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  • July 29, 2014 • Culture

    No Apologies: An Interview with Caitlin Stasey

    Google Caitlin Stasey. Go on. I’ll wait. If you’re feeling particularly masochistic, go ahead and type her name into Google News. A string of headlines should pop up, each more headache-inducing than the last: Caitlin Stasey bares...

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  • July 22, 2014 • Music

    Meghan Trainor and the Skinny Bitch Backlash

    Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock since June, you’ve seen Meghan Trainor’s adorable video for her body positivity anthem “All About That Bass.” Every second of it is inventive and engaging and funny, from the pastel...

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  • June 13, 2014 • Love & Sex

    A Tale of Two Porn Stars

    I swore to God I would never write a piece about Belle Knox. Those weeks in March immediately after she was outed were exhausting. It seemed like every human being with a WiFi connection and two pennies felt the need to draft a blog...

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  • May 29, 2014 • Culture

    I Hate ‘The Normal Heart’

    “You think that I’m killing people?” This line is the most singularly powerful moment in The Normal Heart, which aired Sunday night on HBO to universal critical acclaim. When Joe Mantello speaks these words, there are tears in his...

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  • May 15, 2014 • Fashion

    Naked on the Newsstands

    Aeons ago, in 2012, Lana Del Rey appeared nude on the cover of British GQ. Doe-eyed, mouth agape, clutching her knees to her naked chest with manicured fingers, Lana seemed vulnerable, almost frightened. That was the point. The magazine...

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  • May 9, 2014 • Culture

    The Implications of Hashtag Activism

    On any given day, traditional media either loves Twitter or hates it. The journalistic establishment is to the internet as Joanne is to Maureen. Most days, it feels like the two are locked in a never-ending karaoke rendition of “Take Me...

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  • April 25, 2014 • Culture

    Faking It is the Real Deal

    I’ll be honest with you: I am really, really sick of watching myself die. To be fair, I don’t always die. Sometimes I’m beaten up, raped, disowned, bullied, tortured, abandoned, ravaged by disease, or just reminded, in some other...

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  • April 17, 2014 • Culture

    Humbert Culture and the Case of James Franco

    She’s twelve years old when the story begins, and her skin is a rosy brown from long, lazy hours spent lying on the beach at summer camp. He is thirty-eight, with a handful of sleeping pills and the keys to a private hotel room. Literary...

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