We live in a patriarchal society, where men lead and determine much of our what happens in our lives. But this isn’t the way it is in certain parts of the world. Argentinean writer Ricardo Coler spent two months living with the Mosuo in southern China, where it’s a matriarchy, and he spoke to Spiegel Online about the experience. Turns out, if men turned over their power to us, their lives would be way better (and ours would have differed pluses and minuses). Keep reading »
Every time I get all skeptical about this whole l-o-v-e thing, something happens to pull me back. Earlier this week, Frank and Anita Milford Devon, Britain’s oldest married couple, celebrated their 81st anniversary. The two met at a YMCA dance in 1926 and got hitched two years later. Today, they are both 101 and have two children (their son is now 74), five grandkids, and seven great-grandkids. And I thought making it to six-months was a big deal? Three cheers for old people! [BBC] Keep reading »
Our life’s to-do list — things we need to buy at the drugstore, ingredients for the butternut squash soup recipe we’ve been dying to make, reminders to make doctor and dentist appointments — is contained on scraps of paper and the back of receipts scattered throughout our apartment and various handbags. These notes are cluttering up our life and, frankly, making us forget what we were supposed to do. So now we’ve started carrying around this little notebook, which is the perfect size for toting everywhere, and, as it says on its cover, the paper is the “most advanced quality” and “gives best writing features.” Basically, it’s the most charming notebook we’ve ever encountered. [$3.25, The Daily Planner]
We’re giving away five Apica notebooks, but you have to work if you want your nails to look good. The five best commenters for this coming week — from today, Friday, May 29 through Thursday, May 4 — will be awarded with one. So, be as clever, smart, and original as you can! Click HERE to read the official rules.
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We’ve all read about that so-called dastardly “hugging epidemic” that is sweeping the nation’s youth like The Jitterbug (or oral sex parties) and spurring quick-thinking middle and high schools to ban hugs.
But though we chuckle at the idea that in 2009, school administrators are whipping out the “Keep six inches between you for the Holy Spirit!” line of rhetoric, the Affection Police are actually pretty effed-up. Contrary to what Principal Skinner might have you believe, humans aren’t affectionate just because we like copping a feel—we may have a biological imperative to bond. Keep reading »
Most of us have some body hangup, whether we hate our hair (“Too curly!” “Too straight!”) or bodies (“My boobs are too small!” “My boobs are too big!”). For many Asian women, it’s the lack of an eye crease — some Asians don’t have defined indentations above their eye, which is called a “double eyelid.” The trouble, women claim, is that this “single eyelid” look makes them appear tired or mad.
Eye surgery is a very popular procedure, but now the Japanese have created a product to fix this “problem,” at least temporarily: Koji Technical Eye Tape. The tape can be applied on top of makeup in the morning to create this coveted “deep lid” look. While it sounds wacky, it’s probably not any weirder than other things we do in the name of beauty. And it’s a lot less dramatic than going under the knife. What do you think? [Koji Technical Eye Tape, Amazon] Keep reading »
Taylor’s blue and silver sparkly hotness wasn’t the only thing that totally shined this morning on the “Today” show. After the jump, you can catch the teen Queen’s stunning performance. [NYC, 5/29/09] Keep reading »
When it came to my dating life, I wasn’t sure I should listen to Patti Stanger, host of Bravo’s “The Millionaire Matchmaker” and author of the book Become Your Own Matchmaker: 8 Easy Steps for Attracting Your Perfect Mate. Could someone hoisting a gold, ruby-encrusted Cupid’s arrow on her book cover, whose ample bosom was jammed into a white Liberace pantsuit, help me, an outdoorsy New Yorker with an A cup seeking a sweet, humble, non-cologne wearing guy with no roommates?
I was doubtful. But as an early thirties lady swinging and missing on the New York dating scene, I figured, “What have you got to lose, Singles McGonigle?” See if she’s got some news you can use. Keep reading »
So many characteristics supposedly hint at your personality — from your hair color to your height. Now, a new study from psychologist Glenn Wilson (and sponsored by a chain of bars) says the way you hold your glass tells what kind of person you are. Keep reading »
I was poking around on YouTube yesterday, looking for something fun and Friday-ish to post today, and I came across this ancient clip of futuristic fashion predictions from designers of the 1930s. I actually sort of like the first look they highlight — a dress that “can be adapted for morning, afternoon or evening.” Apparently, it’s the “sleeves what does it!” you see. And I love how one designer imagines women in “AD 2000″ wearing dresses made of netting “to catch the males.” Hand’s down, the best prediction is the electric headlight women will wear in their hair to help them “find an honest man.” Interestingly, the designers were spot-on in their prediction that guys of the future would wear phones, though I’m sure they could never have predicted the fashion faux pas of the clip-on cell. And too bad our modern men don’t all carry “candy for cuties,” as the designers imagined. Keep reading »
If your bedroom buddy has been sporting the same skivvies over and over, it may be a sign that the recession is still in full throttle. According to economist Alan Greenspan, the former Federal Reserve chief, underwear sales are a great indicator of the economy’s status. Over the course of 2008, male underwear sales declined by 12%; as we all know, GDP took a sharp drop as well. So just in case you didn’t already have enough on your mind during the brutal economic meltdown, you now have to worry about (and be wary of) your dude’s holey undies, too. Here’s hoping the economy—and our boyfriends’ boxer collection—are on the rise. Keep reading »