“It is other women, not men… who most impact the evolution of girls into women. Other women, not men, who provide the opportunities for self-expression and self-discovery. Other women, not men, who bear witness to the triumphs and tragedies of young womanhood. Other women, not men, in whom we both find and lose ourselves.”—Anna Holmes, from “The Age of Girlfriends” (via New Yorker)
“One cannot compare tanning in Europe to the United States. Commercial tanning salons in the United States are a different matter altogether.”—
John Overstreet, executive director of the Indoor Tanning Association (an industry group), reacting to new findings from a European study that 1 in 20 cases of melanoma are linked to indoor tanning beds
Actually, I think indoor tanning in Europe is exactly like tanning in the US— except that tanning beds on this side of the Atlantic are far less regulated. This comment represents precisely the kind of rhetorical bulls*it that industry lobbyists use when they don’t have a legitimate scientific leg to stand on. I’ll bet smoking in developing countries is “a different matter altogether,” too…
Twenty people, mostly friends of Ms. Ginn or the gallery owner, Ms. LaViola, nibbled on goat cheese bruschetta topped with rat leg tenderloin, and rat-pork terrine encircled with beef fat, prepared by a chef after much trial and error with his proteins. The rats were shipped from a United States Department of Agriculture-approved West Coast processor that supplies pet owners with humanely killed, individually flash-frozen rodents, in classifications ranging from “jumbo” to “fuzzy.” Seventy five rats were skinned and cooked — and broiled and smoked and grilled — for the dinner, and most guests paid $100 each to attend, signing a liability waiver, some not entirely willingly.
“As external conditions change, it becomes tougher to meet the three conditions that sociologists since the 1950s have considered crucial to making close friends: proximity; repeated, unplanned interactions; and a setting that encourages people to let their guard down and confide in each other.”—
Rebecca G. Adams, professor of sociology and gerontology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro