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Anna Merlan Anna Merlan Oct 10, 2019. 13 comments

The Queasy Power of Shamelessness

The Queasy Power of Shamelessness

Noah Levine, the influential punk rock Buddhist teacher whose meditation society, Against the Stream, collapsed after he was accused of sexual misconduct , never spoke to me for two stories I wrote about the allegations against him , despite my best efforts to contact him. But he did sit down this summer with Los Angeles magazine, for an interview published in July. In it, he indicated that...

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Megan Reynolds Megan Reynolds Dec 12, 2018. 20 comments

Be Inspired by How Unembarrassed Pentatonix Is

Be Inspired by How Unembarrassed Pentatonix Is

Pentatonix is a collection of fresh-faced, earnest, and extremely bland a cappella singers who have somehow made an indelible impression on American middlebrow culture. They are now on Thanksgiving floats. They have albums and tours that sell out. They take songs previously enjoyed by the general public and make them very bad. None of these things are admirable but in the spirit of the...

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Clover Hope Clover Hope Dec 01, 2018. 8 comments

Miley Cyrus Possibly Finds Her Place, and Kelly Rowland Talks Her Shit

Miley Cyrus Possibly Finds Her Place, and Kelly Rowland Talks Her Shit
Y/NY/N is a guide to the week’s music releases based on our highly scientific, non-subjective Yes/No rating system.  

Unabashedly, yes: Mark Ronson feat. Miley Cyrus, “Nothing Breaks Life a Heart” - It seems Miley has finally found her place (as opposed to all the other places she’d like to appropriate , excuse me, occupy) and guess what? It’s not bad! In fact, it’s really good! A...

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Ellie Shechet Ellie Shechet Aug 23, 2017. 15 comments

Wow, Can Everyone Please Stop Shaming and Humiliating This Dog?!

Wow, Can Everyone Please Stop Shaming and Humiliating This Dog?!

At least one Trump rally attendee has been uninterested in “heil”-ing Trump. His name is Dog, he is now famous on the Internet, and I don’t want to speak for Dog because I don’t actually know him personally, but I’m pretty sure he’d like everyone to butt the F out of his business!

Dog, whose actual name I do not know, is having a hell of a week. First, a scary man with a straw head attachment...

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Stassa Edwards Stassa Edwards Aug 21, 2017. 21 comments

Jennifer Aniston and the Celebrity Shame Cycle

Jennifer Aniston and the Celebrity Shame Cycle

In an op-ed published on the Huffington Post Tuesday, Jennifer Aniston addressed the ongoing speculation that she was pregnant:

I resent being made to feel “less than” because my body is changing and/or I had a burger for lunch and was photographed from a weird angle and therefore deemed one of two things: “pregnant” or “fat.”

Aniston argued her situation, of constantly being asked about...

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Devin Anderson Devin Anderson Aug 17, 2017. 24 comments

Can Parents Keep Things From Getting Weird When Kids Have Sexual Urges? 

Can Parents Keep Things From Getting Weird When Kids Have Sexual Urges? 

When I was about five years old, my parents and I visited my dad’s extended family in Houston. For a family portrait, my distant cousin Jack, a beautiful dark-chocolate stunner with a bright smile, hoisted me on his shoulders for the photo. I remember feeling…something. Looking back, I understand that it was an early form of sexual arousal. But at the time, I didn’t have a name for it. I just...

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Gabrielle Bluestone Gabrielle Bluestone Aug 17, 2017. 18 comments

Betsy DeVos Turned Away From School by Protesters Yelling 'Shame' 

Betsy DeVos Turned Away From School by Protesters Yelling 'Shame' 

Woefully unqualified but nonetheless Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos was forcibly turned away by protesters Friday when she attempted to enter a DC middle school, though the school’s relief was short-lived—according to reports, she eventually made it inside through a different door.

The video of angry demonstrators chanting shame at her, however, will live forever.

DeVos reportedly...

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