I've been in the mood for media with interesting villains and antiheros lately, and it suddenly occurred to me that I'd like to see some interesting female
villains. But I don't want them to be Disney-villain-esque women whose motives are defined by their femininity. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz
on Nov 4, 2013 -
I switched from doing cardio to lifting weights at the gym, mainly because I LOVE IT. However, despite every website telling me that, as a woman, I won't get "big and bulky," I think I might be. I've gone up 1-2 clothing sizes, my butt has exploded, jackets now seem narrow in the chest ... It would be one thing if, standing nude in the mirror, I saw a 6-pack staring back at me, but I don't. It doesn't "look" like I've lost much body fat at all (but I can definitely tell that I've gained muscle - I've got a bicep! For the first time ever!).
So, my question: will one day my muscle mass get large enough that my metabolism will rev up and my body fat will melt away? What are other ladies' experiences with beginning weight training and that effect on their body? (and I mean REAL weight training - bench presses of over 100 lbs, for instance - not lifting a 5 lb weight)
posted by athena2255
on Oct 16, 2013 -
Can you recommend durable, somewhat fitted, not outrageously expensive work pants that will fit a small woman (5'0", 100 lbs, athletic build)? And by work I don't mean office-appropriate: I'm a carpenter and I spend my days at a grimy construction site. [more inside]
posted by halogen
on Sep 20, 2013 -
Is there a service that will let me plug in things I want ("empire waist dresses", "cardigans") that will send me deals for items I like without bothering me with other crap? [more inside]
posted by carolinaherrera
on Sep 16, 2013 -
I am looking for the female equivalent to Tycho Brahe, someone who's life was full of both achievement and adventure.
A woman who has a list of great deeds (such as discovering a supernova) and also great stories (like getting a moose drunk, or losing their nose in a duel over maths)
Is there such a woman (Well, I know there must have been, but more accurately has history recorded such a woman)
posted by Just this guy, y'know
on Sep 5, 2013 -
I want to wear long-legged underpants, to minimize thigh chafing and eliminate wedgies, but I'm not sure how. If you are someone with a large-ish body and hips who wears something like boxer briefs, can you tell me your secrets? [more inside]
posted by linettasky
on Aug 27, 2013 -
I have to get mammograms every 6 months or so. Due to past sexual trauma, I get badly triggered and end up dissociating (not that big of a deal) then freaking out. Have developed some ways of making this all bearable (take the full day off work, take a friend who has specific instructions about what to do when, etc.). My therapist suggested I try to find a mammogram office that is used to dealing with this type of issue and may have other suggestions and be willing to work with me on making it less stressful. [more inside]
posted by QIbHom
on Aug 23, 2013 -
I've been searching for a series of recent paintings (I think they're paintings, but I can't be sure) to no avail. Here's what I remember: they're of well-dressed women who are peeling back their skin to reveal viscera. I recall that they're by a Spanish artist and they're fairly recent. Please help me hivemind, all my google searches are coming up empty.
posted by ob
on Aug 19, 2013 -
I can't find an article (or an informal study) about the gender differences between a group of grad students. The male students were consistently doing better because they went to the professor and asked for more responsibilities (like teaching a class), while the female students thought the professors would come to the female students when the professors thought the female students were ready. [more inside]
posted by Monday
on Aug 12, 2013 -
What are some innovative programs for women and families that you've seen, heard of, accessed, or wished for? I am on the board of directors for a small women's organization in a small city in Canada, and we are tired of the workshop model of community development. I want to start some new programs that have tangible results. [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman
on Jul 30, 2013 -
CleverFilter: Please help me come up with a (non-masculinist) name for a monthly cocktail-making meetup! [more inside]
posted by Edna Million
on Jul 5, 2013 -
After rereading the Little House on the Prairie series, I want more books of a similar style! Particular specifications and a few more examples within. Note: Anne of Green Gables need not apply. [more inside]
posted by windykites
on Jun 13, 2013 -
During the Canada vs USA friendly women's soccer match, many of the Canadian players had a single rectangular shaped protrusion located high between the shoulder blades and under the jersey. What might this be?
posted by Feisty
on Jun 3, 2013 -
What is that commercial that's currently running where a woman steals a bite of her friend's cookie? They are standing at a fence and she steals a bite. Her friend says, "You just bit my cookie!" And she replies with her mouth full: "No way!"
posted by cmp4Meta
on May 14, 2013 -
Any tips from Metafiltrati with latin/italian lady experience to make things calmer or more manageable? [more inside]
posted by letsgomendel
on May 9, 2013 -
Hi there, I'm looking for instances in which female movie characters tumble down the stairs (onscreen). I have a bunch of the obvious ones like "Death Becomes Her" and "Showgirls," but surely there are tons I'm missing. As many as possible please!
posted by BE ADEQUITE
on Apr 29, 2013 -
Crowd-sourcing a student's question: I'm looking for contemporary novels about Iraq, Afghanistan, 9/11, and the war on terror that have been authored by women. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog
on Apr 24, 2013 -
I'm looking for suggestions for a contemporary art photographer who's spent time photographing women of different ages and and sizes and shapes. I'd simply like to view the work online or buy a book if the work has been published. [more inside]
posted by brynnwood
on Apr 20, 2013 -
Do men and women really have distinctly different communication styles.
For those of you who are in healthy relationships (romantic love or platonic), is there a wedge in communication that you constantly have to go against your natural instincts and fine-tune in a way that you don't have to with same-sex friends?
Is the stereotype true, do women need to 'talk it out' and men need to 'go to their cave'? Can women really improve the relationship by NOT talking about it and can men really improve the relationship by practicing reflective listening? Is there really a pre-programmed way to communicate based on your gender?
Something in this widely-spread viewpoint really rubs me the wrong way, and I'm not sure if the cultural/societal views(at least in my area) regarding men/women relationships are in fact, entirely valid and its just my own personal issues that need work.
What are your experiences?
posted by tenaciousmoon
on Apr 17, 2013 -
I'm looking for songs by women rappers. I currently like Kreayshawn, K. Flay, and Angel Haze - Nicki Minaj and MIA also fit, but are a bit more mainstream. [more inside]
posted by k8lin
on Apr 6, 2013 -
Lately I've been exploring books along the lines of "career advice for women," specifically to explore why I've been having trouble making myself heard effectively in my current work environment. I've found a couple of books that made me go "wow, I wish someone had given me this advice when I was 20" and now I'm wondering what else I'm missing. [more inside]
posted by sldownard
on Mar 22, 2013 -
What website am I thinking of - make clothes selections, creates a fasion profile, and then makes suggestions?
General advice on how to figure out what to wear... why does 30 feel so...weird? I feel like I'm either dressed like a 20 yr old or a 60 yr old - awkward, all the time. [more inside]
posted by jrobin276
on Mar 21, 2013 -
I think I have all the pieces for my interview outfit. Can you help me put them together appropriately? [more inside]
posted by peacheater
on Mar 20, 2013 -
A guy I've been flirting with linked me this site
, saying he does a lot of reading on it, and that I might like it. I understand (from Wikipedia) that Osho was a relatively acclaimed philosopher, but I find the articles that talk about women on that site faintly off-putting. I trust your judgment, MeFites - what are your opinions on Osho's teachings? [more inside]
posted by cucumber patch
on Mar 9, 2013 -
I'm posting this on behalf of my mom, who is self-conscious about her neck. She has a pretty youthful looking face, and is going for a neck lift(?) this summer, but really wants work clothes that hide the neck in the meantime. [more inside]
posted by tatiana131
on Mar 2, 2013 -
How many times has James Bond used a woman's body to prevent himself from getting killed (blocked a bullet from hitting him with a woman, etc)?
posted by aaanastasia
on Feb 24, 2013 -
I'm interested in the citizenship of Vatican City -- does it include any women? if yes, how many, and what are their roles? and what is the age range of citizens? Since citizenship is granted according to official status, I assume there are no children? How about residents, as opposed to citizens? Are there any spouses or children of citizens living there? [more inside]
posted by Corvid
on Feb 24, 2013 -
Just wondering if anyone knew of some depictions of women (either TV or film) in uniformed roles that pass the Bechdel test. Bechdel test being where two named women have a conversation about something other than a man. I'm racking my brain but can't think of any.
posted by Saebrial
on Feb 24, 2013 -
Cluelessly-dressed 30-year-old office-working lady here. I have come to the conclusion that it is in my best interest to start leaning much more toward the business
side of business casual
on a daily basis.
Professional women/fashion mavens of Metafilter, could you lend me a hand with these business wear-related queries? [more inside]
posted by divined by radio
on Jan 24, 2013 -
I have a friend who insists on a certain way of understanding how men and women couple off. Basically, he sees the situation as rather animalistic, where all the women are essentially waiting to be asked out, and the first men to do so get the "choicest" women. The rest of the women are left for, well, the rest of the men. Obviously, this is pretty traditional/sexist/chauvinistic. Anyway, barring all that, he feels a constant urgency to get to women "before somebody else does," because "the best women will be taken." Of course, I understand asking someone out before someone else does, but his theory is off-putting to me.
It seems like human personalities, reasoning, circumstances, geographies, and cultures throw a monkey-wrench into his theory. Things are a lot more complicated in my mind. Do you have an alternative way of seeing the dating world, have a different experience, or are there any studies that you could point me to on this subject?
posted by uncannyslacks
on Jan 23, 2013 -
I am searching for beautifully crafted, durable women’s shoes made from leather that will last for years. I know this is a tough bill to fit so I am not limiting this search to any particular kind of shoe or price range. For boots, I typically look for strong welting (Goodyear method) but this is increasingly difficult to find. I love the look of Frye’s but most seem poor quality for the money. For example, the outsole and upper are simply glued together in most models (although the engineer boots look pretty solid). For heels/dress shoes, I am interested in full-grain leather instead of the bonded or “genuine” stuff. I’ve heard good things about Fluevog and Chie Mihara, but haven’t looked into them yet. Any experiences? What other brands might have these qualities? Are there high quality men’s shoe brands out there that also make shoes for women?
posted by turniphead
on Jan 10, 2013 -
Are there any stores that still stock tall/long womens' pants and jeans in their brick and mortar stores? [more inside]
posted by matcha action
on Jan 3, 2013 -
Female sports players: what are your favorite and least favorite sports to play co-ed, and why? [more inside]
posted by cairdeas
on Dec 21, 2012 -
Friend keeps calling other women whores and I find this offensive, but she thinks I'm "censoring" her [more inside]
posted by sedulous
on Dec 19, 2012 -
At age 45 I'm noticing changes in the hair all over my body: less on my head; more on my chin; darker, thicker moustache; more on my feet. Bonus difficulty: I am a woman. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Dec 13, 2012 -
I am finally all caught up on Fringe having first started watching just a month or two ago. I need some veteran viewers to answer an overarching question I have. Mild spoilers likely. [more inside]
posted by Iteki
on Dec 4, 2012 -