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MomStuff Road Trip: Seneca Falls, NY

This week on the blog, Molly and I are planning out the MomStuff dream summer road trip across the U.S. Each day, we're highlighting a landmark commemorating a significant person or event involved in women's history. Hope y'all enjoy the ride.

Gun ownership is most often associated with men, but should women own guns for personal safety? Is gun ownership a feminist issue, or a marketing ploy? In this episode, Molly and Cristen frame the discussion of gun ownership in terms of gender.

Spinsters in China, Check Here

Thanks to listener Christine for sending Molly and me a copy of the Hong Kong government's work visa form she recently filled out. The marital status choices are married, divorced, widowed, separated or....bachelor/spinster.

The term "bachelor" is commonly applied to single men, but is there a satisfactory female equivalent? Molly and Cristen discuss various terms that have been used to describe single women over the years -- and if they measure up -- in this episode.

Doctors have identified a condition called andropause that affects middle-aged men's moods and hormone levels. It's sometimes referred to as "male menopause," but is that really an accurate description? Molly and Cristen investigate in this episode.

If there were more women on Wall Street, would the financial crisis have happened? Are women more suited to the world of finance than men, or less? Molly and Cristen explore these questions and the role of American women in finance in this episode.

On Monday, I discussed the male half of the opposite-sex-friend (OSF) equation. Namely, while sex isn't the top priority for men forging friendships with women, it's still on their minds especially when both parties are single. That same OSF study I referenced asserts that women derive a particular benefit from platonic guy pals as well.

Inspired by the Stuff You Should Know guys' recent podcasts on Cooperative for Education and breaking the cycle of poverty in Guatemala, Molly and Cristen explore why education is so important in Guatemala -- especially for girls.

Last week on Stuff Mom Never Told You, Molly and I discussed the plot-driving question of When Harry Met Sally: can men and women really be friends? Of course, we'd all like to think that the answer is clearly yes, but when we started researching the topic, anecdotal and empirical evidence always circled back around to sex (this also assuming a friendship between heterosexual men and women). While opposite sex friendships (OSFs) are common and possible, sexual attraction tends to muddy the waters at some point.

Hello there, SYSK Army members. Here we are on Friday in the increasingly warm Atlanta. Josh and I are busy prepping for our NYC adventure, and looking forward to meeting up with some of you crazy cats while we're there. If you're not in NY, we're hoping to do a little more traveling and hosting events in various places around the globe. Having said that, how about a little recap?

Newswires report that the Lombardy region in Italy, which includes the capital city Milan, has passed a measure that will provide payouts to low-income pregnant women considering abortions who change their minds. The government has framed the measure as a way to help out cash-strapped pregnant women who wish to have a baby, although they can't even access the funding until they're actually in the abortion clinic having a consultation.

Popular culture would suggest that heterosexual men and women can't have purely platonic relationships, but is this claim really valid? Molly and Cristen take a closer look at cross-sex friendships in this episode.

LA Times Lends a Double Meaning to "Support"

Molly and I often dissect women- and gender-related topics down to their most granular details on Stuff Mom Never Told You. But we also try to maintain a sense of humor while studying and analyzing cultural portrayals of women, and sometimes we've just gotta look and laugh at certain slip-ups.

Autistic spectrum disorders are typically associated with boys, a fact which may make it harder for girls with autism to be diagnosed properly. In this episode, Molly and Cristen define autism and discuss how it manifests differently in boys and girls.

In today's episode, Molly and Cristen tackle one of the biggest gender stereotypes out there: Men are better drivers than women.

Presumably as more women elect to postpone building families in favor of building careers, the age of childbearing women continues to rise, the Guardian reports. While the average maternal age has only climbed about a year from 28.4 years old to 29.4 years old over the past decade, the number of women having kids in their 40s has shown dramatic growth in England and Wales.

There's been a lot of breast-related news lately, from a controversial bra ad to a popular Internet meme. What's the big deal about boobs? Molly and Cristen explore the history, politics and symbolism of breasts in this episode.

The Food and Drug Administration may be on its way to approving the first prescription drug intended to boost women's libidos. I'd like to think this has come about since some FDA officials were listening in to Molly's and my discussion about filbanserin, nicknamed "pink Viagra," in a Stuff Mom Never Told You episode a couple weeks ago, but I'm probably overstating our clout. For now, anyway.

Pharmaceutical company Novartis learned just how much a glass ceiling in the workplace can cost. Ballpark: $1 billion.

Although men's studies is already an established academic discipline, a new discipline has recently emerged that aims to focus exclusively on the male gender. Molly and Cristen explore what makes male studies so different from men's in this episode.