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The All-Natural Vibe of ‘Big Tit Energy’
The All-Natural Vibe of ‘Big Tit Energy’

Our physical bodies have come to matter less than the sense of them we project online — and the possibilities are endless

Tendies, the ‘Anti-Incels,’ Roleplay Failed Manhood Without Shame
Tendies, the ‘Anti-Incels,’ Roleplay Failed Manhood Without Shame

To be a basement-dwelling, chicken-tender-devouring ‘goodboy’ is to live a life utterly unexamined — and to be the better for it

What Does It Mean to Be ‘Real’ Online When You Can Never Fully Log Off?
What Does It Mean to Be ‘Real’ Online When You Can Never Fully Log Off?

Religion and philosophy professor Chris Stedman talks ‘IRL,’ his timely new book that attempts to define the ways in which life on the internet can be both well-lived and authentic

We’re Talking About the Student Debt Crisis All Wrong
We’re Talking About the Student Debt Crisis All Wrong

Let’s skip the bad-faith arguments and do what’s best for millions of Americans

Blood Brothers: The Painful History of Male Menstruation

Menstruation is supposed to be a ‘female thing,’ so why do cultures all around the world (and throughout history) believe that men get their periods too?

The Unemployed Guy’s Guide to Gift-Giving

Why let not having any money interfere with your holiday plans?

On the Front Lines of the World’s Pointless War on Hentai

Confused lawmakers all over the globe are concerned that sexual cartoons are polluting the pure minds of porn watchers, but they’re missing the point

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Stop Scapegoating the Black Male Vote
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Abolish ICE. Abolish Homeland Security. There’s No Doubt Left.
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Let’s Break Down Ice Cube’s ‘Contract With Black America’
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The Importance of Buying Black
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Democracy Is Broken. Here’s Why I’m Still Voting.
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Election 2020

‘No Nuance November’ and ‘No Knowledge November’ Sent Us to a State of Himbo Bliss

‘No thinking, only being pretty, drinking hot cocoa and going online shopping all month long.’ I’d explain, but there’s too much nuance in it

America Wants Its Damn Khakis Back

How else does one explain the thirst around Steve Kornacki, or the election of Joe Biden as the next president?

Leave ‘My Cousin Vinny’ Alone!

Rudy Giuliani is no Vincent Gambini, that’s for sure

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

Recent

David Chang Beat ‘Millionaire’ — But He Played the Odds Wrong

Chang became the first celebrity to beat ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’ — but he should have kept the $500,000, a math professor explains

When COVID Makes Your B.O. Smell Brand-New

Their sense of smell may have returned post-virus, but some people find that their own bodies smell foreign and food smells rotten

Your Puny Smart Watch Is No Match for My Electronic Skin

Who needs a clunky ol’ watch when you could just incorporate tech into your biggest organ?

Racial Justice

‘Lovers Rock’ Is a Party You’ll Never Want to End

The latest film in Steve McQueen’s ‘Small Axe’ series chronicles one amazing night that hits harder in our cooped-up quarantine reality

In ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,’ Chadwick Boseman Says Goodbye Beautifully

This Netflix adaptation of the acclaimed August Wilson play features a dynamite cast, including Viola Davis. But you’ll be drawn to the late ‘Black Panther’ star, whose final role might be his best.

Before Black Lives Matter, There Was ‘Mangrove’

In the first installment of his ambitious ‘Small Axe’ anthology, Oscar-winner Steve McQueen takes us to London in the 1970s, where a Black community’s battles with a racist police force couldn’t be timelier

Style

No, But Really, Why Were the Pilgrims Dressed Like That?

Sorry to break it to you, but your 2nd-grade teacher was a goddamn liar

Spend This Thanksgiving Dinner in Your Finest Threads

Gravy stains be damned, getting dressed up is easily the best way to ensure Thanksgiving isn’t just another day in quarantine

What the Hell Should I Do With My Dress Shoes Right Now?

Your loafers are collecting dust. Here’s how to take care of them now — or how to say goodbye

Entertainment

Stop Watching ‘Love Actually’ and Watch Richard Curtis’ OTHER (Incredible) Christmas Film Instead

What do you mean you’ve never seen the 1991 British TV movie ‘Bernard and the Genie’? Rectify this immediately!

A Streaming Guide for Every Kind of Family You Could Be Trapped With This Thanksgiving Weekend

Thanksgiving weekend is usually a good time for new movies. But with the multiplexes closed, here are some recent gems and reliable classics you and yours can agree on at home.

Vegans Roast the Thanksgiving Turkey Time-Travel Flick ‘Free Birds’

A vegan chef, a vegan vet and a vegan animal rights activist talk turkey on time travel and turducken

LGBTQ

Welcome to the Internet, Where Everything Is Gay

Straight people may have the whole world to play in — but social media is undeniably a queer playground. Here’s why that’s something to celebrate.

The Rise of the Rural Gay Haven

Like seemingly everyone else these days, many in the LGBTQ+ community are seeking refuge in the country. But achieving cottagecore nirvana there is every bit as complicated as you’d imagine.

The Week We Fell in Love With Steve Kornacki

Why is America horny for MSNBC’s 2020 Election map guy? Maybe there’s nothing sexier than having a clean-cut man in a tie tell us it’s going to be okay

Health

Is There a Correct Way to Drink Water Out of a Water Bottle?

There is 100 percent a wrong way

With Wasabi and Shots of Vinegar, Teens Show Off Their COVID Symptoms

Many people diagnosed with COVID can’t taste for weeks, and they’re proving it with gross-out TikTok taste tests

What’s in This?: Pepto-Bismol

All 12 ingredients in this Day After Thanksgiving necessity, explained (yep, even magnesium aluminum silicate)

Early Aughts

‘Kicking and Screaming’ Is the Hidden Gem of Will Ferrell Movies

Shame on all of us for not quoting it at nearly the clip of ‘Anchorman’ or ‘Step Brothers’

Conor Oberst’s Road to Joy

With his reunion world tour on hold, the Bright Eyes frontman is riding out the pandemic at home in Nebraska. Still, after years of grief, the indie-folk wunderkind has a newfound hope for the future

What Kids Did All Day in the Year 2000

The youth of today want to know how we passed the time before smartphones

Relationships

The Glory and Validation of Thanksgiving Eve Grindr

For queer folks, the joy of the night before Thanksgiving isn’t about getting blackout drunk, but seeing just how many queer people were in your town all along

How to Tell Your Friends You Can’t Hang This Thanksgiving

I appreciate the Friendsgiving invite, but there’s this thing called COVID. Have you heard of it?

How to Help Your Partner With Their Overbearing Parents This Thanksgiving

Thank God there aren’t any contentious topics to debate at Thanksgiving dinner this year!!!

Life in a Pandemic

Your Masked Travel Selfie Won’t Save You

Air travel is a risk during the pandemic — and these photos don’t change that

How the Pandemic Made Gossip Essential Again

From the ‘Gossip Girl’ reboot and TikTok tea accounts to DeuxMoi and even the New York Times, a cultural hankering for gossip has come back in a big way

Coronavirus Is Capable of Causing Brain Damage, Too

Mounting evidence suggests COVID-19 brain fog is very real — leaving many to struggle with memory and attention spans long after they’ve recovered

Money

How Much Money Do Christmas Albums Make?

How much money can one smash-hit holiday song rake in?

Is the Restaurant Gift Card Still an Okay Gift — And Was It Ever?

It’s like money, but with more rules!

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Mental Health

Thanksgiving Is the Best Day to Be Ungrateful

Practice gratitude the other 364 days a year, but don’t let colonialism or your weird-ass aunt make you do it on Thursday. Not this year.

How All Your Complaining Rewires Your Brain

Yeah, shit sucks and you can’t change it. But what you can do is channel that energy into something good

Christopher Moltisanti Memes Are Our New Barometer for Mental Health

It’s been one year of feeling like The Sopranos’ tracksuited failson — wrapped despondently in a blanket, or nodding off on heroin in front of a corn dog stand

The Manosphere

Is Netflix’s ‘Love, Guaranteed’ Hollywood’s First Incel Love Story?

The only thing this film guarantees is a headache. In the pandemic, though, it’s a must-see

Soy Boys Make Better Managers Than Chads

If you want to know how to be a better manager, you can start by being a better person

The Outsized Fury of the ‘Manlet’

Bodybuilder bros created a whole new kind of insecurity about being under 6 feet tall

Food

Here’s How Long You Can Safely Eat All Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

That potential rancidness won’t kill you — we promise!

Being Bloated Is Actually Kinda Nice

The answer to seconds should always be yes, because filling yourself thoroughly is sensible, smart and sexy

The Dos and Don’ts of Post-Thanksgiving Dinner Sex

Or should that be the ins and outs?

True Crime

The Hunt for D.B. Cooper, the 20th Century’s Greatest Outlaw, Lives On

John Dower, director of ‘The Mystery of D.B. Cooper,’ explains why he’s not interested in unraveling the skyjacker’s true identity — even though several people believe they know who was behind the heist

The Saga of Gerald, the Turkey From Hell, Who Nearly Destroyed Oakland

From his rose garden lair, this 25-pound beast spent nearly a year kicking, clawing and pecking at locals until he’d brought the whole city to its knees

The HBO Filmmaker Attempting to Make Sense of His Mom — And Her Murder

Madison Hamburg talks about addiction, absent fathers and his moving new series ‘Murder on Middle Beach’

Oral History

An Oral History of ‘The New Hollywood Squares’

The ’80s game show was a nightly mini-cabaret that was way weirder and more fun than ‘Jeopardy!’ or ‘Wheel of Fortune’ — and left an outsized legacy on network TV

The Oral History of the Vodka Red Bull

As told by the bartenders who first poured it — and created a monster

The Definitive Oral History of Reddit GoneWild

Before amateur porn was all the rage, horny exhibitionists created one of its most popular (and free) spaces online