Politics

Young, Evangelical & Pro-Gay

Young, Evangelical & Pro-Gay

Something extraordinary is happening at the intersection of religion and LGBT people.  You may not have noticed it, because you thought it was impossible, and so you weren’t watching for it. But make no mistake, there is something wonderful happen...

A gay 24-year-old evangelical Christian is leading the charge toward tolerance among conservative Bible Belt Christians.

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Senate Run for White Supremacist

Senate Run for White Supremacist

Ahhh, election season. That time between late summer and November when candidates are most likely to knock on your door or send robo-calls to your home; and patches of grass, stabbed with metal-boned campaign signs, become the literal embodiment o...

rite-in candidate Robert Randsdell is a white supremacist and has no chance of winning his race for the Senate in Kentucky. So why is he running? To get his ‘message’ out.

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How Long Can the GOP Hide the Crazy?

How Long Can the GOP Hide the Crazy?

I have to give the Republicans credit for one thing in this election cycle. They’ve been able to keep their crazies quiet. But the big question is: Will some GOP crazy talk seep out between now November 4? In the words of Sarah Palin, I’d have to ...

No Todd Akins or Richard Mourdocks so far this year. But there’s still time—and here are some candidates who might slip.

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Young, Evangelical & Pro-Gay

Young, Evangelical & Pro-Gay

Something extraordinary is happening at the intersection of religion and LGBT people.  You may not have noticed it, because you thought it was impossible, and so you weren’t watching for it. But make no mistake, there is something wonderful happen...

A gay 24-year-old evangelical Christian is leading the charge toward tolerance among conservative Bible Belt Christians.

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Can Perry See Russia From His House?

Can Perry See Russia From His House?

Late for happy hour, a junior staffer sighs and starts in on a draft email announcing RickPAC, Rick Perry’s new political action committee. “Friend & Supporter,” it begins. The staffer stares at the screen. “We’re living during…”During what? O...

The Texas governor is perfectly positioned to create a new geopolitical consensus in the GOP.

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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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Entertainment

The Week in Viral Videos

The Week in Viral Videos

5. Ukrainian Politician Gets Tossed in a DumpsterBeing a Ukrainian elected official is tough. You’re trying to navigate your nation’s biggest crisis since the fall of the Iron Curtain, and your constituents probably disagree on larger issues than ...

From Ukrainian politicians getting tossed in dumpsters to a classy tribute to Derek Jeter, watch our countdown of this week’s buzziest videos.

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More Celebrity Nudes Invade Internet

More Celebrity Nudes Invade Internet

Another day, another unfortunate cache of nude photos and videos of celebrities—presumably hacked—finds its way onto the creepy depths of the Internet.Yes, just as the proverbial dust had settled on the first ugly display of what Internet trolls h...

The gross invasion of celebrity privacy continues, as delusional online pervs claim that these presumably hacked photos are “good” for their targets. When will it stop?

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What Porn Stars Find Sexy

What Porn Stars Find Sexy

Ever wonder what shows might get a porn star all hot and bothered? For me, it's Masters of Sex: A show that portrays sex in an intimate setting without it being gratuitous or out of context, and that explores the dividing line between sex and...

What turns on the people who’ve seen it all? Aurora Snow canvassed the adult industry to see which television shows excite its XXX talent.

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America’s Corrosive Gridiron Gospel

America’s Corrosive Gridiron Gospel

On September 29, the cover of Time Magazine will feature a photo of a high school football player named Chad Stover, with the dramatic headline “He Died Playing This Game.” The accompanying story will detail how Stover died of a traumatic brain in...

Two new films about high-school football peddle the same old toxic myths of masculinity.

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More Celebrity Nudes Invade Internet

More Celebrity Nudes Invade Internet

Another day, another unfortunate cache of nude photos and videos of celebrities—presumably hacked—finds its way onto the creepy depths of the Internet.Yes, just as the proverbial dust had settled on the first ugly display of what Internet trolls h...

The gross invasion of celebrity privacy continues, as delusional online pervs claim that these presumably hacked photos are “good” for their targets. When will it stop?

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It's Easy To Blame 'Football Culture'

It's Easy To Blame 'Football Culture'

Today, a 20-year-old man will be punished for shouting an obscene and offensive comment at his university’s student union. More specifically, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston will watch Saturday’s football showdown between FSU and Clemson ...

Jameis Winston will sit on the sidelines Saturday, a light punishment from the incompetent institution that once failed to investigate sexual assault allegations against him.

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Morgan Freeman Gently Slapped My Face

Morgan Freeman Gently Slapped My Face

On Thursday, Oscar winner Morgan Freeman came to Washington, DC, for a red-carpet screening of Madam Secretary, the new CBS dramatic series he’s producing about a Secretary of State played by Téa Leoni. The premiere was held at the US Institute of...

The legendary actor and ‘Madam Secretary’ producer insists his show has nothing to do with Hillary Clinton.

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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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It's Easy To Blame 'Football Culture'

It's Easy To Blame 'Football Culture'

Today, a 20-year-old man will be punished for shouting an obscene and offensive comment at his university’s student union. More specifically, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston will watch Saturday’s football showdown between FSU and Clemson ...

Jameis Winston will sit on the sidelines Saturday, a light punishment from the incompetent institution that once failed to investigate sexual assault allegations against him.

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World News

Inside the Mind of an ISIS Jihadi

Inside the Mind of an ISIS Jihadi

Some take videos of themselves burning their Western passports. They say they don’t care if they are stripped of their British or French citizenship. They boast of enslaving Christian and Yazidi women.  They decapitate those men deemed foes of the...

An FBI profiler and other experts talk about the psychopaths and the deluded young Westerners who join the savage army of the so-called “caliphate.”

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Ayatollah Khamenei’s Cancer Scare

Ayatollah Khamenei’s Cancer Scare

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, 75, was hospitalized for a week earlier this month following prostate surgery, and inevitably rumors surfaced that he has cancer (which may be true) and is dying (which may not be). What is certain is ...

At a critical moment in nuclear negotiations and the widening war against ISIS, the health of Iran’s supreme leader could throw another wild card into the mix.

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RIP Free Scotland

RIP Free Scotland

EDINBURGH, Scotland — Tears were spilled by heartbroken Scottish voters on Friday as hundreds gathered in the shadow of the Scottish parliament to mourn the end of an era. Alex Salmond, the man whose leadership of the Scottish National Party spann...

Following the failed bid for his nation’s independence, the feisty Scottish National Party leader may be stepping down, but the dream remains.

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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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Ayatollah Khamenei’s Cancer Scare

Ayatollah Khamenei’s Cancer Scare

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, 75, was hospitalized for a week earlier this month following prostate surgery, and inevitably rumors surfaced that he has cancer (which may be true) and is dying (which may not be). What is certain is ...

At a critical moment in nuclear negotiations and the widening war against ISIS, the health of Iran’s supreme leader could throw another wild card into the mix.

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White House Invents Qaeda-ISIS Alliance

White House Invents Qaeda-ISIS Alliance

The White House and senior members of the Obama administration have been trying to convince Congress all week that, legally speaking, there’s no difference between ISIS and al Qaeda. But at the same time—and, often, in the very same classified bri...

Obama is trying to argue the group is the “true inheritor of bin Laden” in order to legally justify the war. Just don't tell al Qaeda, which booted ISIS in February.

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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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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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White House Invents Qaeda-ISIS Alliance

White House Invents Qaeda-ISIS Alliance

The White House and senior members of the Obama administration have been trying to convince Congress all week that, legally speaking, there’s no difference between ISIS and al Qaeda. But at the same time—and, often, in the very same classified bri...

Obama is trying to argue the group is the “true inheritor of bin Laden” in order to legally justify the war. Just don't tell al Qaeda, which booted ISIS in February.

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U.S. News

Who Gets to Decide When We Go to War?

Who Gets to Decide When We Go to War?

While Congress votes this week on President Obama’s modest request for authority to train and equip Syrian rebels to battle ISIS on their territory, the legal debate most occupying the opinion columns remains more about what the President has...

The Constitution’s framers went to considerable trouble to insure that it would be hard to take the country to war. Two centuries later, it’s easier than ever. What happened?

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America's Fading Main Streets

America's Fading Main Streets

A photographer goes in search of the crumbling American small-town dream.

A photographer goes in search of the crumbling American small-town dream.

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The Green Movement Gets Brown

The Green Movement Gets Brown

Up to 100,000 people are expected to participate in today’s People’s Climate March in New York City, which would make it the largest environmental march in world history, topping a Copenhagen rally in 2009. But the most significant strategic accom...

For decades, the green movement has been split into two camps, divided by power—and race. Today’s climate march in New York changes that.

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Who Gets to Decide When We Go to War?

Who Gets to Decide When We Go to War?

While Congress votes this week on President Obama’s modest request for authority to train and equip Syrian rebels to battle ISIS on their territory, the legal debate most occupying the opinion columns remains more about what the President has...

The Constitution’s framers went to considerable trouble to insure that it would be hard to take the country to war. Two centuries later, it’s easier than ever. What happened?

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Texas Court Says Upskirt Photos Are Art

Texas Court Says Upskirt Photos Are Art

Confused and frustrated people tore out enough hair to fill a ten-gallon hat when the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled that a statute banning “improper photography,” such as taking sketchy shots of children in bathing suits who have no idea t...

How can taking obviously invasive and pervy photos be protected by the First Amendment? When Texas writes a bad law.

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Don't Blame The NFL, Blame The Courts

Don't Blame The NFL, Blame The Courts

When the indescribably disturbing video of Ray Rice punching his wife and knocking her to the floor went public, much outrage was directed towards the NFL, and more specifically towards Commissioner Roger Goodell. TMZ focused on trying to prove th...

The public has slammed the NFL and universities for their weak response to domestic violence and sexual assault. Neither should be held the arbiter of justice.

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Tech + Health

Still No Dark Matter from Space Station

Still No Dark Matter from Space Station

The Universe is filled with the mysterious invisible substance we call dark matter. Like the Force, it binds the galaxy together (though life doesn’t create it—sorry, Obi-Wan). We don’t know exactly what it is, but researchers have some educated g...

A huge particle detector attached to the International Space Station is searching for dark matter—the elusive substance that binds the Universe together.

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The Fear That Killed Eight Ebola Workers

The Fear That Killed Eight Ebola Workers

At the time of Wednesday’s announcement out of Guinea that seven of nine missing Ebola workers had been found dead, we knew little. Men with knives had abducted members of a group sent there to spread awareness about the disease. Two relief worker...

They were sent in to help educate villagers about how to ward off the lethal virus. Then fear took over and the machetes came out.

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Predator Docs Peddle 'Chronic Lyme' Scam

Predator Docs Peddle 'Chronic Lyme' Scam

With the possible time-limited exceptions of occasional outbreaks of various infectious diseases, nothing inspires quite so much anxiety as Lyme disease. Caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, the illness is transmitted by the bite of an in...

‘Chronic Lyme disease’ is a highly debated topic, one with no scientific support. But that doesn’t stop Lyme truthers and the docs who take advantage of them.

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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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The Fear That Killed Eight Ebola Workers

The Fear That Killed Eight Ebola Workers

At the time of Wednesday’s announcement out of Guinea that seven of nine missing Ebola workers had been found dead, we knew little. Men with knives had abducted members of a group sent there to spread awareness about the disease. Two relief worker...

They were sent in to help educate villagers about how to ward off the lethal virus. Then fear took over and the machetes came out.

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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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Ebola Nurse Pleads With UN: Help Us Now

Ebola Nurse Pleads With UN: Help Us Now

Leaders of the United Nations convened for an unprecedented hearing on Ebola Thursday afternoon, marking the first time in history the commission has called an emergency meeting on a global health issue.In opening remarks, Secretary General Ban Ki...

In a hearing with UN leaders do discuss Ebola, one health worker in West Africa begged the commission for help. “We have to turn people away and they are dying at our front gates,” h...

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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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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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BeastStyle

Islamic Feminism Splits Muslim Community

Islamic Feminism Splits Muslim Community

When Washington D.C.-based writer and feminist activist Jennifer Zobair decided to marry a Muslim man and convert to Islam 15 years ago, she was flooded with gifts of Islamic books that glorified traditional gender roles. A graduate of Smith Colle...

As in the West, “Feminism” in Islam has sparked controversy. But its proponents are finding each other and pushing back online.

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The Domestic Violence Tipping Point

The Domestic Violence Tipping Point

In the two weeks since video surfaced of Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice knocking out his wife in a hotel elevator, the issue of domestic violence has come out of the shadows and forced the NFL—and the media—to address a number of uncomfortable tru...

A series of revelations in the wake of the Ray Rice scandal has led us to confront some uncomfortable truths about why women stay in abusive relationships.

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Melissa Rivers: Life After Joan

Melissa Rivers: Life After Joan

An hour-and-a-half of pure, raucous, profanity-fueled laughter: what a perfect edition of Fashion Police aired on E! on Friday night in memory of its host, its figurehead, its heart: Joan Rivers.With her bent for fur coats, feather boas and shock,...

In a commemorative edition of 'Fashion Police,' Joan Rivers' co-presenters recalled the host fondly and wittily—and Melissa Rivers said the show would return.

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The Ukraine Refugee Turned Texas Cowboy

The Ukraine Refugee Turned Texas Cowboy

In the dark of night, Nathan Kallison embraced his widowed mother and, for the last time, slipped away from his village in Czarist Russia. At seventeen, he was heading out alone—first by foot, then oxcart, and finally on a train over 1,300 miles o...

In the late 1800s, Nathan Kallison escaped oppression in Ukraine and found refuge in Texas, where he became one of the top cowboys around.

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The Domestic Violence Tipping Point

The Domestic Violence Tipping Point

In the two weeks since video surfaced of Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice knocking out his wife in a hotel elevator, the issue of domestic violence has come out of the shadows and forced the NFL—and the media—to address a number of uncomfortable tru...

A series of revelations in the wake of the Ray Rice scandal has led us to confront some uncomfortable truths about why women stay in abusive relationships.

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OMG, I Want This House

OMG, I Want This House

Vacation like a god in this home in Greece, where a pristine, snow white interior overlooks the bright blue sea. In this immaculate environment, may we suggest leaving the kids at home?

Vacation like a god in this home in Greece, where a pristine, snow white interior overlooks the bright blue sea. In this immaculate environment, may we suggest leaving the kids at home?

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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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China Loses Top Tennis Star Li Na

China Loses Top Tennis Star Li Na

If there is one video to watch of Li Na, it’s her 2014 Australian Open winner’s speech, which is akin to her patented backhand: the best of the best.Thanking her support team, Li, a Grand Slam winner for the second time in her career, does her bes...

Arguably one of the most popular tennis players in the world, China’s Li Na helped bring the sport to Asia. Now, her sudden retirement has the country asking 'what's next?...

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OMG, I Want This House

OMG, I Want This House

Vacation like a god in this home in Greece, where a pristine, snow white interior overlooks the bright blue sea. In this immaculate environment, may we suggest leaving the kids at home?

Vacation like a god in this home in Greece, where a pristine, snow white interior overlooks the bright blue sea. In this immaculate environment, may we suggest leaving the kids at home?

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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

A Strange Hit Parade of Homemade Albums

A Strange Hit Parade of Homemade Albums

In ‘Enjoy the Experience: Homemade Records 1958-1992,’ you will meet hundreds of amateurs and unknowns who for decades produced their own records long before YouTube made it easy. Some selections look a little warped, some are groovier than you m...

In ‘Enjoy the Experience: Homemade Records 1958-1992,’ you will meet hundreds of amateurs and unknowns who for decades produced their own records long before YouTube made it easy. S...

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  • How Gettysburg Did Not Unlock the Past

    How Gettysburg Did Not Unlock the Past

    My family and I went to Gettysburg one recent Saturday afternoon. We spent time in the bustling visitor center, then took a spin through the packed Civil War museum. We had a picnic under an acorn tree in the midst of the monuments and battlefield...

    Tour guides and museums are all well and good, but history truly comes alive to us in the most unexpected ways—sometimes just in the smell of old family letters.

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Sarah Waters Riffs on Tabloid Love

Sarah Waters Riffs on Tabloid Love

In her last novel The Little Stranger, Sarah Waters examined the decay of the British upper classes among their moldering stately homes against the backdrop of the huge societal changes that followed in the wake of World War II, and she remains in...

The details of a ’20s domestic murder case help fuel the English novelist’s inspired exploration of the intersection of history, social mores, and love.

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Waking Up With a Strange Dog in My Room

Waking Up With a Strange Dog in My Room

In this week’s episode, our hero Pete Dexter tries to figure out how he forgot to have fun. Originally published in the Philadelphia Daily News on July 17, 1986, it is reprinted here with the author’s permission., please enjoy “Having Fun: One Thi...

Somewhere, somehow, the author Pete Dexter forgot how to have fun. If you find yourself in that fix, all you have to do is read this story.

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Mossad’s Greatest Female Assassin

Mossad’s Greatest Female Assassin

Sylvia Rafael: The Life and Death of a Mossad Spy is the story of a young, dedicated Mossad agent as told by Moti Kfir, the man who trained her, and Ram Oren, a journalist and author. Drawing on extensive research and interviews, they tell the sto...

Israel tapped her to bring down the masterminds behind the 1972 Olympic massacre. Here, an excerpt from a new book that details her path to revenge and its unintended aftermath.

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Sarah Waters Riffs on Tabloid Love

Sarah Waters Riffs on Tabloid Love

In her last novel The Little Stranger, Sarah Waters examined the decay of the British upper classes among their moldering stately homes against the backdrop of the huge societal changes that followed in the wake of World War II, and she remains in...

The details of a ’20s domestic murder case help fuel the English novelist’s inspired exploration of the intersection of history, social mores, and love.

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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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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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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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