Alex Oderman

145 Added | 3 Magazines | 6 Following | 8 Followers | @alexandrale711g | Keep up with Alex Oderman on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Alex Oderman”

The Free-Love Experiment That Created Wonder Woman

The polyamorous "sex cult" conceived by the comics' founder wasn't exactly feminist, but it was built on women-empowering, pro-queer ideals.<p>Is Wonder Woman feminist? Yes, the Amazon princess is often seen as an icon of female empowerment and heroism. But she also wears that swimsuit … and in the …

The Traffic Laws of Sexual Culture

Will affirmative consent make women more comfortable displaying a green light? Several readers think so.<p>Yesterday, I shared the thoughts of a recent college grad who gave his reasons for abandoning affirmative consent. As he told it, women were more often frustrated by his deference than …

Jane Austen on Men Who Refuse to Hear No

A plea for "the compliment of being believed sincere."<p>Two centuries ago, Jane Austen published a passage in her masterpiece <i>Pride and Prejudice</i> that fits almost seamlessly into the ongoing debate about sexual culture, consent, women saying no, and men who proceed as if they don't mean it, even …

The day Jon Stewart quit: Why “The Daily Show” isn’t the satire America needs

There was once a time when “The Daily Show” was truly groundbreaking. That isn’t the case anymore<p>The first comic Jamie ever saw live before deciding to dedicate his life to stand-up comedy was Jon Stewart at Carnegie Hall. Actually, that’s not true. His <i>first</i> stand-up show was "The Amazing …

The Unsafety Net: How Social Media Turned Against Women

Under the banner of free speech, companies like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have been host to rape videos and revenge porn—which makes female users feel anything but free.<p>In December 2012, an Icelandic woman named Thorlaug Agustsdottir discovered a Facebook group called “Men are better than …

Secrets of the “Star Wars” drafts: Inside George Lucas’ amazing — and very different — early scripts

Luke might have been a woman. Drawings that made Lucas’ vision real. Hidden stories from “Star Wars” history<p>In January 1975, the second draft was ready. Now titled "Adventures of the Starkiller, Episode One: The Star Wars," it was about five thousand words lighter than its predecessor. Lucas …

Sex for the pleasure of women: The amazing heroes behind the invention of The Pill

Margaret Sanger liked sex and wanted scientific birth control. Here’s the story of how we got The Pill<p><b>Manhattan, winter 1950</b><p>She was an old woman who loved sex and she had spent forty years seeking a way to make it better. Though her red hair had gone gray and her heart was failing, she had not …

The dark side of perfectionism

Report suggests the perfectionist mode of thinking can lead to crippling anxiety and amplify the risk of suicide<p>The side effects of perfectionism are much more dark and sinister than folding your socks, color-coding your closet and compulsively cleaning up your computer desktop. According to a new …

The Gender Politics of Pockets

The iPhone 6 may be the great catalyst in including this oft-ignored aspect of women's fashion.<p>I am one of the 10 million people who acquired an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus ten days ago.<p>Coming from Planet Android, I wasn’t as put off by the larger dimensions as everyone else in the technosphere …

6 terrifying reasons why it’s time to stop eating meat

From disgusting slaughterhouse conditions to devastating health consequences, the evidence keeps piling up<p>Factory farming, the crowding together of livestock in factory-like conditions to cut down on production costs, is widely deplored for its harm to animals, workers, the environment and food …

Doctors say IUDs and implants are the best birth control options for teens

New guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics say the pill is teenagers’ least effective contraceptive<p>The chorus of healthcare professionals endorsing the use of long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) for young women just got a little louder. According to new guidelines from the …

A Guide to Legal Loitering

The law protects your right to loiter, but the line between "hanging out" and "committing a crime" is blurry.<p>I spent most of my 13th year of life doing but a few things: hating myself, wearing the same light-pink baseball tee every other day, and loitering. On the mean streets of Brooklyn, we …

Exercise Is ADHD Medication

Physical movement improves mental focus, memory, and cognitive flexibility; new research shows just how critical it is to academic performance.<p>Mental exercises to build (or rebuild)attention span have shown promise recently as adjuncts or alternatives to amphetamines in addressing symptoms common …

Love Is Not Algorithmic

Online-dating platforms can tell us a lot about potential partners, but people are not made of steady data points, and love is not just about matching interests.<p>There is no higher praise these days than being data-driven. A person who is data-driven is free of bias, and cuts through arguments with …

Not Married? The Odds That You Never Will Be Are Higher Than Ever

A rising share of Americans have never married. Here's who they are and why they won't tie the knot.<p>Since none of us are married or planning on getting married in the near future, some friends of mine are planning to start a commune. We've got it all planned out: we're going to live by the beach, …

When 'Do Unto Others' Meets Hookup Culture

How Christians could talk to America about sex<p>Traditionalists in the United States have seen their influence over sexual norms wane greatly in the postwar decades. If you believe that birth-control pills represent a historic advance to be celebrated, or that neither homosexuality nor premarital sex …

The Week in Review: Value of Sleep

We blame it on laziness, too much socializing or a late bedtime, but there is also some science involved in why teens just can’t wake up in the …

Health Care in the Time of Grey's Anatomy

How medical television shows have shaped people's perceptions of doctors and diseases<p>It is hard to overemphasize how much I loved <i>Grey’s Anatomy</i> in high school. I loved it superstitiously. Due to a weird set of coincidences, I truly believed that if <i>Grey’s Anatomy</i> wasn’t new that week, I would have a …

The Procrastination Doom Loop—and How to Break It

Delaying hard work is all about your mood.<p>When I woke up this morning, I had one goal: Finish this article by 11 a.m.<p>So, predictably, by the time it was 10 a.m., I had made and consumed two cups of coffee, taken out the trash, cleaned my room while taking a deliberately slow approach to folding my …

Are Rabbits Pets or Meat?

Some people are incensed that Whole Foods is selling rabbit meat, and the debate they're caught up in reveals the contradictions in how we relate to different creatures in different ways.<p>No one is talking about selling kittens and puppies at the meat counter, but for the group of bunny-loving pet …

White privilege: An insidious virus that’s eating America from within

Ferguson offers white people a chance to understand the price of our privilege<p>In one of the most famous passages of the New Testament, the apostle Paul writes to the Christians of Corinth, employing a complicated series of metaphors on the theme of transformation: from childhood to adulthood, from …

The Ivy League, Mental Illness, and the Meaning of Life

William Deresiewicz explains how an elite education can lead to a cycle of grandiosity and depression.<p>The former Yale English professor William Deresiewicz stirred up quite a storm earlier this month with his <i>New Republic</i> essay “Don’t Send Your Kid to the Ivy League”—a damning critique of the …

In Relationships, Be Deliberate

For milestones like moving in together, intent (rather than chronology) determines success.<p>If two people are dating, living in the same city, spending most nights of the week together, and are moving toward marriage, doesn’t it make sense to just move in together, and save a little money? Most …

Brace yourself for the Nutella shortage

Bad weather in Turkey has put a strain on the world’s hazelnut supply<p>It could be time to start hoarding your Nutella (if you weren't already) or else saving up for potential price hikes. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, unusual March weather in Turkey put a strain on the region's hazelnut crop …

Supreme Court’s gay encore: Why the marriage equality battle is not over yet

After reversing DOMA with little explanation, here’s why SCOTUS will finally have to explain itself on gay marriage<p>Gay marriage had been on a seemingly unstoppable winning streak since last summer’s Supreme Court decision in <i>United States v. Windsor</i>, in which the Justices struck down the federal …

7 things cops can be fired for

None of these is as bad as murder… mostly because nothing is as bad as murder<p>Darren Wilson, the officer responsible for fatally shooting unarmed teenager Michael Brown, has been permitted to leave town on paid administrative leave. Residents of Ferguson and concerned citizens across the country …

It costs nearly $250,000 to raise an American child

Adjusted for inflation, the price of bringing up a child in 2013 was 50 percent higher than it was in 1960<p>It costs approximately $249,930 on average for a two-parent, middle-income family to raise an American child from birth until age 18, according to a Department of Agriculture report released on …

After Darren Sharper, the NFL Must Address Violence Against Women

<i>This article contains a trigger warning due to its frank discussion of rape and sexual assault.</i><p>In 2010, Darren Sharper was the hero of New Orleans: …