James Blachowski

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Here's How to Make Delicious Ice Cream at Home Without an Ice Cream Maker

When I was a kid, making homemade ice cream was never an option. "We don't have an ice cream maker," my mom would remind me all of the many times I'd …

Dessert

The Grid: Exploring the Ravenswood neighborhood

Welcome to “The Grid,” our in-depth look at Chicago’s neighborhoods. Today’s stop: Ravenswood.<p>Ravenswood is eight miles from downtown Chicago on the …

A Veggie Burger Recipe That Doesn't Have 15 Ingredients for Once

It's vegan, grillable, and just plain delicious.<p>It takes a lot to get vegetables to come together into burger form and stay there. A whole lot, in fact. That is why so many veggie burger recipes require eggs, gluten, prodigious amounts of starches, and chilling or freezing before they have a chance …

Cooking

What Does #ImmodestWoman Mean? The Term Is Trending On Twitter For The Most Inspiring Reason

Women who have achieved a PhD have been adding Dr. to their Twitter handles and it is just about as wonderful and empowering as it sounds. Have you …

Feminism

LGBTQ Pride Carries a Greater Burden (and Danger) in Malaysia

What it means to be out and proud in a country where discrimination is an everyday reality.<p>In May of 2016, when <i>Beauty and the Beast</i> was released internationally, Malaysian officials took issue with the film. They wanted to remove the final scene, the one where it became clear that LeFou (Gaston’s …

LGBTQI

Inside an Alleged Abusive Emo ‘Sex Cult’: ‘None of These Poor Girls Could Say No’

Multiple women claim that musician William Control is the leader of a violent ‘sex cult,’ branding women with his initials and forcing them to obey …

Fort Lauderdale

The Brilliant Artist That Chicago, and the World, Nearly Forgot

The idiosyncratic art of Edgar Miller (1899-1993) has long been hidden behind closed doors. Finally, Chicagoans are getting more opportunities to see it.<p>Edgar Miller was a virtuoso in any medium he chose: painting, sculpture, stained glass, architecture, interior design, printmaking, metalwork, …

Frank Lloyd Wright

What Happened When I Called Out Comedians for Transphobic 'Jokes'

After I received a hateful message from my former friend, actor and comedian TJ Miller, the #MeToo movement inspired me to continue calling out transphobia—even when it means facing hordes of vitriolic trolls.<p>My name is Danielle Solzman and I’m the film critic who was once on the receiving end of a …

Comedy

Raw, sexual, and feminist

Interview by Jana Astanov.Madison Young is a feminist porn icon and body based performance artist dedicated to creating space for radical love. This …

San Francisco

'It wasn't supposed to be a rape scene': Why are pornographers getting away with on-camera assault?

x<p>we stand with you. Very few can say anything positive about that individual. Stay strong, you have an army of love and support.<p>— Nicole Aniston …

Porn Industry

9 Surprising Facts About Female Masturbation

Who does it most, why it's so good for you, and everything else you should know about self-pleasure.<p>Maybe masturbation is a regular part of your sex …

Indiana University

The policing of black Americans is racial harassment funded by the state

Everyday racism requires a performance when a black person navigates white spaces<p>The rap group Public Enemy famously stated that “911 is a joke”. But that was in 1990. These days 911 is dead serious. Anyone in the United States can dial those three numbers and summon people with guns and handcuffs …

Justice

Police Broke Into Chelsea Manning’s Home with Guns Drawn — in a “Wellness Check”

The problem, mental health experts say, is that police should not be the ones to check on suicidal people in the first place. In 2017, mental illness …

Mental Health

Notorious RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg pens angry dissent from Supreme Court bakery ruling

Liberal US Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg penned a dissent distancing herself from her fellow justices after the court ruled in favour of …

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The Invisible Struggle Of Living With High-Functioning Depression

It’s Monday morning when I arrive early at my full-time office job in Toronto’s financial district — looking put together and well rested for the day …

Mental Health

"Makeup Makes Me Think of Freedom"

For many women around the world, learning to do makeup—or rejecting makeup as a tool of the patriarchy—is a rite of passage. For trans women, …

Transwomen

The Reason The LGBTQ+ Community Celebrates Pride Month During June Is So Inspiring

You're likely very busy planning out your poster and/or outfit for your local Pride parade this year. In between hot-gluing sequins and doodling …

LGBTQI

Men Masturbate More Than Women, Survey After Survey Finds, But It Has Nothing To Do With Sex Drive

Before I got out of bed this morning, I masturbated. Three times. That's right; I started my day off with three fantastic orgasms. It wasn't because …

Sexual Health

The famous Stanford 'marshmallow test' suggested that kids with better self-control were more successful. But it's being challenged because of a major flaw.

For decades, psychologists have suggested that if a kid can't resist waiting a few minutes to eat a marshmallow, they might be doomed in some serious, long-term ways.<p>In the early 1970s the soft, sticky treat was the basis for a groundbreaking series of psychology experiments on more than 600 kids, …

Psychology

Why Basic Income Is a Mental Health Issue

Canadian researcher Dr. Evelyn Forget says guaranteed income “works as an antidepressant.”<p>Across the Western world, there is a rising epidemic of depression and anxiety—one that disfigured my life for over a decade. For years now, the United Nations has been trying to warn us that these problems …

The Brain

A Vietnam Veteran on Growing Up Transgender

<i>This Memorial Day I wanted to re-share three stories of current and former service members and military spouses. This beautiful interview with</i> …

LGBTQI

While the NFL cowers to Trump, the WNBA takes a stand

"Think about history in general, it’s usually black women who are leading these marches and movements."<p>In the summer of 2016, the deaths of Alton …

Black Lives Matter

The truth about the Oklahoma shooting that conservatives and the NRA can’t stop talking about

The reality is much more complicated.<p>On Thursday night, a man allegedly walked into a restaurant in Oklahoma City and opened fire with a pistol, …

Guns

Louis C.K. Put Me in a Lose-Lose Situation

It’s been six months since I spoke publicly about Louis C.K. in the New York <i>Times</i>. Nevertheless, I’m still getting media requests to talk about it. …

Comedy

Talk to Girls About the Boys That Might Kill Them

The Santa Fe High School shooting has more than one familiar element: man pursues woman; woman turns man down; man kills woman.<p>Following the mass …

Portraits of love and desire and what it’s like to be gay in Poland

Despite homosexuality being legal in Poland, 70 per cent of the population believe same-sex relationships are unnatural or immoral – and they are backed by the Catholic Church and majority of heavily right-wing politicians. Beyond belief, homophobia manifests itself on Polish streets, like pride …

LGBTQI

Despite Fatwa, Transgender People in Iran Face Harassment

Nahal smokes yet another cigarette on her mother's balcony overlooking Tehran, one of the few peaceful places the 19-year-old transgender woman has …

Here’s why psychiatric hospitals are so bad at helping transgender patients

One of America's most at-risk populations frequently gets incompetent and unwelcoming care at psychiatric facilities.<p>Lying in a psychosis ward bed, …

How Selfies Have Empowered Me As a Disabled Trans Woman - them.

I was not raised to feel good about my body. Before I fully came to terms with my identity as a trans woman, I covered my face in a thick beard to …

The Complexity of Not Calling the Police While Black

The news has lately been inundated with examples of white folks (and even some nonwhite folks) doing the ultimate white-folkin’ of calling the police …