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Consumers Want Their Food Packaging to Be Sexist

Buyers don't want packaged food that conflicts with their preconceived notions that junk food is manly and health food is girly, a new study shows.<p>Ever stopped to think about the difference between a nonfat yogurt commercial and a bacon cheeseburger commercial?<p>In the former, a fit twentysomething …

Food

Should We Stop Using the Phrase 'Assisted Suicide'?

Terms like "aid in dying" paint a better picture of end-of-life decisions, and could give people with terminal illnesses a way to work around laws.<p>A few days ago, the non-profit Compassion & Choices, which advocates for the rights of terminally-ill patients near the end of life, launched a new …

Mental Health

documenting homeless teens in hippie communes

Alice Stein spent two years filming Dirty Kids, a group of “runaways, outcasts, and train-hopping travelers” as they created homes and families deep in the forest.<p>Filmmaker Alice Stein first met the Dirty Kids in the parking lot of a Tennessee Walmart in 2012. They'd piled in a turquoise pick-up …

Filmmaking

Japan Can’t Afford to Give Old People Fancy Sake Cups Anymore

Looks like they'll have to rip shots out of something else.<p><b>Read:</b> <b>What Old People Think About Love and Sex</b><p>Being old in Japan kind of sucks these days. As VICE News reported last month, a huge share of the population is over 65, and old folks across the country are struggling to make ends meet. For …

Japan

Ashley Madison Hackers Speak Out: 'Nobody Was Watching'

The company's security was bad, the hackers say.<p>For the past week, international media has reported on the hack of extramarital site Ashley Madison and its parent company Avid Life Media, which has affected potentially tens of millions of site users, as well as spewed the alleged source code of the …

Ashley Madison

Brace Yourself, the Next Generation of Male Vibrators is Coming

We talked to the founder of Hot Octopuss about the gadget he says will give dudes the best orgasm of their lives.<p>Back in 2013, a new British sex toy maker called Hot Octopuss unveiled its flagship product: a vibrating penis sheath officially known as the Pulse, which they dubbed and aggressively …

Genius

[NSFW] Guro: The Erotic Horror Art of Japanese Rebellion

Incredibly bloody, violent, and grotesque Japanese illustrations reveal a legacy of challenging socio-political ideas.<p>In the deranged world of <i>ero guro nansensu</i>, the stranger and grosser an illustration, the more prized it is. Common tropes of the 1930s-born Japanese artistic and literary movement …

Food

Paleo Lunchboxes 2015 (Part 1)

As promised, here’s the first installment of Paleo Lunchboxes 2015, my annual collaboration with our pals at LunchBots—makers of the gleaming …

The Nu-Kawaii Club Kids of the World's First Sailor Moon Afterparty

"You can tell who actually watches the anime, and who just likes the aesthetics."<p><i>All photos by Rebecca Smeyne</i><p>Back in October, I dropped into a cosplay party at a Brooklyn dive bar where kids in Mishka jerseys and Hello Kitty stickers were thrashing around to a mix of jungle and J-core. I jokingly …

Anime

The Hunt for Narco Subs

If Colombian narco sub busts are so rare, how many drug-loaded semi-submersibles go by undetected?<p>The vessel cut a low profile as it slipped through international waters, hundreds of miles off the coast of El Salvador in the eastern Pacific Ocean. It was mostly submerged, except for an exhaust pipe …

Mexico

Japan's Emperor Expresses 'Deep Remorse' For War Past

Japan's Emperor Akihito has apologized for his country's actions during World War II, 70 years after its surrender, expressing for the first time "deep remorse" over the death and destruction caused by Japanese forces.<p>"On this day to commemorate the war dead and pray for peace, my thoughts are with …

Japan

The Furries Have Landed — And Pittsburgh Is Giving Them A Bear Hug

It was a warm, humid day in downtown Pittsburgh — and it was even hotter for the more than 1,400 people who were wearing animal costumes. Adults and kids trekked the city's streets wearing ears and tails, paws and full-body animal suits, much like the ones you'd see at Disneyland.<p>Long the butt of …

Jokes

Should More Women Give Birth Outside The Hospital?

A recent recommendation from doctors in the United Kingdom raised eyebrows in the United States: The British National Health Service says healthy women with straightforward pregnancies are better off staying out of the hospital to deliver their babies.<p>That's heresy, obstetrician Dr. Neel Shah first …

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When You're Transgender, You Realize What Gender Privilege Looks Like

I've lived as both a dude and a girl—and I know which I prefer.<p>There's a lot of talk about privilege these days, mainly by folks who don't have much of it, asking the people who do to share. Or, you know, at least acknowledge that they have some. "Check your privilege," as the saying goes. Ha! Good …

Feminism

A Look at the Lost Dogs Home Accused of Killing Dogs for Cash

The Lost Dogs Home, Melbourne's largest pound, has been criticised for high kill rates and alleged cash-grabbing practices for the better part of a decade.<p>The Lost Dogs' Home, Melbourne's largest pound, has been criticized for high kill rates and alleged cash-grabbing practices for the better part …

Social Media

The 'NPR Grammar Hall Of Shame' Opens With 'I' And 'Me'

We asked for nominations for "most misused word or phrase," and they came pouring in. <i>Weekend Edition</i> listeners and NPR.org readers have many gripes about the grammar gaffes they see and hear every day.<p>From nearly 450 story comments, 500 emails and more than 900 Facebook posts we received in …

January Whole30 Prep: Are You Ready?

Feeling a little run-down lately? Did the holidays do a number on you, too? I feel your pain. Even for committed Paleo eaters, it’s easy to get …

'No justice, no peace': Michael Brown family denounce grand jury process

The family of Michael Brown condemns the grand jury process after a night of rioting<p>Michael Brown's father was the only person not wearing a suit.<p>While the lawyers and civil rights leaders addressed the cameras in sharply-tailored outfits, Michael Brown Senior stood silently in a white T-shirt with …

Obama: 'No Sympathy' For Those Destroying Ferguson

In a speech in which he said he understands the frustrations of people who feel they're not treated fairly under the law, President Obama also stated, "I have no sympathy at all for destroying your own communities."<p>The president had been scheduled to speak about immigration policy during his …

Wilson Describes Confrontation With Brown In ABC Interview

More ABC US news | ABC World News<p>Adding his voice to the mounds of grand jury evidence released Monday night by St. Louis County, Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer who killed Michael Brown, told his side of the story in an interview Tuesday.<p>Wilson told ABC's George Stephanopoulos …

Protests Of Grand Jury Decision Fan Out Across The Country

<b>Updated at 6:54 a.m.</b><p>Public reaction to a Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson has ranged from fire and looting close to where Wilson shot Michael Brown to peaceful protests nearby.<p>Other protests were held in large and small cities and college towns …

Rudy Giuliani Says White Cops Are Needed To Stop Black People From Shooting Each Other

WASHINGTON -- Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) on Sunday criticized what he described as lopsided coverage of the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, calling on the media to stop focusing on racially disproportionate police forces and pay more attention to black people killing one …

“There’s been class warfare going on for the last 20 years, and my class has won”

New research out of Oxfam proves Warren Buffet was right — and suggests income inequality is only getting worse<p>“There’s been class warfare going on for the last 20 years, and my class has won.”<p>Billionaire investor Warren Buffett made that remark more than three years ago and it still holds true …

Marine Corps Finds It Tough To Shut Down Sexist Facebook Groups

For veterans like Katherine Keleher, Facebook can be a nightmare.<p>When a photo of the 25-year-old former Marine was posted to "Just the Tip, of the Spear" last fall, she was so nervous she couldn't bear to look and asked a friend to check the page for her. The group's name, abbreviated JTTOTS, plays …

The Wondrous World Of Tom Thumb Weddings

When the "bride" and "groom" walk down the aisle in a Tom Thumb Wedding — as they did just a few weeks ago at the Fellowship Baptist Church on Staten Island in New York — they are:<p>1) Often not much taller than the backs of the church pews.<p>2) Paying homage to a pair of 19th century celebrities.<p>3) …

I Infiltrated a Men's Rights Group

These men need a support group more than they need a movement.<p><i>Image via</i><p>I, like most people I know, am indignant at the very <i>idea</i> of men's rights activists. A semi-organised group of men who believe the sinister spectre of feminism has inveigled itself into the fabric of culture, society and media. A …

Feminism