Say What You Will About Gender Roles LOL

In Salon, an essay by a self-described stay at home boyfriend: “Say what you will about modern times and gender roles in the 21st century, but there are still certain behaviors associated with manhood. Providing. Protecting. Being a stay-at-home boyfriend may look easy. But let’s say I’ve forsaken a certain amount of pride.”

I think it is totally fine to want to pay and to feel like you want to pay and say, I want to pay. But it’s not because you are a duuuuuuudddeeee, dude. And that’s what I have to say about gender roles.

A Tradition Among Farmers, When One of Them Gets Sick or Dies

This is a very nice story by Bart Schaneman about farmers and neighbors in Nebraska harvesting a fellow farmer’s sugar beets for him after he died. This is a thing farmers do for other farmers.

Lisa and Bryan’s Road Trip Adventure

Lisa and Bryan plan a roadtrip.

Dick and Jane Both Work Hard, But Jane Pays the Bills

Financially, I knew what I was getting into when I moved in with him.

It Has Happened (SCREAMS)

Via Publisher’s Marketplace: “Jessica Walsh and Timothy Goodman’s 40 DAYS OF DATING: THE BOOK, based on the viral social experiment with 2 million unique visitors, a designed, expanded look at the experiment between two friends and the results, including texts, conversations, artwork, photographs, and details of the romance before, during, and after the experiment that never made it onto the site, to Deborah Aaronson at Abrams, in a pre-empt, for publication in Fall 2014, by CAA. Screen rights previously acquired by Warner Bros.”

People I Owe Money to, the Sequel

Last year about this time I owed some people some money and made a little list. What a fun exercise that was. Let's play again.

3. ‘He doesn’t like how I spend money.’

Jessica Walsh and Timothy Goodman are good friends who both found themselves single at the same time. So they decided to date each other. And document it for 40 days. Because why not?

Postcards from the Nest

The Guardian has dispatches from college students who've moved back home with mom and dad, as well as thoughts from their parents. It's still really hard to get those kids to do some chores around the house after all these years. [via]

Fancy Meals, Thanks to Mom and Dad

At Tablet, Jon Reiss discusses all the fancy restaurants he's eaten at thanks to his parents paying for dinner, and his desire to pay his own way as he hit his late twenties and started to find more success.

Interview With a Woman Who Wants to Pay for Her Boyfriend But He Won’t Let Her

Claire Brown is a name I made up for a girl who likes to go out to eat, but her boyfriend doesn't.

A Married Couple Discuss Tipping And Also The Probability That It Will Lead to Their Divorce

Taylor Jenkins Reid ["THE WIFE"] and Alex Reid ["THE HUSBAND"] are married. To each other.

Making Decisions With Two Heads

If you would like to know what it's like when you're a liberal New York person and you write for a living and your friends are of the literary kind and your fiance enlists in the Army, this essay by Simone Gorrindo is a good assessment of that. There's a lot to think on about life decision-making. Partnerships. Some really great imagery. One thing in particular.