The Friday Five

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

1. Five Myths About Marriage by Stephanie Coontz of The Washington Post asks: Is marriage really better for the community?

2. S/He by Jesse Green of New York Magazine says parents of transgender children are faced with a difficult decision, and it’s one they have to make sooner than they ever imagined.

3. The ‘Man Crisis,’ Continued by Tracy Clark-Flory of says a new book makes an old argument—boys and young men are failing at life and love—and remains unconvincing.

4. The Right’s ‘Gendercide’ Crusade to Limit Women’s Autonomy by Michelle Goldberg of The Daily Beast says sex-selective abortion is a problem worldwide, but not in our country. So why are House lawmakers seeking to ban it?

5. 20 Years Later, It Turns Out Dan Quayle Was Right About Murphy Brown and Unmarried Moms by Isabel Sawhill of The Washington Post says that cohabitating parents split up before their fifth anniversary at about twice the rate of married parents, and child poverty rates would fall by as much as 20 percent in an America with more two-parent households. We’re not sure we agree with this one.

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