How to Combat Materialism at Christmas

Americans spend a lot on Christmas gifts. According to Gallup, they plan to spend $900 per person, the most since 2007. With Black Friday sales at your fingertips online, and credit cards readily available, it’s easy to do. Not to mention, if you’re naturally a gift-giving person or have children, it’s nothing but sheer joy … Continued

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For Christmas, Give Books that Last a Lifetime

Some of the best presents you can give to people over the holidays, or give yourself, are lavish books. I’m not talking about normal books, even the nice hardbacks from the display rack at Barnes & Noble. I mean beautifully crafted, very expensive books that will last a lifetime. Such books, only offered by special … Continued

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The Real ‘Toxic Masculinity’ Problem

When Americans think about health care, we typically think about health insurance—not the provision of actual care. We also don’t tend to think about mental health care, unless we’re embroiled in yet another debate about what to do with people who apparently have profound mental health problems, as in the wake of a mass casualty … Continued

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Why Everyone Loves a Royal Wedding

Why are people so obsessed with the news that Prince Harry is engaged to American actress Meghan Markle? I live in the U.K. and even I am surprised by the excitement that the news generated. I have seen this among my U.K editors, who are by no means monarchist, as well as my American colleagues, … Continued

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Men Don’t Need ‘Reeducation’ About their ‘Toxic Masculinity’

Naomi Schaefer Riley’s new book, Be the Parent, Please: Stop Banning Seesaws and Start Banning Snapchat, will be published January 8, 2018. What exactly is toxic about masculinity? In recent years, Americans have been having two parallel conversations about the problems with men in our society. On the one hand, there is the conversation on … Continued

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What ‘Persuasion’ Can Teach Millennials about Marriage and Maturity

Two hundred years ago, in December 1817, the last finished novel by Jane Austen was published posthumously. Despite its heartfelt writing and compelling characters, Persuasion has never carried the same cultural weight as Austen’s other novels. While the 1990s in particular brought Jane Austen into popular culture, with definitive film versions of Pride and Prejudice, … Continued

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Why are Feminists So Eager to Criticize Other Women?

First-wave feminism was about getting women the vote. Second-wave feminism was about getting women out of their homes and into the job market, whether they liked it or not—and also about getting them out of their marriages, or maybe out of marriage altogether, as what could be a more soul-killing patriarchal institution? Third-wave feminism was … Continued

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Can Santa Claus Survive Our Hi-Tech Age?

With a wave from his sled at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Santa Claus has come to towns across America. Belief in Santa continues to thrive, despite the internet spoiling the myth for children everywhere far more efficiently than “that kid” ever could. Even so, the fear of technology destroying Santa Claus is a concern for … Continued

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The Problem with Robot Therapists

Naomi Schaefer Riley’s new book, Be the Parent, Please: Stop Banning Seesaws and Start Banning Snapchat, will be published January 8, 2018. Is something bothering you? Do you have a problem you need to discuss or just a complaint to get off your chest? Are you afraid your mother will lecture you? Is your best … Continued

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