Marry a stay-at-home spouse or buy the equivalent

Many of us are not really aware of what goes on in running a household, raising a family. It sounds tired, old and cliché, but with more women in the workforce and burning out doing double duty, we are waking up fast. Especially when we are faced with the reality of hiring and paying someone to do all that work we took for granted. Advice from the top: Marry a stay-at-home spouse or buy the equivalent by Penelope Trunk. This advice of course is geared towards the executive-class but it should provide context for all of us.

BlogI just hired someone to take care of my house for $50,000 a year: A house manager. This is in addition to the full-time nanny I have. And the cleaning service. And the assistant I have at work. I know the first thing going through your mind is that I’m loaded and I’m lucky.

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My son wears dresses, get over it

A father shares his perspective on his son who wears dresses. It’s an amazing (and short) read on masculinity and fatherhood and what it means to be a parent, on bullying and judgements and standing up for yourself. via Sandrine

My Son Wears Dresses; Get Over ItI’ve been a police officer for more than 15 years. I’ve been a detective and now I’m a senior officer who trains the new recruits out on the street. Before that I was a firefighter. Before that I played football in college after playing baseball and football in high school, and lettering my sophomore year.

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Cave drawings and some early sculptures, by Women?

There is a great tumbler post talking about the recent research showing that many cave drawings and some early scultures were done by women. The concept that these sculptures are accurate from the perspective of a person looking down (taking a selfie) is particularly awesome. NSFW for nudity, but click through for more info!

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Dead ocean

One sailer recounts how his trip on the ocean has completely changed over the years. He declares the ocean is broken. Read on for his tale of lifeless waters.

The ocean is brokenIT was the silence that made this voyage different from all of those before it. Not the absence of sound, exactly. The wind still whipped the sails and whistled in the rigging. The waves still sloshed against the fibreglass hull.

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New Teaching Method Unleash a Generation of Thinkers

There’s been a lot of talk lately about revamping our education system away from what was designed for the Industrial Revolution. Places like the Khan Academy are trickling in, and results are coming in. Click here for a profile of a classroom in a poor neighbourhood in Mexico that showed good results with the new methods.

How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of GeniusesHe started by telling them that there were kids in other parts of the world who could memorize pi to hundreds of decimal points. They could write symphonies and build robots and airplanes. Most people wouldn’t think that the students at José Urbina López could do those kinds of things.

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Neil Gaiman – Why libraries

Neil Gaimen explains why we should care about libraries. No, really, like it’s really really important. And reading. Good gosh. Reading is important too. And how you raise your children to read. I’d say his lecture is required reading… but… yeah. Well it still is. Holy shit can this guy write.

Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreamingIt’s important for people to tell you what side they are on and why, and whether they might be biased. A declaration of members’ interests, of a sort. So, I am going to be talking to you about reading. I’m going to tell you that libraries are important.

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Restore Our Anthem

Restore Our Anthem is a petition to restore the Canadian National Anthem “O Canada!” to it’s 1908 original version, which said “thou dost in us command”, but was changed in 1913 to “In all thy sons command”. While the later might be more current English, it did change the meaning rather drastically. Changing this to “in all of us command” makes a lot of sense to me. Click through for a nice video they put together (though it does lack an example modified anthem). Let me know what you think in the comments bellow!

 

Restore Our AnthemCampaign to change the lyrics of O Canada, the national anthem, back to the original gender-inclusive wording.

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Christopher Columbus was awful

The Oatmeal delivers an on point reminder (and history lesson) that Christopher Columbus was awful in comic form, and gives us a nice alternative in Bartolome to celebrate on ColumbusBartolome Day. What fact were you most surprised about? Tell us in the comments bellow! via reddit, click through for the whole comic.

Christopher Columbus was awful (but this other guy was not) – The OatmealA note from the author: All of the information in this essay came from A People’s History of the United States, by Howard Zinn, and Lies My Teacher Told Me, by James W. Loewen, both of which uses primary sources such eyewitness accounts, journal entries, and letters from Christopher Columbus himself.

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Archery Hall and Boxing Club

The roofing on this Archery Hall and Boxing Club by FT Architects is absolutely breathtaking. The really cool thing is that the design does not use any pillars to create unobstructed space. I wonder how easy it will be to repair though… Where else could you see these techniques useful? Tell us in the comments!

Click through for more pictures, especially of the boxing room.

 

Archery Hall and Boxing Club by FT ArchitectsComplex wooden lattices provide a stage set for archery competitions and boxing matches at this pair of university buildings in Tokyo by Japanese studio FT Architects (+ slideshow). Located on the campus of Tokyo’s Kogakuin University, the two structures are both dedicated to sporting activities and called for column-free spaces built from low-cost materials.

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Men fake orgasms too

There are a bunch of real issues and breakdown in communication when it comes to the bedroom. Women feeling pressured to have orgasms is certainly a big one. Smaller but still significant is men feeling pressured to have orgasms. The fact that many would laugh off such a claim is an indication of how little they understand the pressures men feel towards the whole experience. I’ve always been a heavy believer in communication, but sometimes it results in hurt feelings, especially if people take it personally. This article gives us a roundup of some of the data about both and reminds us that we need to start being more aware. via MichelleP

Could you tell if your man ever faked an orgasm?Has your man faked it? Go ahead and scoff – it is an article of faith that male orgasms are as frequent and common as Hollyoaks re-runs on Channel 4 – but according to recent data, odds are, you’ve probably been with a man who has faked it.

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