Politics and Feminism

Women As the Object of Desire

September 29, 2016
Women As the Object of Desire

After my recent post about strategic ways that women can signal their attraction to men, we discussed how tricky it can be to walk the fine line between signaling interest and initiating. Women coming of age today have been raised to pursue achievement in service of their goals. So it seems backward to relegate ourselves to […]

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The Sharp Rise in Bisexuality Among Young Americans

June 9, 2016
The Sharp Rise in Bisexuality Among Young Americans

While reading A Little Life by Hanya Yanagahira recently, I came across a passage where Willem, a key character who is a very good looking film star, mentions in passing that although he is straight, he’s had sex over the years with men sometimes. He said it was true of most of the straight guys he […]

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The Blowjob as Snow Job

April 7, 2016
The Blowjob as Snow Job

Peggy Orenstein’s new book Girls and Sex: Navigating the New Landscape has kicked up a lot of interest. Many are alarmed by her findings based on 70 interviews, but there’s nothing much that surprises me there. From Amazon: “While the media has focused—often to sensational effect—on the rise of casual sex and the prevalence of […]

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Trends in the US Marriage Market

March 24, 2016
Trends in the US Marriage Market

Contrary to some erroneous impressions, recent research using longitudinal data from almost 10,000 subjects has revealed some interesting patterns with regard to marriage. Specifically, who goes for it. It turns out that the most attractive males and females marry at the highest rates. In addition, increasing female wages offer women the opportunity to delay marriage while holding […]

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The Nice Guy Strategy

March 22, 2016
The Nice Guy Strategy

The Nice Guy ™ is one of the internet’s most ridiculed characters. He is slammed for his sense of entitlement, the ways in which he misrepresents himself, and his capacity for self-delusion. He is notorious for blaming women for his own lack of attractiveness. And he’s creepy. Example: This open letter was posted in a dorm lobby a couple […]

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