When Sex Is Excruciating

image edited by F. Kaskais https://www.theatlantic.com/video/iframe/582664/ Video by Sindha Agha When the filmmaker Sindha Agha first went to the doctor about her pain, she experienced a phenomenon familiar to many women—she was not taken seriously. Then, it happened again. And again. “It took me nearly 15 years of going to doctor after doctor to finally receive adequate treatment,” Agha told The Atlantic. “It’s absurd that most people have never heard of a condition that one in 10 women have.” Agha was ultimately diagnosed with endometriosis, a condition in which the tissue that lines the inside of the uterus begins to grow outside, spreading to … Continue reading When Sex Is Excruciating

Did laughter make the mind?

A Jeep full of the Daughters of Charity in St Louis, Missouri in 1964. Photo by Bert Glinn/Magnum A psychological relief valve and a guard against despotism, laughter is a uniquely human – and collective – activity by Chris Knight is a British anthropologist. He is the author of Blood Relations: Menstruation and the Origins ofCulture (1991) and Decoding Chomsky: Science and Revolutionary Politics (2016). He lives in London. Edited by Sally Davies ‘All the acts of the drama of world history were performed before a chorus of the laughing people.’ From Rabelais and his World (1965) by Mikhail Bakhtin The central question that anthropologists ask can be stated … Continue reading Did laughter make the mind?

Chinese Monks Become “Sugar Babies” for Wealthy Women

Shi Yongxin, abbot of the Shaolin Temple, walks out of the monastery premises in in Dengfeng City, Henan Province, China, on April 7, 2005. (Cancan Chu/Getty Images) BY FRANK FANG, EPOCH TIMES In ancient China, monks lived a celibate spiritual life and devoted their time to Buddhist studies. But in modern-day China, some monks have led a sordid life at night while pretending to be religious practitioners during the day. Song Zude, a well-known Chinese entertainment critic, recently wrote on his Sina Weibo account, a platform similar to Twitter, that some Chinese temples have begun contracting out a unique service. A … Continue reading Chinese Monks Become “Sugar Babies” for Wealthy Women