"If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman."
(I couldn’t decide if this quote sounded more like Margaret Thatcher, or Mae West. More great Thatcher-isms here.)
"With a greater focus on appearance, increasingly mild character development, and innocuous political topics, a former character-building toy has become more like a stylish accessory. Radford says, “I was really focused on the historical and fictional stories of the dolls. My [younger] cousins seem to view their dolls as one more item they need to be cool. They seem focused on having more outfits than their friends as opposed to connecting to the stories.” American Girl once provided a point of entry for girls who have matured into thoughtful, critical, empowered citizens. Now the company’s identity feels as smooth, unthreatening and empty as the dolls on their shelves."
Really interesting article that talks about the shifts that occurred after Mattel acquired the American Girl brand. I owned one of these dolls (Samantha!) and remember reading those books- they introduced readers to these big historical lessons (in a way that was age-appropriate), and the protagonists were these fearless girls who took on these big issues. The characters now hold bake sales, and are butterfly enthusiasts. I want to say it’s a sign of the times but is it? Seriously? There’s never been a better time for women, and it’s disappointing to see a brand do away with a product that was such a positive influence for girls.
"What we learn in time of pestilence: that there are more things to admire in men than to despise."
— Albert Camus, The Plague (trans. Stuart Gilbert), 308 (via puffalump)
Reblogged from it loved to happen.
I thought the Dove campaign this week was incredibly creative and a neat idea. But…. I thought this parody of it was also really, really funny. Watch the real deal before the parody.
Okay, yes, very very cool science-y video about what happens when you do…. stuff in space. I watched this with my sister and would like to offer you a sampling of the things we said while watching the video.
- “So wait….. all the water is going to fly off and hit what…. all those WIRES in the background?”
- “Is this really the best use of drinking water in space?”
- “The thing with the hand and the water is like something that would happen if you were tripping…… in space.”
- “Well, THAT was definitely worth the 4 million dollars it cost to run that ‘experiment.’”
"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t."
— Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013)
Reblogged from 1001 rules for my unborn son.
The academic, who has previously studied the impact of television and videos on children’s writing, said: “When children have nothing to do now, they immediately switch on the TV, the computer, the phone or some kind of screen. The time they spend on these things has increased.
“But children need to have stand-and-stare time, time imagining and pursuing their own thinking processes or assimilating their experiences through play or just observing the world around them.”
It is this sort of thing that stimulates the imagination, she said, while the screen “tends to short circuit that process and the development of creative capacity”."
Amen to that. It makes me sad to see kids in restaurants all on their own devices, playing games. If I’m allowed to pull a “when I was a kid” (Note: am I REALLY doing this?), the expectation was that in public, we would talk politely (with indoor voices) or sit quietly. My fear is that kids these days (wow, I just said that too) don’t have the capacity to do either.
"We test this prediction by partitioning investors on the basis of a variable that provides a natural proxy for overconfidence— gender. Psychological research has established that men are
more prone to overconfidence than women, particularly so in male-dominated realms such as finance. Rational investors trade only if the expected gains exceed transactions costs. Overconfident investors overestimate the precision of their information and thereby the expected gains of trading. They may even trade when the true expected net gains are negative. Models of investor overconfidence predict that, since men are more overconfident than women, men will trade more and perform worse than women."