The Friday Five

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

1. Study: After Giving Birth, New Moms Spend More Time on Facebook by Hans Villarica of The Atlantic says a small, exploratory study suggests that social media may be a new way for parents to get the support they need during this stressful period of transition.

2. How Many Marriages Actually End In Happily Ever After? by Samara O’Shea of The Huffington Post says we tend to assume that the 50% (or 60%) who stay together do so happily. There is substantial evidence to suggest the opposite—that many of the remaining couples are together but aren’t happy about it.

3. Why Women Still Can’t Have It All by Anne-Marie Slaughter of The Atlantic says it’s time to stop fooling ourselves, according to a woman who left a position of power: the women who have managed to be both mothers and top professionals are superhuman, rich, or self-employed. If we truly believe in equal opportunity for all women, here’s what has to change.

4. I Was The Evil ‘Other Woman’ by Joyce Wagner of Salon.com says: “Mike and I were both at fault when he cheated on his wife. Why did my female friends give me all the blame?”

5. Will More Mainstream Ads Finally Start Depicting Gay Men and Women? by Aisha Harris of Slate.com discusses J.C. Penney’s recent Father’s Day print ad featuring a real-life gay couple playing with their two toddlers.

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