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Stephanie Coontz

Marriage and Gender Equality Today: An Interview With Stephanie Coontz

Omega Institute | Posted 09.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Omega Institute

Most relationships work on an economy of gratitude -- recognizing and acknowledging the many ways in which your partner makes your life richer or easier. Demonstrating that sense of gratitude and appreciation every day, in whatever way works for your particular relationship, counts for far more than whether you follow some generic tip handed out by a relationship guru.

Employer-Based Birth Control Coverage Is Smart and Right

Laura Stepp | Posted 05.11.2014 | Politics
Laura Stepp

The cost of offering family planning coverage to employees accounts for less than one percent of total employee coverage costs. These costs are easily offset by savings to the employer due to averted unplanned births.

Marriage: What's Love Got To Do With It?

2014 Salt Lake Tribune | Peggy Fletcher Stack | Posted 02.14.2014 | Religion

On Valentine’s Day, American husbands and wives of every age, faith and region will shower their beloveds with symbols of undying affection — flow...

Tackling Child Poverty: Having That Vision Thing

Bruce Lesley | Posted 03.17.2014 | Impact
Bruce Lesley

Nobody -- no matter their political ideology -- should find it acceptable that 22 percent of our nation's children live in poverty

Affordable Child Care Necessary to Reviving Gender Equality

Anika Rahman | Posted 05.01.2013 | Parents
Anika Rahman

Average child care fees exceed average housing costs among families with two children. In most states, the average annual cost for an infant in center-based care exceeds public college tuition. It's easy to see that for some women, it's financially more beneficial to stay at home.

Making the Personal Political

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 04.21.2013 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

The Feminine Mystique is 50 years old; do you know where your equality is? Here's a hint: If you're a woman living in America, it's still pretty far out of reach.

20 Important Lessons I've Learned About Marriage

Kate Schermerhorn | Posted 04.11.2013 | Weddings
Kate Schermerhorn

Yes, a cynical reader might ask what I could possibly know about marriage, having been divorced twice, and this question would be a valid one. But you often learn the most from your own mistakes.

Why Feminists Should Champion Mel Feit's Quest for Men's Liberation

Stephanie Fairyington | Posted 04.01.2013 | Politics
Stephanie Fairyington

The NCM has advanced its many causes through counseling services, helping men find family law experts, staging protests at women-only establishments and using the media to trumpet their movement.

Don't Write Men Off Just Yet

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 03.31.2013 | Women
Dr. Peggy Drexler

For many years, I faithfully drank eight glasses of water a day. I was told it was good for me. I never really knew who first said that, or why. Now I find out that it's just a rough guideline from a 1945 government report; which also pointed out that we get most of the water we need from just eating food. I'm beginning to wonder if the same thing is happening in that turbulent new arena of gender handicapping: that women are rising and men are toast -- their masculine roles as fire starter and bear killer usurped by a new age of female power. Like the water rule, it's been repeated so often, we've come to accept it as fact. But also like the water rule, conventional wisdom about the decline of men ignores an important qualifier.

The Masculine Critique

Brad Harrington | Posted 12.08.2012 | Business
Brad Harrington

Difficult economic circumstances, less-than-stellar academic performance, and growing equality for women may have all conspired to lessen men's advantage at work, but "success" in the workplace is not the only or ultimate measure of a life well-lived.

What's Really Holding Women Back

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 12.02.2012 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

Somewhere along the timeline of women's liberation, the message that we can have it all morphed into an oppressive belief that we should be able to do it all.

Having It All Starts with Defining 'ALL'

Maura O'Neill | Posted 06.25.2012 | Women
Maura O'Neill

Like Ann-Marie, I made sacrifices when I went to Washington, leaving behind a husband and house in Seattle for an amazing set of public service opportunities. Her willingness to share her struggles and bare her family's story makes the conversation about women having it all palpable.

Lessons We Learned From Mad Men

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 05.23.2012 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

Mad Men doesn't pretend that these "career girls" are empowered: These gals are as hemmed in by the intractability of the system as they are by their rigid underwear.

Women and Work: How Goes the Revolution?

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 04.28.2012 | Women
Dr. Peggy Drexler

In 30 years, women are settled in everywhere from the CEO's office to the Supreme Court to the battlefield to earth orbit. The term "first woman" that signified every breakthrough has lost its news value. There is just not that much of note to break through these days. With one exception.

Do We Really Know What Love Is?

Vicki Larson | Posted 04.21.2012 | Weddings
Vicki Larson

Many of us are stumped to define love, and even those of us who can define it often find that others may not agree with our definition. Yet we all have an idea of what love is.

Why You Shouldn't Marry For Love

Vicki Larson | Posted 01.02.2012 | Weddings
Vicki Larson

Sometimes, after x-number of years of marriage, we just don't love our spouse as much as we used to -- if we still love him or her at all, that is.

How Reconciling Fathering With Feminism Just Got More Complicated

Andrea Doucet, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Andrea Doucet, Ph.D.

The fit between feminism and fathering has become a taken-for-granted part of my work and my life. But I was recently forced to rethink this combination as I followed a debate between men's rights activists (MRAs) and their critics.

WATCH: Men Happiest When Given Little Criticism And Lots Of Sex

The Huffington Post | Zoe Triska | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Last night, Stephen Colbert interviewed author Stephanie Coontz about her new book "A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at th...

Does Marriage Really Make A Difference In A Relationship?

Cristen Conger | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Cristen Conger

Do unmarried, cohabitating couples derive just as many mental, physical and social benefits from their relationships? To sum up the 60-page study: Yes.

Stirring Up The Feminine Mystique For A New Generation

Christine Whelan | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Christine Whelan

I am a professor of sociology teaching classes on gender and social change -- and I have never read Betty Friedan's "The Feminine Mystique." It turns out that very few of my well-educated, feminist-leaning friends have either.

Study: Older, Unmarried, Educated Moms On Rise

AP | LEANNE ITALIE | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

New mothers in the U.S. are increasingly older and better educated than they were two decades ago, according to a study on the state of American mothe...

A Champagne Toast to the 50 percent Who Stay Married

Jane Minogue | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jane Minogue

Here's a toast to those couples who got married this month and to those in the 50 percent that have stayed married.

Omnigamy, anyone?

Jane Minogue | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jane Minogue

Stop debating whether or not gay marriage will open the door to polygamy and bestiality, and understand that marriage is an ever-changing arrangement to meet individual, social, cultural, and religious needs.

Married, Sleeping Solo?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

How many couples who sleep solo trade a less-than-perfect sex life for better sleep?