- Santa Barbara, California, USA
- June 11
- Shannon Kelley and her mother Barbara Kelley are both journalists, and have just written a book called "Undecided". Together. (...Right??) This blog is a taste of what you'll find in "Undecided", a book about choice overload, analysis paralysis, grass is greener syndrome, longing for the road not traveled, and how the success of the women’s movement has left women stumped in the face of limitless options — and how to get over it. The book comes out on May 3: if you like what you're reading here, get the book here: http://www.amazon.com/Undecided-Endless-Perfect-Career-Life-Thats/dp/1580053416. And subscribe to our blog here: http://undecidedthebook.wordpress.com/
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So Mother’s Day is coming up.Â And what I really want to say out of the gate is that I once had a mom, and she was the absolute best.Â And I am a mom, and I have loved every second of it.Â Still do.
That said:Â I debated writing about… Read full post »
This oneâ€™s a taboo buster, people, buckle up.
So, last week, the Santa Barbara independent published a couple of excerpts from Undecided as its (incredibly illustrated!) cover story. One was long; one was medium; one was weeâ€”just one lonely paragraph. But an important one. Despite the fact that I… Read full post »
And so today, as I was trolling for intelligent life out here in cyberspace, I came across a few quick hits that had me scratching my head when I tried to connect the dots.
Greetings! Today, we thought we’d catch you up on what’s going on with Undecided (the book… have you bought your copy yet?), because there’s quite a bit to catch you up on!
…For they shall be ripped apart.
And no one, it seems, is immune. Not even Tina Fey.
The very first piece of commentary I read about Tina Fey’s new book, Bossypants, which Barbara wrote about last week, was in Newsweek. And, written by Jezebel founder Anna Holmes, it was fairly critical.… Read full post »
First off, how can you not love a book called Bossypants?Â Â That’s the title of Tina Feyâ€™s newly released comic not-a-memoir.Â Itâ€™s hilarious, honest â€“ and self-deprecating just short of a fault.Â (The New York Times calls it â€œa spiky blend of humor, introspection, critical t… Read full post »
This post first appeared on last year’s Equal Pay Day, but, frankly, we think it’s worth repeating — especially in light of the women of Wal-Mart’s ongoing travails. And we think, once you read this, you’ll agree that their travails are your travails. Happy Equal Pay Day… Read full post »
It’s enough to make you drop an F-bomb of an entirely different sort.
This all came to mind Wednesday… Read full post »
Life begins at 40? I don’t know about that, but, for an increasing number of American women, 40 is around the time motherhood begins.
The CDC, which surveyed data between 2007 and 2009, found that the birth rate for women over 40 in the United States rose steadily in those two… Read full post »
That certainly seems to be the not-so-subtle message, when a quick scan of the ether brings headlines of Abercrombie’s latest foray into the offensive — the padded push-up bikini top for girls… like, 7 year-old girls — and this little item:
A San Francisco mom admits to regula… Read full post »
In case you occasionally channel your inner adolescent, you oughta stay away from Facebook.Â Â Â It’s not because — as in the days when the Mean Girls were the scourge of seventh grade — you will be judged.Â It’s because you willÂ judge them — and find yourself fall… Read full post »
To pick up where Shannon’s post from Tuesday left off: Â Here’s more evidence that the news of men’s untimely demise has been greatly exaggerated.Â To wit:
If you happen to be a high school senior, live with one, or ever were one, you know what this coming week is all… Read full post »
Oh, how I tire of the End of Men headlines.
Two recent books have reignited the conversation, though, as their titles indicate, they come at it from decidedly different perspectives. In “Manning Up,” Kay Hymowitz argues that men taking longer to grow up and get married (which are, you kno… Read full post »
So, earlier this week writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner (we’ve written about her before), had a piece on the Wall Street Journal’s blog that ignited what can only be described as a Category 5 shitstorm. The post is entitled “Time for a War on ‘Mommy’”–and, while I… Read full post »
A new study suggests that when boundaries blur between work and home, women feel guilty.Â Men?Â Nope.Â Even when after-hours demands are the same.
Women?Â Guilt? Well, duh, right?
But here’s what’s interesting. The findings held true whether the work demands actually interfered… Read full post »
… a geek?
Sister, it’s complicated.Â And the choice may have more than a little bit to do with sexism, according to a new study reported on by Slate.
We’ve heard any number of reasons why women avoid math and science, but as Shankar Vedantam reports in Slate, one thing is… Read full post »
It’s International Women’s Day, and if you haven’t heard of it, you’re not alone.
By way of celebration, I’m compelled to take stock. The good, the bad, the ugly.
Thanks for the offer.Â But let’s just have some chocolate cake and call it a day.
More about this cake business later, but first, there’s this:Â Newsweek is the latest to hop aboard the streetcar named Can’t Decide — our own trek for the past two years — with its curre… Read full post »
So, have you heard the one about the kid who chose chocolate cake before dinner? http://www.newsweek.com/2011/02/27/i-can-t-think.html
So much for the ideal of making well-informed decisions. For earlier generations, that mean simply the due diligence of looking things up in a referenc… Read full post »
Clicking through my Facebook friends, one could be forgiven for assuming I do a lot of socializing at preschools. One would be wrong, of course: the truth is that countless of my pals have replaced their profile pics with snaps of their wee ones; their status updates with diaper-status updates. Conti… Read full post »
Dear (anti-Equal Rights Amendment crusader and Eagle Forum founder) Phyllis Schlafly and (“No Bull Mom”) Suzanne Venker, co-authors of “The Flipside of Feminism: What Conservative Women Know–and Men Can’t Say”,
Case No. 1 brings us back to Lara Logan, the foreign correspondent who was brutally attacked and raped in Egypt, and then tsk-tsked by many observers for, you know, being there in the the first place… Read full post »
And that’s why many people are apparently appalled.Â Not necessarily because CBS foreign correspondent Lara Logan was surrounded by an angry mob in Cairo, and beaten and raped.Â It was because she was taking unnecessary chances.Â (Read: risk-taker)Â She was doing it to advance her ca… Read full post »
In the current New Yorker, Tina Fey lays it all out there, as only she can. Work. Parenthood. Guilt. Aging. Enjoy:
The writer’s daughter recently checked out a book from the preschool library called “My Working Mom,” which depicted a witch mo… Read full post »
So this might reveal my age, but my favorite image of Superman — other than his affinity for lycra — was the way he could fly out into space and whack the Earth with his hand to stop it from spinning.Â Don’t you just wish someone could do that for reals?… Read full post »