The War on Pronouns

When was the last time you encountered someone who was offended by the pronoun you used to refer to them? If you are like most people, the answer is probably never. In part that’s because the number of transgender people in the United States is only 0.3 percent, according to the Williams Institute on Sexual … Continued

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What Google Knows About Your Fantasy Life

When are subconscious urges just fantasies and when do they reveal something significant about our interior lives? This is the question lurking just beneath the surface of some recent studies on the way people search the Internet. In a new book, Everybody Lies, Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, a former data scientist at Google, uses data on Internet … Continued

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Why Teenagers without Summer Jobs Risk Social Failure

One of the most fascinating aspects of the new documentary Becoming Bond is how a summer job led to George Lazenby landing the role of James Bond. In the early 1950s, Lazenby, an Australian teenager, got a job as a used car salesman. Lazenby would go on to become a model and eventually play James … Continued

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Jerry Seinfeld Reminds the World that Hugging Shouldn’t be Compulsory

When did compulsory hugging become a thing? I bet Jerry Seinfeld is asking that question. This week, video surfaced of him refusing to hug pop singer Kesha, who approached him at an event at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. While Seinfeld was being interviewed on the red carpet, Kesha rushed over, interrupted the interview, … Continued

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Does ‘Slate’ Think Wonder Woman was Raped?

Does Christina Cauterucci think that Wonder Woman was raped? Cauterucci is a social justice warrior and writer for Slate (but I repeat myself). In her recent assessment of the new blockbuster movie, Wonder Woman, Cauterucci argues that, despite positive reviews and the male eunuchs at Slate weeping over the female empowerment on display, Wonder Woman … Continued

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‘Wonder Woman’’s Rebuke to Slacktivism

Good heroes reflect the ideals of their time. Great heroes raise those ideals to another level. It’s unusual to find a film with a protagonist who fits into the latter category today, but D.C. Comic’s latest outing, Wonder Woman, manages to give us one, while also giving us the best film in the D.C. extended … Continued

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