If you take it really seriously, parenthood is the most challenging job you’ll ever have. The hours are long and the pay stinks. It requires the most emotional investment and the greatest patience. And no matter how well you do it, there will always be that nagging little voice in your head wondering, “Should I have handled that differently?” But parenthood is also the most rewarding and important role you’ll ever play. And the good news is that we're all in this together...

Thursday, July 13, 2017


NPR’s “Hidden Brain” offers a stunning podcast called “Just Sex” about the hook-up culture among young people and the difference between serious sober sex with someone they like and casual, often drunken sex with someone they don’t care about. The primary focus is on college students, but it references the early starts in high school, the relationship to rape culture, the relationship between casual sex and the perception of feminine power, approaching sexuality as a way to be liberated as men do, the bad girl vs. good girls. Host Shankar Vedantam notes, “You’re going through the hook-up culture to try to find a relationship, but the rules demand that you can’t actually ask for one.” It examines the troubling disconnect between sex and real intimacy, the genuine relationships that are kind, supportive, loving.

Sociologist Lisa Wade believes the pervasive hookup culture on campuses today is different from that faced by previous generations, somehow convincing students to be embarrassed for having authentic feelings and wanting real connections. It’s worth a listen --  episode 61: “Just Sex.”