Friday funnies: When women get together

After having had a very productive morning with two other therapists, having coffee, laughing, telling stories and planning a workshop, I thought I’d search the internet for some takes from other people on the theme of When Women Get Together… enjoy and have a great weekend!

First up: When women get together outside the kitchen is a post from Zuska about the way in which other people, typically men, view groups of women when they’re together.  This excerpt from UrsulaK le Guin,

How men feared women! she thought, walking among the late-flowering roses. Not as individuals, but women when they talked together, worked together, spoke up for one another – then men saw plots, cabals, constraints, traps being laid.

Zuska continues with a look at the way women can be perceived even in informal gatherings in an academic setting…  Beware men, some of us really ARE plotting and out to get ya!

There really are only three reasons for women meeting together outside the kitchen:

  1. Catfight. Two women fighting with each other, generally over a man or access to a man. You know, of the Krystle & Alexis variety, which the menz are always hoping will devolve into
  2. Plotting against a man or men in general. They want to manipulate him, they want to defame him, they want to emasculate all men. Whatever it is, you can be sure they are Up To No Good.
  3. Swapping recipes for the next time they are meeting together inside the kitchen.

Yeah right…

Of course, some women get together to plot revenge…while others simply take action – alone

And others simply let their hair down as these women dancing Khaleegi (Arabian Gulf-style dance) show us.

Which reminds me that everyone, including the men in our lives, need to take a break. Let’s do this over the weekend!

Friday funnies

For once I’m going to be slightly sensible on a Friday Funny – and point you here to a brief post by Dr Shock about the health benefits of humour.

People who study humour – are they seriously funny?

Actually, while you’re there, take a wander around the rest of his/her posts – some really interesting (ah, should that be ‘neurostimulating’) posts on a range of topics.

Now, for all women who have struggled so long and hard to find the Right Gift for The Man of Your Life – here are a bunch of presents your man REALLY wants.  (Thanks Manly Jack for the not-so-subtle hints!)





To finish: a LOLcat, ‘cos I haven’t posted one in a while!

Movember! (shameless plug for men’s health)

If you think back to the dark old ’70’s and all that hair – and shudder – do NOT go to this website!


Men’s mortality is in many parts of the world sadly forgotten – with all the awareness about women’s health, and in particular cervical and breast cancer, we do forget that men also get cancer. And even more sadly, men are less likely to see their doctor for a regular health check, often take poorer care of their health, and as a result, are more likely to die than women at any age… for more reading about the need to specifically address the way we as health providers approach men and their need for self management, take a look at my colleague Mike McKinney’s presentation at the NZ Pain Society Conference this year ‘Blokes are just women who wear trousers … right?’

Anyway, the reason for my post today is because although it’s almost over, Movember is here!!! Movember is an annual whisker-growing effort by men (and Mo Sista’s) to raise awareness (and cold hard cash) of the need for men to have their prostates checked.

To quote from the website: Movember – Changing the face of Men’s Health
Movember (the month formerly known as November) is a charity event held during November each year.

At the start of Movember guys register with a clean shaven face. The Movember participants known as Mo Bros then have the remainder of the month to grow and groom their moustache and along the way raise as much money and awareness about male health issues as possible.

Movember culminates at the end of the month at the Gala Partés. These glamorous and groomed events will see Tom Selleck and Richard Hadlee look-a-likes battle it out on the catwalk for their chance to take home the prestigious Man of Movember title.

While growing a Mo is left to the guys, Mo Sistas (ladies that support their guys or love Mo’s!) form an important part of Movember with their powerful feminine touch, by recruiting Mo Bros, helping to raise funds and attending the highly anticipated Gala Parties.

But it’s not all fun and games, so why the extreme behaviour?

Which ever way we look at it, men are far less healthy than women. The average life expectancy of a man in New Zealand is 4 years less than a woman.


You may not be quite up to growing one yourself, but take a moment or two to think about men’s health, and see if there is something you could do this month to improve the way we deliver health care to our blokes.

BTW – yes, I learned how to put pictures on here! Yay!