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This Model Has Buzzwords Tattooed All over His Body

Vin Los is a 24-year-old Montreal model who has covered his face and body in tattoos that look like they're written in Sharpie. We talked to him about whether or not he realizes those face tattoos are forever.<p><i>Photo via Instagram.</i><p>There’s something admirably misanthropic about getting a face tattoo. …

The War on Sex Workers Escalates with FBI Shutdown of MyRedBook

Logging into Facebook on June 26, I was immediately confronted by dozens of screenshots of a notice with FBI and IRS seals indicating that MyRedBook, a free advertising network for escorts, had been seized.<p><i>Protesters mocking cops and their crackdown on sex work at a 2010 rally. Photo via Flickr</i> …

Nikola Tesla at KPCC!

<i>Here I am playing Tesla at Sunday’s event! My entrance is at 55:00 in the video.</i><p>Over the weekend I was pleased to participate in a Nikola Tesla event …

Paying for Paying for Sex

Chester Brown’s 2011 graphic novel, <i>Paying for It</i>, is a bold examination of straight female prostitution, as well as a cogent argument for its decriminalization, through an entertaining depiction of Brown's own forays into the world of sex...<p>Chester Brown’s 2011 graphic novel, <i>Paying for It</i>, …

This Week in Racism - Macklemore Accidentally Dressed up Like a Jewish Person

The internet outrage machine is fully operational after walking meme Macklemore was chastized for wearing a costume that looked pretty anti-semetic on stage.<p><i>Welcome to another edition of This Week in Racism. I’ll be ranking news stories on a scale of one to RACIST, with “one” being the least racist</i> …

Mask Your Beastly Old Breasts with Surgically Implanted Underwires

You can now have a bra surgically inserted beneath your skin and screwed right into your rib cage with titanium screws to keep your breasts perky. Sarah Ratchford discusses why this new procedure is indicative of our pernicious obsession with...<p><i>Screenshot via Orbix Medical</i><p>Tiring of the hunt for the …

Fifty Years of Paparazzi Photography

If you’re a fan of the not-so-classy celebrity shot, we’ve got a show for you: more than 600 snaps from the sneakiest and ballsiest photographers who have captured some of the most iconic work of the 20th century<p>If you’re a fan of the not-so-classy celebrity shot, we’ve got a show for you: more …

We Spoke to Porn Actress Angela White about Shooting Scenes in Universities

"I'm a firm believer in the power of education, so if the scandal encouraged a few people to pick up a book then I'll take that small victory."<p>This month a clip of an Australian porn star named Angela White did the rounds online. Unremarkably it depicted her and a cohort engaging in sexual …

Pennsylvania Police Charged a Man With Flag Desecration, Which Is Apparently Still a Thing

Don't listen to those cops though: You can do whatever you like to the flag in the name of political speech.<p><i>Photo via Flickr user Rich Anderson</i><p>A Blair County, Pennsylvania, resident named Joshua Brubaker got into some trouble last week after he hung an American flag upside down and painted “AIM” on …

How to Have Terrible Sex

Last week, when a Spanish couple got caught having sex in a bank booth between an ATM and a glass panel, we realized the world needs more than a guide to good sex. Here's how to make your sex life miserable.<p><i>Photo via Twitter user Si_Davies86</i><p>Last week, a Spanish couple got caught having sex in a …

Longer Maternity Leave Increases The Gender Pay Gap

I’ve always rather wondered why the introduction of mandatory paid maternity leave is argued for as a way of closing the gender pay gap in the US. I can think of other reasons for arguing for it, equity, even efficiency in raising children, but as a method of reducing the gender pay gap it seems …

The Enemy of My Enemy

The various conflicts in Yemen are some of the most underreported in the world. Little is known about this war-torn country, which is effectively a failed state. But for those whose job it is to worry about where the next attack might come from, Yemen...<p>I somehow managed to walk into the small …

Leadership Lessons from General Eisenhower: How to Build Morale in Those You Lead | The Art of Manliness

Dwight D. Eisenhower had unarguably one of the longest and most taxing leadership roles in American history. For two decades, the lives of thousands, …

Survey Says: Journalists Are Old White Cowards

A new study shows that the press isn't as fearless or adversarial as it should be.<p><i>Noted white man Donald Rumsfeld gives a press conference to a bunch of other white men at the beginning of the Iraq War. Photo via Wikimedia Commons</i><p>Today's typical journalist is an unhappily middle-aged white male who …

An Open Letter to Online Commenters

The comments sections of online articles are where discourse goes to die.<p><i>Photo via Flickr user Mike Mozart</i><p>Hello, sir. I’m addressing you as such because you’re a man. I mean, I could be wrong (as I'm sure you know, I often am), but statistically speaking, you're probably not a member of the fairer …

James Franco on 'The Bling Ring' and Celebrity Culture

How we feel about fame, what we’re willing to do to achieve it, and why we even want it, is a topic both fascinating and insidious. James Franco contemplates if the Bling Ring teens are just today's punks?<p>How we feel about fame, what people are willing to do to achieve it, and why anyone even cares …

You Need to Learn to Handle the Truth

A few years ago, I asked a pregnant friend what she'd do if her baby was born fugly. "I'd want people to lie," she said. "I'd want people to tell me she's the most beautiful baby in the world." Isn't that rather meaningless?<p>You have daddy issues. You probably got felt up by your uncle as a kid. …

The Italian 'Ebola Outbreak' Is Just a Chance for Racists to Be Racist

Ebola has erupted in Guinea, providing the perfect fodder for a flood of panicked social media missives and angry conspiracy theories on nativist European websites.<p><i>Doctors working in Guinea to control the Ebola outbreak. (Photo via Flickr user EU Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection)</i><p>On March 21, …

Donald Sterling's Been Banned for Life, but He'll Be Dead Soon Anyway

Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life and fined $2.5 million by the NBA for racist comments recorded by his ex-girlfriend. The nation is up in arms and asking for a greater punishment. Father Time will punish him plenty.<p>The NBA finally applied sanctions to Los Angeles Clippers …

I Got 90 Days in the Hole for Buying Souls in Prison

There are many things you can do wrong in prison, mostly of the violent sort, but you can also commit metaphysical crimes and end up in solitary confinement.<p><i>The author visiting a church soon after his release from jail.</i><p>There are many things you can do wrong in prison, most involving the breaking of …

Should The NBA Force Donald Sterling To Sell The Los Angeles Clippers?

<b>by Arthur L. Caplan & Lee H. Igel</b> <b><br>The NYU Sports & Society Program</b><p>Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers NBA team, seems to be an out-and-out racist. That, at least, is what could be gathered from words on an audiotape that gossip website TMZ got a hold of—words that Sterling has not …

Ex Libris: The Bookplates of 31 Famous Men | The Art of Manliness

There’s an antique bookstore in Montpelier, VT that I always visit whenever we make a trip out to the Green Mountain State. I’ve found a few books …

We Spoke to Hollywood Filmmakers Jen and Sylvia Soska, the Twisted Twins, About Slasher Stereotypes and Dead-Beat Hollywood Men

Jen and Sylvia Soska will tell you how being identical twins is like having a VIP pass to some of the weirdest shit you'll ever see, so they weren't short on material for their movies.<p>I was equal parts intrigued and nervous to speak with Jen and Sylvia Soska—aka “The Twisted Twins”—in person. I had …

The March for England Turned into an Ugly Shouting Match Between Fascists and Antifascists

And a couple of our reporters got caught in the middle.<p><i>Photos by Tom Johnson</i><p>Every year, a bunch of English nationalists celebrate Saint George's Day by marauding around Brighton, screaming about Muslims, and getting into fights. Sunday was no exception.<p>The March for England (or MFE) is organized …

We Asked an Expert What Would Happen if Every Immigrant Left the UK

The government would likely have to order people to have more kids.<p><i>Illustration by Sam Taylor</i><p>If you’re an employed member of British society, you’ll probably have spent the past week starting a union or periodically complimenting your boss on their appearance. Because unbeknownst to anyone but the …

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4 Marine Corps Leadership Lessons | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Jeff Clement.</i><p>I did two deployments to Afghanistan as a US Marine Corps logistics officer, and led hundreds …

Cry-Baby of the Week

This week: a guy lost his job over a soda refill.<p><i>It's time, once again, to marvel at some idiots who don't know how to handle the world:</i><p><b>Cry-Baby #1: A mystery Call of Duty player.</b><p><b>The incident:</b> Someone lost a game of <i>Call of Duty</i>.<p><b>The appropriate response:</b> Shouting obscenities into your headset.<p><b>The</b> …

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This Week in Racism - Avril Lavigne's New Music Video Isn't Racist, It Just Sucks

Avril's back with a generic new single, and desperate for attention. What better way to get everyone talking than by doing something totally stupid/offensive?<p><i>Welcome to another edition of This Week in Racism. I’ll be ranking news stories on a scale of one to RACIST, with “one” being the least</i> …