Posts Tagged ‘women’

If you have a heart, chances are it has been broken before. Maybe a relative died or an ex broke your heart (word of advice: don’t blog about it. Yikes!), but something happened that put your ticker through some emotional distress.

For most of us, a broken heart is just a figure of speech. Sure, you can’t eat, you can’t sleep and you don’t enjoy the things you once loved, but there’s little physical pain attached to the heartache. For a select few people, however, a broken heart can mimic the agony of an actual heart attack.

Broken Heart Syndrome was first identified in the 1990s by Japanese medical researchers. The condition, caused by a sudden rush of hormones and adrenaline, can actually cause one’s heart to begin behaving as though it’s having a heart attack. But while the body’s experiencing the symptoms of a heart attack, it isn’t suffering from the physical damage associated with such a medical trauma. Sure, broken hearts are a pain, but they don’t actually clog your arteries. (The food consumed during a broken heart, however, just might.)

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We’ve all heard that good looks can get you far (well, farther than the average-looking Joe). Sad, but it seems to be generally true.

Now, ladies have another aesthetic demand to live up to besides our (hopefully) good, or at least decent, genetic makeup. We have to think about our applied makeup. You know, the ones the majority of females draw, smack, powder and all that jazz on her face most mornings, if not all. Lovely, isn’t it?

For some—though I would hope all—that do wear makeup on a daily basis, we’re choosing to do it because we like it. Pure and simple, we enjoy putting on and wearing makeup. It’s fun.

However, now it might not be nearly as fun since it might be required for us to do it in order to have the best chance of advancing in our professional fields. It has been reported that based on recent studies, women who wear makeup are more likely to be seen as competent, intelligent, warm, trustworthy and approachable.

I don’t think being barefaced would impede your success in the long-run, but I have to concede that it could make it more difficult. It’s a woman’s choice whether she wants to put the time and effort every morning into putting on makeup, but I think it should also be said that it doesn’t have to necessarily be pancake makeup.

A little concealer and eyeliner can go a long way. No one wants to see a mask in the office either. So, ladies, it’s up to you to decide what’s best. The studies are out there telling us to wear the black kohl on our eyes and paint our lips.

What’s your take on it?

-Erin Elzo

If you’re sitting there scratching your head, wondering why I would choose to write about this topic, you clearly haven’t seen me. I stand at a whopping five-foot-one, so naturally, this information is completely interesting to me. A new study published in the Lancet Oncology suggests that the shorter a woman is, the less risk she has of having cancer. Thus, the taller the woman, the greater a chance of having cancer.

Now, there are obviously other risk factors, such as genetics and environment, etc., but height, according to this study, is also a key player. British researchers say that for every four inches of growth, a woman increases her risk by 16 percent. Specifically, the risk for developing breast cancer is increased by 17 percent, ovarian cancer 16 percent and cervical cancer by 19 percent.

-Julia Fuino

The word usually makes my skin crawl. But upon hearing this one “special” word just about 900 times on Sunday night, I think I may have become immune to it, possibly even used to it. To whom do I owe this change of heart, you ask? Well, that award goes to Eve Ensler and the 26 Syracuse women who staged The Vagina Monologues Sunday at Hendricks Chapel. And if you didn’t already guess it, yes — the word is  vagina.

Eve Ensler is a writer, political activist and a performer. In 1996 she wroteThe Vagina Monologues, which is a compilation of short stories that in some way or another is about the vagina. But beyond the surface of these stories is a play about female empowerment and violence against women and girls. (more…)