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Swallowing the Red Pill: a journey to the heart of modern misogyny

How shitty are men really? The question hung in the air, invisible but omnipresent, like the smell of a garbage fire from a nearby town. By 2016, a series of catchphrases had come to dominate the chaotic state of gender politics – “male privilege”, “rape culture”, “men’s rights” – but confusion …

Feminism

Black Americans and encryption: the stakes are higher than Apple v FBI

When the FBI branded Martin Luther King Jr a “dangerous” threat to national security and began tapping his phones, it was part of a long history of spying on black activists in the United States. But the government surveillance of black bodies has never been limited to activists – in fact, …

Privacy

The payback candidate: Trump’s campaign is for conservatives seeking revenge on everyone they think disrespects them

Trump’s running to get revenge on everyone who laughed at him, and that’s why his supporters identify with him<p>Over the weekend, Maggie Haberman and Alexander Burns published a fascinating story in the New York Times about how much of Donald Trump's presidential bid is rooted in his desire to be …

Donald Trump
Sexuality

Why Hillary Clinton is losing young women

As a young American woman, I am in full support of Bernie Sanders – but I disagree with Jill Abramson’s reasoning as to why (Hillary Clinton’s trouble with young women, 25 January). This is the first election in which I will be able to vote. I live in Minneapolis, a city full of young people who …

Government

Proof That Positive Work Cultures Are More Productive

Too many companies bet on having a cut-throat, high-pressure, take-no-prisoners culture to drive their financial success.<p>But a large and growing body of research on positive organizational psychology demonstrates that not only is a cut-throat environment harmful to productivity over time, but that …

Employee Engagement
LGBTQI

To Scale: The Solar System

Israel frees hundreds of African migrants from desert detention center

Israel on Tuesday began releasing about 1,200 African migrants from a remote desert detention facility after the Supreme Court overturned legislation allowing them to be held without charges for up to 20 months.<p>Nearly 600 people, who had been held at the Holot detention facility in southern Israel …

Hilarious Batman Video Dares to Rip Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight To Shreds

This video will change the way you watch videos that change the way you watch movies. Did you follow? For those of you who don’t know, Clickhole is …

Christopher Nolan
LGBTQI

So You Flunked A Racism Test. Now What?

You're probably at least a little bit racist and sexist and homophobic. Most of us are.<p>Before you get all indignant, try taking one of the popular implicit-association tests. Created by social psychologists at Harvard, the University of Washington, and the University of Virginia, they measure …

Psychology

Instead Of A Wedding, Couples Can Now Opt For Quantum Entanglement

The latest wacky Vegas wedding has couples tying the quantum physics knot–and rethinking what it means to truly be coupled.<p>A Las Vegas hotel is experimenting with a different kind of marriage ceremony: Instead of hiring a justice of the peace, you can now be married by the power of quantum …

One of the world's strangest border disputes is officially over

The two countries switched sovereignty over 111 enclaves in Bangladesh and 51 in India after a border agreement struck in June, the AFP reports, ending a 68-year-old dispute affecting the lives of more than 50,000 people.<p>The June agreement had originally been reached in 2011, but it took four years …

India

We're Just Haggling Over Price

I am a Southern, white, gun-owning male who worries that one day my family will have to pay the price for America's unwillingness to stand up to the gun lobby.<p>I know that sounds counterintuitive, but hear me out.<p>I grew up bouncing BBs off the backs of the alligators in Lake Newnan outside of …

Guns

How America's Criminal Justice System Traps Low-Level Offenders

I've seen firsthand how the system makes it difficult for jail inmates who have committed minor crimes to get out and stay out of a cell.<p>As I sat across from the correctional officer, I wondered if I'd been granted a bond. I was being processed for general population at the Chatham County Detention …

HBCUs

The man with the toughest job in the world

When Staffan de Mistura became UN special envoy, his past successes brought hope for peace. A year later, with no solution in sight, he faces heavy criticism. Has his innovative diplomacy failed or is it simply mission impossible?<p>In July 2014, Staffan de Mistura, a 68-year old Italian-Swedish …

Middle East

A Sense Of Self: What Happens When Your Brain Says You Don't Exist

Science journalist Anil Ananthaswamy thinks a lot about "self" — not necessarily <i>himself</i>, but the role the brain plays in our notions of self and existence.<p>In his new book, <i>The Man Who Wasn't There,</i> Ananthaswamy examines the ways people think of themselves and how those perceptions can be distorted …

Consciousness

U.S. Constitution Acknowledges Jesus And Is Unquestionably, Uniquely Christian

This year marked the 239th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Not insignificantly, Barack Obama intentionally ignored God …

U.S. Supreme Court

This man risks his life every day to rescue kidnapped women from Islamic State

A lawyer named Khaleel al-Dakhi tells Olivia Goldhill why he isn't afraid to rescue women and children from the unimaginable horrors of the Islamic State<p>During the siege of Mount Sinjar last August, thousands of men were <b>brutally murdered</b> over a matter of weeks. But <b>amid the slaughter</b>, the Islamic …

Islamic State (ISIS)
Government

This dome in the Pacific houses tons of radioactive waste – and it's leaking

The Runit Dome in the Marshall Islands is a hulking legacy of years of US nuclear testing. Now locals and scientists are warning that rising sea levels caused by climate change could cause 111,000 cubic yards of debris to spill into the ocean<p>Black seabirds circle high above the giant concrete dome …

Nuclear Energy

The Military Has a Man Problem

Stop whining about women in combat. It’s the guys who need to change—and fast.<p><b>Army Specialist Laura Naylor, a Wisconsin</b> native, spent a year in Baghdad with the 32nd Military Police Company in 2003 and 2004. During that time, she—like all of the more than quarter-million women deployed to Iraq and …

Military

The Teen Birth Rate Is Now At an All-Time Low

The teen birth rate has hit a new record low, according to federal data released on Wednesday.<p>Researchers from the CDC’s National Center for Health …

Pregnancy

Meet “Bitch Planet,” your new “bold, beautiful, and baaaad” subversive feminist comic obsession

“Orange Is the New Black” meets “The Handmaid’s Tale” in space — for “non-compliant” women and those who love them<p>To describe Image Comics’ “Bitch Planet,” it’s helpful to start not with the gorgeously splashy covers, rendered variously in Pepto-Bismol pink, goldenrod yellow, electric blue, but …

Feminism

Texas pool party incident raises questions about wealth and race

McKinney may be a largely white and affluent suburb, but residents are divided over whether that makes it immune from police racism<p>Unlike Ferguson, North Charleston or Baltimore, no one was killed or injured here. This is an affluent, mostly white area without a history of serious racial …

Swimming Pools

The Cruel and Unusual Execution of Clayton Lockett

The untold story of Oklahoma's botched lethal injection—and America’s intensifying fight over the death penalty<p>On the morning of his execution, Clayton Lockett hid under the covers.<p>Before a team of correctional officers came to get him at 5:06 a.m., he fashioned a noose out of his sheets. He pulled …

Crime

The Rise Of The Incredible Edible Insect

Start-ups are marketing an unlikely new protein. It’s nutrient-rich, all natural, and six-legged.<p>During the last weeks of winter, in an airy kitchen at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, two design students are making cocktail bitters. A long wooden table holds mason jars and gleaming …