The Friday Five

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

1. Why Do Rape Laws Still Protect Spouses? by Mary Elizabeth Williams of says Washington state mulls a long-awaited change to how it defines sexual assault.

2. Gayle Trotter’s Ideas Will Not Keep Women Safe by Amanda Marcotte of refutes the Senate hearing testimony of Independent Women’s Forum’s Gayle Trotter, in which she claimed that guns make women safer.

3. In Shift, An Activist Enlists Same-Sex Couples In A Pro-Marriage Coalition by Mark Oppenheimer of The New York Times discusses traditional-marriage advocate David Blankenhorn’s proposed conversation which will try to bring together gay men and lesbians who want to strengthen marriage with heterosexuals who want to do the same.

4. Man Who Adopted His Wife’s Last Name Is Accused Of Fraud by Katie McDonough of says rules prevent men from taking wives’ names. When this man tried, he was told “that only works for women.”

5. Hey ‘Ladies’ by Ann Friedman of The New Republic discusses the unlikely revival of a fusty old label.

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