The Friday Five

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

1. A Cold War Fought By Women by John Tierney of The New York Times asks: How aggressive is the human female?

2. Does Hookup Culture Hurt Women? by Peggy Drexler of The Daily Beast says that women say they’re happy having no-strings sex, but new research casts doubt on how ‘empowering’ casual trysts really feel.

3. Sex ‘Addiction’ Isn’t A Guy Thing by Tori Rodriguez of The Atlantic says lack of research and knowledge about female hypersexuality stem from the double standard that men always want sex and women never do. Some women instead refer to their condition as “love addiction” or “relationship addiction.”

4. We’ve Been Measuring Rape All Wrong by Emily Bazelon of says the Justice Department survey that tracks instances of sexual assault has been vastly under-counting.

5. My Abstinence-Only Education by Jessica Ciencin Henriquez of says: “I was 17 before I found an adult who told me the simple truth about sex. Until then, I heard some crazy things.”

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