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    Thu. October 16

    Egg Freezing Is a Terrible Idea

    Ashley E. McGuire

    Yesterday, the better part of America raised a collective eyebrow at the news that Apple and Facebook would be covering egg freezing as a benefit for female employees.

    As The New York Times put it:

    Some doctors say egg freezing could be as influential as the birth control pill in freeing women from the confines of biology. Childbirth coincides with prime career-building years, and balancing both is a perpetual challenge. The cover of Bloomberg Businessweek in April blared, “Freeze Your Eggs, Free Your Career.”

    Where to begin?

    Perhaps an interesting starting point was the general reaction: outrage on the Right, skepticism on the Left. It seems as though free egg freezing might be too Huxleyan even for the cheerleaders of reproductive technology.

    Plenty of people raised concerns about the implications, such as the appearance that employers were essentially paying women not to have children or that the “perk” would stigmatize…

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    Wed. October 15

    Would a Curfew for Men Curb Violence Against Women?

    Mark Tapson

    This week the Colombian city of Bucaramanga began experimenting with its first “women-only” night, an effort launched by the state governor’s office to stem a tide of sexual assaults against women. Is there a workable, partial solution here for dealing with violence against women in other cities, even in America?

    As reported at Vice.com, bars and clubs in Bucaramanga are being encouraged to host women-only events on this evening. Men out after the curfew (it’s unclear exactly what the curfew time is) must present a safe-conduct permit issued by the mayor’s office or be fined (also unclear: what’s to prevent someone with a safe-conduct permit from committing sexual assault?).

    Bucaramanga—with a population of just under 600,000—is no small village. It’s hard to imagine how such a curfew could be enforced effectively; and indeed, Juan Camilo Beltrán, president of the city’s Chamber of Commerce and a…

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    Wed. October 15

    Why Are Millennial Jews Keeping Kosher?

    Abby W. Schachter

    An old Jewish joke: And God said to Moses, You shall not cook a kid in its mother’s milk Moses replied, “OK, we will have two sets of dishes, one for dairy meals and one for meat meals.” And God said to Moses, You shall not cook a kid in its mother’s milk Moses replied, “Oh, in that case we’ll also have two sets of pots, one for milk and one for meat, with two sets of utensils, one for milk and one for meat.” And God said to Moses, You shall not cook a kid in its mother’s milk And Moses replied, “In that case we’ll also have two sets of sponges one for milk and one for meat and two sinks and two dishwashers one for milk and one for meat.” And God said to Moses, Oh just do whatever you want

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    Wed. October 15

    “Separated” Still Means Married

    Ashley E. McGuire

    Some time ago, I wrote a piece here suggesting that Jennifer Lawrence was obscenely overrated. Everyone had J-Law fever, and I proposed that perhaps the young lady with whom everyone was so enamored, the young lady who was, for example, flipping off the Oscar Press Room, was actually kind of vulgar.

    The haters hated, but fast-forward to 2014, and I find myself vindicated. She’s done pretty much the lowest thing a woman can do: prey on a vulnerable, married man.

    That’s right, I am talking about Chris Martin.

    Sure, he and Gwyneth announced their intention to split (or consciously uncouple, apologies). But according to the law, he is still married. Which makes her, according to the law, the paramour, the mistress, the side dish. Whatever you want to call it. Chris is married and Jennifer is not his wife, which makes them both adulterers.

    Some—many, in fact—might argue that…

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    Tue. October 14

    Time to Stop Judging Celebrities?

    Kate Bryan

    Last week, while on a trip to Los Angeles, I saw Katy Perry out with her friends at a popular restaurant.

    I wanted to say “hello” to her, not only because it would have been cool to have been able to say that I met Katy Perry—but more than anything I wanted to say “hi,” give her a hug, and tell her that I’m rooting for her.

    I don’t know what it’s like to live the life of a celebrity, nor do I care to experience it. Every time I’ve gone to L.A., I’ve had a blast—but I’m not living the life of a celebrity or being chased by the paparazzi. I am personally fascinated by the paparazzi, the flashing lights, the food, the people, and everything about the pop culture scene, but I don’t have to live my life in front of an audience on a daily…

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    Tue. October 14

    Lena Dunham Really IS the Voice of Her Generation

    Gracy Olmstead

    Reading Not That Kind of Girl reminded me of slumber parties growing up.

    After eating way too much ice cream and watching a sappy chick flick, us girls would often sit around, talking late into the night, baring all our secrets to an eager huddle of female listeners. Often the conversations would turn to boys, romance, body image, and other bits of gossip. It was the sort of salacious conversation that left you feeling very aware of each person’s temptations, weaknesses, and vices: you yourself often also felt flayed open, each of your secret dreams and desires exposed to the group. It was a feeling of intimacy and vulnerability that was often also sickening—because you realized, come the morning, that these girls were not your bosom pals. And there’s a nauseating feeling that accompanies that much openness and disclosure to the anonymous, the acquaintance, the distant friend.

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    Mon. October 13

    Why Privacy Violations Should Outrage Us

    Erin Vargo

    In light of the recently minted “Snappening”—the latest nude hack involving 200,000 photos of Average Joes culled over several years, it’s time to rethink our stance on privacy. Privacy in the domain of technology is considered a privilege that many Americans are quickly willing to shrug off, including my Acculturated colleague who penned “Celebgate and the End of Privacy.” In the article, the author shuns “victim blaming” and makes the case for “victim prevention”:

    “Let me explain. Imagine that you are running a quick errand and, in your haste, neglect to lock the car door.  You return from the store to the parking lot in a matter of minutes, only to discover that your car has been hotwired.  It’s gone.  Was it right for the thief to steal your car?  No. Would it have happened if you locked the door?  Highly unlikely.”

    She goes on to argue: “Let…

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    Mon. October 13

    Marcus Luttrell’s Rules for Dating Daughters

    Mark Tapson

    Afghanistan war hero, author of the harrowing memoir Lone Survivor and retired Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell is the very definition of “tough as nails.” So when he lays down rules for dating his daughter, young suitors would be well advised to think long and hard before proceeding.

    He recently posted an amusing Facebook status that went viral, listing the daunting Herculean tasks he requires of prospective dates for daughter Addie when she grows up (she is currently only two years old, but Luttrell is getting a head start):

    Yea if FB is around when it’s time for her to start dating I’m gonna make him contact every father of a daughter on here, MMA fighter, boxer, police officer, fire fighter and let’s not forget the toughest of all Prison guards. to get their blessing. Oh… in person by the way. Then he will have to do the same thing w/all…

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    Fri. October 10

    Malala Yousafzai is the Future of Feminism

    Ashley E. McGuire

    Of all the hashtags that have trended in recent memory, there is one that really has stuck in my mind.

    #firstworldproblems

    It’s just so good, and I find myself inadvertently coming back to it several times a day. The generic brand dishwasher pods that I am trying out leave my dishes with a few annoying crusties. My Volvo needs a part that I can’t find. I am having a squabble with my insurance over something.

    One problem I’ve never had to deal with? Tyrannical psychos trying to shoot me on my way to work, or my daughter on her way to school. No, those are not first world problems.

    When I find myself complaining or thinking negative thoughts and the #firstworldproblems hashtag flits through my mind, it almost takes my breath away. I think for three seconds about the problems faced by women around the world and…

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    Fri. October 10

    NPR’s Absorbing New Podcast, “Serial”

    Marina Olson

    I don’t normally listen to podcasts, but I have a soft spot for the soothing voices and euphonic names found on NPR. Moreover, while I love crime and courtroom dramas on television and Netflix, many of them have gotten so grisly that they have become difficult to watch. Thankfully, This American Life producers Sarah Koenig and Julie Synder have come to my rescue with the absorbing new podcast Serial. Serial takes many things from TAL, but by telling the story across a season, rather than an episode, it allows listeners to delve deeper and become more invested in the story. Each season will cover one story, lasting roughly 10-15 episodes, until the storyline is sufficiently resolved. This is a fresh approach to the largely static format of long-form journalism. Also, it’s one of the most original media ideas I have seen in a long time.

    Though not explicitly…

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