Tinder, Dating, and Emotional Castration

By the time I have kids who are teenagers, I expect I’ll have to have the talk. I’ll have to explain that when a couple has sex—a scenario they’ll probably need no mechanical details about, thanks to YouTube videos on smart phones swapped between second graders—it’s OK if they don’t merely enjoy themselves but actually … Continued

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When Did TV Get So Dark and Twisted?

Remember when popular television was light and fun? Shows like Friends, Sex and the City, and Seinfeld weren’t exactly clean, but they weren’t dark and twisted. They were funnier than they were sad; and they were mostly about friendships, communities, and relationships. E! Online made a list of the top 20 series of the last … Continued

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Good Riddance to the Cupcake Fad

Crumbs, the largest cupcake chain, has filed for bankruptcy. The cupcake trend is finally over. Good riddance. I confess. I’ve never been a cupcake fan. Cupcakes could not measure up to the joy of a slice of cake. At my kindergarten birthday party, my mother brought yellow cupcakes with chocolate frosting to share with the … Continued

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Making It Last: What Happens After the Honeymoon’s Over?

What happens after the honeymoon is over? That question has gotten short shrift in culture generally. From Jane Austen to You’ve Got Mail and When Harry Met Sally screenwriter Nora Ephron, there’s been a tendency to look at the beginning of a couple’s relationship, to what led them to the altar – and then end … Continued

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High on Fidelity

Nearly everything has changed since Hester Prynne wore a scarlet A on her chest. Premarital sex elicits yawns, gay marriage is increasingly accepted, and birth control is embraced by all but an ardent few. One of the very few opinions that hasn’t evolved since Nathaniel Hawthorne created Hester? Americans continue to overwhelmingly oppose adultery. A … Continued

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Sex and the City: Not Aging Well

Princesses: Long Island has little to recommend it as elevating entertainment goes. The dialogue isn’t particularly witty, the storylines aren’t ground-breaking, and the characters are Jewish caricatures (thanks, Bravo). However, amidst the muck, this new show has the potential to tell a surprisingly family-friendly story. While society at large shifts from twenty-somethings marrying to cohabiting, these … Continued

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Acculturated Symposium: Language in the Digital Age

Editor’s note: This piece introduces a symposium in which a variety of writers and thinkers weigh in on the topic “Language in the Digital Age.” Look for further contributions on this topic throughout the week here on Acculturated. My senior year of high school, I had an eccentric but wonderful English teacher who assigned us, … 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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The Daily Pop Culture Scene

Lena Dunham’s Girls vs. Sex and the City—Time Well, the bad sex in Sex and the City was sort of like, “It was so bad he left his socks on.” Our sex is like “It was really bad because we’re not emotionally connected and he doesn’t want to be here and I’m scared and alone.”  … Continued

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Has the Sexual Revolution Made Women Happy? Pop Culture: Yes

Has the sexual revolution made women happier? That’s the question the fiercely intelligent Mary Eberstadt addresses in a Wall Street Journal column from this past weekend: This brings us to Myth No. 4, which is perhaps the most interesting one of all: The sexual revolution has made women happier. Granted, happiness is a personal, imponderable thing. But … Continued

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