Friday, February 22, 2008

Arranged’ Marriage, Co-Residence And Female Schooling, India

Arranged’ Marriage, Co-Residence and Female Schooling: A Model with Evidence from India
Issued February 13, 2008
Institute for the Study of Labor
We model the consequences of parental control over choice of wives for sons, for parental incentives to educate daughters, when the marriage market exhibits competitive dowry payments and altruistic but paternalistic parents benefit from having married sons live with them. By choosing uneducated brides, some parents can prevent costly household partition. Paternalistic self-interest consequently generates low levels of female schooling in the steady state equilibrium. State payments to parents for educating daughters fail to raise female schooling levels. Policies (such as housing subsidies) that promote nuclear families, interventions against early marriages, and state support to couples who marry against parental wishes, are however all likely to improve female schooling. We offer evidence from India consistent with our theoretical analysis.
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Sunday, February 10, 2008

The Arts of Kissing

The Art of Kissing (revised 2005). "Get it and expand your puckering portfolio." --Seventeen. This book contains a whole section (36 pages) on the french kiss. If I was buying only one book on kissing, it would be The Art of Kissing. It was the first book I wrote (in 1991), it was totally revised and brought up-to-date in 1995 and again in 2005, and you won't be disappointed. If you're a visual person, you'll be delighted to learn that we just made the book into a 90-minute DVD, which will actually show you all the kisses.

The Birth Order Book of Love: How the #1 Personality Predictor Can Help You Find The One. The first book to present a comprehensive examination of romantic compatibility. Based on groundbreaking sibling research, this book will help you find out who you should be kissing. (Forthcoming 2008.)

The Art of Kissing Book of Questions and Answers. This book contains a whole chapter (28 pages) on the french kiss.

Kiss Like a Star: Smooching Secrets from the Silver Screen. This book will teach you to kiss like a movie star.

The Book of Kisses, quotations about kissing from the likes of Kevin Costner, Madonna, and 500 others.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

The Kiss in Culture: The Artists

Rodin's The Kiss (1901-14)

Masterpieces from the Tate Collection, including Rodin’s The Kiss (1901-14), Degas’ Little Dancer Aged Fourteen (1880-1), Picasso’s Weeping Woman (1937) and Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Diptych (1962), will come to Liverpool, some for the first time, as part of a major rehang of the Collection at Tate Liverpool sponsored by DLA Piper. The new displays, over three floors of the gallery, have been arranged to celebrate Liverpool European Capital of Culture 2008.

A key feature of the new displays will be a special focus on the work of two celebrated British artists: Bridget Riley and Stanley Spencer, including some of their best-known works.
Tate holds the national collection of modern and contemporary art; DLA Piper Series: The Twentieth Century offers visitors to Tate Liverpool the opportunity to see more of the Tate Collection than ever before. Presenting important historic, modern and contemporary works, the displays will explore the history of the past one hundred years of art in a radical new way, by offering a parallel history of abstract and figurative art. DLA Piper Series: The Twentieth Century will include a rich variety of approaches to representational and non-representational art, highlighting key moments and developments, as well as continuities through the 20th and into the 21st century. The displays will follow a chronological framework, but will accommodate some ‘moments’ that juxtapose artists from across the history of Modern and contemporary art.
The first and second floors will be divided thematically: on the first floor a series of titled rooms will look at the various manifestations of representational art and the continuation of figuration within Modern and contemporary art, while the second floor will trace the journey towards abstraction, and examine the complexity and diversity of abstract art. This opposition, one of the most familiar and widespread of approaches to Modern art, is given a more complex reading through these displays, showing that, throughout the history of Modernism, the one responds to, or is informed by, the other.

Among the works included in the displays will be masterpieces by Whistler, Degas, Bonnard, Picasso, Matisse, Brancusi, Modigliani, Kirchner, Mondrian, Spencer, Magritte, Ernst, Moore, Pollock, Giacometti, Bacon, Warhol, Judd, Stella, Kelly, Oiticica, Boetti, Nauman, Riley, Hatoum, Whiteread and others.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

TuzlaDailyPhoto: Night life

TuzlaDailyPhoto: Night life

Why We Read

Why We Read Erotic Romance source

Now that I've gotten your attention with the hot, sexy, half-nekkid bod, tell me what you REALLY like about erotic romance. Although I think most women enjoy a good visual, they prefer the words, imaginings, and emotions beneath the skin. That's why erotic romance is enjoying a huge surge in popularity. Women have discovered their own Playboy magazine, but instead of looking at hot men, we're reading about them. It's not just the hot sex, it's the story, stupid.

I think that's one of the reasons why Deep Throat was such a popular X-rated movie. Although I saw the movie many years ago (on the UCLA campus to be exact), I remember it as having an actual story and lots of humor. Otherwise, I have no interest in watching explicit sex scenes in a film. Ahhh, but give me a sensual read.

The best of erotic romance should be able to stand on its own without the sex. The sex scenes are heightened and hotter when we have insights into the traits, strengths, and insecurities that drive the characters.

What are some of the reasons you read (or write) erotic romance? What needs and desires does it fulfill or exorcise for you?

Women Feel

Women Feeling, touch, and senses. Education Blogsite.

From a comphrehensive view from ........

New Readings in Female Anatomy included three book works on The Reading Table- two of which were collaboratively authored. The first- HYSTORIES, added to the voices in Hall's first film about hysterectomy, and the second A Female Handbook engaged 36 women Hall invited to complete a sentence for her. During all the exhibitions of NRFA, Hall left blank books on The Writing Table- inviting women to add their knowledge and experience so she could continue to "build a library" of female knowledge.

While contributions to these blank binders were significant, Hall initiated a series of writing workshops with girls and women hoping to "make authors" to contribute to the project. During installations or residencies in Vancouver, Montreal and Providence, RI, Hall worked with almost 200 women who contibuted their writing to the project following the workshops. While she is still transcribing some of this writing, the first suite of ten books on body image, are close to completion. They will be posted here as they are finished, and those in progress can be seen here.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

National African American Parent Involvement

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Jan. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — National African American Parent Involvement Day (NAAPID) will be observed Monday, February 11, 2008. Parents will be taking their children to school/visiting theirchildren in school in support of this national endeavor to encourage parents to come together in a single setting to promote educational excellence for today’s youths. “Of all the civil rights for which the world has struggled and fought for five thousand years, the right to learn is undoubtedly the most fundamental.” (W.E.B.DuBois). This day is an excellentopportunity for improving home, school and community relations. Ann Arbor (MI) Public Schools principal, Joseph Dulin, founded NAAPID, a nonprofit 501(C) (3), volunteer, national initiative. He conceived the idea of a National African American Parent Involvement Day after accepting the challenge made of them at the Million Man March to return to their individual homes and do more to build, involve and increase their commitment to improving the quality of life in their community, particularly for African Americans. Without question, he credits parent involvement for much of the success that he has experienced as an educator. Further, research supports parental involvement as a viable means of enhancing children’s academic successes. Dulin believes that, “Every parent wants their child to have a better quality of life than they themselves have had. It is the American dream, and for many African Americans, this dream has not been realized as a result of their child’s failure in school. Education is the key to success and parents are educators’ greatest allies.”

While the focus of the day (during Black History month) is primarily focused on African Americans, the purpose and intent of NAAPID is not mutually exclusive. ALL parents are encouraged to participate. This national observation provides a vehicle to open up dialogue among teachers, parents and students that will lead to a more conducive learning environment for every student from kindergarten through college. School districts across the nation are requested to make a special effort to make this day “parent friendly”.

Events and activities for the day are at the discretion of the schools. Things to do can range from classroom visitations to luncheons/dinners to national speakers to weeklong celebrations. Some districts have even formed a coalition to work together to present “NAAPID @ Night” in order to further expand the school day and to allow parents an opportunity to be involved who are unable to attend during regular school hours.

We ask that public and parochial institutions of learning plan to participate in this win/win endeavor. NAAPID needs not only the academic community, but also the “village” as a whole.


For more information or an interview contact: Joseph Dulin at 734.997.1236 or Barbara James at 800.351.4097; FAX 734.997.1903; Web site–;

Thursday, January 17, 2008

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Instant Expert: Love
The word love appears in many contexts: there's maternal love, familial love, romantic love, sexual love, a wider love for fellow humans and religious love for God, to name but a few. Some cultures have ten or more words for different forms of love, and poets and songwriters always find myriad aspects of love to celebrate.
The science of love is still in its infancy. Yet scientists are beginning to get early insights into the nature and origin of love. We can now look inside human brains to view changing patterns of activity and biochemical changes that take place during love, explore diverse human experiences of love, study how we select mates and woo lovers, and look for the evolutionary roots of love.more...