​What It's Like When Your Job Actually Treats You Like an Adult

I've worked a fast food drive-thru, waited tables, baked bread, slogged it out in corporate copyediting, worked at an alt-weekly, juggled freelance, and this one time I worked at a Ponderosa for three days. Looking back, only two of those jobs offered adult-like working conditions: Produce results, and we won't hassle… » 5/16/14 12:40pm 5/16/14 12:40pm

Doctor Barbie Makes Girls Care Less About Becoming Doctor People

Astronaut, computer engineer, Hawaiian haver of "fun" —Barbie's held more jobs for which she's clearly unqualified than Ryan Seacrest. But all of her career costumes were supposed to be a means to an end, a way for girls to play with a doll who would encourage them to pursue their big dreams. Turns out, career-having… » 3/05/14 3:00pm 3/05/14 3:00pm

Men Killed Masculinity All by Their Big Strong Selves

Much to the chagrin of a certain old-timey subset, traditional American masculinity is on its way out. Gone are days of the breadwinning hard hat wearers earning enough to support a wife that stays at home with 2.5 children; in 2014, the Haves wear bowties with short sleeved button down shirts and post pictures of… » 1/11/14 3:30pm 1/11/14 3:30pm

Ladies, Want To Have It All? Get Yourself a Stay-at-Home Husband.

Women, if you want to have IT ALL, forget balancing family and career on your own. The new hotness in the race for the elusive goal of womanhood— "IT ALL" — isn't quality, affordable child care or workplaces with flexible hours or equal pay, because in some careers, those concessions aren't enough. No, for some women,… » 12/09/13 1:30pm 12/09/13 1:30pm

The Truth About That UC Irvine 'Before and After' Job Interview Image

Multiple students at University of California Irvine forwarded us an email blast from their college Career Center that was sent out early Monday morning with helpful tips on "How to Ace That Job Interview." But along the lines of that cool law firm memo we read last week, one of images included was less full of… » 10/28/13 3:40pm 10/28/13 3:40pm

Law Firm Memo Advises Female Associates to Stop Giggling and Squirming

Most women in any business field should really be presenting themselves according to the The Woman's Dress for Success Guide, but since it's hard to get copies of that opus, the law firm of Clifford Chance has helpfully prepared a five-page document entitled "Presentation Tips for Women" that includes helpful… » 10/25/13 10:25am 10/25/13 10:25am

Employee Training Manual Tells Dumb Sluts How To Stop Leading Men On

The modern workplace is fraught with social peril, what with your boss friend requesting you on Facebook and your cube neighbor's habit of surreptitiously watching Orange is the New Black whenever the superiors are out of earshot. But here's something that the modern female cube monkey shouldn't have to worry about:… » 8/20/13 6:50pm 8/20/13 6:50pm

Workplace Bullshit Still Exists, Even if Some Bros Think Otherwise

One of the more important aspects of being a grown up is trusting that things a person has not directly seen or experienced might exist, based on empirical evidence. For example, I've never been to South Africa, but I trust that it exists because other people whom I trust have told me that it does. There are pictures… » 8/19/13 5:00pm 8/19/13 5:00pm

Quitting Your Job to Be a Full-Time Mom Is Probably a Bad Idea

Leaving a high powered job to pursue your true June Cleaver stay-at-home-mom smiling-serenely-while-scrubbing-the-grout-in-pearls vocation sounds like an untenable fantasy from jump — like those shoes that were supposed to make your butt look good without exercising, or frozen s'mores (they whole POINT of S'MORES is… » 8/08/13 11:50am 8/08/13 11:50am

Tracey Emin Says She Got Her Creative Fix from Making Art, Not Babies

On Saturday, the UK’s You magazine ran a pretty intimate interview with Tracey Emin, the insanely hard working artist who might be best remembered for her soiled bedsheets. Emin has no qualms about being unflinchingly forthright about her personal life, and she spares few details about her anxieties about aging, her… » 4/21/13 12:00pm 4/21/13 12:00pm

Men Twice As Likely To Use Workplace Bereavement Days To Play Hooky

In last year's Sundance movie The Lie, a man who plays hooky from work tells his boss that his kid is sick. Later, under duress, he blurts out, shockingly, that the baby has died—and the remainder of the film deals with the consequences. As it turns out, that premise is more realistic than you might have imagined: 26%… » 12/23/12 1:30pm 12/23/12 1:30pm

My Boss Told Me My Hair and Makeup Were Holding Me Back

There are these women, in Tory Burch flats, with their hair styled, their button-downs starched, and the vents in the backs of their knee-length pencil skirts never rumpled or creased. I know this is true because I see them everyday, slogging along to work, just like me, with their perfectly applied nude lips and… » 10/14/12 12:35pm 10/14/12 12:35pm

Women Responsible for All Job Gains Among Black People Last Month

Last month, the unemployment rate among black people fell more than half a percentage point, entirely thanks to job market gains by black women. There are a few bad joke conclusions to draw from this — first, we could Jack Welch it by saying that the black women became employed in large numbers as a deliberate,… » 10/11/12 11:10am 10/11/12 11:10am