Longfellow’s Christmas Lunch

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It’s just after eight in the morning and I’m eating Pork Pie for breakfast.  Which means but one thing.  So I’ll simply say

HAPPY CHRISTMAS

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A Rant on Ripa and Huffington Post

Cheri Speak

Today  Ariana Huffington’s Huffingnton Post had a story about Kelly Ripa’s abs titled, “Kelly Ripa’s Abs Put Pretty Much Everyone Else’s To Shame“…

Umm, do we really care about Ripa’s “ripped” abs or should we care more that the woman looks fucking anorexic?

Shouldn’t we be more concerned for…

A) Kelly Ripa’s health and status as a role model

B) The mental health and marriages of all women

C) Marriage and divorce statistics based on cheating

D) The physical and mental  health of girl children

When will media — alternative or otherwise, stop the assault on women?

Not only does media coverage like this — along with myriad other examples, make many women feel their bodies are less-than desirable, the constant bombardment of unhealthy and or fake imagery we are faced with affects our lives in more ways than just a woman’s own self-image.

Men are convinced all women…

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Women’s News: Men Have Body Image Issues, Too

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Man confronts his murky image in the mirror.

Kate Fridkis

Blogger, Eat The Damn Cake

People think body image is only about girls and women.

When I say I write about body image, sometimes people say, “Oh, women’s issues.”

And they are right. And they are wrong.

We have imagined these big immigration fences around so many issues, as though no women can get out and no men can get in. A friend of mine who works for a domestic violence prevention organization, discussing Steubenville, pointed out that so often, we talk about saving women, but we don’t talk about educating men. We talk about ourselves as though we are born into separate camps and then stay there, sometimes harmed for practically inexplicable reasons by the people in the other camp, sometimes simply dealing with issues that don’t affect them, that they can’t really comprehend.

I don’t think we should ever turn a conversation about rape survivors into…

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Women’s Health: ‘You Look Fine’: How We Wish Women Saw Themselves (PHOTO)

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Lots of women have a complicated relationship with their mirror. It’s a useful — and often necessary — tool and often a great addition to your decor, but looking in it too often with a critical eye can seriously mess you up.

Bloggers like Kjerstin Gruys and Autumn Whitefield-Madrano have even gone on “mirror fasts” to remind themselves of how life can be without the constant need to assess your appearance. “I was a bride-to-be and I started trying on wedding dresses, and instead of feeling excited and blissful, … I caught myself being really critical about my body,” said Gruys in a video on her website. “At a certain point you have to ask yourself the question, ‘what’s more important to my happiness? Being beautiful or feeling beautiful?'”

Yesterday, we stumbled across a photo on Reddit that emphasizes that message offeeling beautiful. What if when women looked in…

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Women’s News: Emotions and Work

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Dr. Peggy Drexler

Author, research psychologist and gender scholar

An exasperated Tom Hanks, in A League of Their Own, told his sobbing female right fielder: “There’s no crying in baseball,” creating a catch phrase for the ages. He also raised a question. Does the same hold true for the office?

I’ve written about crying in the workplace in the past. But it occurred to me — what about emotion in general? Is it good? Is it bad? Should it be checked at the door? Or have the rules changed with the rising importance of emotional IQ — becoming more attuned to our emotions and those of others?

The answer was obvious in the days when the tough-guy workplace was organized by dominance and fueled by testosterone. Showing emotion — especially the weepy variety — was like wetting your pants in the school yard: a life-altering event.

If a workplace…

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Women’s News: 9 Things We’d Rather Do Than Waste Time Counting Calories

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A woman standing on bathroom scales

According to a new survey, women spend a whole lot of time counting calories — 127 hours a year, to be exact.

A SodaStream-commissioned survey found that women think about dieting for about 21 minutes per day. Over a 67-year life span (and let’s all hope we’re living longer than that), it comes out to 355 days — about a year — of time wasted obsessing over our weights. According to the Daily Mail, men who participated thought about dieting only slightly less than women at 18 minutes per day.

It’s important to take this data with a grain of salt, as the sample was not necessarily representative of the overall population, but these results are sadly unsurprising. Most of us are painfully aware that we live in a diet-obsessed, body-“perfection”-obsessed society. It’s easier said than done, but we’d probably all be a lot more productive if we…

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