We love it when we’re on-trend. Earlier this month, we showed you how to make really cute button earrings and how to embroider a notebook. We thought crafts would make really thoughtful gifts. And apparently the rest of the country did also because craft sales are up. Noticing less figures in their bank balances, holiday gift-givers have decided to make their presents or purchase handmade items from others. “With the recession, people are looking for ways to save money, and doctors are recommending [crafting] as a major form of stress relief,” said Victor Domine, a spokesman for the Craft & Hobby Association trade group. One woman stitched cable-knit coffee sleeves for her friends to use instead of the cardboard ones. But creativity-challenged gift-givers are also choosing to go the handmade route, purchasing gifts from our favorite online marketplace Etsy and others. [New York Times] Keep reading »
Don’t want to give you baby girl some plastic doll with a wack sense of what women look like? Well, check out DYKEdolls, an alternative action figure that positively portrays ladies and the lesbian lifestyle. Just look at the adorable family of Kelly, Christine and baby Soo! Or how about a total Betty in a basketball uniform? There’s even a gayelle Cali skater chick! Now these are gals we’d all like to play with…regardless of sexual orientation. [DykeDolls.com via Buzzfeed] Keep reading »
The Obama family gathered to scatter the ashes of his maternal grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, who died at age 86 just a few days before his historic Presidential victory. [Oahu, Hawaii, 12/23/08] Keep reading »
If you’re a woman who drinks even moderately, you may have a harder time judging a guy’s level of hotness than women who never drink. A new study suggests that women who have even as few as five drinks a month “were less able to detect male facial symmetry, a marker of attractiveness and good genes.” Even when sober, researcher Dr. Kirsten Oinonen said, “these women are worse at judging facial symmetry, and therefore may find less attractive men more attractive.” The researchers say the results also suggest alcohol has a long term effect on the brain, reducing its visual perception abilities, but they aren’t sure how long the effects last or whether they are permanent.
I’m not sure how much of a drinker Jennifer Lopez is, but this could explain some things. Can you think of any other beautiful women who just might have beer goggles to blame for their unattractive mates? [Telegraph.co.uk]
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The Times says there’s a new brand of feminist on the march: Noughties. Instead of old school feminism, in which, to varying degrees, women worked together to achieve a common goal, the new new feminism is like a gender politics remix: “It’s like a pick-and-mix feminism, where you can choose the bits you care about yourself.” Want to wear lipstick? Go for it. Want to grow your armpit hair out? Why not. Theoretically, at least, there’s no “bad” or “good” feminists, but a rainbow of feminist beliefs from which women can pick and choose as they see fit, whether it’s sexual politics in the bedroom or protesting against discrimination in the streets. While this new brand of feminism sounds a lot like the late 90′s post-feminist movement to me, the neo-feminists promise theirs is a diverse movement within which all women can finally unite. So, what do you think? Is feminism dead in the water, or is it alive and kicking? [Times] Keep reading »
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In case you have trouble reading bottom-to-top, this says, “Love is always the appropriate reaction.” [Photo: Kristie Borgmann]
Have you seen graffiti that’s kind of sweet (even if it is against the law)? Send your pic to firstname.lastname@example.org. Keep reading »
Donating to a charity will make you feel good about yourself and will help your community, country or planet. And if you make that donation before 2008 ends, it will also help your financial situation because you’ll be able to write off the donation on your taxes in 2009. If you don’t have a favorite charity already, here are some suggestions:
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital provides patient care for children afflicted with cancer and other catastrophic diseases and researches these diseases.
The World Wildlife Fund aims to protect natural areas and wild populations of plants and wildlife worldwide. But if you’d like to give locally, check out Animal Charities of America, which is a nonprofit federation that pre-screens high quality national charities working to protect animals.
The National Veterans Foundation brings awareness to the needs of America’s veterans. It also provides veterans and families in need with food, clothing, transportation, employment and other essential resources.
The Natural Resources Defense Council works to restore Earth’s air, land and water and defends endangered natural places.
If you can’t afford to make a monetary donation now, you can also make an in-kind donation or volunteer your time. Keep reading »