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Why the 'Robsten' Fail Makes Us Sad

(26) Comments | Posted July 30, 2012 | 6:16 PM

Reality Bites. Fans reacted with predictable intensity to the news last week that Kristen Stewart was caught frolicking with her married 42-year-old director. Evidence that she had jilted her long-term boyfriend and co-star, Robert Pattinson, left some women suffering a grief response that appeared quirky, to say the...

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Earning My Keep: Unpaid Labor is Still Work

(4) Comments | Posted June 26, 2012 | 2:30 PM

Oh, the luxury of being ignorant and sanctimonious. There are so many problems with Elizabeth Wurtzel's article (which was based on Anne-Marie Slaughter's Atlantic article on why women still can't have it all) but I'll start with her assumption that:

"If you can't pay your own...

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Who's the Pervert? Is Hitting a Child More Acceptable Than Holding Her?

(3) Comments | Posted May 22, 2012 | 1:57 PM

What's more noxious: a man spanking his 20-month-old child or bathing with her? Consider this: A gay single father has recently been reunited with his twin toddlers after being falsely accused, a year ago, of sexually abusing them. The father, a professional photographer, took many beautiful photos of...

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The Hypocrisy of Breastfeeding Shamers

(41) Comments | Posted May 14, 2012 | 10:55 AM

The Hypocrisy of Breastfeeding Shamers: Where's the Outrage Over Adult 'Oral Fixations'?

There's a lot of drama going on at TIME about 'extended' breastfeeding and whether the cover photo of a gorgeous blond mother nursing a preschooler was such a great idea. But the extensive commentary has missed...

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Sex And The Soft Bigotry Of No Expectations

(208) Comments | Posted April 16, 2012 | 1:30 PM

Did you hear the story of the sex columnist who never had an orgasm? True story: Tracy Clark-Flory, sex writer for and an enthusiastic defender of casual sex and "hookup culture," has just written here that she faked orgasms for more than...

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What Do Women Want: The Cinematic Wasteland of Female Fantasy (Part Three)

(41) Comments | Posted February 24, 2012 | 8:00 AM

After the still-human Bella and her vampire super-hero consummate their marriage in the Twilight saga, there's a briefly happy pause before a striking change of tone from 1950s-style romance to full-on horror. This shift would be a jolt to any mainstream movie but especially so for a girl's film, and...

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What Do Women Want: The Cinematic Wasteland of Female Fantasy (Part Two)

(60) Comments | Posted February 22, 2012 | 8:00 AM

When we last saw Bella, in the Twilight series, her single-minded ambition was eternal life with Edward Cullen. Even for young readers, her fixation feels a bit... limiting. I could handle the teen marriage, but why couldn't she just go to Dartmouth, already, and have her hybrid vamp-baby later? Before...

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What Do Women Want: The Cinematic Wasteland of Female Fantasy (Part One)

(15) Comments | Posted February 20, 2012 | 8:56 AM

O, wherefore art thou, Gregory Peck? On the 50th anniversary of To Kill a Mockingbird's release, it's worth pausing for a moment of gratitude for the stalwart romantic movie hero. I can't be the only woman who is tired of the parched landscape of bumbling man-children in American films. The...

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A Modest Proposal: The Case for Fair Trade Porn

(272) Comments | Posted February 3, 2012 | 9:25 AM

We have fair trade coffee and humanely raised pork. So why can't we create a market for ethically sourced pornography? A couple of decades ago, people didn't give much thought to their food's provenance. We didn't care about carbon footprints or the working conditions of the poor Africans who sold...

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