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  • BuzzFeed‘s always-entertaining Kristin Chirico compares three customizable clothing brands: Rita Phil, eShakti, and Sumissura.
  • Racked explains why some apparel and beauty rewards programs are better than others.
  • NPR reports that the U.S. Senate has “approved a resolution mandating sexual harassment prevention training for all employees of the Senate, including senators.” Meanwhile, “House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has ordered a review of the chamber’s sexual harassment training and reporting policies.”
  • The Hill shares that after Juli Briskman was fired for posting a photo of herself giving the finger to Trump’s motorcade, a crowdfunding campaign has raised more than $30,000.
  • The New York Times provides thoughts from Lindy West on why “we have all been seething, in our various states of breaking open or, as [Uma] Thurman chooses, waiting.”
  • The New Yorker has Ronan Farrow’s report on how Harvey Weinstein managed to spy on actresses and journalists.
  • Houston Chronicle reports that a flight attendant is suing United Airlines over a requirement to provide a doctor’s note to wear her physician-prescribed clogs to work.
  • The Cut offers explanations (excuses?) from five men as to why they didn’t speak up about sexual harassment.
  • The Washington Post has tips for preparing for the possibility of a mass shooting.
  • WebMD shares if you have anxiety caused by politics, you’re not alone.
  • The New York Times also provides a doctor’s thoughts on whether “clean eating” is really necessary.
  • Laugh of the Week: McSweeney’s has a new app, the Male Sensitivity Reader©, to help “women compose social media posts in a way that won’t offend, threaten, trigger, or cause discomfort to male readers.”

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  1. AFLAC for pregnancy :

    Has anyone used AFLAC for maternity/labor reimbursement? I would love to know details.


  2. Great choice of including the NYTimes article on “Clean Eating”.

    As a doctor, it has been disturbing to me the number of young people who come in with eating preferences and disordered eating patterns that are not based in rational science or reasonable fears. It reminds me of the propagation of false beliefs regarding vaccines. We need to educate better. Doctors must be better about addressing this.

    • I took a quiz on how much your personal beliefs aligned with the majority of scientists and it was fascinating. Especially my internal thoughts about when I agreed with scientists (of course climate change is real) and when I didn’t (scientists underestimate the future risks of GMOs). It was a great way to examine my opinions and biases.

  3. Wildkitten :

    Toms Surprise Sale, for folks who are into that: http://www.tomssurprisesale.com/

  4. Any attorneys out there in the DC area who have taken a non-legal job in a govt agency. I am in the interview pipeline for a job as a contracting officer in a large government agency. While I graduated from a top 20 law school, I have no big law experience and it has greatly stymied my job search. If I take this job will I ever get another in house counsel job again? I have been doing a string of long term contractor jobs in house that never seem to pan into anything permanent and I am sick and tired of moving around every two years. Your thoughts?

    • When I was a summer student in DC, I took a goverment non-legal job for the summer. I think it would have been a good experence if the men did not spend most of their time ooogleing me and other women out the window. In your case, it could be a good fit. You seem to have done this kind of work on the OUTSIDE, and getting a goverment job doeing goverment contracting probabeley is goeing to be alot easier, with shorter hours, and decent benefits. You do NOT say if you are MARRIED, or have a boyfreind that you can count on financiaelly, but if you do, all the better! You can pretty much do what you want in the goverment as long as you are less then a GS-14. So go for it and the hive will back you all the way! YAY!!!!!!!

  5. Love the buzzfeed video on customizable clothing and will definitely be checking those brands out. But really anything can be “custom” if you take it to a tailor, and then you don’t run into the problems Kristin had on a couple items where the fit still wasn’t exactly what she wanted.


  6. Anonymous :

    “The Washington Post has tips for preparing for the possibility of a mass shooting.”

    How depressing.

    • Anonymous :

      I mean, their entire front page (website) is pretty depressing….

    • WorkingMom :

      It is. But, it is actually a decent article with good advice. Things you may not normally think of. One example the article shared is that “getting down” is not always the best reaction – sometimes running may be smarter, depending on the circumstances. My family jokes that maybe I was a mobster in a previous life, because I have never liked to sit with my back to a door – whether it’s in my own office or a restaurant.

      It is incredibly sad and heartbreaking that the value of human life these days… seems so little to so many. Kids in Chicago are killing each other over pairs of shoes. The value of life seems to be disappearing from our culture. :(

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