Talk to me!

Hello, for an article for a nice women’s mag I’m looking to speak to women (pref UK, over 30) who’ve used a happiness/mood-improving/mood-tracking mobile app and have any opinion on it, for a brief chat by phone or poss. email. I’d probably need to use at least your first name in the finished piece, but may be able to change it if your story is particularly sensitive.

Please email me at dianeshipleyworks @ gmail.com if this is you, and please pass it along if it isn’t, safe in the knowledge that endless positive karma will come your way. Probably. Thanks!

"The scrunchies will then be sent on to the male subjects who will – here comes the creepy bit – dampen one before wiping it on their upper lips."
Tags | science | scrunchies | huh |
"Tampons were packed with their strings connecting them, like a strip of sausages, so they wouldn’t float away. Engineers asked Ride, “Is 100 the right number?” She would be in space for a week. “That would not be the right number,” she told them. At every turn, her difference was made clear to her. When it was announced Ride had been named to a space flight mission, her shuttle commander, Bob Crippen, who became a lifelong friend and colleague, introduced her as “undoubtedly the prettiest member of the crew.” At another press event, a reporter asked Ride how she would react to a problem on the shuttle: “Do you weep?”"

Astronaut Sally Ride and the Burden of Being “The First” (via yahighway)

Men don’t appreciate the amount of self-control women have to exercise in order not to spend their entire lives facepalming.

(via vulvanity)

OMG.

(Source: dinosaurparty)

catfoodfaces:

Wry face.

I made a (pretty silly) new Tumblr.

catfoodfaces:

Wry face.

I made a (pretty silly) new Tumblr.

Tags | cats | cat food faces | art | animals | wtf |
"Do you remember when Andre Agassi won Wimbledon in 1992, all scruffy-chic with bleached blond hair? How about when Venus Williams’ dad said that Serena would be even more successful and no one believed him? Or when Brits were so desperate for a champion that we resorted to rooting for Greg Rusedski and his collection of bandanas? I remember it all, vividly. And I have my grandmother to thank."

My Wimbledon Gran slam win | Life and style | The Guardian

My tribute to my grandma and why Wimbledon means so much to me is in The Guardian today. (Thanks to my writing goals partner Amy Whipple for saying “you should write about that”.)

"The fourth (fourth!) season of Jerry Seinfeld’s web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee premiered today with guest Sarah Jessica Parker, who is neither a comedian, nor a car, nor coffee. The premiere would have come and gone without much of the Internet noticing, had Jerry Seinfeld not written and performed the incredible new theme song himself."

Is Jerry Seinfeld OK?

I feel like I could write at least 5000 words about this episode, including the fact that Jerry compliments SJP for being able to drive. (Does anyone else think he’s only ever heard of like, 5 women?)

"Where did this idea come from— that if you raise the minimum wage, there’ll be an economic disaster? That if you give poor people money they’ll just hoard it, that the money just disappears into a black hole and everybody stops hiring and unemployment soars because it’s too expensive to hire people…?
You know what happens when you give poor people a bigger cash flow?
Suddenly we’re not living paycheck to paycheck. We don’t have to choose between paying the electric bill and the groceries, we can actually cover both. Suddenly we’re not nervously eyeballing the first of the month, because covering rent is no big deal.
We get that funny noise in the car engine fixed even if it’s several hundred dollars, instead of just putting up with the knocking and driving to work with our teeth gritted and fingers crossed every day waiting for the car to just up and die (and then end up spending several thousand on a new used car— being poor can actually be very expensive). We get the house’s leaky windows patched up and hey, the heating bill just went down, look at that. We’re less tempted to rack up debt on credit cards buying— not luxuries, but essential things like food or medicine.
We’ll pay for nannies and babysitters for our kids so we can show up to work that job flipping your burgers. We’ll pay for after-school programs and extracurricular activities so our kids are happy, socialized, and well-rounded.
We’ll funnel that money into more books, movie tickets, weekend getaways, art supplies, a hobby vegetable garden, community involvement, whatever— things that enrich our lives and take away the stress of the working day, because we’re no longer sinking all our time and energy into two or three jobs just to scrape up enough to make the most meager of ends meet. We’ll buy gifts for our loved ones on holidays. We’ll go out to eat more, shop for clothes more— patronizing the businesses that hire minimum wage workers. (How ‘bout that.)
We might put some money in a savings account, yes, but eventually spend it— on major purchases like college or a house, or spend it when retirement rolls around. But by and large all that extra money gets fed right back into the local economy— by workers who are more likely to be happy, less likely to be stressed and exhausted.
I’m not saying having more income will magically fix all problems min-wage workers have. But it will take care of the biggest ones, and enable us to take care of many more.
And you can be damn sure if you give us more income the one thing we won’t be doing with it is hiding it in a mattress and never spending it.
Rich people do that."

dr-cupcakes:

So Lost Girl and Orphan Black are fangirling over Orange is the New Black.

!!

Tags | TV |
"Feminism is changing—we’re changing with it! Our legendary women’s vertical launched as “Dworkinville” (2001-2007), was renamed “Ladies.biz” after a rollup (2008-2009), then re-rebranded as “Slutbox Junction” (2010-2014). Now we’re just calling the site “Tits” and targeting it to men 15-79. Our last editor (aka Edit Queen) left to work for some magazine with salaries, so we need a new QUEEN, TITS. Who is the ideal candidate? He or she is a fifth-to-ninth wave feminist who can speak with authority about the patriarchy while mollifying advertisers and reviewing panties, simultaneously appealing to men but never mentioning the issue of class. If that’s you, send us a photo of you at the beach."
Tags | journalism | feminism |
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