Chelsea Manning is No Trans Role Model

When Donald Trump issued a statement banning trans people from serving in the military, Vogue and Teen Vogue came out with multiple articles castigating his decision. “Another broken promise,” wrote Patricia Garcia, and an affront to the “thousands of trans servicepeople [sic] … who signed up to risk their lives on behalf of all Americans,” … Continued

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Are Women Capable of Becoming Navy SEALs?

In a pivotal scene in the 1997 movie, G. I. Jane, Lieutenant Jordan O’Neal, the fictional first woman accepted into Navy SEAL training (played by Demi Moore), stands in the courtyard of the Naval Special Warfare Training Center and stares down the bell. All SEAL trainees are told repeatedly the bell can make it all … Continued

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The Body Positivity Movement is Wrong. Not Every Woman Looks Great in a Bikini

It’s summer—which means it’s the season for women who look terrible in bikinis to flood the Internet with photos of themselves wearing bikinis and looking terrible. Case in point: Fifty-nine-year-old former British Vogue editor Alexandra Schulman’s now-famous August 9th vacation selfie featuring, well, plenty of Alexandra Schulman’s skin. She looked the way most women look … Continued

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New Study Debunks ‘Friends-With-Benefits’ Relationships

Since the Sexual Revolution of the 1970s—well, probably since before then, but especially since then—humans have been trying to figure out how to separate sex from commitment. It’s an idea that’s captivated many, especially men, and has been explored in film (Friends with Benefits, No Strings Attached, When Harry Met Sally) and television (How I … Continued

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Ethnic Fraternities are Weaponizing Oppression on Campus

Anyone who has the slightest familiarity with university life in recent years knows that students are under pressure from professors, administrators and their peers to examine and embrace their racial and ethnic identities (well, as long as that race is not white or Jewish). But apparently it’s not just African-American studies classes or La Casa … Continued

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Why Have We Lost Our Enthusiasm for the Olympics?

News two weeks ago that the International Olympic Committee (I.O.C.) has chosen Los Angeles as the host city for the 2028 Summer Olympics lacked the usual ebullience that characterizes such an announcement. The lack of fanfare seems to denote a diminished interest for the Olympic Games among Americans. That’s too bad, because in spite of … Continued

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The Death of Reading

I read Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis for the first time last December. A lifelong Christian and Narnia superfan, I’m late to the party, I know. But as the dust settled from an election that shined a glaring spotlight on our cultural divisions—political, social, economic, theological—I was feeling out of sorts. Christian leaders I … Continued

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Is Generation X America’s Last Hope?

Rich Cohen has written a funny and penetrating essay in the new issue of Vanity Fair. The piece argues that Generation X, those born between the mid-1960s and the early 1980s, have the kind of sensibility that can provide sanity in our hysterical post-modern age. Cohen is on to something. Generation X, he writes, was … Continued

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What ‘Young Sheldon’ Teaches Us About the Google Memo Firing

“You’re gonna get your ass kicked in high school.” That’s what Sheldon Cooper’s nine-year-old twin sister tells him at the dinner table during the trailer for this fall’s new show, Young Sheldon. The CBS program, which follows the early life of one of the main characters on The Big Bang Theory, is a reminder that … Continued

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The Closing of the American Bookstore

On a lazy Saturday afternoon this summer, our family of six was ambling through the local streets of Plattsburgh, New York, skirting along Lake Champlain. Taking in the local storefronts and dining options, we happened past a bookstore that looked legitimate in size and friendly enough for young kids, so we went in. We spread … Continued

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