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. The Myth of Male Decline by Stephanie Coontz of The New York Times says reports of a matriarchy are exaggerated. In many arenas, the progress of women has stalled.

2. The Mockery Feminists by Katie Roiphe of Slate.com says feminism used to be deadly earnest. Today it’s funny, sarcastic, and ironic. What happened?

3. Marissa Mayer Can Work If She Wants by Mary Elizabeth Williams of Salon.com says the new Yahoo CEO plans to work during her short maternity leave—not that it’s any of your business.

4. Till Death, or 20 Years, Do Us Part by Matt Richtel of The New York Times says it may be time to acknowledge the harsh truth that nearly half of marriages in the United States end in divorce and many others are miserable, and consider something like a 20-year marriage contract.

5. Why Gay Men Still Can’t Donate Blood by Tara Sun Vanacore and Abigail Barnes of The Atlantic says with the country in great need of donation, science should speak louder than stigma in determining who can help.

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