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“While both sexes agree that women with make-up look more attractive when it comes to “high status,” it really depends on who is looking. Men think women with make-up are more ‘prestigious’, while women think women with make-up are more dominant.”

Research suggests that ‘high status’ can be obtained through two main routes. Either you are dominant, which means you are happy using forcefulness or manipulation to make people follow you. Alternatively, you can gain high status by prestige; by having positive merits and qualities that make other want to follow you.”

The study also found that women held rather negative views of other women who wear make-up.

Dr Mileva added, “We did some follow-up studies as to why women might feel that women with make-up are perceived as more dominant, and it looks like it might be related to jealousy and threat potential — women rating women with make-up said they would be more jealous of them, thought they were more promiscuous, and would be more attractive to men than their non-make-up wearing counterparts.” –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the description of one of your female characters, with and without cosmetics. How do your other characters relate to her based on her cosmetic choices?

Journaling Prompt: If you are a female, how do you feel about wearing cosmetics? If you’re a male, what do you prefer in women you relate to?

Art Prompt: Cosmetics

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the politics of cosmetics.

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I made soup tonight
and all my ancestors danced
in the pot, with the barley
the beans, the knuckle and neck bones,
enriching this brew;
Here women joined
love and ancient wisdom, the knowledge
salt and pepper bring; Secrets
that are ritual and legacy.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story that involves food and magic.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about cooking? 

Art Prompt: Cooking magic

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the magic of cooking your own food.

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Monday LizzieBorden

Women who commit deadly violence are different in many ways from male perpetrators, both in terms of the most common victims, the way in which the murder is committed, the place where it is carried out and the perpetrator’s background. This is shown by a new study that also investigated homicide trends over time in Sweden…

“There were more pronounced differences between male and female perpetrators with adult victims compared with when the victim was a child (under 15 years). The adult victims of female perpetrators were more often male and an intimate partner. The victims were often under the influence of substances at the time of the crime and they died mostly due to knife violence,” said Thomas Nilsson, Researcher at Sahlgrenska Academy.

Another difference was that previous violence between the victim and the perpetrator was more common in cases of female perpetrators than male perpetrators, and that women more frequently committed crimes in the home environment. The home was the most common murder scene for all cases but it was even more common for female perpetrators, where the murder took place in the home in nearly 9 out of 10 cases.

Women were assessed to have carried out the crime under the influence of a severe mental disorder more often than men. Crimes committed by women were more frequently classified as manslaughter or infanticide (due to the fact that only women can be convicted of infanticide), while crimes committed by men are more frequently classified as murder or involuntary manslaughter by assault. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a violent woman and her crime.

Journaling Prompt: Do you judge violent men differently than violent women? Why?

Art Prompt: Violent women

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience the story of an infamous female killer and her crime.

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Healthy wolves and healthy women share certain psychic characteristics:keen sensing, playful spirit, and a heightened capacity for devotion. Wolves and women are relational by nature, inquiring, possessed of great endurance and strength. They are deeply intuitive, intensely concerned with their young, their mates, and their pack. They are experienced in adapting to constantly changing circumstances; they are fiercely stalwart and very brave. –Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story with a healthy woman as described above as the protagonist.

Journaling Prompt: How are you like a wolf?

Art Prompt: Women and wolves

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the traits that women share with wolves and include a personal story about yourself or a woman that you know.

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Le Jour ni l’Heure 0452 : William Hole, 1846-1917, Arrivée, 1068, de Marguerite de Wessex, future reine d'Écosse et sainte Marguerite, 1898, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Édimbourg, samedi 14 avril 2012,12:43:56

Men deprived of female company quickly became fearsome creatures, and Trevor believed you could argue that civilization was in fact the invention of women, or at least the invention of the men who wanted to please them. If it were not for the ladies, Trevor often proclaimed, especially after a few beers, humanity would doubtlessly still be roaming the forests in animal skins. –City of Darkness by Kim Wright

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story, poem or haiku about an all-male civilization gone bad.

Journaling Prompt: Who creates the civilization in your family?

Art Prompt: Men as Fearsome Creatures or Women as Creators of Civilization

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a humorous story about men gone wild

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…women were not in early times exempt from war service, nay, probably would have scorned to be so. They fought beside their husbands, and slew or got slain with as reckless a courage as the men, and it was not until the time of St. Columba, late in the sixth century, that a law was passed ordering them to remain in their homes–a fact which alone speaks volumes both for the vigour and the undying pugnacity of the race. –The Story of Ireland by Emily Lawless

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story with a female protagonist who goes to war.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about women in combat today?

Art Prompt: Warrior women

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a story about a famous female warrior.

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Nurses of the Elliot City Hospital in Keene New Hampshire

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