Lose 10 lbs in 365 Days by Smashing the Patriarchy!

Happy New Year! Was 2013 as difficult for you as it was for me? There were no big catastrophes to speak of but, starting from about April on, I began to suspect that I was being haunted by a gently malevolent pleasure-zapping demon. So WELCOME 2014! Please don’t suck. I have made a less boring resolution this year. I’m a big fan of new beginnings, but in the last 2 years my resolutions have been downright … [Read more...]

Handy Guide to Panicking About Women’s Bodies

Do you want to be a scintillating conversationalist at your next dinner party? Would you like to appear impassioned and edgy around your peers and colleagues? Are you a journalist in desperate need of a story that will trend? Here's a short guide that will help you achieve any of these without ever having to open a history book, question your assumptions, or think too deeply about anything. Sound too good to be true? Not at all... … [Read more...]

YOU with the Bikini Body

Warning, the topic I'm about to tackle may leave you shaken, feeling pale and insecure, and could bring on a life crisis that makes you swear to live "clean" like Gwyneth Paltrow from now on (or at least for an entire morning).  Yes, I'm talking about bathing suit shopping! Wait -- this is a good thing... It actually appears to be springtime in Canada after many months of gloom and despair. I've noticed that people are leaving their cubicles at lunch time, going outside, and turning their faces toward the sun like sad little plants kept too long in the dark. So let's not let a little deathly fluorescent mall lighting, some cellulite, and horribly inconsistent sizing get between us and … [Read more...]

Bodies

Hello, I'm Brenda's body and I'm writing a guest blog post today. Brenda's brain is experiencing a bit of overload so she asked me too fill in.Brenda sometimes does what she calls "self-censoring", but a more accurate term would be "auto-censoring". Auto-censoring does not mean limiting what you express, but rather what you consume; you become the censor of your own media. Usually, Brenda auto-censors by … [Read more...]

Much Ado About Girls

Girls! Girls! Girls! It seems like the entire Internet is currently exploding with debates and opinions about Girls, a fictional television drama/comedy about four 20-something ladies in New York City. Seeing as I don't want to be left out of the Internet zeitgeist, I hunkered down on the sofa over the weekend and watched the episodes from Season 2 of Girls that I hadn't yet seen. … [Read more...]

Book/Film Club hybrid: Katniss Everdeen and the new Bond Girl

I saw Skyfall, the new James Bond film on the weekend. The rumours were true, it was pretty darned good. However, I was supremely disappointed by the latest Bond Girls, especially the one he meets in Shanghai and Macau. … [Read more...]

Grateful as f*ck is the new skinny

“I’m so stupid!” said the gorgeous Brazilian woman who was my coworker. “I complained about my cellulite and showed my husband. Until then, he thought I didn’t have any.” This was probably 6 years ago but I never have forgotten the lesson. To begin with, how could this young woman with her beautiful dark hair, long slim legs, full breasts, giant doll eyes and perfect pouty lips, how could SHE be so insecure about her appearance? … [Read more...]

10 Reasons Lady Gaga is Extra Lovable

1) Ra-ra-ra ah-ah-ah, roma-ah-ah-ah, Gaga oolala... Dang those songs are catchy. I just wanna dance! 2) She’s been playing the piano since forever and came up playing gigs. You know, like a real musician that hasn't been plucked from obscurity, groomed by record execs, then unleashed on the world ready-made? And the Lady does not lip sync, yo. 3) Gaga is hyper aware of the celebrity machine. She plays the game, but she makes the rules; the media has no choice but to play along. … [Read more...]