Guest Blog — The Game: A Surprisingly Homoerotic Romp Through the Male Id

April 4, 2011
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I’m a little late to The Game, but last week I read Neil Strauss’s exposé of the pick-up artist (PUA) community. Feminists might find offense in these dudes’ approach to women, but the book isn’t about women at all. It’s about men. The Game is a Fight Club-esque dudes-on-dudes tour of the search for self […]

Guest Blog — Wordclouds for Toys Marketed to Boys v. Girls

March 31, 2011
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These two images speak for themselves. Check out the wordcloud for toys marketed to boys, compared to the wordcloud for toys marketed to girls: and: Can you guess which one is which? Find the explanation for how the wordclouds were conceived here. These wordclouds don’t necessarily speak to latent gender preferences, but they do speak […]

Posted in: Sexism

The Myth of the Campus Mattress

March 23, 2011
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Wall Street Journal editors must have made a New Year’s resolution to corner the 2011 market on controversial Mother-knows-best Life & Culture columns. First the editors gave us the Tiger Mother, who told us why Americans were ruining their children; then there was Kay Hymowitz, who told us why men in their twenties are still […]

Posted in: Sexual Ethics

Price of Pregnancy Drug Raised Thanks to FDA

March 15, 2011
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Life just got harder for a lot of pregnant women—and they have the federal government to thank. Makena is a drug given to pregnant women who are at risk for premature delivery. It’s administered in a series of weekly shots and can be prescribed for as many as 20 weeks. Until recently, it cost between […]

Posted in: Health Care

For Richer, For Poorer: When Jilted Lovers Sue

March 9, 2011
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Romantic partnerships are, in many ways, like business partnerships: partners make risk assessments; they merge their assets; they invest time and money; and they balance costs and benefits. But should the courts treat romantic promises between partners as legally binding? The Chicago Tribune reports: Lauren Serafin’s wedding was set — dress purchased, Ritz-Carlton reserved, honeymoon […]

Liberate Women, Reduce World Hunger

March 7, 2011
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Foreign governments that restrict women’s freedoms are severely retarding global economic progress. The United Nations released a report today indicating that the number of hungry people in the world might be reduced by 150 million if women worldwide were allowed equal access to tools, resources, and markets. This isn’t revelatory. Women are over 50% of […]

Kay Hymowitz, Charlie Sheen, and Ashley Wilkes

March 2, 2011
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Since its publication on February 19th, Kay Hymowitz’s “Where Have the Good Men Gone?” has deftly managed to draw criticism and mockery from both sexes. Feminists responded to the op-ed by protesting that women’s liberation shouldn’t be held to blame for the decline of the male sex; while men generally reacted with something like, “We’re […]

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