I used to say that if I had a perfect body, I'd love to be a stripper. There are many, many good reasons why no one ought to be a stripper, no matter how good a body they have, but leaving aside all those issues, my perception of stripping, the way I thought about it, was in terms of power. Having a beautiful body that was wanted, lusted after, desired madly, having control of other people's desire just because you were beautiful--it sounded like everything I wanted, and everything I thought I didn't have and could never have.
Anne asks that you keep calling bullsh*t on the beauty ideal.
I still don't have the perfect body, and I am still not entirely convinced that the sight of my bare limbs and undulating pelvis will drive the world wild with yearning, aching, tingling in the pants...except, why not? Why shouldn't I feel sexy enough and hot enough and, most importantly, I guess, strong and brave enough to strip down in front of no, not roaring crowds, but my sweetheart? He loves my
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I used to say that if I had a perfect body, I'd love to be a stripper. There are many, many good reasons why no one ought to be a stripper, no matter how good a body they have, but leaving aside all those issues, my perception of stripping, the way I thought about it, was in terms of power. Having a beautiful body that was wanted, lusted after, desired madly, having control of other people's desire just because you were beautiful--it sounded like everything I wanted, and everything I thought I didn't have and could never have.Read More »from Naked: Stripping down
Read More »from Delicious: Hearty vegetarian meal ideas
Vegetarians get a rap for being "picky"--it's a knee-jerk kind of description to which I cop having made myself before. If you don't eat meat, then clearly you are picky, because who doesn't eat meat! It should be the front and center of every meal! Except research shows that reducing meat means reducing the calories, cholesterol, hormones in your diet, as well as reducing your environmental footprint drastically: the meat industry's a pretty scary thing.
It doesn't have to be vegetarians versus meat eaters, let us explain why.
So let's say we all agree that meat eaters oughtn't eat so much meat. What's a picky, grumbling, meat-missing eater to do? Wise Bread has got some excellent, very hearty vegetarian meal ideas for anyone who wants to reduce the amount of animal protein in their diet and thinks that all vegetarian food is salads and sad piles of tofu. And they're the comforting, filling kinds of foods that are so satisfying as the nights get cooler and darker, too. You can't find
- Glamour Magazine | Parenting – Tue, Sep 16, 2008 8:43 PM EDT
Rachael Ray suspects that one of the easiest ways to get kids interested in nutrition and decrease the picky eater syndrome is to get them involved in the kitchen from an early age.Read More »from Rachael Ray wants your 8-year-old to cook you dinner
"It literally changes the quality of your life to be able to eat good food. It improves the nutrition of a child, and therefore it improves his or her health. But I think it's also a self-esteem issue. I think we should get our kids into the kitchen not only for their health, but because being able to provide good food for yourself is very empowering. Being able to cook a simple meal and feed your family at the end of the day really feeds your soul."
Childhood obesity rates have plateaued; are kids these days are still fattie boom batties?
This weekend, as I was prepping a bunch of farmer's market veggies with invented spur-of-the-moment recipes, I reflected upon how my cooking style is more about techniques rather than assembling perfectly proportioned ingredients to make an expected result. Unless
- Glamour Magazine | Parenting – Tue, Sep 16, 2008 7:42 PM EDT
In this most historic of election years, you have a great opportunity to spark your kids' excitement about the election process (and renew your own if you're sick to death of negative ads and irritating cable punditry). Starting this Wednesday, Sept. 17 -- which also happens to be Constitution Day -- the National Constitution Center is opening its "Headed to the White House" exhibit. The interactive and educational experience gives kids a glimpse into the election process from start to finish through role play as a campaign manager or presidential candidate, insight into the key issues in the 2008 race, and much more. Exhibit ticket prices are $12 for adults, $8 for kids and $11 for senior citizens when reserved online.Headed to the White House runs from Sept. 17 to Dec. 14.Read More »from The National Constitution Center's "Headed to the White House" exhibit
Use their birthdays as opportunities to teach your kids a little something about the world they live in. Check out these museums that host parties for little ones.
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- Glamour Magazine | Fashion – Tue, Sep 16, 2008 4:13 PM EDT
I immediately tracked the stuff down: It's called Email Diamant Rouge, it's French, and apparently, it's been around since 1893. Guess teeth whitening isn't such a modern phenomenon. Upon brushing with it for a week, I can also tell you the following: It's dark red, has an intense clove/licorice/mint taste, and gives the most immediate brightening effect I've ever witnessed from a toothpaste. Supposedly the secret is that it coats your teeth with natural light-reflective particles, making them sparkly yet somehow not red, while staining your gums--and, unfortunately, your tongue and your toothbrush--pinker so your teeth seem crisper-white in contrast. (I'd post a photo, but I'm reluctant to have a huge photo of my teeth on the Internet.) The drawbacks? It's expensive and messy, turning everything in its path hot pink. Watching the neon water swirl down the drain is kind of fun, though.
Am I the only one who'd never heard of this stuff? Do any of you use it?Read More »from E-mail Diamant Rouge Toothpaste: A strange-yet-effective teeth whitener
- Glamour Magazine | Healthy Living – Mon, Sep 15, 2008 8:35 PM EDT
People talk a lot about having a good relationship with food, a smart relationship, a healthy relationship, and that's good. Too often, we hurt ourselves with food (eating what we don't want because there it is, and there your mouth is, and why shouldn't you get together and party, huh?), and damage our relationship with ourselves, because then we feel guilty, we feel like we've messed up, that we're broken and stupid for eating what we didn't want, for stuffing ourselves until we feel sick, for eating things we know don't agree with us.Read More »from The beginning of a beautiful relationship with food
Are you and food in an unhealthy relationship? Here are 8 signs you're an emotional eater.
We have torrid, inescapable relationships with food, and there's no getting away with it. And working on it so that it's a good, beneficial relationship--that's something to aim for, for certain. But maybe we're selling ourselves short. Maybe we're aiming too low--maybe we shouldn't have just a good relationship. Maybe we can have a beautiful relationship with
- Glamour Magazine | Healthy Living – Mon, Sep 15, 2008 7:39 PM EDT
I went to see the nutritionist again (correction: she's a registered dietitian) last week. I've dutifully been logging my food choices and have completely ditched my HFCS-laden morning Sbux mochas and am being very cognizant of stealth sugars. I'll be honest: I was feeling lighter, like I had a little less gut. Verdict: I have gained a pound in the process.Read More »from The supposedly evil carb: Is it a good idea to cut fruit out of your diet completely?
Find out how stealth sugar is jamming up your health
While I was sitting in her office, filled with shock and dismay, accusingly checking off all the things I've done that fit the modified South Beach plan she's suggested, she then looked at my food log. "You had a mocha on August 1st, a granola bar on the 5th, a cookie on August 15th, a peanut butter and banana sandwich (on actual BREAD) on August 20th and some Wheat Thins on August 29th. And what's with all the oatmeal? This log is loaded with carbs, plus all the fruit servings are way up there," she said accusingly. It didn't matter that I had done a bunch of walking and
- Glamour Magazine | Parenting – Mon, Sep 15, 2008 7:23 PM EDT
There will always be variables you can't control when you send your child, well-stocked lunch box in hand, into the garden of trans-fatty temptations known as the school cafeteria. You're not going to be able to keep your son from sitting next to the Fritos-and-Fanta kid. You can't expect your daughter to exercise superhero-like willpower every time she's face-to-face with a tray of french fries. No, your only hope is to focus on the parts of the mostly thankless, time-sucking lunch-packing process you can control: You can assemble the items more efficiently. You can cut back significantly on those landfill-crowding plastic bags (you can, we swear!). And, of course, you can pick foods that are both healthy and legitimately competitive with less virtuous temptations. Here are some tips from chefs, authors, mom activists, and Cookie's own editors--so you can brown-bag it (or organic-canvas-sack it) with ease.Read More »from Speedy, healthy strategies for stuffing lunch sacks and getting out the door
With one of these backpack-and-lunch-box pairings, your kid will be the envy of
Pardon me for a minute while I get all olde croney, but Anne and I both started writing on the Internet back when it was a somewhat exclusive club. Not a lot of people were online (and most of those hadn't figured out how to get away from the AOL homepage) and even fewer people had figured out ways to create blogs. My first blog was hand-coded and uploaded fresh via a file transfer program whenever I wanted to update because there wasn't even a blog platform yet. In fact, the word 'blog' hadn't even been invented and those of us who called ourselves "online journalers" actually had dismay for the word. Blawwwwg, we'd sneer, as though it were the name for a very painful and strenuous poo. And one of the shocking things about attending Blogher is the realization that the world has woken up and is, whoa, paying attention to our pithy diatribes about Starbucks' Non-Perfect Oatmeal or a Toyota Prius. It was kind of weird and thrilling.Read More »from Hungry Girl wants you to try Shirataki Noodles
Y'all have undoubtedly heard of Hungry Girl, but did
Maybe I live too sedate a life and ought to get out more, because one of my favorite things in the world is breakfast for dinner, and every time the idea occurs to me, I get a little giddy. There is something comforting and homey about the flavors of breakfast...something that feels slowed-down and easy and relaxed. When you make a good, home-cooked breakfast, it means you're not running out the door, late and anxious and hurried. It evokes sitting down in a beam of sunlight, pouring yourself a second cup of coffee, trading sections of the paper with a loved one and leisurely considering the rest of your day.Read More »from Delicious: Breakfast for dinner
Another great breakfast idea that would make a perfect dinner: Tuscan Breakfast Burrito.
Breakfast is easy to cook, fast and filling, and it's another way to shake things up just that tiny little bit. Enough to feel like cooking is not a chore, and dinner is, in fact, an adventure that does not include take-out menus. Pop-up pancakes are a wonderful, fast idea--a light and fluffy