Solve Sexism With Overconfidence, Hope and Changing Your Brain

Even the best thinking on how to achieve economic/political parity with men always comes back to this conundrum: Women should act more like men to get ahead, but when they do, they are often penalized. So let's teach women how to act more confident, yet deferential, so as not to offend men. Then let's cross our fingers … » 4/17/14 5:20pm Thursday 5:20pm

Bourbon Ad Aired During Mad Men Last Night Was Dumb, Sexist

When I see a man drinking bourbon, I expect him to be the sort of man who likes to drink bourbon. I guess I could project some kind of cartoonishly rugged masculinity onto him — like the ability to build a bookshelf from scratch without math and picture myself watching adoringly/helplessly while he does so. But since… » 4/14/14 5:15pm Monday 5:15pm

Heads Up, Men: You Have No Secrets

A secret is something hidden on purpose — but if the "secret" is a fairly universal behavior practiced by lots of people that the average person would find utterly unsurprising ("Cats like string") then, sorry buddy, but that is not a secret to anyone but you. Which kind of makes it not a secret at all, but like a real… » 4/10/14 12:30pm 4/10/14 12:30pm

Here's Why Everyone's Acting Like April Will Be the Worst Month Ever

If you were thinking April was just another month in another year with your exact same face and Ides in it, then congratulations for not having to be online that much. Because LOOK OUT: Everyone is talking about how it is supposed to be a wild month for all people, relationships, transactions and experiences. Here's… » 4/08/14 2:00pm 4/08/14 2:00pm

I Don't Love (or Hate) My Body — and So Can You!

When it comes to body acceptance, it seems like there are two ways to feel: you either want to burn yourself in effigy for having the wrong kind of clavicle, or you're out on the corner handing out Up With People juice because you're so comfortable in your radiant form. But what if you're neither of those people, and… » 4/06/14 2:00pm 4/06/14 2:00pm

If You Could Choose Your Parenting Choice Again, Would You?

You would think that choosy moms choose their choice and would choose it again. But not always. A recent informal experiment into whether stay-at-home mothers would also advise other soon-to-be moms to stay at home now that they've walked a mile in their own choice shoes produced some interesting results about… » 3/30/14 2:00pm 3/30/14 2:00pm

Come On, How Often Do You Really Have to Poop on a Date?

I'm not trying to stir up, er, poo, but I have to ask: How often do you really need to drop a deuce on a date? Isn't this precisely the sort of thing you would do before a date, like, as part of your whole getting ready for the date thing? Shit shower shave is not just for dudes, k? But a book out soon promises to… » 3/21/14 7:00pm 3/21/14 7:00pm

Oh, the Unbelievable Shit You Get Writing About Music as a Woman

There's a blog goin' round the bend lately that's got people talking: A woman named Sarah O'Holla has a tumblr devoted to going through her husband's record collection, reviewing every single album to get to know more about it (and him). She's not a music critic; she's a librarian who waxes earnest/sarcastic about the… » 3/20/14 2:10pm 3/20/14 2:10pm

PLEASE Quit Reading Things That Explain What Guys 'Really' Mean

What do women really want? How do men really feel? If you've ever found yourself reading an article that attempts to "decipher" the "code" of male or female behavior, congratulations, you are grasping at straws (or hate-reading). I, too, have read approximately 14,000 bajillion of these pieces over the course of my life,… » 3/19/14 6:50pm 3/19/14 6:50pm

A Guide to Reese Witherspoon's Goop-y New Lifestyle Company

Reese Witherspoon is a talented, highly paid actress with a seemingly chipper disposition. But more importantly, she is a woman with elegance, blonde hair and good breeding who comes from down South, which means she is the perfect candidate for a lifestyle company that's gonna drop centuries of classed-up regional… » 3/17/14 3:40pm 3/17/14 3:40pm

​You Don't Need to Ban 'Bossy' — You Need to Take Away Its Power

The word bossy is not a bad word as words go. It can even be kinda great. It's when someone is aggressive to get shit done. Anyone can be bossy — go ahead and tell me you've never met a bossy guy without a title in sight. But you don't need a study to tell you this is a word usually reserved for women who give orders,… » 3/13/14 2:50pm 3/13/14 2:50pm

Top Easiest Ways to Emasculate a Dude (And Rule the World)

Based on all the dumb shit I've been told about how men allegedly are and women allegedly are, I've concluded the following: Being masculine is apparently just like being a proud lion, it is an intrinsically superior gift of strength and wisdom bestowed on men by the universe that women must stroke and honor (or else). … » 3/11/14 1:50pm 3/11/14 1:50pm

The 'Oil Pulling' Health Craze Works, Just Not in the Way You Think

What if I told you there was ancient folk remedy that could improve your oral health, provide incredible detox benefits and also fix a bajillion other things wrong with you right this very minute, except you have to swish oil in your mouth every day for like 20 minutes? Eh? Yay? Maybe? Intrigued? Me too. Let's talk… » 3/07/14 3:30pm 3/07/14 3:30pm

How to Love Your Armpits and Other Unsung Parts of Your Gross Body

Confession: Don't be jealous, but I am totally fine with my armpits. Call me an arrogant rube, call me body-shame ignorant, but prior to the Dove campaign to beautify the pits, I didn't even know I was supposed to hate them. Now I refuse to hate them so that I might one day grow to love them — that's what passes for… » 3/05/14 2:40pm 3/05/14 2:40pm

This 'Groin Gazing' Fashion Spread Starring Boners Is Amazing

Sometimes things that are revolutionary don't seem like that big of a deal. They seem like nothing special or just tongue-in-cheek enough to be more humorous than important social commentary, or just another cool thing on the internet. But who cares — even if something is all those things at once, it can still be… » 3/02/14 5:00pm 3/02/14 5:00pm

The Truth About How Much a Happy Couple Should Have Sex

Which comes first, the happiness or the sex? One half of a couple told me a curious thing recently: In couples counseling, they'd been advised to have sex twice a week to foster intimacy while working on the relationship. I wondered not just about the merits of setting a minimal number, but also: Why twice? Twice is… » 2/27/14 6:15pm 2/27/14 6:15pm

Practical College Courses That Don't Exist But Really Should

Why do we go to college? Is it to learn a skill? Is to learn how to think? Is it to meet a future mate? Is it to become a well-rounded person? Get shit-faced? Or is it purely a means to an end — a place to make valuable networking connections and net higher lifetime earnings? On some level it's all that stuff, and yet… » 2/26/14 4:50pm 2/26/14 4:50pm