Depending on how much you buy into the hype and dialogue about Depression 2.0, you may also be considering some of the claims about how the economy affects people.
One thing is certain: men are being affected more than women. Men have experienced a whopping 82% of the job losses thus far. The author of the Slate article I've linked to, Emily Bazelon, has extended this claim to insist that male job losses are affecting relationships. It poses some confusion for the traditional roles of men and women, as well as some opportunities for women in the work force. It's certainly not easy for anyone.
Another belief about economic hardship that pertains to women is that female sex symbols plump out in difficult times. We seek more maternal, substantive and rubenesque body types when the economy is down: Marilyn Munroe, Nigella Lawson, or Scarlet JoHansson. By contrast, in periods of economic stability or excess, we admire thinner women: Twiggy in the sixties, or Kate Moss during the heroine chic of the Nineties.
The psychology behind this thinking is that we seek fertility and certainty in uncertain times and our sex symbols usually stand in contrast to the status quo. As resources are scarce, we value women with more meat. When resources are plentiful, we admire those who show self-restraint.
You can look at the evolution of different women's body types here and decide for yourself where we're headed. One thing is certain: times are tough right now so maybe we all need a little extra comfort food. (Besides, it might be a little sexy.)
Eat some grilled cheese. It makes everything better.
5-Blend Grilled Cheese Sandwich
No, this recipe does not abound in antioxidants. You can get some fiber if you use a nice whole-grain or 12-grain bread and the cheese has lots of calcium and a good amount of fat so you really absorb all the benefits of the calcium. We all know it's high in fat though, so it's not something I would make every day. I almost forgot: there's one more thing it's high in: soul. This recipe is very, very comforting and good for your soul.
2 tbsp of freshly-shredded strong cheddar
2 tbsp of freshly-grated parmigiano-reggiano
2 tbsp of freshly-grated mozzarella
2 tbsp of freshly-grated Gruyere
4 slices of 12-grain bread
3-4 tbsp of salted butter
Butter all the sides of the bread. Mix together the bousin with all the cheeses to form somewhat of a paste. Spread paste on 2/4 of the bread slices. Top cheese slices with other bread slices to form sandwiches. Fry in pan with butter until golden brown. Squish bread flat for panini effect. Serve with homemade vegetable soup.
The parmigiano-reggiano and cheddar add lots of flavour to the cheese blend, while the mozzarella and Gruyere lend a melty and deliciously stringy texture. The Boursin adds a herbaceous creaminess to the blend.