The Friday Five

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

1. Sheryl Sandberg’s Latest Project: Make Pictures Less Sexist by Amanda Marcotte of Slate says Sandberg’s organization is partnering with Getty images to create a special stock-image file that manages to evade a lot of the sexist traps prevalent in many stock photos, which are often outdated.

2. Barbie’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Campaign is #Unapologetic Trolling by Adi Robertson of The Verge says, “If you wanted to find the two long-standing cultural touchstones most likely to push buttons about body image and the presentation of women, you’d be hard-pressed to do better.”

3. The Truth About Sex And Equality by Tracy Clark-Flory of Salon reports on a New York Times Magazine story that argues that parity squelches martial desire. It’s not so simple, she says.

4. How Women Get More Than Men Do From Obamacare by Olga Khazan of The Atlantic says women are more likely to have mental health diagnoses, more likely to be unable to afford healthcare, and more likely to experience healthcare-related “marriage lock.”

5. Michael Sam Is Not A ‘Distraction’ by Dave Cullen of The Daily Beast says the only detrimental thing this Missouri defenseman could’ve done to his football career was keep his mouth shut. With the truth, brave Michael Sam can now see, run, tackle and win with clear eyes and a full heart. See? Can’t lose.

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