Forget Feminism: What About Kindness?

The Acculturated symposium, “Can Men be Men Again?” has evoked a very spirited and inspired response from our writers–and a rather passionate response from our readers.  Our writers have argued that there has been a breakdown in manly behavior in our culture. So in the comments section and in some of our posts, a question has arisen: … Continued

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In Defense of Traditional Gender Roles

by Mark Tapson  In her Wall Street Journal piece “Where Have All the Good Men Gone?” and her book Manning Up: How the Rise of Women Has Turned Men Into Boys, Kay Hymowitz gives voice to the complaint from “legions of frustrated young women” that today’s twenty-something men wallow in a sort of limbo of extended adolescence she … Continued

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Men and Manliness in the Age of Post-Feminism

This Valentine’s Day, we at Acculturated are asking our writers to weigh in on the state of relationships between men and women in our culture. Since we have spent a good deal of our time covering women on this site in the past–from Cosmo magazine to HBO’s “Girls” to feminism and the hookup culture–we are … Continued

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HBO’s “Girls” and the Wasteland of Sexual Promiscuity

In this piece for the Washington Times, I argue that HBO’s Girls is good for women. A response to Sex and the City, it honestly depicts the consequences of the hook-up culture–that “casual” sex degrades both men and women. Here’s an excerpt of my piece: “Girls” will inevitably be compared to another HBO show about young women, … Continued

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Sex in the Age of Post-Feminism

Where is Camille Paglia when we need her? In the last few months, the pop culture has been pulling back the layers on what sex in the age of post-feminism looks like–and it’s not pretty. Exhibit A is the terribly written but–to many women in their twenties and thirties–sexy book 50 Shades of Grey. The … Continued

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