Manning Up by Kay Hymowitz, the all-girls Pink Academy preschool, and the Middleton family: On this week's DoubleX Gabfest.

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March 17 2011 10:26 AM

Double X Gabfest: The Little Prince Edition

Our editors discuss Manning Up by Kay Hymowitz, the all-girls Pink Academy preschool, and the Middleton family.

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In this week's gabfest, DoubleX founding editor Hanna Rosin, managing editor Jessica Grose, and editor Kate Julian discuss the recent spate of "end of men" books like Kay Hymowitz's Manning Up and Dan Abrams' Man Down, a new all-girls preschool called The Pink Academy and the debate over single-sex education, and the Austenian media narrative of princess-to-be Kate Middleton's family.

The DoubleX weekly "coffee talk" endorsements:

Jessica Grose recommends the lowbrow charms of this season of The Celebrity Apprentice. Why? Two words: Gary Busey.

Hanna Rosin cannot stop eating Chip'ins, the popcorn chip (and no, she is not getting paid for this endorsement). The mom in the 100-percent-absurd promotional rap video that Chip'ins made says "they're the greatest thing to happen since my children were born."

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Kate Julian is loving Kate Atkinson's Started Early, Took My Dog, the fourth in the Jackson Brodie mystery series.

Here are some links to other things we discussed this week:

"Where Have All the Good Men Gone?" by Kay Hymowitz in the Wall Street Journal
"How the Media Are All Wrong About Men" by Alex Heard in the Good Men Project
"The End of Men" by Hanna Rosin in the Atlantic
"Would You Send Your Daughter to an All-Girls Preschool?" by KJ Dell'Antonia in Slate
"The Single-Sex Trick" by Lise Eliot and Diane F. Halpern in Slate

Hanna Rosin is the founder of DoubleX and a writer for the Atlantic. She is also the author of The End of Men. Follow her on Twitter.

Jessica Grose is a frequent Slate contributor and the author of the novel Sad Desk Salad. Follow her on Twitter.

Kate Julian is an editor of DoubleX.

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