Say Anything. . . Just Not to a Mom?

Lately, I’ve seen a lot of articles that tell people what not to say to mothers: What not to say to a mom What not to say to a mom who had a C-section What not to say to a mom of boys What not to say to a mom of girls What not to … Continued


Dr. Gwyneth and Her Goop Will See You Now

Retired actress and current lifestyle guru Gwyneth Paltrow is determined to expand her Goop empire. Paltrow isn’t going to let her recent admission on Jimmy Kimmel Live! that she “Doesn’t know what the f**k we [at Goop] talk about” deter her from teaming up with Vogue editor Anna Wintour and Condé Naste to launch a … Continued


Jerry Seinfeld Reminds the World that Hugging Shouldn’t be Compulsory

When did compulsory hugging become a thing? I bet Jerry Seinfeld is asking that question. This week, video surfaced of him refusing to hug pop singer Kesha, who approached him at an event at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. While Seinfeld was being interviewed on the red carpet, Kesha rushed over, interrupted the interview, … Continued


Hey, Michelle Obama: If You Have a Personal Chef, Don’t Criticize Regular Americans’ Food Choices

Many Americans think Michelle Obama did a stellar job as First Lady—evidently including Michelle Obama herself. Last week, she joined former White House chef turned chief sycophant Sam Kass to trade compliments on how together they transformed the way common Americans eat. Speaking at the Partnership for a Healthier America’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., … Continued


Why Gwyneth Paltrow and Other Celebrities Shouldn’t Be Your Source for Science

This past weekend, many people held “march for science” demonstrations and gatherings across the country to protest…well, something, though it was hard to know exactly what. Predictably, entertainers like Rosario Dawson, Peter Capaldi, Kate Walsh, Kerry Washington, Debra Messing, supermodel (and destroyer of Pepsi) Kendall Jenner, designer Kenneth Cole, and television personality Bill Nye, The … Continued


Are Supermodels Experts in Everything?

In 1998, hotel chain Holiday Inn Express launched a popular marketing campaign that showed experts (surgeons, pilots, nuclear engineers, mathematics professors) completing tasks in their fields of expertise. As the commercial goes on, viewers learn these people aren’t experts at all, but just regular folks who–and here’s the punch line–happened to stay at a Holiday … Continued


Pity Our Overconfident Celebrities

The Dunning-Kruger effect is defined as a cognitive bias in which low-ability individuals suffer from illusory superiority. In other words, it’s when dumb as rocks folks think they’re brilliant. We all know people who suffer from the Dunning-Kruger effect: spin instructors, mommy bloggers, anti-vaccination zealots, essential oil peddlers, people who shop at Whole Foods. Nearly … Continued


Feminism’s Problems are Bigger Than One Bad Teacher

In the popular ‘80s movie The Goonies, the character Chunk is taken prisoner by the bank-robbing Fratelli gang, who are on the lam and hiding in an abandoned seaside restaurant. When Francis Fratelli (brilliantly played by Joe Pantoliano), the more sociopathic of the two Fratelli brothers, holds Chunk’s hand over a running blender’s blades and says, … Continued


Neil deGrasse Tyson Tries to Kill the Tooth Fairy

It’s typical nowadays for people to take things way too seriously. That’s precisely what normally charming astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson did when he claimed that parents who promote traditional childhood fairytales, like the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus, are participating in a “hoax perpetuated by adults on children.” Sheesh. Take it down a couple light … Continued


Everything’s Political—Even Your Food Choices

Last month, National Geographic declared, with the help of an exploitive picture of a pink-clad transgender child, that America is in the midst of a gender revolution. Everything, it seems, is now being looked at through the lens of gender, including our choices about what to eat. According to a recent article in the Washington … Continued