On The Ethics of Only Selling Clothes for the Very Thin

@inthepost The problem is that this trend is stigmatizing girls who, at other stores, wouldn't be anything but medium. Encouraging xsmall and small 'only' puts extra thinness pressure on teens already bombarded by media to be as tiny as possible.

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 10:58 am 0

On Would You Be More Likely to Freeze Your Eggs If It Were a Work Benefit?

@A-M Agreed. This seems like a 'HEY, don't worry about potential failing fertility when you finally leave us because we don't accommodate parental responsibilities very well, freeze your eggs today!'

Posted on October 16, 2014 at 9:59 am 0

On My Whole Foods Discount Is the Best—Worst?—Mostly Best

Williams Sonoma gives 40% off for all products, even appliances, and many items can stack on sale too. I worked there seasonally one year and MAYBE left with $200 to my name. Everybody got amazing Christmas presents that year and I got a Nespresso machine.

Posted on October 16, 2014 at 9:56 am 0

On Love and Nostagia for the Cheaper Stuff

When we were kids, my mom used to make pizza bagels, which were really just bagels toasted in the oven (like really toasted) and then double toasted with cheese, so the bagel was super crunchy and the cheese was pizza-goey. No sauce or veggies, but we loved it.

Posted on October 16, 2014 at 9:49 am 0

On 2013 Median Household Income is 8 Percent Lower Than 2007 Income

1999 - Teenager! Life is dandy! 2007 - University graduate starting to pay back student loan, the first year of 'HOW many T4 forms do I have for my taxes this year?' SO.MANY.JOBS 2013 - Almost debt-free and finally a positive net-worth!

Posted on October 14, 2014 at 2:57 pm 0

On The Cost of Things: A Family Wedding in the DR

But less than that, since you forgot to exchange the money!

Posted on October 14, 2014 at 2:53 pm 0

On This Is Terrible, But: The Pain of Tipping People Richer Than Me

I totally detect a whiff of 'I prefer to tip people who make LESS than I do' in this post. I think this is due to a preconceived notion that people who work in service industries do so because they are unskilled otherwise and need to rely on tipped positions to stay afloat. And you've already shown that this isn't so. People working in the service industry provides a service, and you tip them whether or not your hairdresser has a nice house or the bartender has a nice car. What they do with said money or how much of said money they have shouldn't factor into the tip for service. I get really concerned when people want to tip out of charity or obligation reasons, just focus on the service. You don't have to convince yourself that they 'have a lot of debt' or 'might need it. ("I had no evidence that there was something awful going on in her private life, like legal or medical bills, that would require supplemental income.") It almost comes across as you want to feel superior in order to tip, which is sort of condescending. I have a second part-time job in the service industry, and I do it to make extra money to HAVE extra money. Do I get tips from people who make less than me? Probably every single shift, because I'm providing a service for them for convenience, entertainment, ease, comfort, etc, all those services and conveniences you enjoy. That said, get a new hairdresser if they aren't taken into account your requests for something new to your hair. Basic trims/maintenance shouldn't be full hair-cut fee if you're a regular.

Posted on October 14, 2014 at 1:32 pm 0

On Eating Bugs (Bunny)

Rabbit is sooo delicious, but good luck finding an affordable source of them in the city. My FIL is out in a more rural area and he has hunters he knows who sell them at an affordable rate, but in the city it's really pricey.

Posted on October 14, 2014 at 1:22 pm 0

On These Boots Are Made For Walking

@Lena Denim She links to it above. It's in the third paragraph.

Posted on October 9, 2014 at 10:12 am 0

On Why Don't American Women Bike To Work?

I'm an urban Canadian and I bike to work daily. My previous commute was 11.5km (7 miles) and took me roughly 35-45 minutes depending on traffic. It sucked though because it was 90% on busy 4 lane roads that were already gridlocked due to CARS notwithstanding all the bikes. Now I commute 6.5km (4 miles) in about 20-22 minutes each day. It's mostly a separated bike path along a major roadway, FULLY separated by a curb and a strip of grass, so it's pretty ideal. We have a changeroom/shower set-up at work, it turns out that 'if you build it, they will cycle' because the odd time I've come to work for 10 a.m., the huuuge bike room is FULL! I usually bring a shirt to bike in, and pants/leggings and change at work. I generally do my makeup at work too but in colder weather my face stays on and doesn't slide. I have a back basket (MILK CRATE = FREE) and do errands often too. My transit commute, in comparison, is 40 minutes minimum. Don't ask me how 6.5km is a 20-22 minute ride and a 40 minute MINIMUM commute. It's stupid.

Posted on October 6, 2014 at 6:15 pm 0