Politics and Feminism

Men and Marriage: The Dominant Cultural Narrative

January 25, 2016
Men and Marriage: The Dominant Cultural Narrative

My regular readers know that I’m very interested in the effect that popular culture has on behavior. Specifically, it provides a cultural narrative that informs us what we should want if we’re normal. It may tenaciously grip the public consciousness even as it is rejected by individuals. Hookup culture is a perfect example; media and […]

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The Sad and Lonely Bachelors of New York City

January 20, 2016
The Sad and Lonely Bachelors of New York City

Several readers have written to ask what I think of the recent New York Times article Meet the New York Bachelors Who Yearn for Something More. Written by Sridhar Pappu, a 40 year-old single guy, the piece explores the growing number of 40 year-old men who feel like misfits in their social circle because of their single […]

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Pop Culture Feeds Rape Culture

January 8, 2016
Pop Culture Feeds Rape Culture

In the last couple of years, there’s been renewed debate about whether rape culture exists, much less what it looks like. The term was coined by feminists in the 1970s and is defined here: “Rape culture is an environment in which rape is highly prevalent, normalized and excused by the society’s media, popular culture, and political […]

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Assortative Mating is Here to Stay

January 5, 2016
Assortative Mating is Here to Stay

There’s been a great deal of talk in the media recently about the rise in assortative mating, which is the voluntary pairing off of very similar individuals. Assortative Mating By Education/Income ♥ The marriage rate between people with the same level of education is higher than at any point since the early 20th century. Educational homogamy […]

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Have Women Finally Had Enough of Effortless Perfection?

December 3, 2015
Have Women Finally Had Enough of Effortless Perfection?

Are Millennial women finally turning their backs on the insidious self-destruction of Effortless Perfection? Much has been written about the curse of Effortless Perfection. The term was coined in 2003 after a Women’s Initiative landmark study by Duke University sought to evaluate the school’s climate for women. The research included faculty and other employees, alumnae and grad students, but […]

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