Capes and Tiaras: What You’re Really Teaching Your Children with Gendered Toys & Stories

The princess/superhero culture does more harm to your kids than you think.

When the Screen Romance Chemistry Just Isn’t There

What is that mysterious “chemistry” that sometimes clicks and sometimes fails with screen couples? What does it tell us about real life relationships? Let’s watch these guys crash and burn, and maybe we can figure it out. Or not.

The Complexity of Violence in the Media

What news sources often paint as simple black-and-white, good-and-bad stories are rarely that, and Trayvon Martin’s murder reminds us of that.

Running Into Your First Love

The blinking and flashing midsummer storms of adolescent love have unusual staying power.

Why Won’t My Wife Turn Off the Lights?

Robert Duffer doesn’t ask that question. At least not anymore.

The Forever Lunacy

The word “forever” only applies to you if you’re a vampire.

Your Marriage Isn’t Typical

Sadly, our most common criticisms of marriage reveal much more about the critics than the state of contemporary romance.

What We Loved in 2012 According to Facebook

Top trends in 2012 according to our favorite social network

Why I Don’t Hate on Justin Bieber

Why do we harshly judge a teenage boy for not being man enough?

Magic Mike: On the Objectification of Men

Joanna Schroeder wonders what a film that seems to be only about hot gyrating guys says about society and how it will affect masculinity in the long run.

“Society coaches women to aspire to unattainable romantic relationships while telling them that all they have to do get sex is open their legs.”

This is a comment by Kim on the comment of the day: “Women’s erotic fiction is perfectly acceptable, no matter what the fantasy, but men’s pornography is controversial and borderline misogyny.”

Teenage Dating in a ‘Twilight’-‘Hunger Games’ World

The effects of romantic role models in young adult fiction color whole generations’ ideas of who they want to be and to love.

JUDGEMENT! Where Was Ryan Higa When I Was In High School?

Julie Gillis gushes over YouTube sensation Ryan Higa.

Does it take a Woman to Save the Earth?

Let’s face it, Harry Potter couldn’t get the job done.

Gaze of the Beholder

It’s not about you, says LabRat. The gaze of the beholder is the reason why you don’t find Twilight appealing, and aren’t supposed to.

Mama Porn is Taking the Country By Storm. What is Going on Here?

“50 Shades of Grey” is the Next “Eat, Pray, Love” only with Bondage.