Parents Hope Their Sons Are Geniuses and Their Daughters Aren't Fat

Another reason to feel bad for today's little girls: one day, the straight ones will grow up to face a dating selection consisting of doted upon nightmare boys raised by parents who used the power of the internet to validate their sneaking suspicion that their lil' All Star might be a genius. Meanwhile, the girls'… » 1/22/14 4:45pm 1/22/14 4:45pm

Being a Good Person Versus Being a Nice Girl

"Be a good girl?" "Smile, sweetie." "She's such a nice girl." They're all phrases most women have heard in their lives, whether they're on the receiving end of them or have heard them being said to another woman. "Good" and "nice" are adjectives that have a lot of baggage for women, which is why it's so refreshing to read about… » 7/31/13 5:00pm 7/31/13 5:00pm

Your Afternoon Cry: Caitlin Moran's Posthumous Tips for Her Daughter

No, thankfully Caitlin Moran isn't dead. She's alive and — for the most part — doing quite well. There's just one thing: Her daughter is about to turn 13 and the stress of it is making Moran possibly smoke herself into an early grave. And it was with that in mind that she penned this funny, touching essay for The Times » 7/26/13 12:20pm 7/26/13 12:20pm

What I'd Like for Father's Day: An Open Letter to My Daughter

No ties, please. No cufflinks or gift certificates. No presents at all, really.

Kid, if you're struggling for some last-minute token for Father's Day, here's what I'd really like — this year and for years to come:

I want you to know there's no end game. The sports you play, the colleges you get into, the accolades you… » 6/15/13 3:00pm 6/15/13 3:00pm

Aww: Vladimir Putin is Getting Divorced

The many, many rumors are true: Reuters reports that everyone's favorite shirtless Russian president is getting divorced from his wife Lyudmila after 30 years of wedded bliss. No word yet on when we'll get some more photos of their mysterious daughters. Perhaps now the floodgates will open and a secretive family past… » 6/06/13 6:45pm 6/06/13 6:45pm

Daughters of Communist Party Leaders in China Might Finally Benefit…

As you've watched the Chinese Communist Party leadership age over the last two decades, you've probably kept yourself awake at night fretting about who will produce the next generation of Communist propaganda. Well? Will the Politburo of tomorrow be full of more stodgy and corrupt old dudes, or, by some unforeseen… » 3/19/13 6:40pm 3/19/13 6:40pm

Genius Dad Styles Daughter's Hair With a Vacuum Cleaner

Here's awesome father Brandon Ramirez beautifying his adorable daughter's hair using a vacuum cleaner attachment. At first, it appeared to be a flowbee he's employing for the task — but no, it's just a regular old vacuum cleaner. So resourceful! This is that pioneering spirit that kept folks alive on the Oregon Trail. … » 3/12/13 9:30pm 3/12/13 9:30pm

Father's Day Memories Of A Pot-Dealing, Cross-Dressing, Murdered Dad

A woman named Tanya Quaife, now grown and working at nonprofit for LGBT homeless youth in Los Angeles, tells the complicated story of her father on Salon in a piece rife with bitterness, sensationalism (sentences like "The detective told me my father's penis had shrunk to the size of a seahorse," a number of disgusted… » 6/16/12 2:45pm 6/16/12 2:45pm

Moms Don’t Frazzle Their Daughters with Fancy Math-Speak

It turns out there's a perfectly reasonable explanation behind the glaring under-representation of women in science- and math-related fields and, despite what Larry Summers would have you believe, it has absolutely nothing to do with aptitude — it's all about conditioning, specifically, the manner and frequency with… » 2/26/12 5:00pm 2/26/12 5:00pm