Hoochie Mama – The Other White Meat and Razor Wire Pubic Hair: Books as Stranger Repellent

A version of this entry appeared previously on Snarky's Machine As a person who does not particularly enjoy unsolicited social engagement, I find myself locked in an epic battle to protect my precious SAUs (social attention units). I am constantly road testing strategies to ensure this adorable and accessible looking face doesn’t start interactions this … Continue reading Hoochie Mama – The Other White Meat and Razor Wire Pubic Hair: Books as Stranger Repellent

Miss Conduct’s Mind Over Manners: A Very Belated Review

As you probably also know by now, the Boston Globe's etiquette columnist Miss Conduct, also known as Robin Abrahams, is a good friend of the blog. I did not, however, get an advance copy of her new book by promising to review it; instead, I had to win my galley fair and square via superior … Continue reading Miss Conduct’s Mind Over Manners: A Very Belated Review

Yes Means Yes! Virtual Tour: Q&A with Kimberly Springer

OK, so nobody who reads this blog can be unaware that Yes Means Yes! is out, and I'm in it, and you should buy it, and I FELL DOWN FOUR TIMES FOR YOU PEOPLE. But we haven't talked much about the other contributors so far. Because, you know, I really like to talk about myself. … Continue reading Yes Means Yes! Virtual Tour: Q&A with Kimberly Springer

On Twilight, romance, and antifeminist ideas

The other day, Sweet Machine alerted me to a new study about the influence of media on relationship ideals. According to BBC News, the study found that people who watch a lot of romantic comedies have unrealistic and harmful ideas about relationships -- they were more likely to believe in destiny when it comes to … Continue reading On Twilight, romance, and antifeminist ideas

So that weight loss book thing…

Paul and Marianne have already covered this story about a study of 9 to 13-year-old girls involved in one of Duke University's weight loss programs, which found that girls assigned to read a book with a weight loss story line ("Lake Rescue") lost a little bit more weight than girls who read a non-diet book, … Continue reading So that weight loss book thing…