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 Women Aren’t Welcome On The Internet by Amanda Hess of Pacific Standard Magazine says: “Ignore the barrage of violent threats and harassing messages that confront you online every day.” That’s what women are told. But these relentless messages are an assault on women’s careers, their psychological bandwidth, and their freedom to live online. We have been thinking about Internet harassment all wrong.

2. Laverne Cox Flawlessly Shuts Down Katie Couric’s Invasive Questions About Transgender People by Katie McDonough of Salon says: “The preoccupation with transition and surgery objectifies trans people,” the actress explained to Couric.

3. Marriage May Not Help Single Moms Out Of Poverty, Says New Report on The Huffington Post says: It was long thought that marriage was a solution to poverty, but new research suggests that impoverished single moms may be better off staying single.

4. Polygamy As Lifestyle Choice, And A Reality TV Brand by John Schwartz of The New York Times says: In their bid to become the new face of polygamy, Kody Brown, his four wives and their 17 children, who once fought penury, have turned their cause into a minor industry.

5. The U.S. Economy Does Not Value Caregivers by Anne-Marie Slaughter of The Atlantic says providers of physical and spiritual care are just as indispensable to our society as providers of income. So why don’t we treat them that way?

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