• Virginia Woolf portends an age of angry men I finally read Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own. Can I implore you to (re)read it in these modern times? It remains insightful and in being so, is quite a reflection of our lack of evolution. Or perhaps a reminder that some themes may always pervade. Woolf asks big questions about women and writing, more
  • The most essentialist observation about what women need in love I’ve ever made What do women want? Blokes, there’s only one thing you need to know. When we rant (seemingly) irrationally, when we do something that makes you say, “I damned if I do, I’m damned if I don’t”, or when we arch our eyebrow when your response to a confrontation is, “You’re just being complicated” …we are more
  • Think men are useless? Don’t. It only hurts us. Justified or not, women can tend to find men frustratingly lazy/self-serving/myopic/unable to plan the kids’ birthday party. And they can tend to voice such frustration often. I have a friend who shrugs her shoulders and says, regularly, “Look, women are just the more capable half of the race”. I’ve always felt uncomfortable around this kind more
  • Trend alert: Talking in full sentences (and nicer times ahead) So shoot me down for being a bit hopeful, but I’m seeing a few “moments” that are adding up to a nicer picture than we’ve been dealt recently. These zeitgeist observations tend to land you in trouble. Or they used to. You flag a personal thought or you simply put out an idea for discussion more
  • Well, if I had a wife… This post has been updated to include the Weekend Sunrise segment from Saturday November 23. I’m sitting on a plane from LA to Sydney writing this. The 9238749823th person has just pointed out to me that I’m clearly very busy (it came out, since I was on my computer the whole way, that I have more
  • I’d hate to plan your funeral How do you make a man drink? As in, how does a woman convince a bloke of something that she cares about? You can lead him to the water, but getting him to imbibe is another matter. Which is a weird way to introduce a new TAC (Transport Accident Commission) campaign geared at getting women more
  • this could be why you’re 30-something and single…and OK about it This is a doozie of an article that I just read in The Atlantic. We all like chatting about this stuff: the disconnect between men and women today and the peculiar place both single men and women in their 30s are in. It’s such a HUGE issue and we all try to grapple with the more
  • “Something’s crossed over in me and I can’t go back”: Thelma & Louise turns 20! When things that were a big part of my life have a birthday I’m taken aback. Twenty years!? Thelma and Louise!? I first saw Thelma & Louise smack-bang in the middle of my vocal feminist period. I was women’s officer at my university. I ran a mountain bike group (for men and women…but mostly to more
  • where women go wrong: they give away their feminine power Satoshi Kanazawa, evolutionary psych and author of Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters came out with some statement this week that men typically lie upwards and women typically lie downwards. He uses this argument to then highlight a point I think he’s rather proud of: the one thing that women don’t realise about their feminine more
  • “I rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel!” Hmmmm, I wonder how much I love this angle: bikes free chicks! My favourite (dead-set) tweeter Maria Popova alerted me to National Geographic‘s new book Wheels of Change: How The Bicycle Empowered Women. The advent of the bike “radically redefined the normative conventions of femininity”. For a start it got women straddling something, and not more
  • International Women’s Day: 5 things to do I’ll keep it sweet and short: 1. Call yourself a feminist. 2. Help out here: support 100 women in Asia by making a small loan that will help them set up a business. 3. Watch last night’s Q & A on ABC. Why? Joe Hockey arguing passionately for more women on ASX200 boards (currently only more
  • continuing the single women v single men debate: who should take the driver’s seat? On Tuesday I posted about how and why pursuing career puts women on the back foot when it comes to love and partnering. Ergo stacks of “successful” women are single. I made all kind of generalisations about male-female behaviour – which I don’t back away from. Many of you made a lot of great comments. more
  • why having a good career leaves women single: explained with a study I wrote about the “special problem of intelligent women looking for love” a little while back. It picked up on what a lot of us are noticing. That women, despite being informed to the contrary, can’t have it all – career, kids and a frightfully successful career. Mostly because it means doing it all. Which more
  • news read: feminists debate the Assange rape allegations (and they are allegations, not charges!!) This is worth a read: Jaclyn Friedman v Naomi Wolf, feminists debate the Assange rape allegations, on Democracy Now. The preamble transcript gives a good overview of the facts, if you’re a little in the dark still (and confirms no charges have been pressed, they’re allegations only). Jaclyn Friedman argues the sexual assault allegations shouldn’t more
  • the importance of being smart, single…and vulnerable Over the past week debate has been raging about a few studies and op-eds that – sigh – tell us that women who are smart and successful don’t score blokes. What do we all think of this? This Psychology Today report says people who’ve always wanted to be successful (since they were kids) grow up more
  • a reminder: life has improved… I just came across this collection of ghastly ads from, well, not so long ago. It’s hard to believe that there are people still alive today who made these ads. It’s a reminder of why we need those bloody leftie, femmo, do-gooder, paradigm-questioning agitators. They shift shit.
  • strong women: do you need a knight or a king? This Psychology Today article that gives a rundown of the type of relationship strong, career-orientated women want now hits  nails on heads for me. It makes a number of strident and true points. I’ve added my own thoughts to the mix too: * “There is a new type of male/female relationship forming in our culture more
  • what are blokes thinking? does this beer ad help? Yes, below is a beer commercial. I know, I know…But, you see,  I often find beer commercials very telling about where we’re at, they’re like a snapshot of the Zeitgeist (in part because beer companies are so loaded they can hire the best agencies to produce the most astute, pin-pointy ads). But does this one more
  • have you read this? The end of men? What do you think of this month’s Atlantic magazine cover story: The End of Men? The factoids to be drawn from it if you hate clicking open long features: There’s a “mancession” going on: three-quarters of the 8 million jobs lost in the GFC were lost by men. The worst-hit industries were overwhelmingly male and more
  • Dear Men…a letter from Christina Hendricks I read this on Gala Darling today, an open letter to men by Christina Hendricks from Mad Men. I hope Gala doesn’t mind my replicating it here. I found it such a compassionate bunch of intimate insights that I really do think men would enjoy hearing. We should share these things. I’ve added my comments more
  • be inspired: the “special problem” of strong women looking for love The scene: green tea this morning with my hung-over friend Sally The topic: a quote from a review of Antonia Fraser’s biography in which she outlines her life as the wife of writer Harold Pinter. It neatly sums up what Women of Strong Character know to be true: The Special Problem Early on, just after more
  • do these images help/make your fashion head hurt? Check these images out: one model’s, well, model size (a US size 2). The other, Crystal Renn, is a size 16 (US size 12). It’s a grand gesture that appears in the upcoming issue of V Magazine. To my knowledge, it’s never been done before. That is, putting women of different sizes side by side more
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