The villagers didn’t take any shortcuts even though this wedding was between amphibians rather than humans, and the priest adhered to Hindu wedding rituals. Local women even gave the “bride” a necklace that she wore with her traditional veil for her big day. “The marriage went off well. Our region is absolutely parched,” said the local priest. “We need rain. We don’t know what else to do.”

Check out the video of the marriage. Surprisingly, the frogs seem to be enjoying the festivities. Keep reading »

Funny Or Douchey: SMUT Maze T-Shirt

Behold the SMUT Maze t-shirt, brought to you by U.K designer, Sascha Quiambao. Based on a Pac-Man-esque design, the shirt shows a maze, at the center of which is a naked woman with spread legs (get it? Eat your way in…). Is the goal here to infuse the overly-done ’80s trend with a bit of cheekiness by adding sex? Or maybe this is a metaphor for the complexities of the female sexual psyche (highly doubtful). If a man hit on me in this shirt, I’d want to rip it off of him, and not in a good way.

What do you think? Funny or douchey? Leave your answer in the comments below! [Design Spotter] Keep reading »

Crave: Tord Boontje Charm Necklace

You may know the name Tord Boontje from those lamps made from bendy metal cutouts of flowers and leaves. (Pronouncing the name? That’s a different story.)

The Dutch designer has now created wearable art with a collection of laser-cut necklaces for Artecnica. Mirroring the style of Boontje’s lamp casings, the interchangeable charms allow you to mix and match designs of birds, flowers, deer, and other nature imagery. Pick from four packets which each have three different charms in either sterling silver or 18-karat gold. We recommend layering to get that mangled yet whimsical look Boontje is so famous for. And we promise you won’t look like you’re wearing a lampshade. [$22 and up, Tord Boontje, Unicahome.com] Keep reading »

Making Art Out Of Toilet Stalls

There are plenty of things that can be done in the bathroom, including, apparently, photo shoots. A Swiss photo studio snapped people in a variety of bathrooms for calendar they made for a client. We can’t imagine looking at one of these for every month of the year. The pictures makes us feel uncomfortable, like we accidentally opened a public restroom door and someone was sitting on the pot. [via Refinery29] Keep reading »

“Womenomics” Authors Say Working Mothers Should Just Say “No” To More Work

“No means no” is a phrase feminists have successfully integrated into the lexicon to use in halting unwanted sexual advances. And now some feminists are arguing the next terrain for “no means no” should be for cutting back on above-the-call-of-duty hours spent in the workplace.

So says the new book “Womenomics: Write Your Own Rules For Success,” by Claire Shipman, senior national correspondent for ABC News’ “Good Morning America” and mom of two, and Katty Kay, Washington correspondent and anchor for “BBC World News America” and mom of four. Their argument, as described by Salon:

[The authors] call for women to say no to 60-plus-hour work weeks and overly demanding jobs that yank them away from their families. Instead, they urge working women to use their clout in the workplace to demand fewer hours at the office, turn down non-family-friendly assignments, and take control of their time by working from home more, checking e-mail less and avoiding meetings whenever possible.

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Joe Jonas Wants Someone To Put A Ring On It

The Jonas Brothers are a little behind on putting out a “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” tribute, but we still appreciate Joe Jonas’ attempt at doing Beyonce’s signature moves while wearing a unitard and heels. Our only question: How does he not know all the words?! Keep reading »

DIY Wedding Overload

Dear Brides and Brides-to-be,

Seriously, has it really come to this? Are some of you actually growing your own salads for your wedding receptions now? And if you aren’t, the Telegraph thinks you should. In a series called “Grow Your Own Wedding,” the newspaper published an article today that laid out what to sow and grow and mix together, from “Ruben Lettuce” to, I kid you not, fennel bulbs, to create your own perfect wedding day salad. Thank God I’m keeping my engagement short and getting married next month, because I don’t think I could possibly stand another half a year of this silliness. Everywhere I turn to for ideas or advice, I’m completely inundated with this DIY crap. Look, I get that it can be fun to get all crafty and put your own personal stamp on your BIG, SPECIAL DAY, but I have to draw the line at lining my RSVP envelopes and growing my own fennel, and maybe you should to. Keep reading »

Quick Pic: WTF Is A Smash Shack?

It’s exactly what it sounds like. Businesswoman Sarah Lavely created Sarah’s Smash Shack after she was dumped by her husband of 12 years. The Shack is a place for women — and men — to take out their love frustrations by smashing anything in sight. The breakable goods are provided, but jilted lovers are encouraged to bring their ex’s old crap to destroy. Lavely says people come out of the Smash Shack much calmer and less angry. [San Diego, 6/3/09] Keep reading »

So Women Can’t Be Bosses, Huh?

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“Tess McGill” (“Working Girl”)

How’s this for a topic — “Why Women Can’t Be Bosses” according to the boys at Ask Men. Oh, okay fellas, we’ll bite. Paul Thompson kick starts his screed with a nod to the “leaps and bounds” women have made towards “fairness” in the workplace. (Like rallying against the “alleged” improper treatment that is sexual harassment!) Then he goes on to explain that the glass ceiling exists for an important reason and cites four reasons why women are “absolute train wrecks in positions of workplace authority.” Unfortunately, he doesn’t bother to include examples of this being true, though he does slide in the cliched “Hillary Clinton is a man” reference. Keep clicking to read Thompson’s arguments and my responses, alongside photos of some seriously kick ass female bosses in real life and in pop culture.

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