"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.The Atlantic
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.