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Cheating on Your Spouse Is Bad; Divorcing Your Spouse Is Not

That's what Americans think, according to a new Gallup poll.<p>Having an affair is more morally wrong than suicide, gambling, and human cloning, Americans believe. A recent Gallup poll asked 1,535 American adults about the moral acceptability of 20 different behaviors, and cheating on a spouse was …

Questions to Consider Before Getting Married, Whether You're Straight or Gay

Twelve topics that the Dean of the National Cathedral encourages engaged couples to discuss<p>In her cover story for the latest issue of <i>The Atlantic</i>, Liza Mundy considers what heterosexual couples can learn from gay couples in light of the fact that gay marriages are happier on a variety of metrics …

How Marital Infidelity Became America's Last Sexual Taboo

As Americans increasingly embrace a range of behaviors, they're less and less permissive of cheating.<p>Having an affair is one of the most immoral things you can do, according to a new Gallup poll. As Eleanor Barkhorn reported last week, a survey of 1,535 American adults found that 91 percent …

Unequal, Unfair, and Unhappy: The 3 Biggest Myths About Marriage Today

Most married couples with children are satisfied with their relationships.<p>There is only one problem with the dour and dismal portrait of heterosexual marriage painted by Liza Mundy in this month's <i>Atlantic</i> cover story. It's wrong.<p>In her bleak rendering, contemporary marriage comes across as unequal, …

How to Live in a World Where Marriage Is in Decline

Public policy should catch up with the reality that fewer and fewer children are being raised in homes with two married parents.<p>In 1996 the Hoover Institution published a symposium titled "Can Government Save the Family?" A who's-who list of culture warriors—including Dan Quayle, James Dobson, John …

What If Maintaining Desire Isn't a Major Goal of Your Marriage?

"One of the things that's great about marriage is that it frees you from the constant, incessant treadmill of sexual obsession."<p>NBC / DirecTV<p>How do you maintain desire in a long-term relationship? How can you keep that edge of excitement and danger through long years of monogamy, convention and …

How Independent Should Spouses Be?

"We hardly see each other, and we each have our own lives," Lyudmila Putin told a reporter last week as she and her husband announced their divorce.<p>Late last week, as they were leaving a ballet performance at the Kremlin State Palace, Vladimir Putin and his wife, Lyudmila, announced their plans to …

The Distinct, Positive Impact of a Good Dad

How fathers contribute to their kids' lives<p>Are dads dispensable? A lot of scholars and writers weighing in on fatherhood these days have come to the conclusion that they are. As Jennifer Aniston, for example, once put the point in the high-profile context of a press conference: "Women are realizing …

The Problem With Saying 'Black Babies Cost Less to Adopt'

Can you really put a price on a child's life?<p>Every year, I teach writer Elna Baker's essay, "Babies Buying Babies" to my freshman composition classes as an introduction to narrative and critical thinking. We listen to her <i>This American Life</i> recording and I watch the students cringe, chuckle, and …

Men and Women Often Expect Different Things When They Move In Together

A new study suggests that men are more likely than women to be not "completely committed" to their partners.<p>At 33, my friend (I'll call her Shannon) had little to show for her five-year relationship with her live-in boyfriend. No ring. No baby. No future. So she finally decided to break up with him.<p>…

No Rape Victim, Male or Female, Deserves to Be Blamed

Women and men alike can experience fierce ostracization after reporting sexual assault.<p>Last year, a small American town began to cannibalize its own after a group of high school student athletes sexually assaulted an incapacitated classmate. In the aftermath, rather than rallying around the young …

Who's Afraid of Young Black Men?

How gender did (and didn't) affect the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial<p>In conversation, I keep accidentally referring to Zimmerman's defense lawyers as "the prosecution." Not surprising, because the defense of George Zimmerman was only a defense in the technical sense of the law. …

The Fate of Today's TV Mistresses: Not Death, but Shame

Women who have affairs in Scandal and Mistresses face terible social consequences.<p>Have an affair with the president and lose the respect of some of your closest friends, forfeit a stable relationship with a decent person, and be hunted down by a secret sect of the CIA. Step out on your husband …

When Judges Assume That Men Cannot Control Their Own Sexual Urges

Women and men alike should be concerned by the Iowa Supreme Court's recent ruling that it's legal for a man to fire an employee he finds too attractive.<p>In Homer's great epic poem The Odyssey, penned in the 8th century BC, the male hero Odysseus barely escapes the devious sorcery and seduction of …

Do Women Make Better Lobbyists Than Men?

Men outnumber women on K Street, but female lobbyists tend to bring in bigger contracts than their male counterparts.<p>To determine the gender of lobbyists, LegiStorm analyzed lobbying registrations and used a computer algorithm that assigns gender based on names that have been determined to be …

The South Is America's High-School Dropout Factory

America's educational attainment, mapped.<p>Are Americans educated enough? How you answer that question—which seems to obsess certain newspaper editorial boards—really depends on where in the country you look. Some states compete with the best school systems in the world. Some seem to be racing for …

Report: Schools in American Cities Are Still a Mess

Charlotte, North Carolina, is doing well, though.<p>The U.S. has struggled to improve urban education for decades. A new report from the National Center for Education Statistics shows just how big the gap often is between urban districts and their suburban and rural peers. The report compares cities …

Do Gifted Programs Improve Learning?

A new study suggests that for students on the margin, talented classes don't make a big difference.<p>Myla Goldberg’s novel <i>Bee Season</i> opens with an account of a traumatic moment in Eliza Naumann’s young life: when she doesn’t get picked to be in her elementary school’s Talented and Gifted program. …

Soccer Isn't for Girly-Girls? How Parents Pick the Sports Their Daughters Play

Should a girl do soccer, dance, or chess? It depends on what kind of a woman her mom and dad want her to become.<p>Girls today grow up in a world with an unprecedented set of educational and professional opportunities. More of them will graduate from college and earn advanced degrees than ever before, …

Men Caring for Babies! The Horror! Visions from the Early 20th Century

Many of the things the anti-suffrage movement worried would come to pass if women could vote have, in fact, come to pass.<p>Riffling through old suffragette postcards earlier this week, I was struck by the images of men used by opponents of the movement. They showed how the contested social territory …

There Are Many Gross Diamond Ads, but This Is the Grossest

"Thank you, honey, for ignoring my infidelity, here's a diamond."<p>There's something about diamonds that brings out the worst in ad makers. Perhaps it's the subtle implication in almost all diamond ads that you must purchase jewels for women in order to secure their love. A bit chattely for my …

Start Getting Used to the Idea of Eating Really Different Kinds of Bananas

Father vs. Daughter: How In a World Rejects the 'Daddy's Little Girl' Cliche

It's one of the first films to show a father and daughter competing against one another professionally.<p><i>In a World</i> fits comfortably in that still newish genre of film and television about the quirkiness of "real" relationships. Women are just as likely as men to have no-strings-attached sex and a …

Sorry, Marriage Is a 'Luxury Good'

Today, the poor aren't just more likely to get divorced. They're more likely to avoid marriage entirely.<p>Earlier today, my colleague Derek Thompson argued that it's misleading to think of marriage as a "luxury good." Why? Because luxury goods are something the rich buy and the poor can't afford. But …

The First Baseball Player Diagnosed With Chronic Traumatic Brain Injury

Ryan Freel committed suicide after a career marked by blows to the head.<p>In his six years with the Cincinnati Reds, Ryan Freel wowed fans with his ostentatious, fearless style, running into walls and colliding with other players. He estimated that he had sustained 10 concussions in his career, …

GlaxoSmithKline to Stop Paying Doctors for Endorsements

The drug company has issued an ethical challenge.<p>Many doctors learn about new medications—and new uses for old medications—by listening to formal presentations from expert peers. Pharmaceutical companies pay those peers to give speeches about their products at medical conferences. The long-standing …

Why Men Can't Take Compliments

Being the arbiter of someone's attractiveness can be interpreted as an expression of masculinity that women are not traditionally expected to adopt.<p>Recently, a date said to me, "You haven’t given me any compliments yet. I've complimented you plenty of times."<p>It made me think about how rare it is …

A Map for U.S. Travelers Who Want to Avoid Infections

A majority of states have taken fewer than half of the necessary steps to prevent the spread of things like HIV, flu, and measles.<p>Despite the progress we've made in vaccines, drugs, and sanitation, infectious diseases—a category that includes everything from the run-of-the-mill flu to …

The Health Risks of Small Apartments

Living in tiny spaces can cause psychological problems.<p>New York City has a housing problem. Currently, it has 1.8 million one- and two-person households, and only one million studios and one-bedroom apartments. The obvious solution seems to be to develop more small residential units.<p>But how small …