San Diego CityBeat - Backwards & in High Heels http://www.sdcitybeat.com/sandiego/articles.sec-49-1-backwards-in-high-heels.html <![CDATA[Fighting the fight of body-conscious girls - It might be unwinnable]]> Research out of the NYU Child Study Center has shown that girls’ self esteem peaks at age 9. It peaks, people! ]]> <![CDATA[The relative depravity of soccer and Ann Coulter - In the end, it’s only a game]]> The 2014 World Cup hasn’t received so much of Glenn Beck’s ire that I’m aware of, but Ann Coulter filled the void last week with a screed of her own.  ]]> <![CDATA[This is not a test of the Emergency Broadcast System - This is an actual emergency—is this thing on?]]> As of this moment, most schools in the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) have let out for the summer, and kids all around the city are settling into routines—camps for the haves, video games for the have-nots.]]> <![CDATA[Yes, All Women: Be aware and be pissed - But be a little afraid, too ]]> It’s nothing short of infuriating that women and girls should have to fear abuse and violence for no reason other than being women.]]> <![CDATA[How to keep little campers busy this summer - 8 excellent San Diego programs aimed at kids]]> Many of you are still designing the Spirograph Venn diagrams of summer, trying to maximize your dollars while splicing together travel and dentist appointments. For all you lollygaggers, here are a few camp ideas.]]> <![CDATA[Nobody puts Baby in a corner - On feminism and who gets to define my brand of it]]> My friend Heather and I were talking about a non-vagina-having, self-important troll named Randy Dotinga who told me via Twitter that I’m no feminist.]]> <![CDATA[No curtains for San Diego Opera - Says the little person with no knowledge of it]]> ince last July, we’ve seen the implosion of a mayor, the centennial celebration, the Ken Cinema and San Diego Opera. And yet, SeaWorld still beckons the masses despite the wailing mother whales we all cried with in Blackfish. Can you stand it? I ask you: Can you stand it? ]]> <![CDATA[M-I-C-K-E-Y-M-O-U-S-E - Disneyland: a human cesspool and the Happiest Place On Earth]]> I should admit right now that I go to Disneyland steeped in existential conflict. The non-conformist in me knows that place is a cesspool of the human condition (an overwhelmingly white human condition, mind you) worthy of the most serious people-watching.]]> <![CDATA[The bastardization of language has me peeved - Oh, yes, I’m about to throw some shade]]> The abbrevs are not only maj annoy, but they’re totes ubiq, too.]]> <![CDATA[Survey says: More screen time, please - Parents worry about their kids’ readiness but also love abundant interaction with devices—weird]]> Rotenberg said that half of the parents surveyed worry about their child’s social and emotional readiness for school. At the same time, 89 percent said they value media exposure for their kids, with television being the most common choice.]]> <![CDATA[Knowledge of black history is in ‘Jeopardy!’ - Game-show contestants save the hardest category for last]]> Since nobody in their depraved CityBeat-reading mind watches Jeopardy!, I’m going to guess that you missed this year’s College Championship tournament and all the excitement that ensued.]]> <![CDATA[Middle-aged sex - Who doesn’t want to read about that?]]> According to The Kinsey Institute, roughly 46 percent of married women age 40 to 49 report having sex a few times each month (almost exactly the same amount of poking being done by married 20-somethings).]]> <![CDATA[Small talks, huge moments - This parenting thing is treacherous and awesome ]]> "Mama, can I ask you a question?" My 8-year-old was in the back seat of the car, and I was spun around in the passenger seat, looking into her eyes. Her face and body language were totally open. ]]> <![CDATA[Ladies, protect your orchids - The future of cosmetic surgery is here ]]> The vagina is awesome, literally; it’s gorgeous, mysterious, multipurpose-functional and unique as all get out. I examined more Internet V the other day than Michelle Duggar’s gynecologist, and I’ll say right now that no two are alike.]]> <![CDATA[2013 was out of this world - A look back at news that haunts]]> The realities presented on Earth 1.0 haven’t made me particularly hopeful; 2013 had its share of disappointments.]]> <![CDATA[Life is dangerous - Drive fast and take chances (but be discriminating)]]> Immediately after the deaths in a car crash of Fast and Furious star Paul Walker and his friend last month, the media wasted no time in turning the dialogue toward deeper introspection.]]> <![CDATA[A common calendar for San Diego Unified? - It could happen soon]]> If you’re a parent of a child in the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD), it’s possible you’ve heard rumblings about the push for a new common calendar, a supposed modification of traditional and year-round calendars.]]> <![CDATA[Thankfulness: a cynic’s attempt to be sunshinier - My temporary attempt to be more positive]]> My husband is the optimist in our relationship. He’s the yin to my yang. He’s the glass-is-half-full to my fuck-that-glass-I-hate-that-glass-so-I-smashed-that-glass-on-the-floor-and-now-it’s-empty-forever-and-you-can’t-argue-it’s-not.]]> <![CDATA[Fundraising adoption fees: Fair or foul? - Crowd-sourced purchase of an African child raises moral questions]]> How is it that we Americans go all the way around the world to "save" children but can’t manage to do the same for those that are living in our cities?]]> <![CDATA[A scary holiday story - Thumb-sucking intervention, a nightmare at Michael’s and the Christmas Creep]]> There I was, standing amid rows and rows of Christmas decorations at Michael’s. In early September. In the middle of a heat wave that buoyed my hot flashes and delivered to me a few weeks later a $445 electric bill (fuck you very much, SDG&E).]]>