What does the PERFECT woman look like?

Two articles that appeared today on msn.com   

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Health Magazine shares with us what the perceived “Perfect Body” looks like according to a recent survey obviously presented to perfect people—and features a photo of Kim Kardashian, the Poster Girl for the Perfect Body according to the men surveyed.

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The other article features Lauren Chamberlain, a professional softball player, who discusses her involvement in the current ESPN Body Issue. In her own words…softball

Are you ready? “This was one of those crazy, write-it-in-your-diary kind of goals of mine. I have talked about the ESPN Body Issue since it’s been around. I don’t think I said yes for myself necessarily. I said yes for the girls around the world who might see the issue and see someone who looks like them – someone who’s thicker, bigger, not as jacked as the typical athlete – and that could give them that boost to love their bodies.” @espn #Body10

THIS is a perfectly real woman.

 

New Mace for Women!

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Came across this today at the checkout counter at the local Field & Stream…

Finally, Mace has introduced their product in Hot Pink so that we fragile ladies can now protect ourselves. Thank god they realized that women are unable to operate tools that do not come in pink.

Interesting to note that Mace also upped the amount of sprays from 10 to 15 for their women’s model so that they can charge 23% more for Hot Pink.

Thank you, Mace! Now, if manufacturers could just sell a hot pink car so that women can start driving…

Hold my Wine While I Putt

heidi-mediocre-golfer-e1525227933147.jpgMaybe it was the nine-iron that Elin Woods lovingly planted into the side of Tiger’s Jeep as her world-famous husband tried to flee the scene that made me realize that women and men view golf quite differently.

As Tiger Woods’ fall from grace parlayed into his disappearance from televised golf tournaments, public interest in golf fell as well. Couple that with the fact that women currently make up little more than 20% of all golfers, and you can see that golf has a P.R. problem—and along with it, an opportunity. What if women took control of the game, gave it a long-needed makeover and made it their own?”

Women, I’m talking to you—if you have EVER thought about getting involved in a sport that is healthy, fun, challenging, social, and something you can do while drinking, have I got the sport for you.

Here are four random things that might make you consider picking up a set of clubs…

  • If there was ever a sport that gives women an advantage, it’s golf. So much so, that at times, the women’s tees can give women an extreme advantage over men. Because of the placement of many women’s tees, men would win more golf scrambles if it occurred to them to put a woman on their team.
  • If you’re looking for a sport that you and your significant other can enjoy together without either one of you wanting to kill each other at the end of the round, this is your lucky day because in golf, you’re technically not playing each other—you’re trying to best your own score.
  • Golf can fit into your schedule AND your lifestyle. If you’re anything like me, nine holes is all you have the time and patience for. I can do eighteen, I just don’t want to. Golf is the perfect sport because you can make it a social thing with friends, a networking outing with clients or simply embrace the tranquility of what golf has to offer by going out on your own.
  • You can grow old doing this. There’s a reason why a lot of old people golf…because they can! Golf is more about finesse than strength, and a sport that you can take up at ANY age. There are wonderful female golf instructors in the area. Call one and give it a try!

And then there are the perks of golf—nice apparel, cool gadgets and cup holders on golf carts. Just remember… Golf bags come in a multitude of colors. Don’t limit yourself to pink just because a man in the design department at Callaway thinks women can’t possibly want a blue, black or orange bag.

See you on the green.

Hurry… While Supplies Last

It’s common practice for online companies to suggest products based on past purchases or web searches, so it didn’t surprise me to find an email in my inbox from Amazon. With my marketing background, I’m totally good with that.

And then I look at the product Amazon thought I would like… My Sack Photo

Amazon reasoned that because I’m a woman who viewed golf bags on their site, surely, I would be interested in this fine golf accessory. I know it’s intended to be funny, but it falls flat on so many levels…

  • The sack emulates a part of the human anatomy I do not possess.
  • Someone in the marketing department made it pink so women would naturally gravitate to it. I know it was a man because no woman would come up with this product idea.
  • They’ve included pink golf balls in the off-chance that the sack isn’t enticing enough.
  • And just in case women still aren’t hitting the “order” button, they display it hanging on a pink-accented golf bag because, well, you know.

According to the description, there is only one left so hurry while supplies last. Women around the world can only hope they’ll be restocking soon.

Heidi McCrary / Writer

Finding our Voice Again

With attendance numbers topping three million, the inaugural Women’s March held in January of 2017 was the largest single-day protest in U.S. history. Celebrating the power of women, this peaceful movement grew quickly to advocate legislation and policies for all human rights. This year, the marches took place again throughout the world and closer to home in Kalamazoo.  Friends, sisters, grandmothers and daughters; all ages of women finding their voice again after too long.

Most young women today have little understanding of the battles their mothers, grandmothers and great grandmothers fought throughout history in an attempt for equal footing, or even just a step in the right direction for equal rights. While quite young, I had the pleasure of seeing feminism explode wide open with the actions of activists like Gloria Steinem. But somewhere along the way, the movement lost its way—pushed aside to make room for Barbie dolls and castles in the girls’ toy aisle at the department store.

And then our country became politically polarized to an extreme not seen in decades.

If nothing else, the rise of extremist viewpoints also gave a voice to a segment of the population that thought status quo was good enough. Women are again standing up and finding their voice.

H and SAnd girl, this time the world is listening.

Change often comes when the voice of many find a common cause. The #MeToo movement started with the courageous stand taken by a group of women in Hollywood—a change that has grown to include all occupations and situations involving sexual harassment. While the Time’s Up movement has resulted in career casualties and will no doubt bring more, it is the unavoidable consequence of a swinging pendulum that will bring real change for young women today and tomorrow.

During the telecast of this year’s Golden Globes, Oprah Winfrey received the annual Cecil B. Demille Award for lifetime achievement. She gave a powerful acceptance speech, and wrapped up with the following…

…I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon! And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say, ‘Me too’ again.”

~~ Heidi McCrary

 

 

 

 

I Just Discovered This Feature on Facebook, and it’s Killing me!

You know how Facebook is awesome about protecting your privacy? You can UNLIKE someone, and it won’t send any sort of alarms to the person on the other side. It doesn’t go, “Hey! Someone you thought was your friend just decided they’ve had enough of you!” No, it just quietly detaches your connection with your ex-cyber-friend.

Facebook is kind, in that it even allows us to hit the pause on someone if we’re feeling overwhelmed (or underwhelmed) with a friend’s posting activity. You can hit pause, and the friend never has to know. It’s a win-win—you get to take a break from so-and-so, and they’re blissfully unaware of your mini-vacation from them.

Facebook World was all roses and sunshine for me until I stumbled upon this particular feature on my AUTHOR PAGE. Keep in mind that this is a professional page, and different from my personal page. This is where I share my writing and posts that are more thought-provoking in nature.

And this is where I found this feature…

Negative FeedbackUnder posts on a professional page, it lists the number of people you reached. If you click on the blue 60 people reached, a Performance for Your Post pops up. You get stuff like how many LIKES and LINK CLICKS you got—all good, right? But if you scroll down, you’ll see the section called, NEGATIVE FEEDBACK. This is a horrible horrible piece of feedback that I don’t need, because while I know it happens, I don’t need to actually see that there are people who are HIDING my posts! Who needs to know that? Facebook doesn’t even pretend that this isn’t the meanest feature ever created, since it’s called NEGATIVE FEEDBACK.

I may never post again…

And the Award Goes to… The Women’s Race to the Oscars

 

While this is ski season for my husband, you’re more likely to find me tucked away in a movie theater, and this season I have had the pleasure of seeing several movies that have garnered many Academy Award nominations—all starring women in lead roles…

movies 2Lady Bird – a coming of age movie featuring two strong female performances—Saoirse Ronan as young Lady Bird, and Laurie Metcalf as her mother. Directed by Greta Gerbig, this quiet film balances vulnerability with raw, simple emotions and warmth.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – a dark character-study involving a mother struggling with an unsolved case involving her daughter. As usual, it’s star, Frances McDormand delivers a powerful performance as a woman who is clearly not easily defined.

The Post – yet another movie with a female lead, starring Meryl Streep who must be getting tired of the endless nominations. While this true story is compelling, and painfully relevant still today, even with the casting of Streep and Tom Hanks, the storytelling falls a bit flat.

The Shape of Water – arguably, the quirkiest of the movies nominated, with an endearing and understated performance by Sally Hawkins. Part fantasy / love story, The Shape of Water also stars Octavia Spencer as Hawkins’ partner-in-crime. Both are up for Oscars.

I can only speak for the movies and performances I have seen, so my Oscar predictions are…

Best Actress:

Frances McDormand  /  Three Billboards

 

Best Supporting Actress:

Laurie Metcalf  /  Lady Bird

 

Best Director:

Guillermo del Toro  /  The Shape of Water

(But I’ll be thrilled if Greta Gerbig wins for Lady Bird)

 

Best Picture:

Lady Bird


 Bonus Prediction…

Best Animated Movie

Coco (Delightful & insightful, the best to come along since Toy Story 3)

 

The Oscar telecast is Sunday, March 4 on ABC, so there’s still time to catch a movie or two.  Pass the popcorn!