My first thought reading this article in the food section of the NY Times was - Ummm, why is this news? Apparently, people who love to eat to distraction are discovering you can be selective and moderate and eat really well and the foods you love and still lose weight. This might sound familiar to readers of my old blog or The Skinny itself. But then I remembered talking with Melissa (Melissa Clark), co-author of The Skinny very early in the project. She sent me a draft of something that said: "If you want the cookie, have the cookie." And it was a million light bulbs went off in my head. Which is I guess why the Times ran that story.
I also thought I should give some thought to this piece over at Jezebel on whether or not a female-only literary prize is sexist. And the answer is: Who cares? AS Byatt won't let her books be considered for the prize because she doesn't want them "ghettoized" (or however you spell that). As Jezebel points out, men tend to be the heavy weights in fiction. The ones taken seriously. The ones who win the Big prizes. But Byatt's point begs the reality that being a woman is part of a female writer's lived experience and will inform her world view and writing. To say a woman's prize is ghettoizing is a little besides the point. It's not that women's writing can't compare to men's, it's that it doesn't have to. Nor does men's writing have to compare to women (although if it's going to sell and be read, it probably should appeal to women since women buy the most fiction). To deny that gender matters is simply to be cranky. Or young.