In an industry that tends to employ primarily well-known, inaccessible celebrities as the face of its campaigns, airbrushing them to the point of no return and making unsubstantiated claims about their products, it is always nice to see a woman who is not famous be honored for her contributions to society in addition to having her beauty recognized. More
Lazy corgi puppy is here to help. More
In our new column, Hemlines Rising, we’ll be exploring the evolution of certain fashion and beauty trends throughout history. Today: what color should your teeth be? Pick either black or white. More
Raise your hand if you hate it when strange men on the street tell you to smile. Everyone, yes? All our hands are raised? Perhaps because it’s always distracting to be interrupted when you’re thinking seriously about something (and hence, not smiling). Perhaps it’s because it’s rude to demand that a total stranger do anything for you (though I frequently go up to men and say “do the Charleston! Now a two-step!”). Perhaps because it immediately makes you feel guilty for not walking around lighting the world up with your smile, because, again, you were thinking about serious stuff.
And surely men know that women don’t like this, right? No one likes the smile police! But it happens all the time. So why do men keep doing it? I turned the question over to our man-panel More
If you watched the opening ceremony of the Olympics over the weekend, you know that that Queen Elizabeth showed up in a sketch wearing a flashy dress, and then appeared at the games themselves to wave and smile. More
Another Snow White & The Huntsman premiere. Yawn. Wait, who just showed on the red carpet? You’ll never guess… More
Every woman I know hates it when someone tells them to “smile.” More
You know what I hate? When I’m walking down the street and some fuckface is all, “smile!” More
Over at howaboutwe.com, writer Scott Alden has a piece up about how to keep date conversation interesting. He cites a recent study conducted by psychologist Dan Ariely, which found that when communicating on dating websites, most people are boring as fuck because they’re afraid to ask provocative questions. More
You’re pretty when you smile! Why don’t you smile more? Oh. Because you’re on your way to a funeral? Oh. The right answer is always “I’m on my way to a funeral.” – Kris Atomic
A lot has been written about how to attract people of the opposite sex using information gleaned from research. And if I were a researcher, I’d probably want to study the exact same thing — because what could be more interesting than awkward human interaction that doesn’t involve you?
That said, here are five ways to attract men using proven scientific methods, based on our collective (read: my) years of reading about science and about dating. More
I tell them I’m going to a funeral. I try to let some tears well up in my eyes a little bit. And then they go away, mortified, and I’m pretty sure that they’ll never, ever do it again.
I do this because I hate being told to do things by strangers. And it always sort of astonishes me the number of people who – while you’re walking around, contemplating the nature of Schopenhauer’s pessimism – will interrupt your reverie by exclaiming “smile!” Who are you, stranger? Who are you? The smile police? Fuck the smile police.
“Cheer up” is also popular. But I am not necessarily feeling cheerful at that moment. You want me to cheer up? It means that much to you? Pass me a $10 bill. You won’t even have to say anything, I’ll smile for that. Or, you know, a vodka bottle. Or diamonds! Pass me a fistful of diamonds and a gold bar! But people shouldn’t have to do things just because you demand it, without you putting in any effort whatsoever.
Other popular office responses include: More