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  • Study Proves Men Are Actually Really Good Fathers in Almost Every Way


    Hey, nice job, guys.

    By James Joiner

    You know the tired stereotype of the American dad coming home from a hard day at the office to kick up his feet with a martini and the evening news while his wife is busy whipping up the roast and rearing the kids? It's dead.

    What's surprising is how few people seem to be aware of it.

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    A new government study released a week ago clarifies this demise, polling four thousand fathers aged 15-44 between 2006 and 2010, and clearly stating that dads are intimately involved in every aspect of their child's lives. And not just middle class white dads - all men, across all race and age divides - are taking an active role. The one caveat being that men with some level of college tended to be more involved than those less educated.

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    The study highlighted that, among other things:

    - Of those living with kids under five, nine out of ten bathed,

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  • Why Shorter Men Should Go After Taller Women

    A call to arms against the last acceptable dating prejudice. By Anne Friedman

    The first question most strangers ask me is "How tall are you?" If I'm feeling charitable, I answer honestly: "6-foot-2." They often follow-up with, "Do you ever date shorter men?" Consider this my full answer.

    First off: Yes, I have. Which makes me weird. The average woman is eight percent shorter than her male partner. In one survey, about half of collegiate men required their date to be shorter, while a monstrous nine of every ten women said they would only date a taller man. And online, it's even more brutal: Women can calculate how tall they are in their highest heels, add a few inches for good measure, and then filter out men who fall below that sum. Of course the ability to search for people who meet our criteria is part of the appeal of online dating. But while women say they have a "type"-they love bearded gingers or guys in glasses-they don't filter out every man who doesn't meet those specific physical criteria. Height is different. It's a sweeping

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  • 7 Ways Sex and the City Has Lied to Women

    Being a horrible person does not, in fact, find anyone love. By Stacey Woods

    Sex and the City has existed in some form - in print, on TV, on film, in sequel, and in prequel - all over the world for about twenty long years now (Candace Bushnell, who spawned the franchise, started writing in 1993). There are full-fledged women who have never known a world in which it didn't exist. It's been their nucleus of dreams, the backbone of their brunches, and it's made them who they are today...

    There are so many addenda I could attach to that sentence. "...a bunch of aimless, self-important drunks" is just one of them. But my purpose is not to insult, it is to instruct, and with the gentlest of hands - hands that I will now use, two decades thereon, to set a wrecking ball to the pearlescent gray apartment in which so many women have been vainly quailing all these years. That's right, while it's dazzled us with pretty clothes and dulled us with easy entertainment, Sex and the City has also worked its toxic tenets so fixedly into our minds that to

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  • 7 Things to Never Eat or Drink While Traveling

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    By John Mariani

    Eating the kinds of bizarre foods TV omnivore Andrew Zimmern puts in his mouth each week was once the hapless lot - never the intent - of 19th century adventurers like Sir Richard Burton, who while trekking from Zanzibar into the Congo would have given anything for some good British beef and Yorkshire pudding.

    Traveler's illnesses will lay low, even kill, guys who count themselves manly if they gulp down stinky tofu in Taipei or maggots in the Yucatan. Ernest Hemingway would have shot anyone on safari who suggested he drink the blood of a water buffalo. It's bad enough just dealing with unwashed lettuce in a salad in Madrid, much less shrimp pulled up from the putrid rivers of Phnom Penh. And you can just as easily come down with Delhi Belly in Mumbai as you can Montezuma's Revenge in Mexico City.

    You're never going to escape it entirely, not on the Champs Élysées or the Via Veneto, though you can take precautions by watching out for certain foods that have a

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  • 20 Things Boys Can Do to Become Men

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    By Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    Why should a young man listen to an old guy about the best way to become a man? Because the typical teen is not yet able to see a future past the next few months. That's not a fault of character, but the fact that teens' brains have not yet physically matured. The pre-fontal cortex (PFC) does not fully develop in most people until they're twenty-four years old. Yet, the PFC is responsible for regulating mood, attention span, impulse control, and the ability to plan ahead and understand the consequences of one's actions. In the meantime, it's up to the adults to guide them by showing them possible consequences-good and bad-of their behavior. With that in mind, here's my guide to becoming a man:

    1. Learn who you are as an individual.

    Figuring out who you are, what you care about, what you believe in, and what you stand for is the most important-and most difficult-challenge of becoming a man. We're all raised with people telling us what to think, how to

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  • An Easy Recipe for Tuna Sashimi by Jean-Georges

    Tuna SashimiBy Jesse Kissinger

    We're nearing the end of the summer, but in many parts of the country it is still punishingly hot. Too hot to turn on the oven. Too hot to use the skillet. You may have leaned over the grill a few too many days in a row, igniting coal or gas when the air around you already felt like it might combust. Smoke and fire rising, sweat dripping. All the beers in the world couldn't cool you, and there you are leaning over a small inferno.

    In an attempt to escape the heat in its final blazing days, you could succumb to salad for dinner or pull out the cold cuts from the bottom of your meat drawer. But you could also try eating your dinner raw. Not raw like cold soup - gazpacho never filled a man. Instead think sashimi. Carpaccio. Ceviche. Crudo. Tartare. Delicacies to be enjoyed with gusto as the truest, near living, expression of meat. Fish, salty like the ocean, cold, and fresh. Steak, soft and pink, with a shadow of dark beef flavor.

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  • An Easy Recipe for a Delicious Orange Salad from Sicily

    EsquireBy Michael J. Agovino

    Recipe from
    Sicily (April 2013, $39.95), by Phaidon Press


    A refreshing starter that could work just as well, sans the back olives, after the meal, as fennel - here the white bulb is used - is the prefect palate cleanser, especially for the old-timers. Oranges, though not as ubiquitous as the mythic Sicilian lemons, are plentiful on the island and beloved.

    Insalata di Arance


    Preparation time: 30 minutes

    Serves: 8
    Note: The refreshing flavors of citrus fruits and fennel combined with the tasty piquancy of roast olives make this dish a perfect accompaniment to boiled or roasted meat. If you like, you can add to the ingredients.

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    Ingredients

    • 3-4 fennel bulbs, thinly sliced, fronds reserved
    • 8 oranges
    • 1 cup roasted olives

    For the dressing

    • 5 tablespoons olive oil
    • juice of ½ lemon, strained
    • 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
    • reserved fennel fronds (see above)
    • 1 tablespoon fennel
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  • Why This Man Stopped Using Deodorant

    What happens when you stop using deodorant?

    By Justin Rocket Silverman

    Can a man know his true self?
    Probably not.
    Can a man know his true smell?
    Yup.

    All he has to do is stop using deodorant for 10 days. Not to mention scented soap, shampoo, cologne, and detergent.

    Which is exactly what I did last month, putting into temporary retirement all those familiar smells that attend us since infancy, and are designed to make us smell like something we're not - an olfactory lie, if you will.

    The truth is out there, and available to anyone willing to embark on a 10-day "wash-out," as prescribed by Dr. Charles J. Wysocki, a research scientist at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia. The wash-out ensures all those years of scented soap have been purged from the pores. Once that happens, says Wysocki, "with an accurate odor print, we can generally tell someone's gender, sexual orientation, age, and if they have any diseases."

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  • The Best Lobster Roll You Can Make at Home

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    By Josh Ozersky

    I have to credit Dr. Claw for teaching me how good a lobster roll can be. The infamous Brooklyn "lobster pusher"-the guy who won fame and no small degree of notoriety for illegally selling lobster rolls out of his apartment-gave me the first one I ever liked: A warm, garlicky tube of soft, delicate lobster inside a crisp and buttery white hotdog roll. It opened my eyes not just to how good a lobster roll can be, but how good lobster itself could be, even when made by some guy in a Bed-Stuy bachelor pad. Like many of you, I had previously thought of the dish as a monstrosity, a giant heap of lobster-flecked mayonnaise overloaded onto a maimed hot dog bun. Such items are generally tasteless and messy, and so grotesquely top-heavy that are literally unable to stand on their own. The lobster roll Dr. Claw created, and which I have improved upon, is a different arthropod altogether, and I am here to tell you how to make it.

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    Warm

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  • The Best Summer Wine Pairings

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    It's cookout season. You've got the grill fired up, hordes of friends en route, a cooler full of cold ones, and a couple jugs of Carlo Rossi for the ladies. All set, right? Well, maybe not. As we grow up, we start to develop more refined tastes. Just like a secret sauce for the ribs or special ingredients for that perfect burger, your beverage game needs to step it up. We're not suggesting that you drop a weeks pay on a case of curated vino, but in an age that seems like everyone is a foodie, making that little extra effort can go a long way.

    To help make things a little less intimidating, we spoke with rock n' roller, wild-maned man about town, and Food & Wine magazine's 2009 Winemaker of the Year Charles Smith for some recommendations that will make you look good without draining the bank account.

    Interviewed by James Joiner

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    General recommendations: Red

    I'd go with wines that are really easy to drink. Wines where you don't have to

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