Posts Tagged: ‘women’

In September 2013, TIME magazine asked whether murder shows are the “new soap operas for women,” judging by the meteoric rise of Investigation Discovery, a 24-7 cable true crime extravaganza. Launched barely five years ago, Investigation Discovery (ID) has attracted an overwhelmingly female audience rabid for shows about horrific crimes, including lovers-turned-murders, housewives-turned-sociopaths and run-of-the-mill stranger danger. Now, ID claims the 8th-highest cable TV slot among women 25 to 54 years old — but why?

Tags: , , , , , , ,

On June 21, 2013, Britain unveiled a new ‘blue plaque’ historical marker commemorating the block where Doreen Valiente resided before she died in 1999. The ceremony falling on the summer solstice was intentional and significant since Valiente is considered the “mother of modern witchcraft,” and the summer solstice coincides with the Wiccan celebration of Litha. […]

Tags: , , , , , ,

If I had a dollar for every time I’ve seen a social media comment along the lines of “why are Halloween costumes for women so sexy??!” I’d have enough money to march over to my neighborhood Halloween superstore and buy a sexy French fries costume. For young women these days, the process of choosing a Halloween costume usually starts with the question of “to sexy, or not to sexy?” (or in my mind, “to be warm, or not to be warm on a chilly October night?”)…

Tags: , , , , , ,

Before men started wearing the crotch-covering legging we call trousers, everybody wore skirts in one form or fashion (see also: loincloths, tunics, togas, kilts, etc.). And why not? Skirts are far simpler to construct and facilitate more cooling air flow to the nether regions, which would’ve been a godsend in the pre-air conditioning days. But then, thanks to the rise of horseback infantries, trousers (see also: breeches, codpieces, tights, etc.) became the below-the-belt manly uniform of the masculine masses.

Western women, meanwhile, continued wearing skirts, and not just simple wrap-around numbers. We’re talking multi-layered, heavy, floor-length ensembles often further supported and puffed out with the assistance of cage crinoline, petticoats, bustles, or other clunky foundation garments, depending on the era (see also: corsets).

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

One part of Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead” that resonated with me most immediately didn’t deal with getting along in the workplace. Rather, it was her advice on dating and the household division of labor that made me put down the book for a moment and ponder.

In chapters eight and nine, she discusses how to “Make Your Partner a Real Partner” and “The Myth of Doing It All,” two topics that have been on my mind a great deal in the past year as I’ve moved in with my boyfriend and merged our lives more than ever before. Sandberg says of dating and mating: “I truly believe that the single most important career decision that a woman makes is whether she will have a life partner and who that partner is,”…

Tags: , , , , , ,

In 1978, Oberlin psychologists Pauline Clance and Suzanne Imes coined the term “impostor syndrome” to describe an underlying feeling of being a fraud that often results in undercutting one’s accomplishments. In part two of our four-part series on Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In,” Caroline and I unpack the imposter syndrome in the workplace and explore how to banish that fear because it seems to particularly affect successful women. Sandberg writes that she first heard about imposter syndrome while attending a speech called “Feeling Like a Fraud” by Dr. Peggy McIntosh from the Wellesley Centers for Women, and she later told Salon, “I believe that had I not heard that speech, I would not have the job that I have.”

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Before studying up for our Stuff Mom Never Told You episode, “Hollywood Stuntwomen,” I didn’t know too much about what it takes to become a butt-kicking, fast-driving, fire-walking stunt double on the big screen aside from possessing inborn fearlessness and a passion for exercise. Nor did it occur to me how the being a woman stunt double comes with unique challenges that arguably makes their jobs more challenging than that of stunt performing men

Tags: , , , ,

Way back when in 2009, one of the early episodes of Stuff Mom Never Told You on the topic of women and negotiation struck a major chord with me. The gist of it was dismal: working women don’t negotiate their salaries nearly as much or as aggressively as men do, and I was one of those working women. Up until that point, I hadn’t done a good job negotiating for myself, and even though I relatively fresh out of college, it was a stinging realization because it felt like I was already off on the wrong foot — or at least the lower-earning foot…

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Earlier this summer, Stuff Mom Never Told You listener Pauline wrote in with an intriguing podcast suggestion: Over the past few days I read several times a statement that goes like this: Women form 50% of the world’s population They perform 66% of the world’s paid and unpaid work Produce 50% of its food Earn […]

Tags: , , , ,

Although De Beers has been trying to convince us that “diamonds are forever” since 1947 when copy writer Frances Gerety coined the iconic slogan, the gemstones’ popularity traces back around 600 years. Up until the mid-1400s, diamonds not only were rare, coming exclusively from India, but cut diamonds also were often sanctioned only for kings and religious iconography. Some royal edicts even forbade non-royals, especially women, from wearing them. But by the mid-1400s, wealthy women would accessorize with diamond jewelry, a trend commonly attributed to Agnes Sorel, mistress of French King Charles VII (see: Joan of Arc) who was also known as Dame de Beauté, or Lady of Beauty.

Tags: , , , , , ,

Recent Postings by Category