I know we’re all sick of hearing Todd Akin’s name, but I think you might not mind this latest bit of news about him. The Renegade Raging Grannies have brought us many saucy, awareness-raising songs about corruption and stupidity in the government. Their commentary on issues from war, to offshore drilling, to the rights of transgendered individuals (and lots more topics) makes me giddy with excitement. These are truly badass ladies who tell it like it ... Read More
Let's face it-- The Internet is probably destroying our attention spans and making us all slightly dumber. But on the plus side, without it, we’d never be exposed to so many amazing cat photos from around the world. I’ve compiled a short list of some of the cutest cats on Instagram and the Internet, so get them in your feed, stat--they’re guaranteed to make you smile. Snoopybabe (pictured above) is perhaps my favorite cat on Instagram. He (or ... Read More
We all have 'em: that thing we cook when we don't want to think about cooking; our favorite home-cooked dinner that's quick and easy, but a few steps above a bowl of cereal or peanut-butter-and-jelly-sandwich for dinner. When I was a kid, my mom hated cooking and my dad had very strict restrictions on what he wanted to eat. That meant we basically ate the same 7 dinners, in rotation, week after week. Sunday was always steak; Friday was always roast chicken. In ... Read More
A 19th-century artist designed a "map" to the woman’s heart, “exhibiting its internal communications, and the facilities and dangers to Travelers therein." It may seem innocuous, but this piece of odd artwork spells out a lot about the culture's ideas of what was important to women back then.The map heavily emphasizes vanity and self-centeredness: Love of Display, Love of Dress, and Love of Admiration take up a lot of the landscape. Below these areas, ... Read More
  Women are chatting about all sorts of issues in salons, but we're not talking about spots where you can get your hair cut and colored. Glynda Carr and Kimberly Peeler-Allen of Higher Heights for America (which they founded in 2011) are organizing social gatherings where intellectual conversations and cultural discussions ensue--the kinds of salons that have been held for centuries.   (Above, a 17th-century women's salon) Higher Heights creates ... Read More