I, for one, applaud RoseChasm for her courage to speak honestly. I didn't interpret her essay as an attempt to vilify a nation or a nation's men. I don't blame her for any of the things that happened to her. I don't believe she was attempting to write a scholarly, or even journalistic, piece about harassment and race. She told her story, and it is hers. She owns it and
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Tue, Feb 11, 2014 5:04 PM ESTScared to Talk AboutA CNN iReport about the sexual harassment endured by American college student RoseChasm (her iReport name) during her three-month stay in India went viral a few months ago. Responses poured in. Condolences and apologies. Defenses of Indian men who don't harass women; accusations that she brought it on by making poor choices; frustration that yet again a white woman harassed by brown men draws viral attention while the day-to-day harassment experienced by Indian women goes relatively unnoticed (barring the trial of the men accused of gang-raping an Indian woman in a bus, a horrific attack which resulted in her death).
- If you haven't gotten in on the nail art trend, Valentine's Day is a great excuse to give it a try. Even if you aren't a fan of the holiday, you've got to admit there are some great iconic images to work with. Hearts, lipstick kisses, roses and arrows are perfect little motifs for decorating fingernails. Of course, not everyone has the time or the inclination to create their own nail art. That is the beauty of Valentine's Day nail wraps; all of the artwork is done for you! Applying them is really easy, and depending on how hard you are on your hands, most nail strips can last up to two weeks. Click through the slideshow for adorable nail wraps to sweeten your Valentine's Day. -Sonya Lee Benham Read More »from 10 Pretty Nail Wraps Perfect for Valentine's Day
- Is ADHD Testing in America Going Too Far?Get ready for some real talk about ADHD. In the past 25 years, the number of American children taking medication for ADHD has increased nearly six-fold. In France, however, children diagnosed with ADHD are more likely to be given counseling sessions, not drugs.
Is ADHD treatment in America turning to pills too quickly?
In a recent New York Times piece on "The Selling of Attention Deficit Disorder," Dr. Keith Conners, the original cheerleader to have this illness treated as a neurological problem, makes it clear that he is not proud of the fact that 15 percent of high school-aged kids are now classified as ADHD. Instead, he's now calling the rate of diagnosis "a national disaster of dangerous proportions."
Why is it rising? Marketing. Lots of marketing. Drug manufacturers have succeeded in playing upon the fears of parents and the greed of doctors. Pills are being prescribed at an astonishing rate, while more and more kids - and now their parents, also - are being diagnosed
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Tue, Feb 11, 2014 4:37 PM EST
AMC has come up the ultimate list of the 50 Greatest Romantic Movies. Meg Ryan stars in three of the top fifteen, so you know this list is legit. As we begin the countdown towards Valentine's Day, the pressure is on to come up with romantic plans. But what happens if you can't find a sitter or if you just don't feel like being out with a bunch of newbie love schmucks? What if you are single and don't want to be reminded of it, but still want to celebrate romance? The solution is simple: Stay in! Stay in and make yourself something yummy. Take your menu cues from the movie itself. Of course every movie pairs perfectly with a pint of ice cream, but moving beyond that you can have a lot of fun-finding menu and recipe ideas to elevate movie night beyond yoga pants and microwave popcorn. We've taken the top 7 movies featured in AMC's Greatest Romantic Movie list and come up with a dish and a drink to serve with each film. These food pairings for romance movies are meant to be a jumping offRead More »from 7 Food Pairings Inspired by Your Favorite Romantic Movies
- Babble.com | Parenting – Tue, Feb 11, 2014 4:34 PM ESTAre We Investing Enough in Our Children's Education?This past fall, Delilah started attending public school here in Los Angeles. On the first day, her teacher sent home a note welcoming everyone to her classroom and letting us as parents know what was provided within the school's budget, and what was not. For example, photocopies were not covered. The teachers at Delilah's school are asked to pay for every Xerox out of their own pocket. The same is true of most things being used by our children every day in the classroom - crayons, markers, storybooks, toys. I'd say text books, but our class doesn't use textbooks, the children are given photocopies of workbooks to practice their reading and writing skills. You get the gist. It's not an ideal situation.
Yesterday when a friend of mine who works with students in classrooms all over Los Angeles, posted this photo on Instagram from a school he had been working at nearby - it took me a minute to realize what I was looking at: a map that was outdated by more than two decades, still hangingRead More »from Are We Investing Enough in Our Children's Education?
- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Tue, Feb 11, 2014 4:19 PM ESTWhat Valentine's Day Taught Me About Love, Marriage, and Disappointment
I'll never forget my first Valentine's Day with my husband. We were newly married, pregnant, and finishing up our last semesters of college. We were everything a clichéd young couple in love was supposed to be -- completely broke, living in a run-down, 100-year-old apartment where I'm pretty certain drug deals went down almost every night, and still smitten enough to rush home and play house together every night.
Valentine's Day happened to fall not even two months after we were married, and after what was a pretty stressful season of wedding planning and some subsequent traveling I had to do for work, I was looking forward to spending some quality time relaxing at home with my husband.
I wanted our first official holiday together as a married couple to be perfect -- and not only that, but it was a holiday completed focused on love. It was meant to be.
I spent the entire day blowing off my classes at school, waddling my pregnant self around campus, and blowing up theRead More »from What Valentine’s Day Taught Me About Love, Marriage, and Disappointment
- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Tue, Feb 11, 2014 4:18 PM ESTI Can Decide for Myself How to Be a
The thing about living life as a blogger and writer is that I read a lot of articles and books. Which, being a lifelong lover of the written word, is good for me. But it also causes me to think a lot. And maybe that's not such a good thing. Or maybe that's a great thing. Either way, something has been troubling me lately.
Since I started covering love and relationships topics, I read a lot about love, relationships, and marriage elsewhere, and it seems like in a lot of circles, especially those of the Christian women variety, there is a lot of talk about how to be a good wife and how to have a good and stable marriage. Which, of course, are all good things.
It's just that parts of how the image of a good wife is presented sometimes rubs me the wrong way. It seems like, in many ways, we are looking at the 1950s image of marriage with the housewife and the pearls. There's so much talk about wives making a marriage work and how we can better love our husbands and spice up ourRead More »from I Can Decide for Myself How to Be a “Good Wife,” Thanks
- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Tue, Feb 11, 2014 4:05 PM ESTValentine's Day travel ideas -- I've had plenty of them for years now, but no time to make those ideas a reality. My dream is to get away with my husband one day and relax at an all-inclusive resort, basking in the warm sun and enjoying the warm sand under my toes. I love traveling with my kids, but getting away alone as a couple would be oh-so romantic! In preparation of that day (however far off it may be) I've researched all-inclusive resorts that are for couples only, and to tell you the truth, they all look incredible! Butler service? Check! All-inclusive food and drink? Check, check! The options at some of these resorts are truly endless, and I'm afraid that if I visit I'd never want to leave! Massages pool-side, champagne breakfasts, and spa treatments for couples are just some of the many activities that I could never indulge in while traveling with my kids. They also sound positively dreamy! Have you ever visited an all-inclusive adults-only resort? What was your experience Read More »from 7 Romantic All-Inclusive Resorts for Couples in Honor of Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day is a tricky holiday. The pressure to be "lovey dovey" is on demand, and choosing a thoughtful gift that says, "I love you," can be pretty tough. The trick is to find a gift that is romantic, without being too corny or predictable. Luckily for you, I searched the web and found nine fantastic beauty gifts that she will love! From fragrances and makeup gift sets to adorable cosmetic bags, there are plenty of options to make her day. These gifts are sweet enough for your sweetheart, but work just as well for mothers, sisters, daughters and friends. Flip through the slideshow of my favorite Valentine's Day beauty gifts, and let us know which ones are your favorite! -Sonya Lee Benham
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- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Tue, Feb 11, 2014 3:49 PM ESTWe can talk about body image, media messaging, and weight all we want to, but there are no words that can outweigh an image. The same holds true - maybe even truer - for videos. The viral YouTube video series bluntly titled "Fat Girl Dancing" is making its way around the web in a way that we can only help to want to promote and shove down the throats of middle school girls everywhere. There's not one person who can't benefit from hearing (or better yet, seeing) the body image message that Whitney Way Thore of Greensboro, North Carolina is sending. No one has more of a right to make a statement on weight and body image than someone who's been on all sides of the spectrum. Radio show producer Thore has faced the world through the eyes of 130-pound woman and a 350-pound woman. Better yet, she's lived the life of a 130-pound dancer and a 350-pound dancer. If anyone gets it, it's her.
The formerly thin, self-named "fat girl" of the "Fat Girl Dancing" series posted a clip of herselfRead More »from “Fat Girl Dancing” Video Goes Viral — What All Women Can Learn from Her Confidence