No, the American Dream Is Not Dead

One of the paradoxes of this hyper-polarized, hyper-anxious moment in American history is the massive gap between how people feel about their own lives (largely positive) and how they feel about the country’s overall direction (largely negative). Back in January, for example, 87 percent of U.S. adults told Gallup they were satisfied with the way … Continued

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Do Millennials Have a Different Understanding of Harassment?

Sexual misbehavior may have existed for all time, but these days we’re seeing something different. Kevin Spacey, Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, Roger Ailes, Bill O’Reilly, and many more are finally being held accountable for their predatory actions, at least in the court of public opinion. Those whose allegations of sexual misbehavior are coming out now are facing far more … Continued

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This is Officially the World’s Worst Wedding Trend

I recently asked some friends what they looked forward to at their own weddings—the things they dreamed about and couldn’t wait to experience when they were about to be a bride or groom. I heard answers such as, “For me, it was just the vows. Just so excited to publicly announce/explain my love and to … Continued

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What Ali Smith’s Novel, ‘Autumn,’ Reminds Us About Aging

Take two people born at opposite ends of the same century, build a bond between them, and let the world rotate and rot around them. That is how Ali Smith constructs her novel Autumn, which came out in the U.K. a year ago. The next installation, Winter, releases today in the U.K., right as the … Continued

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What Teddy Roosevelt and Winston Churchill can Teach us About ‘Toxic Masculinity’

Men have started taking classes to unlearn “toxic masculinity.” But nothing about true masculinity is “toxic”—in fact, it’s something that should be promoted, not stifled. According to its liberal critics, toxic masculinity can consist of wearing long beards, choosing a male doctor, or having large muscles. They say that society pressures men into certain behaviors, … Continued

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Guys, You Don’t Need a ‘Daddymoon.’ You Need to Grow Up

Is anyone truly ready to become a parent? From the sleepless nights to the constant demands of a crying infant—a nurse once told me that caring for a baby is a little like being a veterinarian since the child can’t really tell you what’s wrong—to the replacement of adult conversation with mindboggling toddler chats, life … Continued

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Why ‘Trunk-or-Treat’ Shouldn’t Replace ‘Trick-or-Treat’

I grew up in a small Midwestern town. Not a suburb, a small town surrounded by smaller towns and farms. The kind of town many people probably think doesn’t exist anymore. Still, every Halloween, my parents would get 1,000 trick-or-treaters. Seriously. All of the rural areas would bring their kids into town, and I grew … Continued

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