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When Beauty Is a Troll

The peppy mixed messaging of I Feel Pretty is only the latest reminder: American culture doesn’t fully know what it’s talking about when it talks about attractiveness.<p>Every once in a while I’ll re-watch an old episode of <i>Friends</i>, because it’s familiar and soothing and there. The other day, Netflix …

Romantic Comedy

Photos From State Dinners Past

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will host the first official state dinner of this administration at the White House, honoring visiting French President Emmanuel Macron. As Mrs. Trump’s team and White House staff work on the final details for the formal event, we …

Donald Trump

A very potent protest movement is emerging in Armenia

Self-organising and deeply grass-root, the protest movement in Armenia has the potential of introducing genuine change.<p>In Armenia, a small nation of three million located just south of Russia, spring has ushered in mass protests. Thousands of people, young and elderly, women and men, have taken to …

Political Science

The Passive Silhouettes of Women in Asian Soft-Core Magazines

This past week, in an article in <i>New York</i> magazine on the male gaze in fine art in the #MeToo era, the twenty-eight-year-old painter Tschabalala Self, one of many artists interviewed, discussed “Thérèse Dreaming,” Balthus’s controversial painting of a young girl in a seductive pose. “That’s about …

Trespassing

The Bushes, Clintons, Obamas, and Melania Trump: Twitter is Analyzing This Photo Like It’s Renaissance Art

What happens when Melania Trump, the Bushes, the Clintons, and the Obamas are all in the same room? And even furthermore, pose for a photo together? Analysis, of course—lots and lots of analysis.<p>Attending the funeral of the late Barbara Bush, who passed away at age 92, this weekend, the First Lady …

Donald Trump

Florida detectives used dead man's finger in attempt to unlock phone

Linus Phillips, 30, was shot dead by a Largo police officer Fiancée says she feels violated but experts say process was legal<p>Florida detectives investigating a fatal police shooting went to a funeral home and used the dead man’s finger to try to unlock his cellphone.<p>Linus Phillip, 30, was killed by …

Tampa Bay

Why The Communist Manifesto and Marx are still relevant today

John Green lists some highlights from Marx’s 200th anniversary celebrations; Malcolm Read says that the Manifesto preaches class war to the death; and Keith Flett hails the way Britain gave him shelter<p>Yanis Varoufakis’s eloquent reminder to us of the continued relevance of The Communist Manifesto …

Karl Marx

An Artist Reimagines ‘Alice in Wonderland’ As a Muslim Woman

The Italian-Senegalese artist Maïmouna Guerresi designs the colorful robes in her mystical portraits, fashioning each look from textiles she has …

Art

How ‘Wellness’ Culture Creates an Illusion of Control Over Death

I don’t know why I did it. But when Ken, one of the physician’s assistants in the liver transplant wing, walked into my room to deliver my daily shot …

Ancient Civilization

Beyoncé's Historic Coachella Performance Has Fans Singing the Praises of 'Beychella'

Not only did Beyoncé crush Coachella by bringing out members of her former group Destiny’s Child, husband Jay-Z and sister Solange to perform with …

Coachella

Madeleine Albright Knows Fascism When She Sees It

The former secretary of state endured Nazi and Communist regimes as a child, so she doesn’t toss the word ‘fascism’ around lightly. And she thinks …

Political Science

When did Maasai rites of passage become the latest cleanser for bored California girls?

I am just… I mean, I, have. no. I. Where do I begin with this piece? I am without an appropriate response to this. So I am just going to let you come …

Digital Media and the Case of the Missing Archives

One of the poems that earned Robert Frost the Pulitzer Prize in 1924 is titled “Nothing Gold Can Stay,” and puts forward the claim that nothing, …

Journalism

Twist of Faith: An Interview with The Believer Director Henry Bean

My Abortion Wasn’t Like Ben Folds Said It Would Be

Not all abortions are tragic — sometimes, like periods and the other ways we bleed, they’re just a thing that happens.<p><b>My best friend</b> Daleen and I were born in the same hospital five days apart. When people ask how Daleen and I met, I like to say exactly this: “We were born in the same hospital five …

Ben Folds

Failed 'Utopias' Throughout History

An illustrated account of both evil and righteous attempts to create a "perfect" society. They were all fantastically unsuccessful.<p><b>This story appears in VICE magazine's Dystopia and Utopia Issue. Click HERE to subscribe.</b><p><i>(1625–1630)</i><p>The United States might be a very different place today if Thomas …

Red Sea

How ‘Riverdale’ turned Archie into a fascist

In his quest to Make Riverdale Great Again, the All-American hero gives into the fear animating the right.<p>As far as iconic American characters go, …

TV

Telegram is the hot new source for pirated content

Law-abiding citizens: Please do NOT download. Thank you.<p>Since its launch in 2013, the instant messaging platform Telegram has maintained a special …

Internet

The fanatic, fraudulent Mother Teresa.

<i>In 2003, Pope John Paul II approved the beatification of Mother Teresa. At the time, Christopher Hitchens called Mother Teresa “a fanatic, a</i> …

Christianity

Mother Teresa Was Kind of a Heartless Bitch

Mother Teresa has been beatified by the Catholic Church, but she's no saint—in more ways than one.<p>Before Carly Fiorina, before the fraudulent Planned Parenthood videos, there was Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Thanks to the Catholic church's propaganda, we remember the nun as a modern saint, but …

Christianity

The extraordinary case of the Guevedoces

<b>The discovery of a small community in the Dominican Republic, where some males are born looking like girls and only grow penises at puberty, has led to the development of a blockbuster drug that has helped millions of people, writes Michael Mosley.</b><p>Johnny lives in a small town in the Dominican …

Dominican Republic

All Of The Questions I Have About Mark Zuckerberg's Booster Seat

Senator...I need a boost.

Mark Zuckerberg

Janelle Monae is done being subtle about her queerness

In it, Monae shows off a pair of pink, yonic pants that at one point come to cradle actor Tessa Thompson’s head between them. Lyrically, the song …

Janelle Monae

I Just Finished Reading These Descriptions For Female Movie Characters, And Men Should Be Canceled

h/t Vulture<p>The sad part is is that there are so, so, SO many more just like these.

Writing

John Krasinski's New Horror Film Is A Genre Breakthrough

With largely silent thrills, A Quiet Place is scary as hell and emotionally resonant. Here’s how actor-turned-director John Krasinski pulled it off.<p>When John Krasinski set out to cowrite and direct <i>A Quiet Place</i>, he knew he was in desperate need of a crash course in horror. For years, he had largely …

Horror

Neo-Nazi Group Implodes Over Love Triangle Turned Trailer Brawl

Matthew Heimbach and his spokesman came to blows after Heimbach was caught sleeping with the spokesman’s wife. What’s more, Heimbach is married to …

The Fascist Right Is Bloodied and Soiled

Recently, on a cold, gray Monday afternoon in East Lansing, Michigan, about 500 militant anti-fascists gathered in a parking lot with the intention …

Rights & Freedoms

A Teen Turned Informant to Escape MS-13. Now His Life Is in Even More Danger.

This story is a collaboration between <i>New York</i> and ProPublica, an independent nonprofit newsroom. Additional reporting was contributed by Kavitha …

Crime

Is chronic pain something more people should accept?

Amid the opioid crisis, the concept of “pain acceptance” is gaining credibility.<p>When she was 42 years old, Gwenn Herman was in a car accident that …

Pain

The widest generation gap in history is between Baby Boomers and Millennials

Baby Boomers were set up to succeed. So why do they love complaining about Millennials so much?<p>The Age of Millennials has drawn to a close. The Pew …

Demographics