The Atlantic Launches The Sexes Channel on TheAtlantic.com, Part of a Multiplatform Initiative Exploring the Shifting Roles of Women and Men

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Washington, D.C--Launching today on TheAtlantic.com is The Sexes Channel, part of a multiplatform Atlantic initiative--online, in print, and in live events--that will explore how the changing balance of power between men and women is transforming society--from the home to the workplace, from education to commerce, and from politics to public policy. The Atlantic has long covered this terrain, but with the launch of the Sexes Channel online, writers and editors will have a space dedicated to pursuing these critical issues: gender dynamics in the workplace; workforce demographics; work-life balance; how people of all sexual orientations are responding to power shifts in dating, sex, relationships, and marriage; pregnancy and parenting; and portrayals of men and women in pop culture.

"We've had a tremendous response over the years to our magazine stories and live events dealing with this set of issues, culminating in the truly global reaction to Anne-Marie Slaughter's cover story last summer," James Bennet, editor in chief of The Atlantic, said. "Matters like balancing work and family that have traditionally been treated as 'women's issues' have for some time been of great concern to men as well. These are really human issues--in our experience, pretty much everyone, of whatever age or background, has a strong opinion about them--and we're excited to devote a new channel on TheAtlantic.com to reporting and debating them."

The channel will examine how both men and women are responding to these changes, with writing from a range of journalists, analysts, and experts. Among them will be contributing editor Anne-Marie Slaughter, the author of the blockbuster July/August 2012 Atlantic cover story "Why Women Still Can't Have It All," the most-read article in the magazine's history. Slaughter detailed her decision to leave her dream job as the director of foreign-policy planning at the State Department after discovering it was impossible to juggle high-level government work with the needs of her two teenage sons. Within days of being published in The Atlantic, the piece ignited a national and international discussion about social policies and cultural attitudes toward work-life balance. In her new role as contributing editor, Slaughter, who is a professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University, will write regularly for the Sexes Channel and help shape the vision for its coverage.

"The Sexes is a great idea. It's time for a forum where men and women from multiple generations can engage in a lively and open debate about issues of work, family, gender roles, marriage, aging, and everything else that both divide and unite us," Slaughter said.

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has explored these issues in its live events for years, notably with its "Women of Washington" series, which will feature Slaughter today, November 1, 2012. Her one-on-one interview with Atlantic Media Company's Linda Douglass can be watched via live stream at 3:30 p.m., ET. Now in its third year, the ongoing series, underwritten by ExxonMobil, showcases eminent women leaders discussing their areas of expertise: politics, the economy, and education, among other topics. The events division plans to expand coverage of these issues in 2013.

In addition to Slaughter, the Sexes Channel will feature other leading voices from a range of disciplines and backgrounds, including: Nanette Fondas, co-author of The Custom-Fit Workplace; Mark Oppenheimer, Beliefs columnist for The New York Times and author of Dan Savage: The First Gay Celebrity; Karen Kornbluh, U.S. Ambassador to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development; Philip N. Cohen, professor of sociology at the University of Maryland and creator of the Web site Family Inequality, which looks at demographic and economic trends in marriage; Emily Esfahani Smith, associate editor at The New Criterion; and the founders of the parenting site Dad Wagon: Nathan Thornburgh, former senior editor at Time, Matt Gross, contributing writer at Afar magazine, and Theodore Ross, features editor of Men's Journal.

The Sexes Channel will be edited by Eleanor Barkhorn. Barkhorn joined The Atlantic in 2009 and, most recently, edited the site's popular and widely read Entertainment Channel. Barkhorn will also curate the Sexes Twitter feed, available at @TheAtlanticSEXS.

The launch of the Sexes Channel coincides with a new homepage design on TheAtlantic.com, which will roll out later this month. At that point, Sexes will be part of the site's primary navigation alongside other topic verticals: Politics, Business, Entertainment, Technology, National, Global, and Health.

Over the course of its 155 years, The Atlantic has covered the issues facing modern women and men, beginning with 1859's "Ought Women to Learn the Alphabet?" Other highlights from the archive include "A Successful Bachelor" (1898), "Meditations on Votes for Women" (1914), "Sex and the College Girl" (1957), "One Woman's Abortion" (1965), and a range of stories in recent years: "Marry Him!" by Lori Gottlieb, "How a New Jobless Era Will Transform America" by Don Peck, "The End of Men" by Hanna Rosin, "All the Single Ladies" by Kate Bolick, and "Why Women Still Can't Have It All" by Slaughter.

About The Atlantic

Since its founding in 1857 as a magazine about "the American Idea" that would be of "no party or clique," The Atlantic has been at the forefront of brave thinking in journalism. One of the first magazines to launch on the Web in the early 1990s, The Atlantic has continued to help shape the national debate across print, digital, and event platforms. With the addition of its news- and opinion-tracking site, TheAtlanticWire.com, and TheAtlanticCities.com on global cities, The Atlantic is a multimedia forum on the most critical issues of our times--from politics, business, urban affairs, and the economy, to technology, arts, and culture. The Atlantic is the flagship property of Washington, D.C.-based publisher Atlantic Media Company.  

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