- Apparently, many men are still following that archaic, women-as-property tradition of asking their future-father-in-laws for "permission' to marry their girlfriends. Something tells us Amy Winehouse's partner-in-crack-addiction, Blake Fielder-Civil, did not. [Salon]
- Researchers have discovered that a low-fat diet cuts your risk of developing ovarian cancer. Unfortunately the benefits only start to kick in after four years of depriving yourself of all the delicious things in life. [MSNBC]
- Antidepressants cool hot flashes? Awesome. That means we have an excuse to take happy drugs 4Eva! [NY Times]
- Give your grandma a hug! Experts say that post-menopausal women across the world actually do much of the work in society and in some cases, anthropologists find that 60-year old women are just as physically-strong as 20-year olds. [Salon]
- More women are blasting off into outer space than ever before. You know what must suck? Taking off that huge spacesuit in order to change your tampon. [CBS News]
- CBS' Early Show did a segment on how families can afford to have a stay-at-home parent, since 70 percent of those polled thought it was the best lifestyle for couples with kids. Of course, the show focused on mom staying home. Ugh. [CBS News]
- A French woman was overwhelmed with emotion upon seeing a $2 million painting and planted a big wet one on the canvas, leaving a lipstick mark. She said the red smooch made the painting better. Ha-ha, that bitch is crazy but sort of awesome! [Reuters]
My wife and I decided together for her to stay at home with our sons until they started school — six years. It was economically very difficult, but looking at how outstanding our little snowflakes are doing, I think it was the best decision ever. Most of our peers, who were together as parents, did the typical stay at home a month or two, then off two day care with the babies. They wanted kids, and all the benefits of a two income household. Since my wife was breast feeding, the choice of which parent stayed home was kind of already decided; I would have loved to be the stay-at -home parent. For many people lucky enough to have this option, the choice is simply a matter of "whoever makes the most money keeps working." An extremely cool and beneficial side-effect was that since my wife was at home, many of the other neighborhood kids hung out at our house, which helped the single mothers and fathers, and I think helped tremendously with our kids' development.