The Friday Five

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

1. How Motherhood Is Changing Dramatically—In 11 Graphs by Derek Thompson of The Atlantic says moms are different these days. They’re more likely to have gone to college, more likely to work full-time, less likely to have more than two children, and less likely to be married than previous generations.

2. Reacting To Angelina Jolie’s Breast Cancer News by Peggy Orenstein of The New York Times says we have to be careful not to conflate Jolie’s situation and choices with those of an average woman.

3. What’s Wrong With Disney Princesses? by Mary Elizabeth Williams of says a small victory for Merida doesn’t change the company’s dysfunctional branding.

4. Retro Wedding Craze: Taking The Husband’s Name by Abby Haglage of The Daily Beast says exclusive data from Facebook shows that young brides are increasingly likely to abandon their maiden name. The trend has many feminists up in arms.

5. Why Are Men Still Proposing? by Tracy Clark-Flory of says marriage and gender roles are changing dramatically—but we still expect guys to get down on one knee.

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