by Andrew Fiouzi These days, your table manners matter less than how you navigate the inevitable dinner conversation about politics I am, herein, seeking justice for my five-year-old self, who underwent military-grade table etiquette boot camp under the supervision of my loving but sometimes despotic father, a man who insisted that family dinners were a prime opportunity to teach his kids about class. I was young, impressionable and all I wanted was to fork some previously frozen peas that I didn’t even really want, without being told that I’m offensively gripping my fork. And so for him, but for us as … Continue reading ETIQUETTE IS A BULLSHIT CODE WRITTEN BY WEALTHY ARISTOCRATS, SO KEEP YOUR ELBOWS ON THE TABLE, FELLOW PEASANTS
Source: Image by simonwijers on Pixabay Vanity is not only a vice, it can also be a survival skill. by Teresa Ghilarducci Ph.D. Vanity is not only a vice, it can also be a survival skill. And not only for women. Older men have, for quite a while, faced age discrimination, and it will only get tougher when we enter a recession. An Exclusive Men-Only Club on Wall Street Age discrimination explains the discreet club in the financial sector at the heart of Wall Street. The club says “HCF” on the door and no women are allowed. The club is exclusively for … Continue reading Vanity Is a Virtue When Facing Age Discrimination
by Chris Bourn It’s a question that’s been asked for thousands of years and even shaped the beliefs of the Catholic Church — but the answers are still only semi-firm Behind a glass storefront, on a quiet residential street away from Reykjavik’s city-center throng, is perhaps the most penis-y place on Earth. The Icelandic Phallological Museum is a shrine to schlong that holds an impressive collection: Whale willies that look like Klan members’ hats; an elephant’s junk you could hit a home run with; a smattering of leathery human genitalia donated by their formerly very proud owners. Some exhibits are free-standing; some … Continue reading DOES YOUR DICK REALLY HAVE A MIND OF ITS OWN?
by Brian VanHooker Where we’re going, we don’t need… pajamas “What, did you sleep in your clothes again last night?” Marty McFly’s older brother asks him when Marty wakes in the new-and-improved 1985 at the end of Back to the Future. It’s clear from his brother’s inflection that this isn’t an acceptable behavior, but conventional wisdom — and scorn from a forgettable character in the greatest film of all time — aren’t enough for me. I want to know why this is unacceptable: If my lazy ass wants to pass out in my jeans, I feel I should be allowed to do so without societal … Continue reading WHY CAN’T WE JUST SLEEP IN OUR CLOTHES?
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?
by Andrew Fiouzi Chill out. No, really — if you want this to work, you need to calm the fuck down. If you’re at all like me, the sheer utterance of the word “mindfulness” makes your eyes glaze over, your brain shut off and your mind transport itself to a barren place, thoughtless and empty (a form of mindfulness in and of itself, I suppose). Sure, mindfulness has probably helped millions of people achieve a more fulfilling life, and theoretically speaking, the psychological underpinning of mindfulness — which prioritizes being present in every and all scenarios — is sound. But … Continue reading CAN YOU EXPLAIN WHAT MINDFUL SEX IS TO ME, AN AVERAGE GUY WHO WANTS TO CUM AS HARD AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE?
by Tracy Moore Justin and Hailey Bieber already think so — and it’s been only four months “The thing is, marriage is very hard,” aerodynamic light beam Hailey Baldwin told Vogue this month in an internet-shaking interview about the trials and tribulations of shackling oneself permanently to human plush toy Justin Bieber. “That is the sentence you should lead with. It’s really effing hard.” Effing hard, indeed. That much most of us know: Marriage isn’t always easy. The first year, it is widely understood (though certainly debated), is the hardest. There are good years and bad years. Even the best marriages face tough times. But, uh, … Continue reading HOW LONG DO YOU HAVE TO BE MARRIED TO CREDIBLY SAY MARRIAGE IS HARD?