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A Vasectomy Historian on Why Male Sterilization Won’t Solve the Abortion Problem
A Vasectomy Historian on Why Male Sterilization Won’t Solve the Abortion Problem

In the wake of Roe being overturned, ‘sterilize men’ has become a resounding war-cry. But as Georgia Grainger explains, it‘s just about the furthest thing from a useful solution

The Sound and Fury of Russell Crowe
The Sound and Fury of Russell Crowe

At the height of his fame, the Oscar-winner brought a ferocious masculinity to his best performances. But in recent years, he’s had to contend with a shifting culture that’s less in awe of ultra-intense actors

Pepperoni and Pancake Batter: An Oral History of Pizza the Hutt from ‘Spaceballs’
Pepperoni and Pancake Batter: An Oral History of Pizza the Hutt from ‘Spaceballs’

The makeup effects artist who designed the revolting mob boss from the 1987 Mel Brooks classic, and the guy beneath all those pizza toppings reveal every disgusting trick that went into creating an edible, intergalactic supervillain

Can ‘Rise Up 4 Abortion’ Be Trusted?
Can ‘Rise Up 4 Abortion’ Be Trusted?

A communist ‘pyramid scheme’? A ‘cult of personality’? Anti-LGBTQ attitudes? The protest group is making waves on the street, but critics on the left claim the organization behind the movement is too toxic for collaboration

The Man Who Road-Tripped 4,000 Miles Across the Country on a Lawn Mower

In 1999, Brad Hauter made the unusual decision to embark upon a journey that no one else had ever attempted — making it from Atlanta to L.A. via riding lawn mower in 67 very bumpy days

Pregnant Women Are 16 Percent More Likely to Die by Homicide. What Happens After Roe?

Abortion care at least gives them a chance to untether themselves from an abusive relationship, quell the anger of men who don’t want a child and potentially prevent a child from being born into violence

That One Time When Steven Seagal Was Accused of Killing a Puppy with a Tank

Notorious Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio teamed up with the action star for some reality TV police action in 2011. Together, the two lawmen and a SWAT team tried to bust an alleged cockfighting ring, but caused absolute chaos instead

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A Very Chill Collection of Popsicle Patents

For nearly 100 years, popsicles have been a delicious, frosty canvas for our culture to paint itself on

Above-Ground Pools Are the Working-Class Heroes of Summer

Every summer, my mom would spring for an inflatable Intex pool. And while it wasn’t as fancy or dependable as the in-ground kind, that’s what made it all the more refreshing

If I’m Getting Back in Shape, Should I Lose Weight Before Trying to Build Muscle?

Is cardio the only real way to burn fat, or can pumping enough iron do the trick, too?

Best of MEL

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.

There’s No Bigger Loser Than a Racist ‘Star Wars’ Fan

Anyone harassing Black actors for joining the franchise is in desperate need of an actual life

Even Nicholas Fuentes’ Friends Are Calling Him Out on His Bullshit

Why is the white nationalist losing some of his best men? Blame it on dishonesty, infighting and the burden of working with a volatile man-child of a leader

Style

The Ultimate Male Slut Guide to Getting Dressed This Summer

You thought all you needed to do was show a little skin, didn’t you, you little slut? But real summer sluts know that exposing a hunk of thigh meat is only the half of it

Men Who Don’t Wear Socks Are Hoes

As TikTokers have recently been pointing out, there’s nothing less trustworthy than a man who slides his sweaty, bare feet into his loafers and thinks he’s fashionable

The Ecstasy of Making Lowball Offers on Grailed

Everyone loves a good deal, but for these Grailed buyers, savings for high-end secondhand goods is just icing on the cake. Because for them, there’s no better way to blow off some steam and incite a little harmless chaos in the process

The Manosphere

The Manosphere Is Curiously Split on Roe v. Wade

MGTOWs, MRAs and even some incels are against overturning abortion rights

This Week, Two Women in Two Different Countries Were Murdered on Their College Campuses in Broad Daylight

Iman Rashid was shot to death in Jordan yesterday. Just days earlier, Nayera Ashraf was killed in Egypt by a man whose advances she had rejected. Both instances have caused an uproar over misogynist violence in the region — but such killings aren’t unique to one culture or place

The Misguided Myth of the Femcel Phenotype

By definition, a femcel is a woman who is either too unattractive or mentally ill to experience sex and relationships. So why is everyone drooling for the mousy, glasses-wearing girls they perceive femcels to be?

Entertainment

I Really Miss the Chris Pratt of ‘Moneyball’

Rather than watching his new series, ‘The Terminal List,’ revisit his small but meaningful role in the 2011 baseball drama, which came out long before the backlash against the ‘Jurassic World’ star was at fever pitch

What’s the New ‘Minions’ Movie Doing With This Baller Soundtrack?

Stacked with some of the coolest musicians covering 1970s classics, ‘The Rise of Gru’ might be the album of the year

Billion Dollar Babies: Get to Know the 50 Movies That Have Broken the Billion-Dollar Barrier

Now that ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ has joined this exclusive list of mega-moneymakers, we crunch the numbers to figure out what it takes for your movie to be a true blockbuster. (Hint: It helps to have Iron Man in it.)

LGBTQ

The Ins and Outs of Christina Aguilera’s Humongous Pride Dildo

At last weekend’s L.A. Pride, the singer wore a honkin’ green sparkly dong during her performance, quite literally rocking out with her cock out

These Collectors Used American Girl Dolls for a Homophobic Hate Campaign

The coordinated Instagram posts were part of a broader anti-LGBTQ effort to ‘reclaim the rainbow’

Anti-LGBTQ Backlash Is Starting to Sound Like ‘Gay Replacement Theory’

An uptick in people identifying as queer or trans has doubters claiming ‘social contagion’

Health

A Sobering Look at How Alcohol Changes Your Face

Even just a few weeks off the sauce can reduce wrinkles, redness, puffiness and lots of other evidence of all those weekend benders

For the Last Time, Plan B Isn’t An Abortion Drug

It literally prevents there being anything to abort in the first place. Why, then, have some state health systems stopped offering it?

Here’s Why Your Diarrhea Burns Like the Volcano in Mordor

That isn’t a plate of encased meats and a pint of beer, it’s a box of matches ready to light your colon aflame

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Relationships

The Awkward Art of Making Friends in Your 30s, According to Men in Their 30s

After all of your buddies either move away, get married or have kids, you’re still going to need a few dudes to grab beers with. So what’s a grown man to do?

A Sex Playlist Should Start and Stop at Post-Coital Music

Setting the mood isn’t nearly as important as not ruining it after you’ve blown each other’s backs out

The Scourge of ‘Just Ask’ Profiles on Dating Apps

We’ve never put less effort into algorithmic matchmaking

Life in a Pandemic

All the Luxury Items PPP Scammers Bought with Taxpayer Dollars

Not everyone who received pandemic relief through the Paycheck Protection Program was planning to keep businesses afloat through an unprecedented time. Instead, some defrauded the government out of millions and blew it on Lamborghinis and Rolexes

Can Low Testosterone Make You More Susceptible to Severe COVID Symptoms?

The connection between COVID and testosterone has been all over the map since the pandemic began. But a new study may have found some promising answers

For Some People, Face Masks Are Staying on to Cover Their Insecurities

‘I’m an introvert to my core and I love the superpower the mask gives me to feel invisible’

Money

We’re Now in the Dunkinflation Stage

Dunkin’ used to be the only place you could get a meal for $5, but now you’re lucky if your coffee alone costs less than seven bucks

Forget Gold, Stock and Bonds. Invest in Legos

A new study shows that their return is nothing to play around with — and almost better than anything else you can put your money in

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Mental Health

Starving for Touch: What It’s Like to Have ‘Skin Hunger’

Physical affection and touch releases feel-good brain chemicals like dopamine, oxytocin and serotonin. But what happens when you go without it for too long?

For Some People, the Sexual Side Effects of SSRIs Never Go Away

Most of us know that antidepressants can interfere with things like erections, orgasm strength and vaginal lubrication. But for many, those symptoms persist, even when they stop taking the drugs

What Happens When My Brain Goes into Autopilot Mode?

Why did you just put that banana in the dishwasher? And how did the milk end up in the cupboard? The default network of our brain can make us do some pretty stupid stuff, but it’s all for the greater good

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Food

What Difference Does It Make If Pork Is the ‘Other White Meat’?

Does that mean it saves my arteries, or is it all just Big Pork propaganda meant to convince me to go whole hog?

Fuck It, Let’s Make Every Food into a Sexual Novelty Product

I truly didn’t know how badly we needed sexual novelty foods until I heard about CamSoda’s new line of blatantly horny hot dog toppings

Prophylactic Kitchen Nightmare: The TikToker Cooking with Condoms

The mysterious Russian man, who goes by the name Bigman, cooks popcorn, poached eggs and artificially flavored jams in his rubbers — because why not?

True Crime

The ‘Overseas General’ Romance Scam That Conned Elderly Women Out of A Million Dollars

A 51-year-old Nigerian man convinced numerous widows throughout the U.S. that he was an American general who needed their money to help get him out of the Middle East — and into their arms

In ‘Keep Sweet,’ Rachel Dretzin Gives the Horrifying Story of Warren Jeffs a New Perspective: A Woman’s

The documentarian talks about what she wanted to avoid while making her hit Netflix series, the strange anti-charisma of this polygamous cult leader and why the future of FLDS should make everyone nervous

Million Dollar Fakes: The Lucrative World of Counterfeit Basquiats

A recent FBI investigation has raised questions about the authenticity of 25 paintings alleged to be works of Basquiat. As it turns out, fake Basquiats aren’t uncommon in the fine art market — and they’ve cost trusting customers some serious cash

Oral History

It’s Go Time! An Oral History of Izzy Mandelbaum, Seinfeld’s Octogenarian Macho Man

‘Seinfeld’ writers reflect on the elderly fitness king, one of the greatest characters on the show and the final television role of the iconic Lloyd Bridges

A Hugh Jass Oral History of ‘Flaming Moe’s,’ Everyone’s Favorite ‘Simpson’s’ Episode

The episode — made famous for its burning cough syrup cocktail concoction — was the first example of a truly classic ‘Simpson’s’ installment

A Ballsy Oral History of the Life-Saving Deadpool Testicular Cancer PSA

In 2016, a cheeky ‘Deadpool’ ad taught millions of men how to check their ‘smooth criminals’ for testicular cancer. Years later, many men says it saved their lives