Alexandra Shulman, the former editor of British Vogue, called out 50-year-old model Helena Christensen for wearing a black lace bustier paired with high-waisted jeans: “While men can receive sex symbol status until they are in their box, for women it’s more complicated. As a society, we are frightened of sexuality that doesn’t come accompanied by fertility… When women’s bodies no longer serve any child-bearing purpose, we find flaunting them disturbing and slightly tragic. I don’t claim that this is fair. But it’s true.”
While teen girls spend 29 minutes a day preparing and cleaning up after meals, boys spend just 12. Girls also spend 21 minutes a day running errands including grocery shopping, compared to just 11 for boys. We’ve got to get those boys in the kitchen—both for their own sake, and for the sake of their future families.
Fantasy as a genre frequently confronts difficult topics, grappling with subjects like identity, class, and race in a way that lingers long after the book is closed. In the past several years, authors have done this by drawing on the ancient subjects of storytelling. They’ve gracefully reworked myths, fairy tales, and folklore—stories that have always been rooted in events of the real world—to resonate with the contemporary world.