On October 12, I had the pleasure of finally meeting my favorite mortician, Caitlin Doughty. It was a signing for her second published work, From Here to Eternity: Travelling the World to Find the Good Death hosted by distinguished D.C. bookstore Politics and Prose. The same humor and charisma that makes Doughty’s “Ask a Mortician” YouTube series so successful lends itself well to writing and book promotion, delighting her audience and readers. When I first covered Doughty in an interview and book review in 2014, I called her a death geek to highlight her relevance to our site. Now it’s increasingly clear that no stretch of the imagination is needed to show that the good death movement and feminist movement are intertwined. Continue reading From Here to Eternity by Caitlin Doughty: Review and Signing Experience
Love it, hate it, or maintain your indifference toward it: Valentine’s Day is one of the top money-making holidays in the United States. Statistically, ‘romantic’ dinners outrank what people have, the past several years, primarily spent their money on for Valentine’s Day, followed by candy, trips, flowers, jewelry, and, finally, clothing/lingerie.
Keep in mind the term lingerie may include a number of items; historically, it could refer simply to a woman’s night gown, or it could refer to undergarments, in general. In the vein of undergarments, and in the historical realm, one article of clothing that might come to mind is the corset.
The book babes here at Daily Geekette are honoring literary classics for the month of January. With my penchant for anything written before the 1900s, I thought I’d join in but as a Chinese major, it’s been a while since I studied any Shakespeare or Austen. Western classics aren’t the only classics, however, so let me talk instead about the Chinese classic novel A Dream of Red Mansions. Continue reading “Girls are Made of Water, Men of Mud” — The Portrayal of Women in a Chinese Classic Novel