Stop Talking to Girls this Way

Pink posted this message to Twitter. I think it was supposed to be a jab at Kim Kardashian in all her nudity. Thanks but no thanks. You do not get to tellĀ other women that using their body, their sex, their tits or their asses to get attention isn’t okay when this is your profile picture. That’s not how the world works. Girls and young women may or may not use T&A to get ahead. Pink is certainly familiar how that works for us in certain industries. Proof:   You can …

Oh Your Mother Never Ripped Her Bra Off at the Dinner Table? You’re So Fancy

Jane used to love soccer. These days Jane likes soccer. I think after having experienced volleyball she’s decided that it’s a lot of fun to play a sport where people don’t knock you over, pull your hair, whisper “bitch” in your ear and slidetackle you arbitrarily. She was going to try out for the soccer team but it became clear to her that she wouldn’t get a lot of play time (she’s a Freshman and there’s only one team – it’s Varsity) if she made the team. She had convinced …

Where Have All the Women Gone?

Sometime around 1980 LAUSD opened it’s first computer magnet. My mother ran the computer lab. She didn’t have much in the way of a budget for networking but she did have kids. Mom and my brother spent weekends “making the phone talk to the computer” and ultimately networked with an elementary school in Russia where they video conferenced. To give this all context AOL launched in 1983. We know there’s a dearth of women in programming, engineering, math and other sciences and academics often try to explain why. Sandberg asks …

Men are Such Whiners

Mr. G had his surgery Thursday. He came home in a drug induced haze and my mother handed him a bell to ring so he could summon me. The ringing of the bell was unpleasant but very likely felt about 8,000 times better than my husband’s head did after being cut open. As much as that bell irritated me, my husband never did. Maybe I live in an alternate universe but I’m really surprised when the first things folks expect to hear from me is that my husband is a …

If Stripping is Recession Proof it Makes Sense to Get the Kids Started Young

Times are tough. I know that here in America we’ve added back a lot of jobs but The Great Recession knocked the wind out of our collective sails. Apparently Canada is having trouble too because some parents are signing their daughters up for for a series of pole dancing classes. Oh, and when I say daughters I mean kids. And when I say kids I mean girls because everyone who is anyone sees a pole and doesn’t think FIREFIGHTER they think STRIPPER! There’s a trend now towards having kids specialize …