An article from Dr. Abigail Zuger on the difficulties in connecting the viewpoints of scientists and the general public is in the New York Times, and yes, you should read it.
Dr. Zuger relates a story about trying to convince her elderly mother to exercise more — her mother balks and points to a friend who exercised constantly and still ended up wasting away in a nursing home. I’d like to think that Skepchick will help bridge that communication gap by presenting science-y info in an interesting and accessible way. Sometimes with nipples involved.
So a mere . . . day after I slammed another blogger for writing that women cause divorces by being overly focused on weddings, I see that a large group of women in my very own town gathered together this weekend to prove her right. Yep, it was the annual Filene’s Basement Bridal Event, where hundreds of frothing women storm the discount store to grab a designer dress on the cheap using any means necessary to triumph over the weaker players, a veritable Darwinian struggle that only the toughest, cleverest, most blushing bride will win. People like this (from the Boston Globe):
I’m trying to put myself in their pointy-toed dyed shoes to understand why women would line up in Downtown Crossing at 4 am just to pay $799 for a dress they’re only going to wear once (they hope). Obviously I don’t really get it, otherwise I wouldn’t have given the above photos the alternate text, “Freaks.” But to be fair, these women might still be sane, rational people. Sane, rational people who have grown up on the idea that to achieve fullfillment, they need to have one day during which the world treats them as princesses, complete with ballgowns and sparkles and lace and fancy cakes. And if they have to fight like rabid mange-ridden dingos to get there, so be it.