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How Trump's America Will Hurt Women

I used to have a science teacher who said that because women have an extra layer of fat on their bodies, they are better able to withstand hot dishwater than men. I fear this kind of thinking is about to go national.<p>I grew up in Trump Land, or one region of it, anyway: rural, mountainous Arkansas. …

Feminism

Neuroscience Of Mindfulness: How To Make Your Mind Happy

Everybody is talking about mindfulness… but nobody seems to be able to explain clearly what the heck it really is. Ask people and you’ll hear, “Umm, …

Magic

What We're Reading This Summer

A collection of books recommended by The Atlantic’s editors and writers<p><i>The Atlantic</i>’s editors and writers share their recommendations for summer reading—new titles, old favorites, and others in between.<p><i>Homegoing</i><p><b>By Yaa Gyasi</b><p>In her first novel, Yaa Gyasi cleverly weaves the intergenerational tale of …

Books

9 Toxic Mental Habits That the Most Emotionally Intelligent People Avoid

To avoid being caught in the grips of negative and unproductive thinking, emotional intelligence is your antidote.<p>Whether you're running a business, leading a team, reconciling a friendship or trying to be the best spouse you can be, we are all prone to irrational thinking that can hurt our …

Self-help

Pack These Pages: Three Must-Reads For Summer

In honor of summer and our hope for some leisurely reads, we've been talking to booksellers across the country — and they have a lot of suggestions.<p>So imagine your favorite summer reading spot, and get ready to "Pack These Pages." Our first guide is Harriet Logan, owner of Loganberry Books in …

Books

I Wrote a Children's Book That Was Rated Too Nasty for Kids

Who would've thought that a children's book called 'NASTYbook' would be deemed too disgusting and inappropriate for kids?<p>As a writer, I specialize in very brief, surreal fictions. For instance, I wrote a story (a personal favorite) in which I capture a runaway vagina from up a tree.<p>Some years ago, …

Books

The Author of 'Fight Club' Is Releasing His Own Coloring Book

An unlikely character is getting into the adult coloring book craze.<p>About 20 years after he released his award-winning novel <i>Fight Club</i>, author Chuck …

Comic Books

The Case for Fiction

I'll be up front with you: I'm a fiction apologist. I can appreciate a good non-fiction piece, but I find that the payoff from fiction is greater...and not for the reasons you might assume. It's easy to slip into a simplistic approach to picking your next book, and my goal is to help you rethink …

Creative Writing

5 Books Written by Authors in the Grip of Mental Illness

The joke that all writers are crazy for choosing a profession with so little glamour or guaranteed return on investment is an old one, but it’s not …

Literature

Why fiction can expose a writer in even more ways than memoir

It wasn't until about a week before my first book was published in 2010, a memoir about moving back to my parents' farm, that I started to worry. Not so much about forthcoming reviews or if the thing would generate any interest or sell any copies. I worried about the content. It wasn't just a …

Knowledge Porn: On Helen DeWitt’s 'The Last Samurai'

<b>1.</b><br>My friend and I have created this running joke about a blockbuster movie in which the hero — a slothful young man with a mysteriously absent father …

Literature

Meet Zenta, a next-generation wearable that promotes mindfulness

Child of the ’90s? Surely you remember mood rings, those delightful pieces of jewelry that promised to change color as often as you shifted emotions. …

Wearable Tech

5 Common Emotions You Never Knew Had Names

That cozy feeling you get when it's raining out and you're indoors? There's a name for it.<p>Emotional life is far richer than the vocabulary we have to describe it. Sadness, joy, exhilaration, regret, fury, etc., bleed into each other, creating unique blends in which one emotion is tinged with …

Personal Information

Yes, There Is a Key to Happiness (and It's Actually Pretty Simple) | Inc.com

As a species, humans are pretty dissatisfied with ourselves, and nowhere is this more true than in America. Each year, 45 percent of us make New Year's resolutions. We spend some $549 million on self-help books, according to research by Marketdata Enterprises.<p>Millions chase the ideologies of the …

Happiness

30 Small Changes to Make You Feel Better About Life

Real talk: You want to be happier, but you don't want to do anything dramatic, like working out twice a day or making five new friends. Instead, we culled 30 realistic life hacks that'll have you smiling in no time.<p><b>Stop Checking Facebook</b><p>According to a study from the University of Michigan, the more …

Donald Trump Threatens To Take His Money Out Of The U.K.

Donald Trump says that if the United Kingdom doesn't want him there, he's going to keep his money at home.<p>A petition last month called on the British government to deny entry to the GOP frontrunner, saying he was engaging in hate speech with his pledge to stop Muslims from entering the United …

Donald Trump

How the GOP Candidates' Responses to a Lighthearted Question Revealed a Troubling Attitude Toward Women

Many of them couldn't name a single female American leader to place on the $10 bill.<p>There were few politically engaging or standout moments in Wednesday night's GOP debate. In the three-hour-long ordeal, viewers following along on Twitter got sidetracked by a handsome face in the audience and …

“You should keep your legs together”: The shaming women can expect when they open up about abortion

It’s time to end the secrecy about our childbearing choices — including abortion. Here’s how to answer the shamers<p>One in three American women has an abortion by the time she hits menopause. Each of those abortions involves a man—many of whom play an active partnership role in the decision-making …

Feminism

Food that markets to both genders confuses people’s tastebuds

Given the choice between a container of fruity yogurt and a tray of fried chicken, most women will gravitate toward the former and most men toward the latter, thanks in part to the way clever marketing strategies dictate our unconscious food preferences. What’s more, marketing food toward one …

Stereotypes

Study Finds Men Who Harass Women Online Are, Quite Literally, Losers

Female gamers are more likely to be abused online by male players with more deaths and fewer kills.

Nurse Confessions: Don’t Get Sick in July

A secret look inside how America’s health care system actually works.<p>Welcome to the land of health care’s 1 percent. During the four years I spent interviewing and following nurses for my book, I was continually astonished by the red carpet some hospitals rolled out for certain classes of patients. …

Physiology
Telecoms

10 women who 'became men' to get ahead

From the mother in search of her missing husband to the journalist who went to extreme lengths to become a war correspondent, these women found that the only way to get ahead as a woman was as a man<p>Angry at being overlooked as a female DJ, Tatiana Alvarez spent a year posing as a man - and soon …

The Blog Comment That Achieved an Internet Miracle

A nerd's attempt to engage feminists—made deep beneath an obscure blog post—spurred the debaters to recognize their mutual humanity.<p>Last month, an improbable Internet exchange inspired many who noticed it to reconsider what's possible when debating politics online. It began when MIT professor Scott …

Feminism

The three personal development goals successful people pursue habitually

If you Google "daily habits of successful people" you'll find almost every business-focused media outlet represented in the results. But if you're looking for a guaranteed roadmap to success, don't get excited just yet. If you read all of those articles, or even a few of them, you'll soon realize …

Self-improvement

Tennis twirls and Page 3 girls: The week in sexism

It’s not your imagination — this was a bad week for women<p>Let's just call this week a total wash and start again Monday, shall we, womankind? It's been a real extravaganza for progress deferred – and I'm not even going to bother delving into Mike Huckabee's strange Beyonce fixation here.<p>And it all …

Feminism