Politics

Clinton Wants a ‘Fair Shot’ for Women

Clinton Wants a ‘Fair Shot’ for Women

A hush fell over the room as some of the most powerful women in the Democratic Party took their seats on a panel to discuss women’s economic security. Hillary Clinton, presidential candidate in waiting and first among equals, sketched out the chal...

As Hillary Clinton spoke about women’s economic issues at a liberal think tank, you could practically hear her campaign taking shape.

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Rand’s Fans Hate His ISIS Plan

Rand’s Fans Hate His ISIS Plan

In the lobby of the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center Hotel in Virginia on Thursday evening, a 62-year-old man named Charles sat patiently as he waited for the Liberty Political Action Conference to begin. The event, hosted by the Campaign for Liberty...

The senator disappointed his fringe, libertarian followers with his support of airstrikes. Can he play the game in Washington and still keep their loyalty?

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The Right’s War on Neil deGrasse Tyson

The Right’s War on Neil deGrasse Tyson

Celebrity astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has long been a despised figure among conservatives—and now the right is accusing him of being a “fabulist” and making up quotes.The conservative website The Federalist ran a story last week saying Tyso...

The ‘Cosmos’ host is widely despised by conservatives. Do they have a point, or are their complaints just anti-intellectualism run amok?

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Clinton Wants a ‘Fair Shot’ for Women

Clinton Wants a ‘Fair Shot’ for Women

A hush fell over the room as some of the most powerful women in the Democratic Party took their seats on a panel to discuss women’s economic security. Hillary Clinton, presidential candidate in waiting and first among equals, sketched out the chal...

As Hillary Clinton spoke about women’s economic issues at a liberal think tank, you could practically hear her campaign taking shape.

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America United on Syria, for Now

America United on Syria, for Now

Perhaps they weren’t great moments in congressional history, the roll-call votes this week in which the House and, yesterday evening, the Senate agreed to fund the Syria operation. But they were really fascinating—as close as we’ve ever come in my...

Fully two-thirds of Congress—with no partisan pattern at all—voted to back the war request. So the support was broad—but likely not deep.

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Crazy Partisanship Begins With Kids

Crazy Partisanship Begins With Kids

Hyper-partisanship begins at home, apparently.That at least is the surprising new finding from a large survey on parenting and family life conducted by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press. According to a survey of 3,243 adults in ...

A news study shows that liberals and conservatives have wildly different parenting styles. So is partisan gridlock just a symptom of how we raise our kids?

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Entertainment

We Have Reached Booty Exhaustion

We Have Reached Booty Exhaustion

“Prepare audience for maximum impact,” Jennifer Lopez teases, or maybe warns, before leaning over and bouncing her bottom for the next four minutes and 17 seconds in the music video for “Booty.” J. Lo, girl, we’re prepared. In fact, we’re desensit...

Another day, another butt. Well, another dozen or so of them. Jennifer Lopez’s new music video may be the last straw: we have reached booty exhaustion.

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Our Trip to The Climate War's Front Line

Our Trip to The Climate War's Front Line

Even before there was a script for my last film, Noah, I was interested in the environmental message in scripture. Man and woman are kicked out of paradise; 10 generations later the land is so filled with violence that God destroys Creation in ord...

Darren Aronofsky and Leonardo DiCaprio went to the Canadian tar sand deposits, which exist under an area of forest and wetland the size of Florida. Until the drilling gets there.

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Dan Stevens Blows Up ‘Downton’

Dan Stevens Blows Up ‘Downton’

Maybe it’s the moment he dismembers a pumpkin with a flick-knife, or when he appears, pecs humpy and biceps firm, in a towel. Or maybe when he shoots and blows up his enemies en masse… but in the “insane” (his words) film The Guest, the actor Dan ...

From playing Matthew Crawley in “Downton Abbey’ to a buff lunatic in “The Guest,” Dan Stevens talks about Hollywood ambition, his sex-symbol rep, being adopted, and the “demon eyes...

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Juliette Lewis’ Scientology ‘Conspiracy’

Juliette Lewis’ Scientology ‘Conspiracy’

Juliette Lewis has finally come full-circle. Twenty years after portraying Mallory Knox, one-half of a deranged murder-happy couple in Oliver Stone’s highly controversial satire Natural Born Killers, the 41-year-old actress-turned-punk rocker will...

The badass star of films like ‘Cape Fear’ and ‘Natural Born Killers’ opens up about her memorable roles, new film ‘Kelly & Cal,’ and her Scientology conspiracy theories.

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Our Trip to The Climate War's Front Line

Our Trip to The Climate War's Front Line

Even before there was a script for my last film, Noah, I was interested in the environmental message in scripture. Man and woman are kicked out of paradise; 10 generations later the land is so filled with violence that God destroys Creation in ord...

Darren Aronofsky and Leonardo DiCaprio went to the Canadian tar sand deposits, which exist under an area of forest and wetland the size of Florida. Until the drilling gets there.

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‘Good Wife’ Reborn After Death

‘Good Wife’ Reborn After Death

By the time most shows reach their sixth seasons, they’re beginning to run on fumes. The cast, which has renegotiated and extended their contracts at least once, is becoming preoccupied with outside projects, as well as their growing bank accounts...

Josh Charles’ exit, as painful as it was, is the best thing that could have happened to ‘The Good Wife.’ These characters we’ve spent five years with suddenly seem so fresh.

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Is ‘Satisfaction’ Too Real About Sex?

Is ‘Satisfaction’ Too Real About Sex?

Unable to escape its Puritanical origins, American culture is still profoundly anti-sexual, unapologetically vulgar, and in a state of schizophrenia.Serious examinations of adult sexuality are rare on television, while honest conversations about s...

What happens after ‘happily ever after’? Here’s a Buddhist-inspired show that looks at lust honestly, questions marriage, and explores the emptiness at the heart of our lives.

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Celebs Pick Sides On Scotland

Celebs Pick Sides On Scotland

The polls have closed. Now, while we wait for the votes to be tallied in the Scottish Independence Referendum—a political Braveheart (albeit featuring far less maiming and Mel) deciding whether Scotland, after 307 years, should become an independe...

On Friday, the results of the Scottish Independence Referendum are expected to be announced. Here’s where prominent Scottish and British celebs side on Scotland.

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‘Good Wife’ Reborn After Death

‘Good Wife’ Reborn After Death

By the time most shows reach their sixth seasons, they’re beginning to run on fumes. The cast, which has renegotiated and extended their contracts at least once, is becoming preoccupied with outside projects, as well as their growing bank accounts...

Josh Charles’ exit, as painful as it was, is the best thing that could have happened to ‘The Good Wife.’ These characters we’ve spent five years with suddenly seem so fresh.

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World News

The Gaza Strip Before And After

The Gaza Strip Before And After

In July 2014, Israel launched operation “Protective Edge” in the Gaza Strip. Over the next 50 days, at least five Israeli civilians died, including one child, but far more Palestinians were affected by the continued fighting, which included bombar...

Compare images of Gaza prior to this summer's offensive and after the bombs fell.

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The Ukrainian President’s Wingnuts

The Ukrainian President’s Wingnuts

MOSCOW — You couldn't say Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko understated the Russian threat when he addressed the U.S. Congress on Thursday.“If they are not stopped now, they will cross European borders and spread throughout the globe,” he ...

Activists and opponents warn that Poroshenko’s embrace of ultra-rightists plays into the hands of Vladimir Putin.

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Turkey’s Refuge for ‘Terrorists’

Turkey’s Refuge for ‘Terrorists’

ISTANBUL, Turkey — As the United States tries to cobble together a regional alliance capable of containing and eventually crushing the self-styled jihadist caliphate in Iraq and Syria, the behavior of NATO member Turkey is increasingly problematic...

The Turkish government is increasingly at odds with the United States and its Arab allies in the anti-ISIS coalition.

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How Scotland Saved The U.K.

How Scotland Saved The U.K.

EDINBURGH, Scotland — The silent majority of Scots hailing from the Highlands, the islands, and the industrial heartlands rose up in record numbers on Thursday to put an end to the brash and noisy campaign for Scottish independence.To walk through...

Record numbers of Scottish voters shot down an audacious bid to break their 300-year union with the England.

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The Ukrainian President’s Wingnuts

The Ukrainian President’s Wingnuts

MOSCOW — You couldn't say Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko understated the Russian threat when he addressed the U.S. Congress on Thursday.“If they are not stopped now, they will cross European borders and spread throughout the globe,” he ...

Activists and opponents warn that Poroshenko’s embrace of ultra-rightists plays into the hands of Vladimir Putin.

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Reporters Under Attack in Russia

Reporters Under Attack in Russia

MOSCOW, Russia — For a while it looked like just another day of reporting. The BBC television crew interviewed Konstantin Kuzmin’s family in the southern Russian city of Astrakhan about the last day they saw him at home. The correspondent, Steven ...

The attack on a BBC TV crew underscores the threat that all journalists face.

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New ISIS Hostage Spouts ISIS Propaganda

New ISIS Hostage Spouts ISIS Propaganda

A British journalist who was captured in Syria with American reporter James Foley in November 2012, and who is being held hostage by the so-called Islamic State (also referred to as ISIL and ISIS), has now made a propaganda video for his captors.I...

In what looks like a “teaser” for more rants to come, John Cantlie speaks to the camera and continues to live, at least for now.

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Scots Hit the Polls on Independence Vote

Scots Hit the Polls on Independence Vote

On Thursday, the people of Scotland cast their ballots on the historic Scottish referendum vote to either break away from or remain part of the United Kingdom.

On Thursday, the people of Scotland cast their ballots on the historic Scottish referendum vote to either break away from or remain part of the United Kingdom.

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Reporters Under Attack in Russia

Reporters Under Attack in Russia

MOSCOW, Russia — For a while it looked like just another day of reporting. The BBC television crew interviewed Konstantin Kuzmin’s family in the southern Russian city of Astrakhan about the last day they saw him at home. The correspondent, Steven ...

The attack on a BBC TV crew underscores the threat that all journalists face.

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U.S. News

The Case of the Vanished UVA Student

The Case of the Vanished UVA Student

“You make things good, Hannah Graham. We want you back. Where are you?”Lani Galloway was speaking to the 6,000 attendees of a candlelight vigil Thursday night, but it was her missing friend she addressed as the search entered its sixth day. Eighte...

How did a normal Friday night with friends turn into 18-year-old second-year Hannah Graham running past a Shell station alone? Police have sketched her last known route.

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Can Carl Hiaasen Save Florida?

Can Carl Hiaasen Save Florida?

The mystery writer John D. MacDonald once crafted a pretty good rule of thumb to explain why environmentalists will never catch up to the developers in Florida.It works like this: You move to the Sunshine State and everything looks beautiful. That...

The Sunshine State’s best novelist’s new book contains no sex or swearing, so you know it’s a YA novel. But really, this great Hiaasen tale is fit for any audience.

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Border Kid Crisis Hits the Courts

Border Kid Crisis Hits the Courts

Down at 26 Federal Plaza, the massive building that houses New York City’s immigration court opens at 8:30 every weekday morning. By 8:45 on a recent Thursday, the 12th-floor pro bono room is packed. Bewildered adolescents, many of them accompanie...

A new DOJ directive has immigration courts scrambling to prioritize the “border kid” cases and nonprofits scrambling to protect vulnerable children from exploitation.

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The Case of the Vanished UVA Student

The Case of the Vanished UVA Student

“You make things good, Hannah Graham. We want you back. Where are you?”Lani Galloway was speaking to the 6,000 attendees of a candlelight vigil Thursday night, but it was her missing friend she addressed as the search entered its sixth day. Eighte...

How did a normal Friday night with friends turn into 18-year-old second-year Hannah Graham running past a Shell station alone? Police have sketched her last known route.

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Pennsylvania’s Lethal Injection Fiasco

Pennsylvania’s Lethal Injection Fiasco

Fifteen years after its last execution, Pennsylvania is finding it difficult to fire up its death machine again.If the commonwealth gets its way, it will soon strap 58-year-old confessed murderer Hubert Michael Jr. to a gurney inside the State Cor...

The commonwealth’s first execution in 15 years, set for September 22, had to be postponed—after corrections officials couldn’t get their hands on the lethal chemicals they needed.

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Victim’s Parents Sue Massacre Merchants

Victim’s Parents Sue Massacre Merchants

Could it be that irresponsible peddlers of mass murder are finally going to be held accountable? I wouldn’t put my money on it just yet, but I applaud Sandy and Lonnie Phillips, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, and Arnold & Porter L...

Only in America can a company sell 4,000 bullets to a single man without asking any questions. The arms industry doesn’t seem to care if it’s dealing to James Holmes or the leader of...

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Tech + Health

The Soldiers Who Fight Plagues

The Soldiers Who Fight Plagues

This week, the White House announced its intentions to deploy 3,000 troops and spend about $500 million to combat the worsening Ebola epidemic in Liberia. The news comes amid reports that the suspected infection rate and death toll in that country...

A glimpse into the dangerous job of U.S. troops going to fight the Ebola outbreak in Africa from a former soldier with experience in military disaster relief operations.

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Facebook’s ‘Real Name Policy’ Is a Drag

Facebook’s ‘Real Name Policy’ Is a Drag

Leave it to Facebook to squander the good will it had generated in the LGBT community, and piss off everybody—all to make some money.Just a few months ago, Facebook earned kudos from both the gay establishment and grassroots trans, genderqueer, an...

Facebook’s policy requires users’ profiles to show their real, given names—not their chosen names. It’s a policy that unfairly targets drag queens and the LGBTQ community.

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Why I Became an Ebola Vaccine Guinea Pig

Why I Became an Ebola Vaccine Guinea Pig

As the U.S. prepares to send 3,000 troops to West Africa to help fight the deadliest Ebola crisis on record—infecting nearly 5,000 people in West Africa and killing roughly half of them—the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NI...

Reddit user “Animostic_shep” says he’s the 13th person to receive a trial Ebola vaccine. The most enlightening moments from his AMA.

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Measles Vaxx Mix-Up Kills Syrian Kids

Measles Vaxx Mix-Up Kills Syrian Kids

Yet another tragedy has been reported this week, adding to the biblical sorrows already endured by the people of Syria. At least 15 children, and perhaps many more, have died after receiving an injection thought to be the measles vaccine.A prelimi...

An accidental mix-up of measles vaccine and a common muscle relaxer killed at least 15 Syrian children, and possibly many more.

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Facebook’s ‘Real Name Policy’ Is a Drag

Facebook’s ‘Real Name Policy’ Is a Drag

Leave it to Facebook to squander the good will it had generated in the LGBT community, and piss off everybody—all to make some money.Just a few months ago, Facebook earned kudos from both the gay establishment and grassroots trans, genderqueer, an...

Facebook’s policy requires users’ profiles to show their real, given names—not their chosen names. It’s a policy that unfairly targets drag queens and the LGBTQ community.

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State Busts Abortion Docs on Fine Print

State Busts Abortion Docs on Fine Print

On Wednesday, the Indiana Attorney General’s office filed complaints against four doctors who provide abortions for either failure to sufficiently complete all state-required forms, or to file them within the allotted time period.Attorney General ...

Forget the actual medical procedure, Indiana’s doctors are facing near-impossible requirements when it comes to providing abortions—on the administrative front.

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Maureen Dowd: ‘I Love’ My Pot Billboard

Maureen Dowd: ‘I Love’ My Pot Billboard

As the Internet buzzes about a new Maureen Dowd-themed billboard highlighting the dangers of consuming too many marijuana edibles, the New York Times columnist is grinning. “I love the billboard,” she says in an email. “I’m going to make it my Chr...

“New York Times” columnist Maureen Dowd’s experience with edible marijuana will live in infamy. Now, her likeness stars in a “Consume Responsibly” billboard.

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The Disturbing Prison Rape Spike

The Disturbing Prison Rape Spike

Britain’s Ministry of Justice was left scrambling Monday following the release of a new report revealing the extent of sexual abuse in its correctional facilities. The independent investigation found that thousands of inmates across England and Wa...

While the U.K. government says sexual assault happens to fewer than 200 prisoners each year, a new report shows that figure is actually in the thousands.

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State Busts Abortion Docs on Fine Print

State Busts Abortion Docs on Fine Print

On Wednesday, the Indiana Attorney General’s office filed complaints against four doctors who provide abortions for either failure to sufficiently complete all state-required forms, or to file them within the allotted time period.Attorney General ...

Forget the actual medical procedure, Indiana’s doctors are facing near-impossible requirements when it comes to providing abortions—on the administrative front.

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BeastStyle

Roger Goodell Mints a New NFL Disaster

Roger Goodell Mints a New NFL Disaster

Roger Goodell attempted to perform a miracle on national television Friday. Namely, he tried to fall on his sword without losing blood, sustaining a wound or suffering any pain.Instead, before an audience of millions--Goodell’s “mea culpa” news co...

If Roger Goodell’s aim was to show the NFL was taking the domestic violence scandals assailing the League seriously, he failed miserably.

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London Fashion Week’s Best Instagrams

London Fashion Week’s Best Instagrams

Models, designers, editors, and celebrities fled New York for the U.K. this week to see a fresh set of looks hit the runway at London Fashion Week. Here's a behind the scenes look.

Models, designers, editors, and celebrities fled New York for the U.K. this week to see a fresh set of looks hit the runway at London Fashion Week. Here's a behind the scenes look.

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Who’s Telling The Truth on Somaly Mam?

Who’s Telling The Truth on Somaly Mam?

This means war!        In the annals of pitched battles between rival media outlets, a brass-knuckled skirmish pitting Newsweek against Marie Claire seems especially unlikely.         Yet that is exactly what is happening, as the venerable newsmag...

First, “Newsweek” called the charismatic anti-sex trafficking activist Somaly Mam a fraud. Now “Marie Claire” says “Newsweek” is guilty of careless reporting.

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UK’s No. 1 Churchman ‘Doubts’ God

UK’s No. 1 Churchman ‘Doubts’ God

It may seem strange to God-crazy America that the Archbishop of Canterbury, Britain’s most senior church leader, and the leader of 80 million Anglicans worldwide, should admit to doubts about the existence of God.“I mean there are moments, sure, w...

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, says there are moments he thinks, “Is there a God?” and “Where is God?” His thoughtful words should shock no-one.

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London Fashion Week’s Best Instagrams

London Fashion Week’s Best Instagrams

Models, designers, editors, and celebrities fled New York for the U.K. this week to see a fresh set of looks hit the runway at London Fashion Week. Here's a behind the scenes look.

Models, designers, editors, and celebrities fled New York for the U.K. this week to see a fresh set of looks hit the runway at London Fashion Week. Here's a behind the scenes look.

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Into the Grindr of the Gay Dating Game

Into the Grindr of the Gay Dating Game

Sex, death, love, HIV, relationships, and dating over 40: the playwright and actor Steven Gallagher and I spoke, occasionally loudly, about these things over a few rounds of cocktails one recent evening in Toronto.This Sunday afternoon, Gallagher,...

Steven Gallagher’s prize-winning one-man play sees an HIV-positive gay man in his 40s embark on a fraught double mission—to respect the wishes of a dead friend and to find romance.

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Alison Bechdel: Genius to Watch Out For

Alison Bechdel: Genius to Watch Out For

In her charming, illuminating video accepting her $625,000 MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” alongside 20 others, the cartoonist Alison Bechdel—famous for her strip Dykes to Watch Out For and more recently her graphic (in both senses of that wor...

The cartoonist creator of ‘Dykes to Watch Out For,’ graphic memoirist, and originator of the ‘Bechdel Test’ for movies, has been awarded a MacArthur ‘genius’ grant. We celebrate why.

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Is NY Fashion Week the New Cool Kid?

Is NY Fashion Week the New Cool Kid?

London Fashion Week has long been considered the “kooky aunt” of fashion weeks, as The New York Times graciously described it this week. The British fashion extravaganza has been known for shows that focus on more eccentric styles (think Alexander...

Normally more commercial-oriented, NYFW staged a series of performance pieces this season rather than pure runway shows. But is it enough to unseat London as the fashion week to watch?

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Into the Grindr of the Gay Dating Game

Into the Grindr of the Gay Dating Game

Sex, death, love, HIV, relationships, and dating over 40: the playwright and actor Steven Gallagher and I spoke, occasionally loudly, about these things over a few rounds of cocktails one recent evening in Toronto.This Sunday afternoon, Gallagher,...

Steven Gallagher’s prize-winning one-man play sees an HIV-positive gay man in his 40s embark on a fraught double mission—to respect the wishes of a dead friend and to find romance.

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Women

Laurie Penny’s In-Your-Face Feminism

Laurie Penny’s In-Your-Face Feminism

When reigning pop queen Beyoncé Knowles stood, with the unshakeable self-assurance of a warrior, in front of a boldly lit, capital-lettered declaration of “FEMINIST” at the MTV Video Music Awards last month, the media responded with something approximating rapture. “The zeitgeist is irrefutably feminist: its name literally in bright lights,” wrote Jessica Valenti at The Guardian, while Amanda Marcotte at Slate argued that the singer had put paid to the idea that ...

Riding a new wave of feminism driven by an unlikely mix of commerce and online discourse, the British feminist doesn’t give a damn if you like her politics. She does want to make you...

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(Miss) American Values

(Miss) American Values

Hours after being crowned Miss America, Kira Kazantsev was called a “slut,” “bitch,” “bimbo,” “crazy,” “dumb” and “retarded” on social media.  What had this mind-bogglingly accomplished woman — Kazantsev, 23, speaks three languages, was a triple m...

After being crowned Miss America, the extremely accomplished Kira Kazantsev was heavily criticized by some on social media for her volunteer work with Planned Parenthood. Planned Par...

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The Disturbing Prison Rape Spike

The Disturbing Prison Rape Spike

Britain’s Ministry of Justice was left scrambling Monday following the release of a new report revealing the extent of sexual abuse in its correctional facilities. The independent investigation found that thousands of inmates across England and Wa...

While the U.K. government says sexual assault happens to fewer than 200 prisoners each year, a new report shows that figure is actually in the thousands.

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Clooney to Do ‘Downton Abbey’

Clooney to Do ‘Downton Abbey’

You might think that Downton Abbey has jumped the shark.George Clooney is not so sure.For The Sun is reporting this morning that the newly engaged Hollywood dreamboat is to make an appearance in a one-off Christmas special of the British costume d...

Clooney’s appearance comes after he became friends with Hugh Bonneville, who plays Lord Robert Grantham, during the filming of the movie ‘The Monuments Men.’

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(Miss) American Values

(Miss) American Values

Hours after being crowned Miss America, Kira Kazantsev was called a “slut,” “bitch,” “bimbo,” “crazy,” “dumb” and “retarded” on social media.  What had this mind-bogglingly accomplished woman — Kazantsev, 23, speaks three languages, was a triple m...

After being crowned Miss America, the extremely accomplished Kira Kazantsev was heavily criticized by some on social media for her volunteer work with Planned Parenthood. Planned Par...

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I Was Pregnant, He Hit Me. Why I Stayed.

I Was Pregnant, He Hit Me. Why I Stayed.

I was eight weeks pregnant with my second child when my husband hit me.To be fair, he told me that he would kill me while he throttled my neck, and once I broke free I tried desperately to fight back. Then he hit me. Open hand right across the fac...

Social media is ablaze over the Ray Rice video, wondering why his future wife stayed. For me, like thousands of other abused women, that answer isn’t an easy one.

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Male Birth Control—Without Condoms

Male Birth Control—Without Condoms

Vasalgel, a reversible form of male birth control, just took one step closer to your vas deferens.According to a press release from the Parsemus Foundation, a not-for profit organization focused on developing low-cost medical approaches, Vasalgel ...

A reversible polymer that blocks sperm is about to enter human trials and will be available by 2017. How will rhetoric change when male bodies are responsible for birth control?

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Women, It’s Time to Reclaim Our Breasts

Women, It’s Time to Reclaim Our Breasts

Women have long been told to cover up their sexy parts, as the world ogles them, sometimes to aggressive extremes. When there is a personal violation as egregious and disturbing as the recent one against Jennifer Lawrence and several other female ...

Women, so long the focus of male sexual objectification, are keen to recast the standards, significance, and sexist humor about their chests.

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I Was Pregnant, He Hit Me. Why I Stayed.

I Was Pregnant, He Hit Me. Why I Stayed.

I was eight weeks pregnant with my second child when my husband hit me.To be fair, he told me that he would kill me while he throttled my neck, and once I broke free I tried desperately to fight back. Then he hit me. Open hand right across the fac...

Social media is ablaze over the Ray Rice video, wondering why his future wife stayed. For me, like thousands of other abused women, that answer isn’t an easy one.

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Books

Alison Bechdel: Genius to Watch Out For

Alison Bechdel: Genius to Watch Out For

In her charming, illuminating video accepting her $625,000 MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” alongside 20 others, the cartoonist Alison Bechdel—famous for her strip Dykes to Watch Out For and more recently her graphic (in both senses of that wor...

The cartoonist creator of ‘Dykes to Watch Out For,’ graphic memoirist, and originator of the ‘Bechdel Test’ for movies, has been awarded a MacArthur ‘genius’ grant. We celebrate why.

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  • Laurie Penny’s In-Your-Face Feminism

    Laurie Penny’s In-Your-Face Feminism

    When reigning pop queen Beyoncé Knowles stood, with the unshakeable self-assurance of a warrior, in front of a boldly lit, capital-lettered declaration of “FEMINIST” at the MTV Video Music Awards last month, the media responded with something appr...

    Riding a new wave of feminism driven by an unlikely mix of commerce and online discourse, the British feminist doesn’t give a damn if you like her politics. She does want to make you...

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Behind the Scenes of The Princess Bride

Behind the Scenes of The Princess Bride

“It really was like a traveling circus,” Cary Elwes says of filming one of the most beloved movies in the history of cinema, The Princess Bride. Elwes, of course, portrayed the iconic, Zorro-like hero Westley in the Rob Reiner epic—a swashbuckling...

In the upcoming page-turner of a book, ‘As You Wish,’ Cary Elwes, aka the Man in Black, writes about how Rob Reiner and Co. made one of the most cherished films of all time.

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A Ghostwriter Steps Out of the Shadows

A Ghostwriter Steps Out of the Shadows

A book tour can’t be all work and no play. So when my current tour landed me in Cincinnati on my way from Atlanta to Detroit, I made time for a side trip a few miles up the Ohio River to the hamlet of New Richmond. There, in his cluttered office a...

Lonnie Wheeler has written his share of books but they have other people’s names on them. Hank Aaron, Bob Gibson, Coleman Young—Wheeler wrote all their autobigraphies.

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How the Vikings Saved Europe

How the Vikings Saved Europe

They say history is written by the victors, but what if the victims are the ones with the pens?That is the bizarre circumstance surrounding the history of the Vikings, since the centuries-old myth that has come down to us about their brutal savage...

History teaches us that the Vikings were brutal, thieving invaders, but much of that history was written by Viking victims: European monks. New evidence says otherwise.

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Behind the Scenes of The Princess Bride

Behind the Scenes of The Princess Bride

“It really was like a traveling circus,” Cary Elwes says of filming one of the most beloved movies in the history of cinema, The Princess Bride. Elwes, of course, portrayed the iconic, Zorro-like hero Westley in the Rob Reiner epic—a swashbuckling...

In the upcoming page-turner of a book, ‘As You Wish,’ Cary Elwes, aka the Man in Black, writes about how Rob Reiner and Co. made one of the most cherished films of all time.

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How Robert Caro Wrote a Masterpiece

How Robert Caro Wrote a Masterpiece

In the spring of 1974, after Robert A. Caro had finished writing The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York—a seven-year ordeal that took the book through three publishers and two editors and nearly bankrupted Caro—the first-time auth...

Forty years ago today, Caro’s ‘The Power Broker’—a magisterial 1,296-page life of New York master builder Robert Moses—rewrote the rules of biography.

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How to Treat the Criminally Insane

How to Treat the Criminally Insane

Stephen Seager knows he could lose his job, but he doesn’t care. He didn’t ask his employer’s permission to write Behind the Gates of Gomorrah, an account of the rampant and unchecked violence that Seager says he’s both witnessed and experienced a...

Doctor Stephen Seager pens a fascinating and terrifying tell-all about his high-stakes job at a ‘Silence of the Lambs’-style forensic institute.

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From Moscow to Queens, Down Dovlatov Way

From Moscow to Queens, Down Dovlatov Way

The writer Sergei Dovlatov had a street renamed in his honor recently. Last Sunday morning, a clump of eager and aging onetime immigrants from the Soviet Union of Brezhnev stood around an un-picturesque corner in Queens as New York City Counci...

While Russians in America argue over Sergei Dovlatov’s legacy, Russia tightens its grip.

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How Robert Caro Wrote a Masterpiece

How Robert Caro Wrote a Masterpiece

In the spring of 1974, after Robert A. Caro had finished writing The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York—a seven-year ordeal that took the book through three publishers and two editors and nearly bankrupted Caro—the first-time auth...

Forty years ago today, Caro’s ‘The Power Broker’—a magisterial 1,296-page life of New York master builder Robert Moses—rewrote the rules of biography.

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