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November 2, 2016

Are you an alpha wife? Take this quiz to find out.

My mother was the quintessential alpha wife. When she wasn't busy controlling something, she was busy controlling something. To be honest, it's hard to write about this aspect of my mother's personality since in the last two years of her life, her brain had deteriorated to such a degree that...

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October 24, 2016

Divorce is contagious.

Did you know that every time you hear about someone's divorce—be it a neighbor’s, or a friend’s, or a close family member’s—it triggers negative thoughts about your own marriage? We're all affected by the health of other people's relationships, whether we're aware of it or...

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October 18, 2016

Happily married couples aren’t happier.

This past weekend my husband and I spent time with another couple who commented on several occasions how nice is was to be with another couple who's happily married. I appreciated the sentiment, and it's not that our friends were wrong—I knew that they meant. But...

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October 14, 2016

Interview with relationship expert Susan Page

Susan Page is the author of four books on relationships and has been conducting workshops for both singles and couples, nationally and internationally, since 1980. In 2005, she was a consultant to writer/director Gary Goldberg on the movie Must Love Dogs. She has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey...

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October 5, 2016

The War on Men Begins on Campus

In early 2013 I wrote a book called The War on Men. Later that same year, Camille Paglia wrote the following in Time magazine: "A peevish, grudging rancor against men has been one of the most unpalatable and unjust features of second- and third-wave feminism. Men’s faults, failings...

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September 30, 2016

The Art of Not Communicating

This was originally published at Engaged Marriage. We often hear communication in a marriage is everything, and that is indeed true. But good communication doesn’t always require dialogue. One of the most proactive measures I’ve taken to bring about a more peaceful marriage is to not talk. Well, less...

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September 24, 2016

A Conversation with John Marshall Townsend, Ph.D.

John Marshall Townsend, Ph.D., is Professor of Anthropology at Syracuse University and Adjunct Lecturer, College of Medicine, Upstate Medical University (SUNY). He teaches six large, popular classes, has lectured widely, and has appeared on the "O'Reilly Factor," on NPR, and on the BBC Scotland. His articles have...

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September 16, 2016

Olivia Wilde’s Subway Fiasco

By now you've probably heard that actress Olivia Wilde (whose name I'd never heard until today) tweeted about her experience on a New York subway and countless media outlets picked it up. (Here and here and here, for example). "Riders who won't give your seat to a...

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September 12, 2016

Yes, you can be empowered without feminism!

Note: This article was originally published at FoxNews.com. Being Phyllis Schlafly’s niece was a bit like watching Fox News instead of CBS: I was always presented with the “other” side of a controversial subject, the one that’s rarely heard but is hugely instructive. Because of her...

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August 31, 2016