Friday, July 29, 2011

The Illusionists

Just a quick link tonight. Earlier this week L'Oreal were forced to pull an ad campaign in the UK for using excessive airbrushing on Julia Roberts and Christy Turlington. The Advertising Standards Authority in the UK decided that the ads broke the rules for exaggeration, found them misleading, and banned them from being used again. Yay! It's a step in the right direction against an industry that simply creates insecurity for profit.

My link tonight is to a project called the Illusionists. A documentary type movie in the making about the influence that the beauty industry and the media have on our lives, and the obsession with physical perfection above all else.

Here's the link.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Don't Be THAT Guy

Okay, the first thing today is this amazing poster from a campaign in Ottawa that chooses to talk to the perpetrators of sexual assaults, rather than the victims.

If a woman isn't saying does not mean, no matter what she is wearing, or how much she's flirted, or who she's slept with in the past, that she is saying YES.

It's a great campaign, with a great message. I just wanted to share it.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Vacation Photos!

So a while ago I mentioned that I was going to post some pictures from our vacation to England and Scotland back in May. Not one to break my word, here are just a few of my favorites taken in York, Cambridge, St. Ives, and Nairn.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Ten Year Nap

I have just finished reading The Ten Year Nap by Meg Wolitzer, and I actually loved it.

It's about four New York women (think Sex in the City in 10-15 years...with chubby husbands, saggy boobs and 10 year old kids) who have all essentially given up some major part of themselves for motherhood, marriage, and suburbia. It's a slow, intimate read; frustrating at times...much like the lives of some of the women, but also comfortable and easy, as it invites us to explore the forces behind female friendship, the torment and anxiety of raising kids and both the ambivalence and motivation behind keeping careers afloat amidst the other stuff that pulls women in all directions.

If I was Oprah, this would be my pick for the summer. But I'm not, I'm just if you know me and you want to borrow it, let me know. If you don't know me, and you're going on vacation, or looking for a bedtime read, you'll have to get it yourself. ; )

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Girls Gone Missing

Here is a link to a quick recap of 2011 kid's movie posters by ReelGirl.

I think it would suck to be a 7 year old North American girl in 2011. Sidekicks? Please.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Sandy Shout Out

Just a quick post to give a shout out to Sandy Magnus, the only woman on a crew of 4 that launched into space today on board the shuttle Atlantis, marking the last launch of the USA Space Shuttle Program.

I truly believe that women like Sandy Magnus, and the other brave, driven women who have made an impact in male-dominated fields like engineering and space science are true role models. Their acheivements really can have a huge influence on young girls, teaching them that nothing is out of their reach. These are the women our girls should be looking up to...way up to.

Safe travels Sandy Magnus!