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politics

'What Happened' Perfectly Illustrates Why Clinton Lost—Just Not on Purpose

In trying to reckon with her loss, Hillary Clinton doubles down on the same hollow rhetoric and questionable politics that contributed to it.
Jamie Peck
9.15.17
Social Media
Social Media

How Instagram Makes You Basic, Boring, and Completely Deranged

By now, most people are familiar with the bad tendencies Instagram encourages: self-absorption, stalking, pastel-pink blandness. Two recent works—a novel, "Sympathy," and a film, "Ingrid Goes West"—take this as their subject.
Lauren Oyler
8.30.17
reproductive rights
reproductive rights

What It's Like to Risk Death and Jail Time to Get an Illegal Abortion

Abortion is banned almost without exception in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but countless women still terminate their pregnancies illegally and dangerously. Fatima was one of them.
Laura Kasinof
8.28.17
occult
occult

What Happened When I Tried to Use Crystals to Improve My Life

I skeptically set out to see whether crystals—which science classifies as "literally just rocks"—could alter my mental state for the better and ended up enthusiastically drinking water "purified" by a stone I had soaked in it for 24 hours.
Gabby Bess
8.24.17
Charlottesville
Charlottesville

What It Was Like to Witness the Terror and Hatred on Display at Charlottesville

Activists reflect on spending a weekend in a town besieged by white supremacists and experiencing a domestic terror attack.
Callie Beusman
Zing Tsjeng
8.14.17
Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice

After Abuse and Prison, a Woman Faces Deportation to a Country She's Never Been To

Ny Nourn has spent the last 16 years incarcerated for her role in a murder perpetrated by her ex, a man twice her age who she says violently abused her. She was paroled earlier this year—but now she faces being deported to Cambodia.
Victoria Law
8.10.17
HEALTH
HEALTH

America's Health Care System Kills People—But It Doesn't Have to Be This Way

In Australia, vital services like cancer treatments are free; in the US, countless people struggle to even get screened. We spoke to cancer patients in both countries about the drastic difference single-payer health insurance can make.
Gabby Bess
8.9.17
reproductive rights
reproductive rights

The Hardest Part of Getting My Tubes Tied Was Making Doctors Take Me Seriously

I have no desire to have kids, and most traditional methods of birth control cause me pain and discomfort. It took me 13 years to find a doctor who listened when I said I wanted to undergo a tubal ligation.
Alejandra Mattoni
7.31.17
HEALTH
HEALTH

Living with Endometriosis, an Agonizing Disease with No Known Cause or Cure

For most of her life, Chloe has struggled with debilitating periods. When she was 25, she finally went to the hospital. It took four years to diagnose her. Why won't doctors take menstrual pain seriously?
Rosa Furneaux
7.27.17
prison
prison

How the Cruel Campaign to End 'Conjugal' Visits Hurts Incarcerated Moms Most

For many incarcerated women, overnight family visits are the only chance to spend substantial time with their children. Though these programs are vital and successful, they're often painted as unnecessary or extravagant by conservative critics.
Katie Rose Quandt
7.26.17
Opinion
Opinion

The Dept. of Education Is Taking Misogynists More Seriously Than Rape Survivors

I work with a rape survivor advocacy group that was barred from meeting with Betsy DeVos yesterday. Watching her Department of Education meet with "men's rights" groups and spout rape myths isn't just disheartening—it's dangerous.
Sejal Singh
7.14.17
history
history

The First Ladies Who Brought the Occult to the White House

Over the years, several presidents' wives—including Mary Todd Lincoln and Nancy Reagan—turned to spiritual practices like seances and astrology.
Amanda Arnold
7.12.17