Tweens and Sex: Parenting is Not a Spectator Sport

Is there anything more horrifying than hearing 11-year old girls discuss oral sex? If you’re the parent of a young girl, as I am, that would be a definite no. In Newsweek’s cover story, “Sex and the Single Tween,” Abigail Jones (full disclosure: my old editor at The Jewish Daily Forward) catalogs countless examples of … Continue reading

Why Does P&G’s Olympic Ad Thank Only Moms?

Stay-at-home dad Andy Hinds takes issue with the new Procter and Gamble (P&G)  Olympic ad campaign, “Pick Them Back Up,” over at The New York Times’ Motherlode blog. Hinds notes a number of shortcomings, but he is most troubled by P&G’s thanking only mothers for picking up and dusting off their tumbling little ones, encouraging … Continue reading

Sex Ed: 5 Things Masters of Sex Teaches Us About the ’50s

Were the ‘50s a golden age of robust economics and strong families, or the end of an incredibly repressive era in American history (for everyone who wasn’t a white man)? Conservatives and liberals regularly recall the decade in starkly different terms. Showtime’s Golden-globe nominated series Masters of Sex offers its own portrayal of the era, … Continue reading