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I Went Under the Knife on ‘The Swan,’ the Most Controversial Reality Show Ever
I Went Under the Knife on ‘The Swan,’ the Most Controversial Reality Show Ever

In the early 2000s, Belinda Bessant was trapped in an apartment, pressured into unnecessary surgeries and edited to look like a catty drama queen. Today, she looks back on ‘The Swan’ — an ugly stain on television history

Who’s Afraid of the Boston Bomber?
Who’s Afraid of the Boston Bomber?

Liberals and conservatives alike use Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as a boogeyman to deny prisoners their rights

The Long, Sweaty History of Working Out
The Long, Sweaty History of Working Out

For as long as people have existed, people have got BUFF as SHIT

I Was the Man at the Clapperboard for Orson Welles’ Legendary Drunk Wine Commercial
I Was the Man at the Clapperboard for Orson Welles’ Legendary Drunk Wine Commercial

I also helped undress him so he could lie down

A Salute to ‘We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome),’ Tina Turner’s Forgotten ‘Mad Max’ Anthem

In the midst of her well-deserved 1980s comeback, the iconic singer decided to play the villain in ‘Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.’ The soundtrack smash that accompanied the film may be a bit cheesy, but it’s had a surprising afterlife in the worlds of high art and indie-rock.

Congresswoman, Gospel Singer, Murder Suspect: The Wild Story of Flordelis

This is the three-decade story of evangelical grift, psalms written in blood and a Brazilian politician who seemingly can’t be arrested

There’s Finally a Name for Trump’s Murderous Masculinity

What do we call a machismo so horrifying it leaves a half million dead? An esteemed gender scholar has an idea

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Why Women Have Sex With Their Bras On

We’re not trying to recreate PG-13 rom-coms. Sex with a little less self-consciousness is better for everyone involved

Can the Warm Embrace of CBD Help Me Stay Hard, Too?

For ED caused by psychological issues like anxiety and PTSD, there might be a more natural treatment than Viagra

What Will You Do When My Wig Falls Off During Sex?

If you can’t handle faux hair slipping while doing the dirty, you have no business being in the bedroom

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Fox News Convinced Them COVID Was Fake. Then They Got Sick.

‘I have no doubt that President Trump and Fox News have caused people to die.’ This is what it’s like to lose your dad twice — first to Rush Limbaugh, then to the ICU as he battles a disease he believes is a hoax

The Afterlife of the Male Model

What happens to young men when they quit the modeling industry? While some exit the business gracefully, others take a nose dive, only to find salvation at the Cheesecake Factory

The Wild Ride of America’s Most Dangerous Theme Park

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Action Park — unofficially known as Class Action Park, Traction Park and Accident Park — was ‘Lord of the Flies’ with a Jersey twist and a higher death count

Racial Justice

Every Plantation in the Country Should Be Turned Into a Slavery Museum

Today, they’re either tourist traps or the backdrop for weddings. But like Auschwitz and the sites of other concentration camps in Europe, they need to serve a much bigger purpose — making sure that America never forgets the horror of slavery.

The Intersectional Horror of the Atlanta Massacre

Downplaying racism in a mass shooting of Asian women shows we’re still getting white violence wrong

Why Julian Edelman’s Brand of ‘Counsel Culture’ Is So Effective

The Jewish NFL star’s response to an anti-Semitic slur is a perfect example of an alternate approach to cancel culture

Style

The Best ‘Loungewear Shorts’ for Men Are $7 Basketball Shorts

Tempted by the promise of ‘aggressive lounging’? Don’t get hoodwinked by the power of the rebrand!

Crocs Alternatives Are Trying to Capitalize on the Foam Clog Boom

2020 was a surprisingly good year for the nearly bankrupt company

Why Giant Water Jugs Are Becoming a Style Accessory

Surely you don’t actually need to carry that much water at a time?

The Manosphere

The ‘Stingy Men Association’ Walks a Fine Line Between Humor and Hate

In Africa, men have jokingly vowed not to pay on dates — and the manosphere is watching

The Strange Saga of Lauren Boebert’s Pro Wrestler Paternity Case

The gun-toting Colorado congresswoman rarely mentions her father, but in a trail of YouTube comments, she and her mother have singled out one man: 1980s journeyman tag-team specialist ‘Sweet’ Stan Lane

The Teens Who Seek Help on the Most Toxic Subreddits

With burning questions and nowhere else to turn, middle school boys ‘Ask the Red Pill’ — and join a community of misogyny

Entertainment

It’s Hard Out Here for an Amy Adams Fan

‘Justice League’ has never done her justice

Emilio Estevez and the Scourge of the ‘Brat Pack’ Straitjacket

With ‘The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers’ waiting in the wings, Martin Sheen’s son has struggled to escape a belittling Gen X label he never asked for

Marvel Just Hit the ‘Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase’ Stage

In ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,’ Sam and Bucky are just gonna hang out and have their own adventure. So far, so good.

LGBTQ

‘Genera+ion’ Is Post-‘It Gets Better’ TV. That’s a Good Thing.

It’s about time we finally have a TV show willing to say gay men sometimes suck

Is There Space for More Women in Gay Porn?

‘Right in front of my salad’ caused a shift in the industry, opening up new opportunities for women and drag queens. Porn’s rigid categories are getting blown up — but not everyone’s a fan

Sorry, Country Radio — Queer Country Music Fans Exist

T.J. Osborne, of the hit country duo Brothers Osborne, is the first openly gay artist signed to a major country label. When will country radio acknowledge its queer fans?

Health

The Secret Ingredient in Your Delicious Steak? Potentially Fatal Metal Shards!

The bristles from wire brushes might do a great job shining your grill, but they treat your guts like crap

How to Make Coffee Work Again

My Venti cold brew isn’t working. Send help.

Why You Should Be a Flexitarian (Even Though It Sounds Stupid)

The hardest part of following a flexitarian diet might be eating those words, but experts agree it’s still one of the better things you could do for yourself

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Relationships

Women Don’t Want Dick Pics — They Want Nut Videos

‘Nut video with the sound on’ might be a meme, but the desire for these videos is real

‘The Tragedy of Heterosexuality’ Is an Essential Playbook for Straight Men

Jane Ward’s book is a vital read for anyone who wants to have genuinely good sex. What if men who profess to love women started by actually liking them?

We Can’t Escape the Trope of the Breakup Dinner

Dumping her at a fancy restaurant is a scenario calculated for good TV. In reality? It’s a disaster.

Life in a Pandemic

Let’s Promote the Vaccine With Positive (Fake) Side Effects

Did you know the Pfizer shot makes your dick bigger?

How to Kinda Sorta Plan Your Summer Vacation

We don’t know how the summer’s going to look, but you can still tentatively plan ahead

Weed Could (Possibly) Help You Recover From COVID-19

You can find me covered in Doritos ‘recovering from coronavirus’ *wink, wink*

Money

Why Are Fancy Coolers So Frickin’ Expensive?

It’s hard to believe that coolers, of all things, have become status symbols and lifestyle brands

The Shroom Boom’s Here. So How the Heck Do I Invest in Psychedelics?

And are psychedelic stonks good for your wallet, good for society… or neither?

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Mental Health

The Peculiar Power of Sobriety Clocks

Tracking your sobriety is both the most important and least important part of the journey

A Customized Diet Might Be What Your Mental Health Needs

What’s the best food for your brain?

It’s the ‘Finals Week’ of the Pandemic

Everyone’s busy with pandemic engagements, vaccinated date nights and housing moves. And there’s a reason we’re prematurely rushing to start our post-pandemic lives.

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Food

How Fish Skin Took Over the Snack Aisle

Why crunchy-crispy-salty fish-skin snacks are friggin’ everywhere now

The Best Ways to Take Shrooms

There’s no need to bite right into a nasty-ass shroom when you can make CHOCOLATES

What’s in This?: Wendy’s Frosty

All 15 ingredients in this sweet stucco, explained (yep, even carrageenan)

True Crime

The Other Drug War: Inside the World of Counterfeit Viagra

How the gaps in our health-care system are responsible for propping up a dangerous, global and billion-dollar industry

When the Mob Expanded Into Small-Town America

In the new book ‘Smalltime,’ Russell Shorto investigates his own family and the long reach of organized crime after Prohibition

How a Master Forger Turned to Murder and Rocked the Mormon Community

The directors of Netflix’s documentary series ‘Murder Among the Mormons’ discuss the unknowability of Mark Hofmann, the allure of crafting fake documents and how a mild-mannered conman could become a killer

Oral History

An Oral History of the ‘Leprechaun’ Films

Yes, even the bit with him rapping in ‘Leprechaun in the Hood’

An Oral History of the Star Wars Immunization Campaign

When President Carter needed help getting America’s children vaccinated, he didn’t just turn to the CDC, he enlisted a couple of droids from a galaxy far, far away

An Oral History of Kermit in the Gulag

While ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ wasn’t the most successful Muppet film, it did generate some of the most memorable Kermit the Frog memes