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Yay or nay? The mooncup

mooncup.bmpEver since the journo, Caitlin Moran, mentioned her mooncup in a tweet this morning it has been a trending topic. The response has varied from "ewwww" to "what the heck are they??".

For the uninitiated, a mooncup is a small, plastic device used to capture menstrual blood during your period. You take it out and empty it periodically. It has stellar green credentials, as it does away with the need for tampons or towels.

So, what's your view on the moon cup? Are you all for it or faintly repulsed?

Posted by Queen Victoria on September 20, 2010 12:02 PM in Yay Or Nay
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Yay or nay: the anti-rape jacket

Thumbnail image for antirapejacket.pngEarlier this week we asked whether you'd carry a rape alarm.

There seemed to be lots of reasons not to - it might go off accidentally in your bag in the middle of a shop, humiliating you shrilly as you frantically search through your keys and lipsticks to turn it off.

And if you do manage to locate it and turn it on during an attack, people will pay as much attention to it as they do to car alarms, and leave you to fend off the attacker yourself. Possibly, the best we could hope for is temporarily deafening him.

So what do we think of this anti-rape jacket?

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Posted by Robyn Wilder on July 19, 2009 9:00 AM in Fashion| Robyn Wilder| Women's "Ishoos"| Yay Or Nay
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9/11 World Trade Center plush toys, urban knitting and general crafty delights

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Now, I don't have anything against knitters. Some of my best friends knit. In fact, one of my best friends, the fabulous Tchatchke, knitted me this fetching beanie to keep my thoughts warm in winter. But the sad fact is I have needle envy. I can't knit, sew or crochet - I wish I could, but I don't have the patience and my fingers won't obey me. And I can't imagine the thought and care that must go into crafting a piece of work.

So what to make of these homemade 9/11 plush toys by Johnny and Jenny Ryan? (More after the jump)

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Posted by Robyn Wilder on December 15, 2008 6:22 PM in Crafty| Culture news| Ethics| Robyn Wilder| Yay Or Nay
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McCain's Defeat? All Sarah Palin's fault

sarah-palin.jpgIn a weird echo of the Bwandgate story, mysterious sources in the McCain camp are now blaming McCain's defeat by Obama on Sarah Palin, claiming she "didn't know Africa was a continent". In a report on Fox News, reporter Carl Cameron said that he'd been told of a catalogue of malaprops and gaps in her 'knowledgeability' (not the most eloquent of phrases, under the circumstances) which they're only revealing now, having lost out on the White House.

Now, I'm probably the last person to stick up for a woman who wanted rape victims to pay for their own police investigation, but this is all bit disheartening, no? And it's not a million miles from the fall-out from Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross' fortnight of ignominy. Here's the Fox report:

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Miss Naked Britain's website & 'No make-up make-up' has me confused...

gok-wan-thumb-200x331.jpgThe second episode of Gok Wan's Miss Naked Beauty is on tonight, and after the furore over episode one, it'll be interesting to see how the whole blasting-make-up-off-girls-in-their-smalls concept develops.

What's rather disappointing is what's on the Miss Naked Beauty website. Because whatever careful thought may or may not have gone into the programme, it throws up a few bum notes. With a whole section devoted to achieving natural beauty through make-up (um, hello?) and links to heinous plastic-surgery enthusiast Nicky Hambleton Jones, we're getting a few mixed messages.

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Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster's Tate Exhibition

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster is the latest artist to rise to the challenge of decking out Tate Modern's famously capacious Turbine Hall. We've had a giant crack and a scary spider, as well as a post-apocalyptic hazy sun... and this latest installation corresponds to the troublesome pattern of end-of-world imaginings. Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster is one of France's leading artists and her work "TH.2058" involves 200 metal bunk beds, each with a book on a suitably alarming end-timey theme. There's HG Wells's War of the Worlds, for example, and J G Ballard's The Drowned World. The scene is set 50 years from now and the work has a serious message. But can you take it seriously? Critical reactions have been mixed so far.

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Dolly Poll: Zooey Deschanel - yay or nay?

zooey.jpgThe Zooey Deschanel backlash has begun. Which is a shame, because here at Dollymix we think she's pretty great. We liked her in The Hitchhiker's Guide, she was the best thing about The Happening, Elf and Failure to Launch. But is she just a bit too kooky? That's the question. Jezebel weighs up the evidence. Anthem magazine reckons she's boring. Sure, she has a quirky way about her and a funny way of spelling her name, but since when was that a hanging offense? What do you think, readers? What is the Dollymix readership consensus on Ms Deschanel?

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Yay or Nay: Would you go up in a Virgin Galactic space ship?

My friends, the future is already here. (And that Richard Branson's come a long way hasn't he? Seems just yesterday he thought hot air balloons were a pretty neat idea. Now nothing but actual space will quench his raging thirst for altitude.)

In case you hadn't heard the improbable news, Branson's latest venture Virgin Galactic is on course to fly a 'space ship' full of ordinary folk 1000km up - so they can experience six minutes of weightlessness. The prices are out of this world, too: it'll cost you $200,000 if you're one of the first 100 to sign up. Those rumoured to have put their name down already include Sigourney Weaver, Paris Hilton, Moby, William Shatner and Stephen Hawking. Hopefully no one else will sign up and they'll just have to try and think of things to talk to each other about for the whole trip. But would you do it?

Posted by on July 31, 2008 12:20 PM in Geekery| Yay Or Nay
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Yay Or Nay Wednesday: are Disability Dolls a good idea, or a 'sick joke'?

Disability Dolls

The popularity of so-called Disability Dolls is on the rise. Pictured above is the Down's syndrome doll, which features "a horizontal crease in the palm of the hand, the ears set low on the head, a flattened bridge across the nose, a slightly protruding tongue".

The Guardian reports that Helga Parks, who produces and sells Down's syndrome dolls, insists that money isn't the reason for making these dolls. She explains that when she gave a Down's syndrome doll to her niece that her face lit up and she "pointed to her doll and said: 'This is me.' Parks explained how important it was for children with disabilities to have toys and dolls that reflect themselves.

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Celebrities

Justin Timberlake in his new move The Love Guru- yay or nay?

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Here's all of our favorite ex-boybander, Justin Timberlake. He's got some creepy, Boogie Nights, That '70s Show makeover, and despite the fact he's in his underwear, I don't really know what to think. The movie is called The Love Guru, and I'm curious as to what you think about this. Can you overlook the frightening underwear, man-perm and scary mustache? Is this character still hot because it's Justin Timberlake??

[via The Daily Mail]

Posted by on February 29, 2008 4:09 PM in Celebrities| Yay Or Nay
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