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A research roundup to show that your office layout is toxic (and some tips for making it better)

Disproving widespread myths about workplace design<p><i>Kimball International by the</i> <i>BOSTI Associates</i><i>, 2001</i><p><b>Summary</b><p>BOSTI specializes in analyzing businesses …

How babies learn – and why robots can’t compete

Deb Roy and Rupal Patel pulled into their driveway on a fine July day in 2005 with the beaming smiles and sleep-deprived glow common to all first-time parents. Pausing in the hallway of their Boston home for Grandpa to snap a photo, they chattered happily over the precious newborn son swaddled …

Parenting

All tip, no iceberg: a new way to think about mental illness

Mental disorders are traditionally seen as rather like flowering bulbs. Above the ground we see their symptoms, but we know their source lies hidden …

Reversing the Lies of the Sharing Economy

<b>There’s nothing resembling a “sharing economy” in an Uber interaction.</b> You pay a corporation to send a driver to you, and it pays that driver a …

The Detransitioners: They Were Transgender, Until They Weren't

Caught between the transgender movement and the transphobic right, detransitioning people are struggling to find their place in a divided world. by …

LGBTQI

China’s Mistress-Dispellers

How the economic boom and deep gender inequality have created a new industry.<p>Yu Ruojian was pleased to learn that his target ran a sex shop. Someone who worked in retail would be used to talking to strangers, and it would be easy, posing as a customer in such an intimate store, to bring the …

China

Can We Stop the Pubic Hair Shaming Already?

As a teen I somehow missed the memo that pubic-hair grooming was a thing. My full bush never crossed my mind when I brought hookups back to my college dorm room. Once, I told a guy who was lingering on my inner thighs to stop "beating around the bush," and he responded, "You mean that literally, …

Why the Conversation About Cultural Appropriation Needs to Go Further

“I'm not a gatekeeper of black hair.”<p><i>In this op-ed, Antonia Opiah explores the shortcomings of the current cultural appropriation conversation.</i><p>I don’t want white women asking me whether or not they can wear their hair in box braids or Bantu knots. I may make my living off of writing about black …

Politically incorrect comedy can work – if the audience gets it

“Tom Ballard looks like an enormous baby: we should use him to ween paedophiles off children.”<p>When Jimmy Carr delivered that line at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal in July 2015, the drunken crowd erupted in gasping laughter. Jimmy and I were facing off in the Roast Battle, a one-on-one …

Comedy

She Was an Ultraconservative Texas Christian. Then Kai Was Born and Everything Changed.

On the Monday before Christmas break at an elementary school in Pearland, Texas, just south of Houston, a five-year-old girl named Kai went with the …

3 Empowering Sex Tips We Should Be Giving Young Women

If you got sex tips like this author did, from sources like women’s magazines, you may have absorbed some unhealthy messages. These are much …

MeituXiuxiu, Cultural diffusion, and Asia Exotica

This week my social media feeds have been flooded with updates from White friends who have just discovered 美图绣绣 (mei3 tu2 xiu4 xiu4), or “meitu” as …

Social Media

13 Things You Should Give Up If You Want To Be Successful

”Somebody once told me the definition of hell:<p><i>“On your last day on earth, the person you became will meet the person you could have</i> …

Who Is Louise Delage? The Troubling Truth Behind an Overnight Instagram Success

We all know a girl like Louise Delage. You've been on Instagram for years and are scraping by with 50 likes on a good day—then <i>she</i> appears on the …

Colin Kaepernick Is Righter Than You Know: The National Anthem Is a Celebration of Slavery

Before a preseason game on Friday, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” …

Black History

Ravinto, treeni, elämäntavat - Miten vaikea muutos saadaan onnistumaan?

I Am A Transwoman. I Am In The Closet. I Am Not Coming Out.

<i>NOTE: Wow, I wrote this piece anonymously and privately and did not intend for anyone else to actually read it. It was a way for me to vent</i> …

The Opposite of Rape Culture is Nurturance Culture

The opposite of masculine rape culture is masculine nurturance culture: men* increasing their capacity to nurture, and becoming whole.<p>The Ghomeshi …

This Is What Naked Power Looks Like

The lights go down, and sultry music fills the theater as a performer struts onto the stage, adorned with sequins, feathers, and tassels—the …

15 Best Things to Do in Florence, Italy

Just 15, you say? We flock to Florence for annual vacations and study abroad, never quite feeling like we've scratched the surface. There are always return trips to make to the Uffizi, the Accademia, and new cafes and shops to discover, pockets of modernity in a city that seems frozen in time. It's …

Italy

Exhausted? It’s time to focus

It’s been known for some time that people share things on social media – a lot – without reading them first. The writer Alex Balk recently compared Facebook to “the coffee table on which people placed their unread copies of Thomas Piketty’s Capital”: when we share, we’re often really focused on …

Social Media

“Sex-positive” feminism is doing the patriarchy’s work for it

All that stuff we used to call oppression? We’re totes cool with it now.<p>Feminism can be terrifying for any woman who has grown up under patriarchy. …

The day we discovered our parents were Russian spies

Tim Foley turned 20 on 27 June 2010. To celebrate, his parents took him and his younger brother Alex out for lunch at an Indian restaurant not far from their home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Both brothers were born in Canada, but for the past decade the family had lived in the US. The boys’ …

Russia

Aphantasia: How It Feels To Be Blind In Your Mind

This will probably rank as my strangest week ever. Here's the story of what happened.

Why Prince Was a Hero to Strippers

I could tell you about how Prince warped my little adolescent mind when “I Wanna Be Your Lover” came out. (Who was this guy in a trench coat, …

Middle School

My Year in San Francisco’s $2 Million Secret Society Startup

The rise and fall of Latitude, an exclusive, for-profit underground society started by a wealthy backer, is a fable for modern Silicon Valley.<p>"Can you keep a secret?"<p>I blinked. I didn't know Justin very well. I did know that he was a very affable bearded man, and we both lived in the Bay Area. At …

The Strange Tale of Social Autopsy, the Anti-Harassment Start-up That Descended Into Gamergate Trutherism

If you stumbled upon the Twitter account @socialcoroner over the weekend, you might have immediately assumed it was being run by a type that’s become …

Feminism