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 To Fight Sexism In The Toy Aisle by Mary Elizabeth Williams of Salon says a major retailer vows to go ‘gender neutral’ in the new year.

2. Should Birth Control Sabotage Be Considered A Crime? by Keli Goff of The Daily Beast asks: Is poking holes in a condom to produce a pregnancy a criminal act? Not in the U.S., though slipping someone a pill to induce abortion is. But anti-violence groups want the laws changed.

3. One In 200 Pregnant Women Claim To Be Virgins by Amanda Marcotte of Slate says that new research published in the British Medical Journal found that out of 5,340 women who reported a pregnancy, 45 claimed to be pregnant without admitting that they’d ever had sex.

4. The Daughter Theory by Ross Douthat of The New York Times asks: Does raising girls make parents conservative? (Not sure we agree with this one, but it’s has lots of folks talking.)

5. Why Men Can’t Take Compliments by Casey Quinlan of The Atlantic says: Being the arbiter of someone’s attractiveness can be interpreted as an expression of masculinity that women are not traditionally expected to adopt.

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