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 Men Need Women by Adam Grant of The New York Times says the mere presence of female family members—even infants—can be enough to nudge men toward being generous, studies show.

2. A Kid Is Not A Luxury Item by Kelly Diels of says treating childbearing like a privilege reserved for the rich keeps us from enacting the policies parents need.

3. My Father Once Tried To Take Me Away From My Mother Because She’s Gay by Joshua Gunn of The Atlantic says: For gay and lesbian parents in the 1970s, the fear of losing a child was real. Despite progress, that fear persists today in some places.

4. Is Sex Addiction Real Or Just An Excuse? by Jillian Keenan of says a new study suggests that there’s no such thing as a clinical addiction to sex.

5. Breaking: Kate Middleton Not Yet Skinny by Mary Elizabeth Williams of says the duchess emerges with her son, but tabloids are too busy worrying about her abs.

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