This year, retail stores are facing pressure from consumers, workers and some politicians, to close on Thanksgiving, allowing their employees to spend the (admittedly problematic) holiday with their families and friends. After the jump you’ll find a handy infographic which shows you which stores are closing and which stores are forcing their employees to work [...]
Sun December 01, 2013 Heavy Drinking Bad For Marriage, But It's Not Why You May Think By Cathy Wilde Heavy drinking is bad for a marriage if one spouse drinks, but not both, according to a new long-term study. Researchers followedShow More Summary
A woodpecker alighting on the bare branch of a moonlit tree is hosting our Open Thread this week. Please natter/chatter/vent/rant on anything you like over this weekend and throughout the week. with a few netiquette exceptions
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Fri November 29, 2013 Girl guiding - girls harassed in UK SEXISM, HARASSMENT AND INEQUALITY: THE DAILY REALITY FOR UK’S GIRLS Call for change as major new research from Girlguiding reveals stark state of equality for girls Charity’sShow More Summary
Sat November 30, 2013 Check Your Privilege, White Girls! (VIDEO) VITAMIN W Staff Recently Yahoo’s Sketchy did a parody of Lorde’s “Royals” called "White Girls," and seriously, this video is spot on. No one here is saying being whiteShow More Summary
Vlogger Kat Lazo (TheeKatsMeoww on YouTube) made the argument at TEDxNavesink that feminism isn’t dead — it’s online. “The internet was my feminine mystique and this was my feminist click moment — I could be the change I wanted to see in the world.” We couldn’t agree more with Kat and LOVE her inspiring story. …
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Fri November 29, 2013 Women-Only Swim Time Sparks Debate about Gender Equality VITAMIN W Staff Swim-time allotted only for women at the public pool in Tukwila, Wash., has recently raised questions about gender inequality and religion, The Seattle Times recently reported. Show More Summary
Wed November 27, 2013 An Autobiography in Selfies by E.B. Bartels I feel like taking a selfie. I received two rejection emails – for an internship and a fellowship – within ten minutes. Well, onward and upward, I guess. So goes life....Show More Summary
When I said in an earlier post discussing how irreligious American Jews are, that my daughter’s observance was an open question, I thought it wouldn’t come up for a while. After all, she’s not even one. My biggest faith-based fear about her this holiday season is that she will knock over a menorah and set our apartment on fire. Show More Summary
Fri November 29, 2013 Native American Heritage Day: Remembering and Moving Forward VITAMIN W Staff The traditional narrative of Thanksgiving as generous settlers and helpful natives isn't the memory for millions of people in the United States. Show More Summary
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Hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving because now it's time for the biggest, baddest, most stressful holiday of them all: Christmas. Across the country, grown adults are preparing, materially and emotionally, for that grand American tradition of returning home for the holidays. Show More Summary
The commenting period on the last one has expired, so it's time for a new #spillover thread. Some reminders: 1. #spillover is part of our comment moderation system for keeping other threads on-topic by providing a separate constructive space for side-discussions. 2. Show More Summary
How great would it be to share a dinner table with Sherman Alexie? The National Book Award winner, Spokane Coeur d'Alene Indian, and author of 24 books always has something smart to say, and his way of saying it is with a good-natured dark humor that illuminates the bad stuff of life with a warm and loving light. Show More Summary
The Supreme Court of the United States will hear two cases about the Affordable Care Act, brought by businesses who claim their religious freedom is violated by the mandate to cover contraception. I'm writing about it in the Guardian this week:
While grocery shopping last weekend, I came upon this amazing Thanksgiving cake display at the market: A Duck Dynasty cake, a One Direction cake, and an "EAT HAM!" cake. Welp, that about covers it. Don't tell me that every family in AMERICA who celebrates Thanksgiving can't find the perfect cake for the occasion from that array.
Many of you will have already read about Orlando student Vanessa VanDyke being threatened with expulsion from her private Christian school for wearing her hair exactly as it grows out of her head. There is the predictable pushback in...Show More Summary