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This just in: Men are as miserable as women. At least that’s what we learn from a new study by Arizona State professor Chris M. Herbst, who suggests that men’s happiness has taken as big a dive as women’s over the past several years. We think that’s good news. Back in 2009, Penn economists Betsey […]

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The fight for the women’s vote ramped up this week when Michele Bachmann officially declared her run for the presidency. The Tea Party founder is pro-family, anti-government, and has proclaimed herself the champion of women everywhere. We beg to differ. She’s just one of the guys, she told Daily Beast writer Kirsten Powers: “I’m a […]

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So Mother’s Day is coming up.  And what I really want to say out of the gate is that I once had a mom, and she was the absolute best.  And I am a mom, and I have loved every second of it.  Still do. That said:  I debated writing about the media perceptions of […]

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Somewhere on the way to gender equality, young women have apparently lost the ability to iron a shirt or roast a chicken.  So says a patronizing new study — titled “Male and female roles in the 21st century: breaking gender stereotypes” — by Australian social researcher Mark McCrindle. What we learn from an exclamation-point-studded press […]

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So this past Christmas, Santa left me a little day-planner, filled with retro images of 1950s housewives and their gray-flannel mates, captioned with suitably snarky one-liners.  Today by chance I happened to flip to a page showing two smiling businessmen, wearing suits, ties and hats, and looking quite pleased with themselves.  The caption? “Housework is […]

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So it’s about 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. I just stuffed some lemon, garlic, and fresh rosemary and thyme up into the nether regions of Rocky, a free range chicken, who is now doing serious time in a very hot oven. My husband, casting about for something to do during halftime of the second NFL playoff, […]

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Had it to here with that old second shift? How about this for a solution: Workplace benefits packages that include housework — as well as healthcare? That’s what two Stanford professors proposed in an article published this week in the current issue of Academe. They argue that one way for universities to keep more women […]

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Quick: what do the washing machine, the birth control pill, and the Internet all have in common? Hint: It’s not the Maytag repair man. Or Al Gore. Give up? At one time or another, each has been credited with liberating women. Go with me, if you will, to a dark and scary place: a time […]

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Here’s another one for the Well, Duh file. Women need more sleep. I bring this up not because I like to make Well, Duh-style proclamations. On the contrary; I tend to prefer proclamations of the Wowee! variety. I bring it up because this week, Arianna Huffington and Glamour magazine EIC Cindi Leive have issued a […]

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A study by Wharton School’s Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers, called “The Paradox of Declining Female Happiness” that I first wrote about in July got a lot of attention this week. First, from self-helpuru Marcus Buckingham on the Huffington Post, in a piece trumpeted as the beginning of a series, and which benefitted from some […]

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