Descente Athletic Collection to Break in U.S. Market

After more than eight decades making its mark in the Asian market, Descente is setting its sights on America.
The Japanese athletic brand has created a wholly owned North American subsidiary, Descente Athletic Americas Inc., that is based in Atlanta, as well as an e-commerce site that will launch today.
Although Descente has sold its Mountain ski collection in the U.S. for some time, this marks the first time its Athletic lifestyle offering will be sold in America.
Fritz Taylor, a 30-year veteran whose résumé includes Nike, Under Armour, Brooks and Mizuno, has been tapped to serve as president of Descente Athletic Americas and to introduce the collection to the U.S. market.
Taylor admitted that when he was approached by Descente to join the company, he wasn’t interested. “The market is so crowded. Do we really need another sportswear brand?” he asked. But he agreed to make the trip to the brand’s Japanese headquarters, where he was impressed by Descente’s craftsmanship and innovation. “I felt like there was something really unique there,” he said, so he agreed to join.
“The sportswear market is at an interesting time where consumers are either gravitating toward disposable fashion or fewer but higher-quality garments,” Taylor added. “Our attitude is

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You play Jesse Faden (played by Quantum Break’s Courtney Hope), the new director of the Federal Bureau of Control. She’s been promoted there in the wake of the death of the previous director, and with that promotion comes certain…abilities, which will be useful in defending against The Hiss, a strange force that has invaded our reality and corrupted Bureau workers. She can use telekinetic abilities like Shield, which pulls clocks off of walls and chunks of nearby columns and holds them in front of her defensively, as well as Launch, which does the same but turns that debris around as an offensive weapon (at one point later in the demo, Faden flung a forklift at a target). She can also levitate, which became more useful the longer my demo went because the physics-defying three-dimensional transitions that got more and more outlandish the deeper inside the Bureau headquarters Faden went — a space called The Oldest Place. And she even becomes the keeper of a nifty transforming pistol that only the Director can wield.

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Now that the temperatures are rising, a denim skirt is a perfect way to switch up on your usual cut-offs, while still pulling off a cool and casual look. Just look at model Bella Hadid, 20, who stepped out wearing a high-waisted flared style in Los Angeles yesterday.

The good thing is that the variations of the classic summer staple are more interesting than ever, with brands like Good American, Topshop, Missguided and more delivering anything-but-boring options featuring jewel embellishments, floral patchwork and distressed (but cool!) rips and tears.

Plus, this piece can be dressed up (try it a pair of high-heeled mules like Hadid) or more casual (like a distressed mini with a fresh pair of sneakers). Either way, it’s time to tap into your inner off-duty supermodel, so scroll down to shop our favorite embellished, distressed and classic versions right now.

Embellished Denim Minis

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Distressed Denim Minis

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Classic Denim Minis

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It’s that time of year again, when college kids and busy working folk alike flock to the beach for a week of sun, sand and — if you’re this seriously impressive grandma — tequila shots.

But not all tropical getaways are created equal, and trying to decipher which spot offers the best sunbathing benefits for your buck can be more stressful than the job or class you’re trying to escape from.

To help you make the decision, TripAdvisor broke down what the average traveler will get for $ 2,500 in 10 of the most popular destinations, taking into account airfare, hotel rates and length of stay.

Surprisingly, some international vacations are cheaper or equal to domestic trips. Your money will go a bit farther in Barcelona than in Honolulu. You can say “Aloha” for about $ 746 in flights and $ 317 per night for six nights in a hotel. In Spain, you’ll spend a good chunk on your ride over (around $ 857), but you’ll get to stay in the city for a day longer, as the hotel rate is about $ 229 per night.

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San Diego and New Orleans are two more surprising standouts, with airfare coming in under $ 400 for both and hotel rates reasonable enough to garner an eight-night stay. To help you narrow in on your perfect vacation place, see the full list below.

1. Myrtle Beach, SC
Average Airfare: $ 396
Average Hotel Rate on TripAdvisor: $ 174
Trip Length: 12 nights
High-Rated Value Hotel at $ 152/night: The Patricia Grand, Oceana Resorts

2. Anaheim, CA
Average Airfare: $ 426
Average Hotel Rate on TripAdvisor: $ 213
Trip Length: 10 nights
High-Rated Value Hotel at $ 194/night: Ayres Hotel Anaheim

3. Orlando, FL
Average Airfare: $ 305
Average Hotel Rate on TripAdvisor: $ 241
Trip Length: 9 nights
High-Rated Value Hotel at $ 175/night: Disney’s Pop Century Resort

4. San Diego, CA
Average Airfare: $ 376
Average Hotel Rate on TripAdvisor: $ 257
Trip Length: 8 nights
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5. New Orleans, LA
Average Airfare: $ 390
Average Hotel Rate on TripAdvisor: $ 273
Trip Length: 8 nights
High-Rated Value Hotel at $ 158/night: Comfort Suites New Orleans

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6. San Juan, Puerto Rico
Average Airfare: $ 453
Average Hotel Rate on TripAdvisor: $ 282
Trip Length: 7 nights
High-Rated Value Hotel at $ 134/night: Da House Hotel

7. Barcelona, Spain
Average Airfare: $ 857
Average Hotel Rate on TripAdvisor: $ 229
Trip Length: 7 nights
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8. Honolulu, HI
Average Airfare: $ 746
Average Hotel Rate on TripAdvisor: $ 317
Trip Length: 6 nights
High-Rated Value Hotel at $ 212/night: Vive Hotel Waikiki

9. Miami Beach, FL
Average Airfare: $ 396
Average Hotel Rate on TripAdvisor: $ 403
Trip Length: 5 nights
High-Rated Value Hotel at $ 146/night: Habitat Residence

10. Cancun, Mexico
Average Airfare: $ 463
Average Hotel Rate on TripAdvisor: $ 422
Trip Length: 5 nights
High-Rated Value Hotel at $ 176/night: Beachscape Kin Ha Villas & Suites

Whether you hit the beach in Barcelona or settle for somewhere a little closer to home, knowing how far your money will take you just makes good spring break sense. And once you’ve settled into your hotel room and unpacked that bathing suit, reward yourself with a tropical cocktail (or five) — after all, you’re on vacation!


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Spring break is a rite of passage for college students to travel to far-flung locations, hang out on the beach, party until the wee hours and indulge in new outfits and accessories.
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Other destinations to which they were headed were California, the Caribbean, Mexico, Aruba, Europe, Maine, Texas, Japan, Jamaica and Texas.
College Fashionista surveyed 63 college students at campuses around the country, and 57 percent of them said they were planning to go away for spring break. Of those taking a trip, 77 percent said they were traveling within the U.S.
Students were polled from such universities as Central Michigan University, DePauw University, University of Oregon, Rutgers University, Kent State University, Temple University, Fordham University, University of South Florida, Tulane University, Fashion Institute of Technology, University of Mississippi, The George Washington University and Penn State University.
The students said their top reason for traveling was to explore a new city, followed by seeing friends, family and partying. Many said they were spending the same to significantly more than a year ago on their trips. The majority of the students surveyed said

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One might believe depression affects the sexes equally, or in the same way. Based on a number of scientific studies, such an assumption would be totally unfounded. Women actually exhibit depression and cope with it in much different ways than men. This guide is specific to and recommended for women suffering the adverse effects of clinical depression. If you’ve battled the illness for some time, you know the overwhelming feeling of loss and despair that can accompany such a diagnosis. It can be crippling and alter your life and your ability to interactive effectively in your home or at work. However, it doesn’t need to be that way, and you don’t have to rely on a medicine cabinet, full of drugs, to get you through the day. There are natural solutions, which can make a tremendous difference when confronted with chronic, mood-altering depression. Learn the secrets to mastering depression and overcome its drag on your happiness. Download this book and begin the process of healing now!

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ADVICE 14: How Do I Break Up With My Parents?

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My story is a complicated one. I’m an only child, and I have anxiety and depression. After work I just like to come home, eat, clean up and go to bed. I don’t go out to bars or clubs. No drinking, no drugs.

I have a healthy relationship with a boy. We live together, and I’m head-over-heels in love with him. We fight, communicate, compromise. He’ll be my husband one day.

My mother is bipolar. She has horrible anxiety. She thinks no one likes her or wants to be around her. My father is hard-working. Their relationship isn’t perfect, but they love each other.

As an only child, I was always very close with my parents. My mother relied on me solely when she and my father fought. Girl time. Growing up, I always said I’d move next door and live there with her forever and always be her best friend. Now, I live about 10 miles away (if that), but I work full time, pay my own bills, and live with my boyfriend.

I’m not sure at what point my relationship with my mother got toxic. I go and try, but I know it’s going to be a fight. The minute she says something mean, I tell her I love her, hug her and leave. I won’t put up with it, and I won’t put up with her being rude around my boyfriend. This makes my blood boil thinking about it.

It’s my understanding that parents are to raise their child to be independent, happy and healthy. But with my mom, she seems to want me to rely on her constantly, even at the age of 27.

I can’t cut my mother out of my life. Life is short; she might not be here tomorrow. But without being a completely horrible daughter, how do I break up with my parents?
–Jesibird; Charleston, WV

It’s easy to understand why you’re so heated. You suffer from anxiety and depression, yet you’ve figured out how to manage those challenges. You have a job, a loving relationship and a life of your own. So it’s only natural that you’d wonder: Why can’t my mother do the same?

STANDARD DISCLAIMER ALERT: I am not a doctor, and I have no medical comprehension of bipolar disorder. But as you explained it, your mom’s seems to have manifested in the beliefs that nobody likes her and nobody wants to be around her. Lucky for her, she’s always had you.

You said you didn’t know when your relationship with your mom turned toxic. My guess is it started when you began establishing your independence. Maybe it was when you started paying your own bills, or maybe it was when you got serious with your boyfriend.

From your mom’s perspective, each step you’ve taken toward independence has been a step away from her. She’s seeing that you’re not going to be moving next door, that your life is not going to revolve around her, that you’ll no longer be playing the role of safety net.

It goes without saying that your mother needs help. She’s not healthy, she hasn’t been healthy, and the only way she’ll become healthier is by working with a professional.

You, on the other hand, seem to be doing well. Despite your mother’s troubles, she raised a fine daughter. And as you’ve demonstrated, the best way to ensure that trend continues is to create a healthy separation with your mother. You’ve been her rock, her best friend and her therapist. But it’s now time for you to just be her daughter.

This might be a cop-out, but I think you should keep doing what you’re doing. It sounds like you’re on the right path. You’ve established physical boundaries by moving out of your parents’ house, and you’ve established emotional boundaries by 1) creating a life of your own, and 2) telling your mom that you won’t tolerate her mistreating you — and removing yourself from the situation when she does.

Beyond that, it might help adjusting the way in which you view your mother. On the surface, she comes off as unappreciative, meddlesome, even mean. But beneath that is real pain. She’s ill, and to some degree, she can’t control her behavior, which is why she needs professional help.

Remember that the next time she lashes out. While you don’t know what it’s like to be bipolar, you are familiar with anxiety and depression. That awareness can help you be more sympathetic and less affected by her outbursts.

I’d also suggest continuing to work on yourself. If you are battling anxiety and depression, talk to someone about it. Get into therapy. The best thing you can do is to keep getting stronger. That will not only increase your own happiness, but it will bolster the boundaries you’ve already built while making you that much more capable of supporting your mother.

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How to Break the Internet With a Vagina and a Ball of Wool

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I’m a woman.
I’m a feminist.
I’m an artist.

It’s these three things that drew me to controversial performance-artist and craftivist, Casey Jenkins.

You see, Casey knits with her vagina. Say what? You heard correctly, she knits with her vagina.

In the space of a fortnight, over 3.5 million people watched a YouTube clip titled Vaginal Knitting, shot by SBS2. The clip offers an overview of Jenkins’ work, documenting her 28-day performance piece Casting off My Womb, where Jenkins’ uses skeins of wool, lodged in her vagina to knit a long passage, marking one full menstrual cycle. Obviously this kind of art pulls people one of two ways — you either hate it or you love it. For me it was the latter.

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Vanessa de Largie:
Casey. Thank you for allowing me to interview you about your performance piece Casting off My Womb. It’s a very powerful piece triggering hate, disgust and love amongst your audience. How did this project evolve?

Casey Jenkins:
In my work and my life I’ve always been intrigued by how identities are formed in relation to broader communities. I’m interested in outsiders, people who go against the grain, and to what extent it’s possible to forge an autonomous sense of self if it runs counter to established powerful group-think attitudes enforced by shaming.

Casting Off My Womb was an exploration of the expectations society has of appropriate behavior for a person with a body like mine, particularly in regards to bearing children, creating art and voicing opinions, and how closely those expectations align with or skew what I choose to do with my body and my life.

I’ve done a lot of work in the past with craftivism (craft activism) which honors and subverts so-called “feminine” crafts and uses society’s dismissive attitude towards making techniques such as knitting and embroidery to pull the wool over their eyes, so to speak. A political slogan stitched on a fence, for example, is much more likely to be read with a smile than one scrawled with a spray-can. I’ve also explored how words describing body parts associated with women are considered the most offensive in our language and the way those body parts are used as focal points for the expression of misogynistic shaming. Casting Off My Womb was a natural progression of all of these things.

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Vanessa de Largie:
Knitting with your vagina was one thing but choosing to be authentic and knit whilst menstrual, caused reaction from around the globe. Did you expect there to be such negativity?

Casey Jenkins:
I performed Casting Off My Womb in a small gallery over 28 days. While I wasn’t painting bland water-colour landscapes, (and very little referencing menstruation or bodies associated with women will be viewed as benign), in the context of performance art within a gallery space the work was not particularly bombastic and I expected it to be received with circumspection and consideration, which it initially was.

When SBS TV asked to report on the work I knew it would ruffle some feathers — in a medium in which blue liquid is used to advertise tampons, how could it not? It was when they posted their report to youtube with the title “Vaginal Knitting” that the mass of negative responses poured in. I knew menstruation was a taboo, but the scale and vitriol of the internet response did surprise me.

Vanessa de Largie:
Personally, I found it sad that so many females deemed your performance piece as disgusting. What do you think this says about society and menstrual stigma?

Casey Jenkins:
Shame is an incredibly powerful force for maintaining and enforcing prevalent attitudes. It’s fascinating because those targeted by it often seem to be engaged most actively in its perpetration; perhaps as a way of trying to personally avoid the most hurtful direct impact of the shaming they align themselves with the status quo. Menstruation is the target of a lot of misogynistic attitudes. The fact that those who might be hurt by misogyny are taking part in the shaming is an indication of how deeply entrenched it is in the world today.

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Vanessa de Largie:
I have to ask you this. As a woman, period-time can be tough — menstrual cramps, fatigue, crankiness and discomfort. Did you rehearse the work in the months prior to allow your body to adjust or was it done raw? And when you finally did perform that part of the female cycle, was it f**king liberating?

Casey Jenkins:
As a little side-note but I feel it’s important to say, I don’t personally associate menstruation with womanhood — not all women menstruate and some trans men and genderqueer people do.

I do menstruate currently, obviously, and there was honestly little to no physical discomfort in performing that aspect of the work. Spending the days rhythmically knitting and being open about the rhythms of my body was a soothing, calming and, yes, liberating experience — much more comfortable than hiding my period away and pretending my body was functioning ‘normally’, as I would usually do. I did make prototypes prior to the performance but they were more to test the absorbency of the wool rather than my body’s tenacity. It was not a great physical feat.

Vanessa de Largie:
What’s next for you and your art?

Casey Jenkins:
I’m developing a work in collaboration with a neuroscientist and a computer-scientist exploring visual perception, intimacy and how our experiences shape our prejudices, world views and ability to empathise with others.

I’ve also been screen-shotting and compiling all of the internet responses to Casting Off My Womb (there are thousands and thousands of comments posted, mainly expressing sentiments like “WTF”, “gross”, “disgusting” and “she’s crazy”). I’ve been collecting and storing wool soaked in menstrual blood and am hacking a digital knitting machine to reproduce the most common of those comments using that wool.

The initial part of this follow up work will be shown as part of the upcoming “f generation” exhibit George Paton Gallery in Melbourne and will be shown in full next year.

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I’ve always been an early riser, but I’m not what you would call a morning person. I like the peace and serenity that comes with a sun rise when no one else is awake. I like knowing that when I wake up, I’m guaranteed a hot shower. Lately, I’ve noticed I like getting my daily exercise done early so that it’s out of the way and I can focus on other things for the rest of the day.

Until just a few months ago, I had a day job in the construction industry. Getting up early in that line of work is a prerequisite. On my first day, I was issued an official alarm clock and coffee grinder. If you’re not an early riser, you’re going to become one.

Apparently, I missed a memo, because early mornings at the office aren’t usually spent enjoying the sunrise or improving your health. They’re spent sweating bullets trying to finish work that was neglected yesterday or put out fires that someone else started.

Not exactly my cup of tea, so to speak. I like mornings, but I like them on my own terms.

The Indoctrination

I’m sure you’ve had the misfortune at some point in life of trying to reconcile what you wanted to do with what you thought you had to do. This is exactly the situation I found myself in and it was thoroughly problematic. All these rules that someone else made and I had to follow.

When I was new, I just tried to fit in and do what everyone else was doing. “That’s just how it is,” they said. You show up at 7:00 every morning and leave at 5:00 every evening. It had to be for a reason, right? Besides, I was on an prosperous career track. If I could just get used to this schedule, spending the first hours of every day pulling my hair out in what felt like a incoherent stupor, there’d be years of financial good fortune ahead of me.

This is the part where I state loudly and quite firmly, “Wrong!”

I was fresh to the professional world and wet behind the ears, but it didn’t take too long to figure out why we had this 7:00 to 5:00 rule. Of course, I’ve always been aware that most companies keep set working hours, I just wasn’t always sure why.

Turns out, they had a pretty good reason. Know what it is?

Most employees (in any industry) are completely mediocre and mediocre employees demand (yes, demand!) rules that tell them how to behave.

Setting a schedule that says you show up at 7:00 and leave at 5:00 is an easy way to ensure that average people are at work for an average of 10 hours a day and, if the averages play out, a few of them are productive.

Now, I enjoy sitting around and being unproductive just as much as the next guy, but its not a hobby I care for at work. I like to reserve that kind of activity for weekends and downtime after I feel like I’ve really accomplished something.

At the same time, though, who can kick ass for 10 straight hours? I’m trying, you know, but my bionic brain is still on back order. I felt forced into a position where I either had to completely drain myself every day or adopt this law of averages that just felt wrong.

There’s good news, though. If this is how you feel too, and you’re willing to work a little smarter, you can start making your own rules about your schedule, or about anything at work or in life for that matter.

A Little “Experiment” With Rules

When I realized what kind of system I was in, I knew right away that I wanted out, but I liked my paycheck and I wasn’t really interested in trying to change an entire corporation’s policy.

I’d gotten a lot of praise for the work I’d been doing and it seemed like everyone was really happy with my results, so I decided to do a little test — I quit showing up at 7:00. Yep. I just quit going to work on time. I didn’t do it all at once, and I didn’t just start showing up after lunch, but slowly and surely I started coming to work later and later and doing it more frequently.

And you know what happened? Absolutely nothing! No one even noticed.

You can probably do it too (even though I can hear you saying in your head that it would never work at your job).

Sure, there are some jobs where this kind of stunt won’t work. If you work on an assembly line and all the pieces pile up at your station and break the machine because you’re not there on time, you’re probably out of luck.

But there are far more jobs where it will work. If you’re reading this article between the hours of 7:00 am and 5:00 pm at your desk, then yes, I believe you can do it.

The Secret Formula for Changing the Rules

There’s a catch, though. Are you surprised? There always is, isn’t there?

Remember what I said about average employees needing rules to tell them how to behave? You can’t be one of those average employees and expect to pull this off.

Thankfully, it really doesn’t take much to excel above “average.” If you can grasp this concept (it’s the most important one there is to beating “average”) then you’re well on your way to a much happier workplace:

Success is measured in output of value, not input of effort.

A lot of people think that if they put in the hours, they’ll be noticed and recognized for their effort. It isn’t true. Unfortunately, no one cares how long it took you to complete a job or finish a proposal, or do anything else, really. What they care about is that it got done, it worked, and it worked well.

In fact, the only time anyone is going to care how long it took to do something is when it took too long. And that’s not something you want to be recognized for.

Once you have a real understanding of this concept, you can start using simple productivity tricks to abandon the standard corporate work formula that looks something like this:

(1 hr. of half ass work) + (1 hr. of surfing the net) + (30 min. of frantic work to meet a deadline) = 1 happy boss/customer/client

and substitute it for a much nicer formula that looks like this:

(1 hr. of focused productivity) = 1 really, really happy boss/customer/client

Get it done. Make it work. Make it work well. Consistently nail those 3 things, and you can start changing any rules you want to.

Action is a Revolutionary Act

It’s pretty easy to see how fast you can get ahead when you embrace the reality that people appreciate effort, but they expect results. The funny thing is that this is not a revolutionary concept. When you read it, your first reaction was probably, “Duh!” This is something that everyone, on some level, understands.

But actually implementing it is a revolutionary act. There’s a huge disconnect between those that understand the concept of results over effort and those that actually live by it.

It isn’t easy to do. Most people have been trained their whole lives to do exactly the opposite. They’re even programmed to try to put a stop to it when you decide to do it. But resisting the urge to fit in is exactly what makes you stand out.

If you want to change the rules in another man’s game, you must make yourself an indispensable asset to him. Once you accomplish that, you’re free to make the rules as you see fit and what seems like dangerous behavior to many is, in fact, more empowering to you.

The real danger in this idea comes once you realize you’re tired of playing another’s game. Not a danger to you, but a danger to them. But that’s an article for another day.

Now, over to you. What are your tactics for changing the rules in someone else’s game?

Tyler Tervooren founded Riskology.co, where he shares research and insights about mastering your psychology by taking smarter risks. For more, join his Smart Riskologist Newsletter.

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A Venezuelan artist is making a bold statement about queerness and art’s power to aid in the breaking down of stereotypes related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) identity.

 

The “I’m Not A Joke” campaign from Daniel Arzola is a series of images inscribed with compelling truths about human diversity that encourages individuals to live as their authentic selves. He wants the images to eventually appear on buses and subways, exposing audiences to the realites of queer experiences in an attempt to breakdown prejudice in a form of activism that he calls “Artivism.”

 

Much of Arzola’s work comes from personal experience as an LGBT person growing up in Venezuela. “I had an violent adolescence because of [Venezuela’s intolerance],” he told The Huffington Post. “When I was 15-years-old they tied me to an electric pole and tried to burn me alive. I was able to escape that but I spent six years not being able to draw because they destroyed all of my drawings. After escaping that I transformed everything into lines and colors instead of returning the violence – I wanted to break the cycle.”

 

The Huffington Post chatted this week with Arzola about “Artivism,” his artwork and what he hopes to see accomplished through the “I’m Not A Joke” series.

Want to see more from Arzola and his “I’m Not A Joke” series? Head here to check out the artist’s Tumblr.

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Can We Ever Break Our Collective Grip on Fast Fashion?

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By Véronique Hyland

The global juggernaut that is fast fashion is a fairly recent phenomenon, but if you ask Andrew Morgan, the director of The True Cost, a new film about the garment industry, it’s not entirely to blame for the environmental and labor ravages. “It’s accelerating; it’s pushing the pedal way, way, down on an already-problematic system,” he said at a panel about the film on Thursday. “I don’t want to put all the blame on the back of fast fashion, because it did not invent a very irresponsible way of manufacturing. It did not invent over-marketing the consumption of things to people. That already existed. It just came in and took it as far as it could possibly go.”

With today’s verdict in the Rana Plaza case, which charged the factory owners with murder, the issue is more timely than ever. The documentary, produced by Livia Firth and which counts Harvey Weinstein and Zosia Mamet as admirers, looks the severity of the fashion system’s social and environmental impact in the face. It was screened last week before a panel moderated by fashion consultant Julie Gilhart, consisting of designer Eileen Fisher, Linda Greer of the NRDC, and Safia Minney, the CEO of ethical label People Tree.

Despite the director’s disclaimer, it’s hard to come away from the film not feeling that global fast fashion doesn’t bear a good part of the burden for contemporary environmental and labor problems. Morgan contrasts images of modern consumerism, such as bubbly YouTube haul videos and Black Friday melees, with the human toll of those same products — from Cambodian garment-worker protesters to environmental activists in India to a Texan organic-cotton farmer who believes commercial farming contributed to her husband’s cancer.

Polluted bodies of water and landfills stuffed with cast-off clothes that release harmful gases are just some of the byproducts of the global appetite for new clothes. The NRDC’s Linda Greer pointed out during the panel that the environmental and labor issues are equally worthy of our attention. “It’s not just simply the long labor hours and the terrible ways [garment workers] have to live,” she said, “but it’s the air they’re breathing, the water they’re drinking every day.”

Morgan was inspired to make the film after reading about the Rana Plaza tragedy in the newspaper and realizing he, a socially conscious person, didn’t know where his clothes came from, or who made them. Throughout his investigations, he wasn’t able to get anyone from a fast-fashion brand to speak to him, though Stella McCartney does appear in the film to talk about her ethical convictions and how she incorporates them into her (much higher-end) segment of the industry. “I think it’s a business model built on the assumption that a lot of us won’t care and ask questions,” Morgan told me after the panel. “And I think it’s [considered] dangerous to open up that conversation.” It’s certainly a story that a lot of corporations — with quarterly goals to meet and shareholders to answer to — would prefer wasn’t told.

In the film’s least compelling thread, a professor of psychology and a professor of media studies broke down, in Psych 101 terms, the reasons why people consume: to feel loved, to attain status, to pursue a fleeting and ultimately empty vision of joy. This may have been true in the Mad Men era, but this Freudian-adjacent reasoning struck me as dangerously simplistic. The film depicted the haul girls and the Black Friday locusts, but it didn’t talk to them or give them a chance to explain why they consume. People buy cheap clothes for a number of reasons, and the film never delved further into their motivations for doing so, which seemed like a crucial missed opportunity.

Do they think there is a way to change this ingrained consumer behavior? I asked the group. Gilhart felt that instead of expecting consumers to change their behaviors, the best way to improve conditions is to start with the companies. “We have to give them opportunities and ways to make them feel comfortable doing it,” she said. “Either [that] or force them into doing it because if they don’t do it they’ll be left behind. And no one in fashion likes to be last.”

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I can almost pinpoint the moment I decided to take a leave of absence from my job. The date isn’t stuck in my mind, but the feeling I had in that moment is.

The leave is temporary. There will be a new Talking TV podcast on “Arrow,” “The Flash” and reader questions next week, and I’ll be on Twitter here and there as well, but this will be my last post for about two months.

Every year for the past five years, I’ve had the honor of serving on the jury of the Peabody Awards. It’s intensely rewarding but also a sizable commitment of time and mental energy.

As it happens, about five years ago, my mother was diagnosed with Huntington’s disease, a progressive and fatal neurological and physical disorder. On June 1, HBO will air a documentary, “The Lion’s Mouth Opens”; it’s about a woman’s decision to get tested and find out whether she inherited the disease from her father. I haven’t been able to watch it yet, but I’m glad it exists. HD isn’t that well known and I hope this film helps raise awareness, and I plan to watch the documentary this summer.

Dealing with all the normal ups and downs life has thrown at me — being a parent, doing a demanding job that I love, being a spouse and dealing with two sick parents (my father died in late 2013) — has made life … well, let’s say, interesting. And more than a little tiring at times.

After this year’s Peabody duties ended, I was hanging out with my mother one day when a realization struck me pretty forcefully. She was slurring her words a lot more than she had in the past. Words and phrases were colliding and sliding around when she tried to speak, and it was harder to understand her.

When you are always around someone with a progressive disease, it can be difficult to notice big changes, but I noticed that one. That moment set off an alarm bell in my head. A voice inside me said, “Stop. Pay attention. Don’t just let this slide by.”

Not long after that, I inquired about taking time off, and every step of the way, everyone at The Huffington Post said, “Go for it,” and asked if they could help in any way. The last few years have doled out some very tough times for my family, but I cannot overstate how fortunate I feel to have spent those years working for a patient, flexible and supportive employer.

Given how willing my bosses have been to give me a day or a week off here and there, why not just juggle and multitask and keep on muddling through the wide array of emotional, logistical and professional tasks I’ve had on my plate in any given day or week? It’s what I have been doing for a while now, and with the help and support of my husband and siblings, we’ve been getting by, and in some ways, things are far less chaotic than they were right after my father passed.

I could try to keep going on in the plate-spinning, multitasking mode of the last few years, but, without going into detail, there is just too much I need to do on the family front at the moment, and I wanted to have the time and space do those things well. Mom can’t pay her bills, shop or handle any of her affairs, and taking care of all those things on top of managing my own life can get wearing. More importantly, you can become so task-focused and list-oriented that, in a quest to make sure that everyone and everything is taken care of, you can start forgetting about the human beings involved — human beings who are complex, autonomous and capable of bringing joy into my life. My mom, whose favorite hobby remains playing craps at the gambling boats, still makes me laugh on the regular, lest you think my life is a constant round of errands and tragedies. It’s not, but her condition will continue to get worse, and I want to bask in whatever good times are left.

In addition to getting a bunch of big tasks done for her, I want to spend time with my mother — just be with her. I won’t be idle, but ultimately, it’s about being in the room with her and taking her to the mall, while I can. I want to talk with her, as long as she can still talk.

Words are the tools I use in my work, but it goes way beyond that. I love words all the time; I usually have 30 browser tabs open to articles I want to read, and my idea of heaven is diving to the stacks of unread books around my house. I’ll never know enough about the inner workings of language and I’ll never be able to fully master its powers — hence my love for what I do — but I have learned more about the limitations of words in the last few years. They are blunt instruments. And now, my mother’s words are becoming sparse and squashed. Her sentences are turning into abstract expressionist works.

I didn’t have the conversations I wanted to have with my father at the end, because I didn’t know it was the end. It didn’t take long for chemotherapy to destroy his brain; one day he was swearing at a football game, the next day he had lost the power of reason. I did say some final words to him, after we removed all life support and his body lingered, but it wasn’t the same as really talking to him. My final words may have fallen on deaf ears.

I don’t want that to happen with my mom. Usually we talk about whatever’s happening on “Judge Judy,” and she often has strong opinions on “Dancing with the Stars.” We argue about “Maury,” which I cannot abide. Every time we watch “The Talk,” she reminds me that Ray Romano went on the show to discuss winning a Peabody for “Men of a Certain Age.” (This made her a big Ray Romano fan.)

Her memory is unpredictable but still strong in some areas. The other day, she recalled where one of my eight million cousins went to college, a fact I could not have retrieved on a bet. And yet she is always anxious about whether her bills are paid and sometimes she forgets where we’re going when we’re in the car. New situations and circumstances are scary when new memories don’t harden and solidify and instead slip away like phantoms.

When I was in college, she would call me and want to talk, talk, talk. I would put the phone down, leave the room, get food and return, and she would still be talking. I would roll my eyes, because I was a typical 20 year old dope. Now I know I’ll probably do that to my son after he goes to college; I’ll try not to be that overly talky mom and end up texting too much instead.

My mother has fewer words every day. For a couple of months, I’m going to make sure I hear as many of them as I can.

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May Your Heart Not Break

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger

“May your hearts not break…”–A Wish for My Children, Evangeline Paterson

I don’t remember anything about my last Mother’s Day with my mom. Other than that it was in 2011. It may be because it was ordinary and the details would disappoint in their blandness. We gathered at her home for gifts, food, and family. Did we bring flowers? No idea. Then we hugged and kissed her goodbye, not prepared for the next Mother’s Day, the one where I was supposed to place flowers on her grave.

I didn’t leave a bouquet or a planter near my mother’s headstone last week. Doing so may feel right and comforting for some, but not for me. Every flower I’ve ever left at the cemetery mocks me and reminds me of the ones I didn’t place in a vase in my Mom’s kitchen when she could appreciate them. And I guarantee you if she were sitting beside me, she’d say in her supportive way, “You gave me tons of flowers! Don’t say that!” But I would say it anyway.

It’s not just that I miss my mom on Mother’s Day. (I miss her every day.) But Mother’s Day confuses me because the meaning of the day gets less and less obvious to me as I grow older. It feels like at a certain point in your “career” as a mother, you should take inventory, if you will. Yes, you’re always a mother, but your children have become–by all objective measures–adults. You’ve left behind the grades, the trophies, and the accolades that accompany academics, teams, and activities that are part of almost every child’s world (and yours, for a short time.) What do you celebrate now? The intangibles that matter so much more, I know: kindness and empathy; sincerity and grace; generosity and ethics; respect and curiosity. But I keep trying to sort this out–when does your child’s life stop being a measure of you as parent and start becoming one of them as an adult?

Parents seem to take on the results either way. Society values and celebrates financial success, so you proudly exclaim details about the brilliant white-collar professional you raised, and everyone gives that a “Like” and congratulates you on your “achievement.” You’ve scored the gold medal. And when your child’s path isn’t littered with promotions, a luxury lifestyle, and a six-figure salary by age 27, you take that on, as well–that mantle of someone who raised a child who is “finding his/her direction.” Sure, you were in the race but have little more than your finishing time to your credit.

In my more lucid moments, I realize that the “scoring” is subjective at best. I remind myself about the lessons so beautifully illustrated in Animal School, and how individuality and unique gifts are undervalued. My children are many, many things, and among them–thank you, God–they are individuals. And forget about the road less traveled. Sometimes it feels like they’re hacking their way through jungles and blazing trails, even as I keep pointing to the one that’s so familiar–I walked it myself!–so much smoother, so much more accessible, all but begging them to take it.

“Nah, thanks anyway, Mom.”

So back to my question: How much of you remains within your young adult? My theory is that it’s the inverse of age. As your children are growing up, much of them is you. It has to be. They need someone to model and “try on” as they grow. But as they reach a stage of independence or semi-independence, they surprise you with something that is uniquely them; with tiny moments of you still there…the parts you hoped would “stick.”

I’ve learned this much: Children inevitably grow up to be themselves. No more, no less. So the choice is yours: Do you celebrate that tidbit of equity you’ve established or feel dismay at its diminished role? I’ll share one example, courtesy of one of the unique individuals I helped raise. You decide what choice you think I made.

The good news: My son Cameron and his girlfriend, Sarah, love a good night out.
The bad news: Sometimes they choose a venue that feels a little…dive-ish?

The good news: The bar they chose recently was holding a “game night.”
The bad news: The game took place AFTER happy hour.

The good news: It was a spelling bee, and Cameron is a very good speller.
The bad news: It was a “stripped down” spelling bee, where contestants start off on stage in only their underwear. (I mentioned this was after happy hour, right?)

The good news: Cameron is sort of fearless, at least when it comes to first prize being $ 100 and second prize being $ 50.
The bad news: Cameron is sort of fearless, especially when it comes to what anyone thinks of him.

Me (the night before, incredulous): “In your underwear? Can you spell ‘indecent exposure’? Don’t you think they hope WOMEN will be in their underwear? And that they’ll start the contest as late as possible so more people will stay longer and buy more drinks? After the contestants are all slightly hammered and won’t be able to spell ‘beer?’ Don’t you think this has all the makings of a disaster?”
Cameron: “Nope.”

The bad news: He came in second.
The good news: He misspelled gonorrhea.

I call that excellent news.

Renee-JamesRenee A. James works at Rodale Inc. and wrote an award-winning op-ed column for The Morning Call, the Allentown, Pennsylvania, newspaper, for almost 10 years. Her essays were included in the humor anthology, 101 Damnations: A Humorists’ Tour of Personal Hells (Thomas Dunne Books, 2002), and are also found online at Jewish World Review and The Daily Caller. She invites you to Like her Facebook page, where she celebrates–and broods about–life on a regular basis, mostly as a voice in the crowd that shouts, “Really? You’re kidding me, right?” (or wants to, anyway), and she welcomes your suggestions, comments, and feedback to the mix.

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Note: Do not read on if you have not seen Season 11, Episode 5 of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, titled “Bend and Break.”

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I have an unpopular opinion to share and if you’ve read my “Grey’s” recaps last year you might know what I’m about to say: I’ve wanted Callie and Arizona to break up so badly. If they were real people and I knew them (which of course, I do) I would have counseled that breakup long ago. It’s just humane: they aren’t nice to each other, like ever. Someone is always giving up so much to make the other happy. Like Callie says, the thing that kills you is trying too hard to make a relationship work.

And, quite frankly, I think Callie is mean and selfish. I think Arizona is a brat, too, and don’t think that watching her try to “consciously uncouple” didn’t remind me that I used to want to beat my ex-boyfriend and couples counselor with a broom (who needs space?!), but I think Callie is the worst of the worst. That’s why she’s a good surgeon, like Yang and Meredith, she doesn’t care if you like her or not.

Watching Meredith and Callie get drunk though? Entirely amusing. It makes sense that two people who need to not go home could put their misery to good use.

More amusing? How badass Geena Davis is as a boss. I hope they put her to good use (and let her use more baseball metaphors, because she makes me want to watch League of Their Own, always.

Also, what kind of therapist recommends that two people live in the same house and not talk to each other? Although it was a good excuse to use old scenes:

What did you think of this week? Can it be splitsville for real for our girls? Let me know @karenfratti

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How Elaine Stritch Got Her Big Broadway Break

The multi-talented Broadway icon Elaine Stritch died Thursday at her Birmingham, Michigan, home at age 89.

Non-theatergoers will know her from her comic turn as Alec Baldwin’s imperious mother in 30 Rock. I remember her from a sweeter moment, after a performance of her Tony-winning one-woman show, Elaine Stritch At Liberty.

In that autobiographical tour de force, which ran at the Public Theater and then on Broadway early in the last decade, Stritch reprised “Civilization (Bongo, Bongo, Bongo),” the showstopper that marked her singing debut on the Great White Way in the 1947-48 revue Angel in the Wings.

Because my dad, Carl Sigman, had known Elaine (he wrote the words and music to Angel with Bob Hilliard, a brilliant but less-than-organized songsmith whom Carl referred to as “that glob of talent”), an usher took my mom and me on stage to meet the star. We waited in estimable company, right behind actress/socialite/philanthropist Dina Merrill, to pay our respects.

When our turn came, Mom placed the original Playbill of Angel in Stritch’s hands. When she asked “Oh, how’s Carl” and Mom said he’d passed away not long before, Elaine paused and teared up, seeming to search for the right words. She quickly reverted to form, giving us an unforgettable send-off when she held out her hand, air kissed us and said, “Call me, darlings. I’m at The Carlyle.” (Stritch famously lived at Manhattan’s stylish Carlyle Hotel for many years.) She didn’t really want us to call and we didn’t really want to; why mess with perfection?

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In the brief clip above from At Liberty, “Stritchy,” as that ultimate sophisticate Noel Coward called her, describes how she convinced the producers of Angel in the Wings — who’d hired her for a bit part — to give her a song. That the song turned out to be the one that brought down the house night after night was quite a bonus.

“Civilization” went on to become a standard, with covers by Bing Crosby, Glenn Miller, Woody Herman, Jack Smith, and Ray McKinley. Louis Prima’s hilarious rendering went Top 10 and Danny Kaye and the Andrew Sisters’ call-and-response version reached the top spot on Your Hit Parade. But the inimitable Elaine Stritch was the only performer to bongo, bongo, bongo in two Broadway shows more than half a century apart.


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The Moment I Knew I Had To Break Up With My Best Friend

By Jean Hanff Korelitz

The author of the page-turning You Should Have Known explains how she knew when her toughest relationship had ended& — and why.

I can barely remember what the argument was about, but I do remember the tiny, irrelevant details: midmorning sun on the extremely white pavement, the smell of some very sweet flower I couldn’t quite identify, someone’s cat watching from a window across the street and the steep decline of the street Molly and I were standing on, which was heading downhill fast, like—not to put too fine a point on it—our friendship. A friendship that had lasted nearly 30 years, but had only moments left to run.

Okay, okay, I do remember what we were arguing about, but now, eight years later, the specifics are so laughably stupid that revealing them makes us both sound like ridiculous children fighting over a bit of colored plastic at the nursery school. The argument was about driving, which I was afraid to do in San Francisco, where Molly lived and where I was visiting. We were fighting about the fact that I had not rented a car at the airport like a normal person, and now Molly would have to drive me somewhere we both wanted to go (which was not the problem), but then she would also have to take me somewhere only I needed to go, and where she did not wish to go (which was very much the problem). On and on it went, only it wasn’t actually an argument, I realized, because I wasn’t saying anything. I was standing still and listening as she harangued and criticized, as I had stood still and listened so many times before.

The pavement. The flower. The watching cat. The steep decline of that San Francisco street.

At some point, I must have realized that I was crying, but that wasn’t the strangest thing. We’d argued so many times over the course of our difficult friendship, and probably I’d cried before, or stalked away feeling sullen and resentful, or rushed to call another friend and complain about how critical and punishing Molly was. There had been so many times, after some cutting remark, that we had temporarily stopped speaking—just long enough for me to remember how much I loved her, and how much she loved me and that she did not intend the things she sometimes said to be unkind. A few weeks or a month or two would pass, and then Molly would be on the phone, letting me know that she was heading to the East Coast, or I would call her to tell her about some great thing I had found at the flea market, and we would proceed.

Then I realized that I was crying because I had figured out that Molly and I were never going to speak to each other again; this time, when she called or emailed me after a month, or six months or a year, I was not going to pick up the phone or email her back. Right now, right here on the street, I was giving up. Finally.

***

We had started our friendship during the first freshman week of college, both of us newly arrived in our so-called adult lives. Molly was beautiful and smart and wildly talented as an artist. I thought she was a superwoman, and she must have felt something similar about me because, for my birthday that year, she drew a cartoon of me amid all of my perceived accomplishments at college: a pen! an oar! a stack of books! It was a glowing, idealized version of me, and I loved it. It also led to our first major fight.

I had loaned her some money. Some time later, and short of money, myself, I asked for it back. Perhaps, she suggested, while furiously writing me a check, she ought to deduct the cost of art supplies for my birthday gift. We didn’t speak for the next three years.

Then we tried again, reuniting, with relief, after graduation, as if college—not the intersection of our personalities—had been to blame. I had gone abroad to study, returning with the man I would marry. She was living in New York, working in advertising, but not on the creative side where she belonged; instead, her smarts and
competence began to take her deeper and deeper into a marketing career she could never make peace with, let alone love. She met a co-worker and moved west with him. In 1987, she was a bridesmaid in my wedding. The following year, I was matron of honor in hers.

So far so good, right? Two women who loved and admired each other, who wanted happiness and success for each other, who were living on opposite sides of the country with their new husbands—mine liked her, hers liked me—but were closely in touch, nonetheless. I must have left something out, right?

I have left a few things out.

For example, the anxiety she had struggled with since childhood. The intense self-focus that arose from that anxiety. The constant negativity and criticism. Sometimes, she showed such cruelty in the way she spoke about other people (a mutual acquaintance, a stranger on the street, a celebrity, or me) that I thought she could not possibly realize what she was saying. “Oh I can’t believe you have that bag.That is just disgusting,” she announced once, at a dinner party. She meant the 30-year-old Hermès Kelly handbag I had just bought on eBay, after having pined for one for more than a year. There was a moment of stunned silence in the room. I sat very still, as always, embarrassed (for her? for myself?) and trying to move past the comment. She loved me, I knew that. But her habit of wounding me so casually—what did it mean?

Still, no cutting remark directed at another person came close to the criticism she leveled at herself. Molly could take no pleasure in her accomplishments, her beauty, her strong marriage. There were many times I would hang up the phone in despair over her crushing unhappiness. I couldn’t fix it and she didn’t want it to be fixed, so we were both frozen in place.

***

Why did it take so long? I wonder now. Was it because she had been my “best friend” for so long, because we had so much history, we had been “through so much” together? Maybe I knew how important our long friendship was to her, and worried that withdrawing from it would give her new ammunition with which to beat up on herself. Maybe I was just pathetic and weak, and took it for years because I couldn’t stick up for myself. Maybe all of this was true.

I’m a novelist by trade, but every one of us conjures a story for the people in our lives: his terrible childhood, her inability to trust, this child’s yearning for stability. My narrative for Molly was that she was so encased in her own suffering that she truly did not experience her anger and need for control as real…but eventually a great and happy day would come when she would accept that she was all of the things I plainly saw—stunning and smart and talented and deserving of love—and how much happier and more at ease in her own life she would be then! I believed that for years. I persuaded myself of that for years.

Until, that day in San Francisco, when I found that I no longer had it in me to keep this fiction alive. I suppose these epiphanies happen all the time, to people everywhere. One moment, you’re listening to the same internal justifications you’ve listened to countless times before; the next moment, you have passed through some unseen membrane, and from the other side you can suddenly hear yourself think—with crystal clarity: Oh, I understand. I’m done.

For months afterward, I talked about Molly incessantly, compulsively, with people who had known us both and with people who’d never met her. Did I do the right thing? I asked everyone. What should I have done? I wish I’d known, while it was actually happening on that San Francisco sidewalk, that I’d be okay, that I’d slowly move forward in my life
with other friends, some of whom had never met or even heard of Molly. That I’d celebrate my 25th wedding anniversary without her, and she—I suppose—would do the same without me. That a few months later, I’d be able to see the entire arc of our friendship, from its beginnings through its trials to its conclusion, and with that perspective would come a return of the vast affection I had always felt for her.

Even now, I truly and sincerely want her to be successful, fulfilled and surrounded by people who love her as much as I loved her, but who are also better equipped to tolerate what I had not been able to tolerate. Sometimes, old friends and family members ask me if I miss Molly, and the answer is yes, I miss her very much. But I don’t miss the friendship. I don’t miss the friendship at all.

Jean Hanff Korelitz is the author of You Should Have Known, The White Rose and A Jury of Her Peers.


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The Way Couples Divide Household Chores Can Make Or Break A Marriage

Taking out the trash, washing the dishes, or doing laundry may not seem like make-it-or-break it moments for marriages — but according to a new study, how household chores are divided greatly affects relationship satisfaction.

In the study, recently published in Sex Roles, researchers examined 220 newlywed couples who had married within the last 24 months.

Participants were given an online questionnaire that measured two things: cognitive egalitarianism (meaning how couples perceive male and female household responsibilities) and behavioral egalitarianism (how couples actually divide household responsibilities). The participants were asked not to discuss the answers with their spouses.

After examining the results, researchers found that an uneven division of household chores negatively affected wives’ marital satisfaction, especially when wives felt the roles should be more equal. The same was not true for husbands.

“These results were interesting because usually marital satisfaction is studied in only one spouse. Here we were able to see what happens when there’s a discrepancy in spouses’ attitudes on this issue,” Brian G. Ogolsky, a lead author of the study, said in a press release. “If a woman believes that household chores should be divided equally, what happens if they adopt a traditional approach to the matter? The most satisfied couples have similar expectations and follow through on them.”

“For husbands, sharing household tasks isn’t as directly related to their satisfaction. Either they don’t perceive that there is a discrepancy or they have bought into the idea that the [housework] belongs to women,” he said.

The takeaway? Ogolsky notes that since expectations play such a large role in marital happiness, couples should discuss these matters early on. “Newlyweds need to thoughtfully plan how they can make their expectations about sharing chores work out in real life, especially if the new spouses strongly value gender equality in household labor. This issue will only matter more after children start arriving,” he advised.

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Spring Break Special! Get 30% Off Swim & Board Shorts at PointZero.ca! (Valid Feb 23 – March 8)
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Begin: 2014-02-23 00:00:00
Expire: 2014-03-09 00:00:00
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Point Zero (7543077 Canada Inc.) – Spring Break Special! Get 30% Off Swim & Board Shorts at PointZero.ca! (Valid Feb 23 – March 8)

Spring Break Special! Get 30% Off Swim & Board Shorts at PointZero.ca! (Valid Feb 23 – March 8)
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Begin: 2014-02-23 00:00:00
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Point Zero (7543077 Canada Inc.) – Spring Break Special! Get 30% Off Swim & Board Shorts at PointZero.ca! (Valid Feb 23 – March 8)

Spring Break Special! Get 30% Off Swim & Board Shorts at PointZero.ca! (Valid Feb 23 – March 8)
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Begin: 2014-02-23 00:00:00
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Point Zero (7543077 Canada Inc.) – Spring Break Special! Get 30% Off Swim & Board Shorts at PointZero.ca! (Valid Feb 23 – March 8)

Spring Break Special! Get 30% Off Swim & Board Shorts at PointZero.ca! (Valid Feb 23 – March 8)
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Begin: 2014-02-23 00:00:00
Expire: 2014-03-09 00:00:00
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