Please Don’t Call Me a “Homemaker”

Ester Bloom, co-editor of the Billfold, opens “Reclaiming ‘Homemaker,’” her puzzling Slate article, by asserting: “Everyone agrees: The term ‘stay-at-home mom’ is no good.” Bloom offers no proof, or even an explanation of the mythical “everyone,” but I can confirm that it does not include me. Bloom may hope to start a cultural movement, reclaiming … Continued

Culture, Parenting

Post of the Week

This week, our Post of the Week honors go to Abby W. Schachter for her instructive critique of the  “secular, modern, forward-thinking, feminist, stay-at-home father” over at Slate who can’t seem to get a handle on his lustful thoughts. Check it out!  

Culture, Post of the Week

How to Stop Inadvertently Objectifying Women

Perhaps I am too delicate a flower, but this article about how tough it is for a stay-at-home dad to control his sexual fantasies about random women shocked me. The fact that the column appeared on a blog supposedly focused on “what women really think about news, politics and culture” makes the piece even more … Continued


Are Women Who Say “Sorry” Weaker?

Who apologizes more, men or women? According to a highly circulated study from 2010, which has resurfaced recently in a post on Jezebel, the answer is women: Researchers analyzed the number of self-reported offences and apologies made by 66 subjects over a 12-day period. And yes, they confirmed women consistently apologized more times than men … Continued


Is It Time to Elope? The Bridezilla Culture

Given that there’s a reality TV show called Bridezillas devoted to the excessive, outrageous, and sometimes despicable behavior of brides it seems hard to imagine that the current wedding culture could get any worse, and yet it has. Gawker’s Caity Weaver reports about a bride who reached for the brass ring of obnoxious and self-centered … Continued

Culture, Television

Q&A with Slate’s Advice Maven, Emily Yoffe

As the author of Slate’s “Dear Prudence” column, Emily Yoffe deals with moral dilemmas and human failings on a daily basis. There’s a lot of angst, confusion, outrage and betrayal conveyed in the hundreds of emails she receives each week, but Yoffe has mastered the art of creating entertaining, bite-sized resolvable dramas that we can read … Continued


Money Can Buy You a Baby Girl. But What About Happiness?

Is this another sign that the “The End of Men” is near? Selecting the sex of your baby has become a multimillion dollar industry in this country, according to a fascinating article in Slate. It generates about $100 million in revenue each year. The kicker is that many parents in this country are, contra trends in … Continued

Culture, Parenting

Bacchanalia & “No Church In the Wild”

There’s something haunting about “No Church in the Wild,” the hypnotic new song by Kanye West and Jay-Z. I first heard the song in the trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, and the more I listen to it, the more I realize how perfectly it captures the spirit of Gatsby’s decadent world and also … Continued

Entertainment, Music, Politics

The Daily Pop Culture Scene

The Summer of Modesty–WSJ Pin-Up-Girl glamour returns and is kind to women’s curves; bye-bye, bikini. Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade to Publish Book on Fatherhood–Page Views “A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball” is D-Wade’s memoir of childhood, growth, and fatherhood. What Pop Culture Favorites Do Academics Study Most?–Slate The intellectual allure of The … Continued

Entertainment, Uncategorized

The Daily Pop Culture Scene

Remembering Ray Bradbury: His Final Article–New Yorker When I was seven or eight years old, I began to read the science-fiction magazines that were brought by guests into my grandparents’ boarding house, in Waukegan, Illinois. Bradbury on Joy, Failure, Writing, Creativity, & Purpose–Brain Pickings If you know how to read, you have a complete education … Continued