The Friday Five

This week’s roundup of our favorites from across the interwebs to help you make sense of men and women.

1. To Reclaim or Reject ‘Slut’? by Tracy Clark-Flory of says the Limbaugh controversy is a perfect example of the complexities of reappropriating, or renouncing, the slur.

2. The Strange, Fascinating History of the Vibrator by Erik Loomis of says the sex toy has its roots in the prude Victorian era—but its history tells us a lot about the current attack upon women’s sexuality.

3. Women Figure Anew in Senate’s Latest Battle by Jonathan Weisman of The New York Times reports that Senate Democrats are beginning a push to renew the Violence Against Women Act, the once broadly bipartisan 1994 legislation that now faces fierce opposition from conservatives.

4. State Pols Outraged by Anti-Abortion Laws Push Onerous Restrictions on Viagra by Allison Yarrow of The Daily Beast asks: Want to use the popular potency drug? First undergo a rectal exam, celibacy lecture, and waiting period. How fed-up female state legislators—and at least one male—are pushing bills to retaliate against male-led restrictions-laden drive to limit women’s rights to abortion and birth control.

5. To Get More Women in the Boardroom, We Need More Men at Home by Frances Rosenbluth of The Huffington Post says that in the U.S. women occupy fewer than 15% of the seats on corporate boards, and only 2.6% of chief executive offices of Fortune 500 companies. But for women to really get ahead in the boardroom, we need a quota on how much time men spend helping out at home.

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