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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Jan. 10, 2005 / 29 Teves, 5765

A new tease for desperate housewives

By Lenore Skenazy

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Desperate housewives are doing it in public. A few of them, anyway, because it is still a very private thing. A shocking thing. Perhaps the final taboo.

They are (please cover the next two words if you are under 18 or think Farrah Fawcett is a brand of sink) wearing curlers.


That's right. Liberated as any Afghan babe blowing off her burka, a small cadre of cuties has begun sashaying in flagrante decurlo through the halls, the malls and even - I've heard - onto airplanes. My friend Nancy Deihl just spotted two rollered women in Manhattan "and they weren't wearing scarves!"

"I had a curler sighting about a week ago," reports Diane Rumbaugh in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

"A woman sat down right next to me!" says Heather Newcomb of her experience in Cherry Hill, N.J.

"This was the first time I'd seen anyone venture out in public with rollers in as long as I can remember," says Jane Booth of San Diego.

Coast to coast, the rollers are rolling, begging the question: why?

Are these women being trendy? Trashy? Or could they in fact be ushering in a new era of raw female sensuality the likes of which we haven't seen since Sonny met Cher?

Oh, please! It's obviously the latter - a huge new movement with worldwide ramifications. But of course, there are some who argue otherwise.

"Many celebs seem to be wearing big, wavy hair - Beyoncé, Gwen Stefani, J.Lo," notes Irma Zandl, head of the trend-watching firm that bears her name. "Maybe there's a little '80s thing happening."

Maybe. But even so, back then we never saw our idols actually futzing with their hair, we only saw the results. Curlers remained offscreen.

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So maybe the rollers are simply a symptom of our national slovenliness. "It's totally because of this sloppy trend," says Patty Handschiegel, creator of the Web site StyleDiary.net. "The Olsen twins, Jessica Simpson and Britney - how could we forget Britney? - are photographed all the time in big sweatshirts and baseball hats." Curlers could be just the next rung down.

But the fact is, curlers are more than just casual. They are totemic: utterly female and - until now - utterly shameful.

To don a curler, be it spongy or plastic, "is a symbolic act of sexuality," declares Rich Hanley, a professor of communications at Quinnipiac University. "Curlers say, 'This is a sexual being.' If a woman is wearing them, there's a promise of something good to come."

Desperate housewives know exactly what that something is. Curlers scream they're out to get it. A woman in curlers is carnality incarnate.

Now, maybe the world doesn't recognize that quite yet. But it certainly explains why curlers make men feel so uncomfortable. And just as a century ago pregnant women weren't supposed to be seen in public because their condition was considered so indecent, so the curlered woman has been expected to hide inside.

Until now.

Today the modern goddess ventures forth in a crown of cylinders. She is powerful. A little scary. And about to unfurl a revolution.

Permanently may it wave.

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