Author Archives: Blisstree

CIA Director David Petraeus Resigns Due To Extramarital Affair; Here’s Why That’s A Good Thing

CIA Director David Petraeus Resigns Due To Extramarital Affair; Hereâs Why Thatâs A Good Thing

CIA Director David Petraeus resigned today, citing an extramarital affair. His resignation letter explains that “After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair,” and “Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours.” Generally, I tend to bristle at the notion that someone’s marriage or sex life has anything to do with their ability to do their job. But this is one of the rare occasions when I would have to agree.
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Study, CNN Say Women Vote Based On Ovulation, Not Information

Study, CNN Say Women Vote Based On Ovulation, Not Information

Remember how everything from the way you dress to the foods you eat to the men you date can all be traced back to what’s going on with your ovaries? According to a soon-to-be-published study, ovulation is also one of the driving factors behind how you vote. Because apparently ovulation is better at understanding foreign policy, economic plans, reproductive health issues, and voting record? Yeah, I’m going to go ahead and call BS on this. And on CNN’s coverage of it.

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I Don’t Want Comments On My Arms At Work–And I Shouldn’t Have To ‘Cover Up’

I Donât Want Comments On My Arms At WorkâAnd I Shouldnât Have To âCover Upâ

A bizarrely inappropriate comment in a business setting went even more pearshaped when I took my venting to Facebook. Here’s the tale.
In a business meeting with a male consultant, two male colleagues and another female colleague, the consultant (I’ll call him Bob) interrupted my introduction to say this:
“Wow, you’ve got some big guns there, don’t you?”
I stopped my description of my professional experience and background to gape at him. Did he really just say that?

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Mindy Kaling Is Getting In Shape–To Run ‘The Mindy Project’, Not Lose Weight

Mindy Kaling Is Getting In ShapeâTo Run âThe Mindy Projectâ, Not Lose Weight

If you’ve read Mindy Kaling‘s book or caught her referring to herself as “chubby” on The Mindy Project, you’re probably somewhat aware of her down-to-earth attitude about her body, and decision to ignore her industry’s pressure to be thin. So it might be somewhat surprising to hear that she just told Vulture that she’s now on a diet of “horrible-tasting” green smoothies and packets of vitamin-laced goo to get in the best shape of her life, now that she’s got her own show. But it’s not because she wants to look great: It’s because she needs to be at her physical prime to withstand her new workload.

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Calling In Sad: How To Talk To Your Boss About Depression

Calling In Sad: How To Talk To Your Boss About Depression

Earlier this month, wonk/lady hero Rachel Maddow received quite a bit of attention when she admitted in Rolling Stone that she suffers from what she called “cyclical depression.” In the profile, Maddow was candid about something that many individuals struggling with depression and bipolar disorder have a hard time opening up about: How feeling low can impact motivation, focus, and the ability to do one’s job. Because, unlike other diseases or ailments, when it comes to the workplace, depression is still pretty largely misunderstood.

Maddow articulated something, both in Rolling Stone and on NPR’s Fresh Air in March, that many individuals have experienced in their work–that depression is more than just weepy sadness and eating excessive amounts of pizza.

“One of the manifestations of depression for me is that I lose my will. And I thereby lose my ability to focus,” she told the magazine.

And therein lies the trouble of depression in the workplace.

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Disney Says New Health Initiative Isn’t Just A Public Service; It’s Good For Business

Disney Says New Health Initiative Isnât Just A Public Service; Itâs Good For Business

It’s a pretty big day in the fight against childhood obesity. Nutrition and health advocates have a surprising new partner in the fight against advertising junk food to kids. Today, Disney is announcing a nutrition initiative that will impose strict guidelines on the products that are advertised on their TV shows, radio and in amusement parks.

The new regulations, which fall closely in line with recommendations made by federal regulators last year, will no doubt damage Disney’s relationship with advertisers like Capri Sun, Kraft Lunchables and plenty of other sugared cereal, candy and fast food chains. But the new rules won’t necessarily hurt the entertainment giant. By advertising only healthy choices to young kids, Disney gains the trust and appreciation of parents everywhere, who are seriously concerned with childhood obesity and raising healthy kids. More »

Daily Mail, Fox Bash Hillary Clinton For Going Makeup Free While Discussing Iranian Nukes

Daily Mail, Fox Bash Hillary Clinton For Going Makeup Free While Discussing Iranian Nukes

Hillary Clinton “forgets her makeup?” That’s the headline of a Fox News article echoing a Daily Mail article about Clinton’s “tired and withdrawn appearance” during a business trip to China, Bangladesh and India. Because heaven forbid our Secretary of State have more important things to worry about than makeup …

Poor Clinton has received criticism of her appearance since she was First Lady, of course, and the sexist coverage of her 2008 presidential bid was often astonishing. It’s not like this is anything new. And it’s not like I expect high journalistic standards from either the Mail or Fox News. Still, I think the offensiveness of these particular articles bears pointing out … More »

8 Ways To Eat Better At Work (No Matter Where You Work)

8 Ways To Eat Better At Work (No Matter Where You Work)

Every job has its dietary pitfalls. Offices have birthday cake, holiday cookies, and candy dishes. Restaurants have oodles of food. Hospitals have pudding-filled cafeterias. There’s always a coworker who wants to go to our for lunch…or who eats like Liz Lemon. Even freelancing can mean unchecked, all-day snacking. But what I’ve learned is this: those things aren’t going away. If you want to eat better at work, you can’t wait around for the environment to get less unhealthy–you just have to set yourself up for success by learning how to brown bag like a champ.

Whether you’re a doctor, a server, a stay-at-home mom, a high-powered exec, a civil engineer, a member of the Secret Service, or a social worker, your job is not an excuse to eat a crap diet. By making just a few subtle tweaks to your weekly schedule (and buying a little bit of extra food), you can make sure that you’ve got yummy, healthy snacks and meals that will fuel your body and mind and help you be the best at whatever it is you do.

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Try Natural Hair And Skin Products This Spring…Without Spending A Fortune

Try Natural Hair And Skin Products This Springâ¦Without Spending A Fortune

Switching to all-natural beauty products is something a lot of us put low on the list of health goals; it’s expensive and time-consuming to try new products until you find the ones you like! But Birchbox leaves no excuses: They send monthly beauty product sample deliveries direct to your door, giving you a way to try all kinds of deluxe beauty products — makeup, hair care, beauty tools, etc. — without spending a lot of money. And their April box is full of skincare that has nourishing natural ingredients and healthy hair products. More »

10 Women You Need To Know In The Birth Control Debate

10 Women You Need To Know In The Birth Control Debate

Over the last few weeks, a long-sleeping beast was awakened: the debate over access and the affordability of birth control, women’s health care, and abortion. Who should pay for it? Who shouldn’t? What is basic health care, and what is vanity medication? And consistently, the perception has remained that, by and large, men are the ones controlling the conversation. Which is partially true–a lot of non-uterus-having individuals are doing an awful lot of talking about an issue that directly relates to the uterus (like that all-male joke of a congressional panel)–but it’s also misleading, because a lot of women are taking part, too. You just may not know them by name, or realize the impact they have on you and your ovaries. More »

Hating Your Job Is Making You Eat More

Hating Your Job Is Making You Eat More

When you hate your job, the only thing better than 5 p.m. (or whenever your shift ends) is probably your lunch break. And if you’re using unhealthy treats to comfort yourself after a particularly crappy day at work, you’re not alone–according to a new study by Finnish scientists, women who are unhappy at work are more likely to turn to emotional eating to feel better. In other news, the sky is blue.

According to the study, 22% of women surveyed displayed indicators of “occupational burnout”–what that actually means, the study isn’t super clear on–and that they were more likely to eat for emotional reasons, and to eat uncontrollably. Color me shocked.
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International Women’s Day: Now With More Makeup (Thanks To #RockTheLips)

International Womenâs Day: Now With More Makeup (Thanks To #RockTheLips)

You know what they say the difference is between a woman who’s celebrating International Women’s Day, and one who isn’t? Lipstick, according to the Rock the Lips social media campaign, which has been created to unite women across the planet tomorrow in solidarity, pride…and red lips. Because, you know, heaven forbid women have a celebration that doesn’t involve getting all gussied up. I think there are better ways to celebrate being a woman, don’t you?

Lipstick, of course, isn’t always the healthiest stuff to slather on your pucker–it can contain lead and other carcinogens, not to mention carmine, which isn’t necessarily toxic, but is made of crushed bugs, which is enough to put many women off it. But even if you were wearing the natural kind that’s free of nasty ingredients, is putting on more makeup really the best, most progressive way raise awareness and celebrate being a woman? More »