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    Friday, January 27, 2006

    Women, You've Heard this Before

    85% of women are wearing the wrong size bra.

    You can't read a damn magazine anymore without that tidbit assaulting you.

    NYT's intrepid Alex Kuczynski discovers her true size.

    What do we find out? Getting a bra that fits cost A.K. $124. A.K. might have that kind of money to prevent her cashmere from looking a little lumpy, but the rest of us might have to spend that $124 to buy enough bras for the next 5 years.

    There's yet another problem with getting a bra in your "true size" and it is best described in another NYT article, this time Penelope Green's "Our Equity, Ourselves," which details the introspective nature of women's real estate purchasing:

    For women, first-time home-buying, they realized, is "both a painful and revelatory process." How you handle it, they said, tells you a lot about how you handle life in general. Ms. Huneven and Ms. Murphy leaven a therapy-infused vernacular with an appealingly dry, seen-it-all tone. "The market will tell you where you belong," Ms. Murphy said with a snort, "but you can't take that as a reflection of who you are. At least you're not supposed to. Of course we all did. The market will also tell you to 'get in, get in, before it's too late.'

    Women, we just can't do anything without it being a big narcissistic emotional experience of self-discovery, can we?

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