The Friday Five

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

1. You Might Not Be Beautiful The Way You Are by Katy Waldman of reports on a New York City girls project, saying that Bloomberg’s worthwhile self-esteem campaign needs a new slogan.

2. First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage, Then Comes A New Gmail Address? by Annie-Rose Strasser of The Atlantic says when a woman changes her name today, it’s not just a legal matter. She’ll need to rebuild her digital identity as well.

3. When Mothers And Daughters Compete by Susan Forward of The Daily Beast says: For narcissistic moms, adult children often represent a threat. In an excerpt from her new book, Mothers Who Can’t Love, the author looks at painful parental mixed messages.

4. If A Woman Buys Her Own Engagement Ring, Is It Really An Engagement? by Amanda Marcotte of says according to the Cut and the Knot, there is an increasing willingness on the part of engaged couples to split the costs of the engagement ring—so why not just do away with the tradition entirely?

5. Fired For Doing Porn: The New Employment Discrimination by EJ Dickson of says adult performers who get work elsewhere can be fired if their past comes out—and there’s no legal recourse.

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