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You knew this was going to happen. After 7 Websites Every Man Should Be Reading and the ensuing shenanigans, how could this not come to pass?!
Now, I’ve learned a thing or twelve since then, but I’ve forgotten all of them. So on with the article, and my whimsical take on7 Websites Women Should Find Interesting.
More focused on women’s health issues than general medical sites like WebMD, EmpowHer shares not only sound advice but the stories of women who have overcome challenging situations such as breast cancer, menopause, and heart disease. To hear the story from the mouth of an average woman and see her eyes as she talks about it, can only serve to let other women know that they are not alone. They can overcome too.
EmpowHer has a clean, easy to use layout featuring news stories, community involvement, health resources and links to health care providers. What I really like about this site is its pedigree. Michelle King Robson is the founder of this site, and she is also someone who has had female health problems. She suffered through the after-effects of a hysterectomy and went on to use her negative experience to provide a much more positive one for thousands of women.
Before the flames begin (and I know they will no matter what I say) Cooking for Engineers is not a comment on the so-called traditional role of women as home makers.
Instead, this site is included to reach out to those women who build homes! Or anything else for that matter. Hey, we all have to eat! So why not appeal to the analytical mind of those science-oriented ladies out there?
I love the absolute precision with which the recipes are laid out. They tell you what to do, and why, just as any good geek would want it. Check this out:
Banana Nut Bread (about 10 servings)
|Butter and flour a loaf pan|
|Preheat oven to 350°F (170°C)|
|2 large (250 g) ripe bananas||mash||mash until smooth||fold||bake 350°F (170°C) 55 min.||cool 10 min. in pan||cool on wire rack|
|6 Tbs. (90 mL) butter||melt|
|1 tsp. (5 mL) vanilla extract|
|2 large eggs||lightly beat|
|1-1/3 cups (167 g) all-purpose flour||whisk|
|2/3 cup (130 g) sugar|
|1/2 tsp. (2.3 g) baking soda|
|1/4 tsp. (1.2 g) baking powder|
|1/2 tsp. (3 g) salt|
|1/2 cup (70 g) chopped walnuts|
I love my banana bread! Even more, I love my tables!
Confused a bit about why it’s called Women’s and Gender Studies? Because really, wouldn’t it be more inclusive to simply call it Gender Studies? MIT’s OpenCourseWear program is an excellent source for people that want to learn more, in an academic, structured manner but may not have the time or money to commit to a college education.
The courses are NOT for credit and cannot be applied towards a certificate, diploma or degree. you can access the materials for free. Keeping in mind that the cost to MIT to present these materials is about $10,000 per course, you may want to donate a few dollars, or whatever you can spare, for each course that you work through.
Don’t take my word for this site. I asked my lovely wife what a good website would be for women to look at real, sexy, everyday men. Before I could get the question out of my mouth, she told me about this site, perhaps a little too excitedly. Is that a bad sign?
Apparently there are way more men than women in Alaska, (4:1 ratio) and the men tend to live active, outdoor lives that give them that rugged, silent type thing that some women are really into. I’m more of the soft-around-the-middle over-opinionated type. Hmmmm.
Susie knows her stuff as the bride of a man who moved to Alaska seeking adventure. Well, I’m sure living with a woman who is the expert on Alaskan men is adventure enough! Good for you Susie!
Yes, BAOTW is back in this list. Why, you might ask? Because no one combines history and insight into self-assertiveness like a bad ass. That, and I hear that women like bad boys. I wouldn’t know since I’m pretty vanilla.
But seriously, being able to assert one’s self and stand up for what they believe is not the sole-domain, nor a defining characteristic of men only. I daresay that those women that were bad asses did more to change the world for the better than any ten of the bad ass men listed. My personal favourite is Harriet Tubman.
Harriet Tubman personally freed some 1,000 enslaved people, going back and forth into hostile areas. The slave-states had a bounty on her head worth what would be about 4 million dollars today. Harriet is not only an example to women, oppressed people but to all humans who should face tyranny and bring tyranny down. She who saves a life, saves the world, to paraphrase a famous quote.
2. Parenting [No Longer Available]
Although I take issue with this site, and magazine, being called ‘Parenting’ and not having a section for Dads, overall it is an excellent resource for parents of any gender.
It is a commercial venture and has a fair bit of advertising, yet it does cover the gambit from pre-pregnancy to childhood. Articles by experts in the field, parents, and product reviews serve to help you navigate the oft-travelled seldom-mapped world of parenthood.
1. The F-Word
I was unable to find a site that was similar in nature to The Art of Manliness but for women. Perhaps you might enlighten me. However, what I did find was a website called The F-Word. That word being, shhhh…..‘feminism’. Oh, I said it! I went there.
What appeals to me about this site, and I believe it will appeal to all genders, is that it accentuates the feminine in feminism. The F-Word addresses activism, equal rights, politics and stereotypes in a way that doesn’t scream man-hater.
It is unfortunate that such a small faction of feminists has turned off so many people from the true aims of feminism. The F-Word is full of professional and user-generated content that is sure to enlighten anyone who would take the time to be objective for just a few minutes.
There it is – my take on 7 Interesting Websites for Women. For what it’s worth, I know there are more out there, that you may deem more worthy. However, these are sites that can benefit anyone of any gender and hopefully contribute to a better day for all ahead.
Ladies, can you tell us your favourite and essential sites?