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 Quest To Find Realistic Role Models For Working Mothers by Reva Smith of The Atlantic says superstar moms can be more intimidating than inspiring. Where are the relatable examples of women who manage both children and successful careers?

2. Congress Finally Passes The Violence Against Women Act by Amanda Marcotte of Slate.com says 500 days since letting the Violence Against Women Act expire, House Republicans finally caved on Thursday and voted to reauthorize the bill, which was first passed in 1994 to help victims of rape and domestic violence find safety, care, and justice.

3. ‘We Saw Your Boobs’ Celebrates Rape On Film by Katie McDonough of Salon.com asks Seth MacFarlane, the Oscar host: Did you know many of those “boob” scenes you sang about were depictions of sexual assault?

4. Yahoo!’s Blow To Work-Family Balance by KJ Dell’Antonia of The New York Times discusses CEO Marissa Mayer’s decision to ban working from home.

5. Domestic Violence Among The Wealthy Hides Behind ‘Veil Of Silence’ by Eliza Shapiro of The Daily Beast says domestic violence has ticked up since September 2008—and not only among the financially strained. She reports on the hurdles rich abused women face, from disbelief by peers to “legal dream teams.”

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