When you get right down to it, what we lost was our question mark.The Atlantic declared, on the cover of a summer issue, "The End of Men."Hanna Rosin argues that men are not the dominant sex anymore, and says that couples who seek out the services of sex-selection fertility doctors ask for girls twice or maybe even three times as often as they ask for boys. (What is a baby, a smoothie? "What did you want in that? Wheat germ? Y chromosome?")Such articles and books have been cattily coughed up like hair balls in recent years, but usually there's been a question mark, as in Are Men Necessary? by Maureen Dowd, or the 2004 NPR series The End of Men?Now the Atlantic has depunctuated us. As the more aggressive sex, we should insist on a question mark. And if the magazine won't give it to us, we should form a pack and lope over to its offices and screech and hurl our feces at the editors. In fact, let's do that anyway. It's just bro'in' out, you know?Rosin's article says men no longer thrive, … [Read more...] about The End of Men?
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Face it: You’ll probably forget that fat stack of gift cards you received yesterday once all the presents get put away this weekend—unless you act fast. Put that newly earned Amazon, iTunes, and American Express cash to good use by picking up these under-the-radar albums, books, movies, TV shows, and games from 2013. You might have missed these entertaining distractions this year, but you can discover and enjoy them right now. MOVIESMudMatthew McConaughey's career renaissance continues with an outstanding performance in this nifty film—a Huck Finn-like fairytale about two boys who find a convict living off the land in a rural Arkansas river town. McConaughey plays the felon who helps the kids learn a thing or two about being a man and growing up. They do the same for him in return.PrisonersThis whodunnit starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal is reminiscent of Se7en and Zodiac—thrillers so dark they're hard to sit through and even harder to shake. But … [Read more...] about 25 Ways to Blow All Your Gift Cards