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* Figleaf points us to the myth that masculinity is perpetually “in crisis,” from Rip Van Winkle onward.

* Amanda Marcotte on risk assessment in child-rearing:

There’s so much pressure in our society not to talk about the very real risks of child-rearing, usually because of superstitious fears that talking makes it true. But I tend to think that it’s best if people walk in with their eyes wide open. If you know that the risks include strained or terminated marriages, constant stress, and the inability to move about freely for many years, and you decide those are risks you’re willing to take, then that’s great. And I certainly believe the sense of satisfaction will outweigh the headaches for that person.

* Via Geek Feminism Blog: Is there a lady track at your workplace?

* Tracy Clark-Flory asks why more women don’t shop at Best Buy. Speaking as a woman who has continually marveled at the fact that Best Buy stores still exist, I’m frankly impressed that anyone shops at Best Buy. Turns out there’s also some sexism involved.

* D.C.’s Catholic University has got itself a new president. He’s not a priest—-the first not-priest to lead the university since 1982. So how does he feel about premarital masturbation?

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