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  • Interview With A Woman Who Recently Discovered She Loves Group Sex

    Fiona is a woman in her late twenties who lives on the East Coast with her husband Eric and their three-year-old. So, we’re talking because you recently had a new experience. My husband and I went to a swingers club for the first time! How long had you guys been throwing around the idea? A couple months—we talked about it a lot, but stopped short of making it an actual possibility. Then very recently my husband was just like, “Let’s just do it, we keep talking about it, I found this place in Atlantic City.” And we decided to go…

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  • The Grammar Of An Upworthy Headline

    The most essential grammatical tic that Upworthy employs is a bit more complex than simple word choice or sentence structure: the titles introduce a fairly typical story, idea, or theme in the first sentence, then use a much shorter sentence to…

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  • Anthony Lane Profiles James Franco

    Poised on the edge of adulthood, James Franco is somehow all things at once, hard and soft, weathered and barely able to grow a beard, famous but quotidian, like a dumpling. Sitting by the fireplace in the Bowery Hotel and listening to the scruffy…

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  • Mad Men: When Pretending Is Your Job

    Watching Mad Men feels a bit like refinishing a wooden chair, sometimes. You’re methodically working away with sandpaper at the arms and legs of this thing, which has been this way for as long as you can remember, and you’re up close and it seems… At least, that’s how I felt about it last night. Not all that much seemed to happen, because after all, it’s Mad Men; with some surprises the pacing tends to be slow…

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  • The Stupid Trendy Cocktail Bar Name Generator

    Remember Hairpin pal Lauren Hallden’s online dating loren ipsum text generator? (“Glass half-full using my farmshare. Netflix my eyes Woody Allen stepping outside your comfort zone, if you’re still reading this medical school happy hour too many to…

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  • Two Ways To Order A Shake

    I work in a co-working space. (For all of you who ask me what that is,  I say, “a co-working space is a place where you pay a few hundred dollars a month to share an office space with people, and also, how are you such a genius that you have thus…

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  • Fantasy On Wheels: My Roller Rink Sexual Awakening

    When I was thirteen, I participated in an after-school activity ambiguously—and generously—named “Lifetime Sports.” At my North Carolina private school, a place particularly dedicated to social hierarchy, your position on a team was determined as… This was 1998, when roller rinks were just becoming passé. My friends no longer held their birthday parties at the local rinks, and, generally, they smelled kind of funny…

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  • A Curated Selection Of Wonderfully Gruesome Sentences From Wikipedia

    Welcome to mid-April; or, that dark chasm of working days that stretches on with no holidays until Memorial Day. Joy! In that spirit, I’ve been hitting the Wikipedia hard lately, and these are the most gruesome sentences I could find. I consider it… Anencephaly. “The most common type of anencephaly, in which the brain is completely absent.” (Even if you can stomach the first photo, don’t scroll down. Seriously, don’t. I screamed out loud at work. Similar precautions go for the following 25 entries.) Belle Gunness. “Hack driver Clyde Sturgis delivered many…

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  • Mad Men, Season 7 Premiere: Is This Where The Fire Starts?

    Mad Men is back! I’ll be writing about the show all season. Though we don’t get a glimpse of Sally or Betty in the last night’s season premiere—an episode called “Time Zones” set in January, 1969, in which Don travels to L.A. to see Megan and… Also back in the rotation is Freddie Rumsen, the guy who was forced to take a leave of absence from an earlier iteration…

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  • The 10 Worst Nail Polish Names From Pure Ice

    Pure Ice, a nail polish brand sold exclusively at Wal-Mart, specializes in trendy shades with disturbing names. Here are some that will make you wonder, “Who are these people, and what is wrong with them?” 1. Jail Bait A vibrant lilac on-trend for Spring, “Jail Bait” also promotes a fun phrase used to sexualize young girls and uphold rape culture! 2. I’ll Behave Emerald, the hot new color invented this year, pairs perfectly with submissive behavior, also invented this year. 3. Nasty Girl Do not confuse with the below. 4. Naughty Girl They are ENTIRELY different girls. 5. Private Show…

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  • A Conversation With Philomena Lee

    In the ‘50s, Philomena Lee became pregnant outside of marriage at the age of 18. She was sent to an Irish convent to have her baby, and after that, worked off her expenses in the laundry, permitted to see her child for an hour each day. Against her…

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  • Cancel "What Americans Will Look Like In 2050"

    So there’s this pretty dumb PolicyMic thing up right now showing “the lovely faces of our nation’s multiracial future.” The headline—National Geographic Concludes What Americans Will Look Like in 2050, and It’s Beautiful—is like the title of a term…

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