Why Are People Still Hung Up on Height in Relationships?

We're all aware that men are slightly taller than women, so it should follow that in hetero couples out in the world, you would expect men to be taller, on average, than their female companions. That's true. But it turns out that it's more than just true by chance, it's also true by choice. Culturally, we've taken an… » 1/28/13 6:30pm 1/28/13 6:30pm

You Might Be Happy But Your Life Is Still Meaningless

Turns out, even happiness isn't even a foolproof strategy for the good life. Sure, technically your life might be really good if you're happy, but it will still be shallow. That's because happy people these days are actually just selfish people who spend their time making sure all their needs are met but are not… » 1/11/13 5:30pm 1/11/13 5:30pm

Death to Chivalry, Long Live Politeness!

Should we give chivalry another chance? No thanks. Chivalry is an archaic term that is only necessary if you think women are fragile posies who must be protected by self-proclaimed knights in shining armor. Letting go of the sexist word doesn't mean men shouldn't be polite and respectful, obviously. It means that… » 12/11/12 1:50pm 12/11/12 1:50pm

Finally, Someone Says It: Hookup Culture Is Good For Women

When we talk about "hookup culture" — the oft-lamented outcome of the sexual revolution, scourge of our era, and sole reason why 7-year-old girls can now purchase padded bikini tops at Abercrombie & Fitch — we almost always talk about everything women have lost since the good ol' days when women were protected by… » 8/24/12 7:15pm 8/24/12 7:15pm

Big Brother Is Watching You: The New Wave of Weight-Loss Apps

The Atlantic's June cover story, "The Perfected Self," is about how infamous Harvard psychologist B. F. Skinner, who became an industry scapegoat for his much-maligned "fascist and manipulative" behavior modification theory (which is, in a nutshell, that "gentle, punishment-free behavior-modification techniques could… » 5/24/12 11:50am 5/24/12 11:50am

New TV Show Focuses On How You're Going To Be Alone Forever

In a recent issue of The Atlantic, Kate Bolick argues that the marriage is an ever-evolving social relationship and that, due to social and economic factors that are changing the ways that men and women behave, marriage is becoming less and less appealing to educated American women. Men are becoming less attractive as… » 11/08/11 6:20pm 11/08/11 6:20pm

New Yorker Boycotted For Lack of Female Writers

Anne Hays noticed that the two most recent issues of the New Yorker featured almost exclusively essays and reporting by male writers. So she's returned those copies to the magazine, accompanied by a blistering open letter to the editors. » 1/03/11 4:11pm 1/03/11 4:11pm

How Your "Dead White Girl" Television Is Made

The guy who falsely confessed to murdering JonBenet Ramsey, Casey Anthony's family, all things remotely related to Natalee Holloway — meet the man who brings these treasures to television "news." At least he hates Nancy Grace. » 8/11/10 5:38pm 8/11/10 5:38pm

"Investing" In Your Closet Not Recommended By Actual Investment Experts

If you've opened a women's magazine recently, then you probably know what's in this season. "Investment" fashion! » 4/01/10 6:00pm 4/01/10 6:00pm

The Sexy Secretary Takes All Comers, Including Vogue

Call it a policy charm offensive or the fruit of a long-suppressed desire to tell the world how much he resembles Lyle Lovett: Timothy Geithner is talking to Vogue, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic. Let's compare and contrast! » 3/16/10 2:00pm 3/16/10 2:00pm

"Investing" In Your Closet Not Recommended By Actual Investment Experts

If you've opened a women's magazine recently, then you probably know what's in this season. "Investment" fashion! For the new economy, editors and luxury advertisers have been throwing around terms like "value," "quality," "green," "key pieces" and "timeless" as though they had some, well, timeless meaning. » 5/20/09 5:00pm 5/20/09 5:00pm

Pregnant Woman Rebuts Abortion Blogger, Makes Ultimate Sacrifice By…

Things seem to be tumbling along with our abortion blogging buddy » 8/26/08 1:20pm 8/26/08 1:20pm at "What To Expect When You're Aborting." She craves pickles, and is suffering from "swelly ouchy titties." Her surgical abortion is planned for this week, and I'm sure we'll hear a level-headed yet gallows humor-filled take on it. However, some…

Memo To Hillary Clinton: You Should Have Done The Sexism Speech

The Atlantic » 8/12/08 10:00am 8/12/08 10:00am's new issue has out today, focusing on a number of Hillary Clinton insiders' memos and e-mails which paint her campaign at least as dysfunctional as you suspected and probably more so. Even author Joshua Green was amazed at how much paper he was given to wade through, saying "paranoid dysfunction breeds…

Awesome British Lass Gives Women's Magazines Her Best Left Hook

We love to complain that the greatest crime perpetuated by women's magazine editors that they publish the old same crap under different covers month after month, year after year. Well, yesterday, we were directed to a website, Faking Good Breeding, on which a Smith College coed posted an excerpt from "What Every Woman… » 2/20/08 4:00pm 2/20/08 4:00pm

Did you know that women can make themselves orgasm...just by thinking about dirty thoughts? Well you can, and dudes cannot! Sucks to be them! A brain scientist recently "measured autonomic and brain activity during orgasms that women have produced by thought alone. During the thought orgasms, the magnitude of the… » 2/13/08 3:20pm 2/13/08 3:20pm