Longform Editorial


Anti-Trump Witches and 4Chan Magicians Are Battling Over the Future of America

While witches gather nationwide to cast a binding spell upon our new president, a mysterious 4chan cult claims to have gotten Trump elected through the power of Pepe the Frog and his connection to an ancient Egyptian god.
Callie Beusman
mental health

When You Have Body Dysmorphia, Coping Through Plastic Surgery Can Be a Nightmare

For people with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), who obsessively fixate on their perceived physical flaws, cosmetic surgery often seems like a viable solution. But instead, it often causes symptoms to worsen, trapping BDD patients in an endless...
Stephanie Dubick

The Trans Women Who Become Lesbians After Years as Gay Men

While researchers have yet to determine whether changes in hormones lead to changes in sexual orientation, for many trans lesbians, the logic is clear: If you don't have to live as a man anymore, why would you date them?
Diana Tourjée

Letters from Women Pleading for Abortion, Sent in 1917, Mirror Emails Sent Today

In the early 1900s, desperate American women wrote letters to the founder of Planned Parenthood begging for help with unwanted pregnancies. A century later, they're sending eerily similar messages to an international abortion-by-mail service.
Callie Beusman
love is a hoax

What Sex Guides Say About Our Changing Ideas on Sex

Unlike the sexist, paternalistic, and homophobic tips and tricks of the past, a new crop of inclusive advice books aims to show readers that sex is whatever you want it to be.
Christine Ro
Science of Love

In Search Of the Orgasm Note, the Mythic Note That Makes Women Come

Rumor has it, there’s a musical note that makes women involuntarily orgasm. But is there any truth to the claims? We embarked on a mostly scientific investigation.
Sirin Kale

When Does Drunk Sex Become Rape?

In her first semester at the University of Portland, Clara Ell says that her classmate sexually assaulted her while she was too incapacitated to consent. He insists they had consensual sex—and, in a subsequent disciplinary hearing, school...
Leah Sottile

When Your Baby Dies in a Home Daycare, Who's to Blame?

When Kathryn Martin first placed her three-month-old daughter, Kellie Rynn, in a home daycare center, she thought she had no reason to fear. A month later, Kellie Rynn suffocated in her sleep. Though the coroner's report lists Kellie Rynn's death as an...
Cecilia D’Anastasio

Wrestling with Demons: The Story of Chyna's Final Days

Since the WWE icon died of a drug and alcohol overdose on the same day as Prince, a battle has emerged over whether America will remember her as a groundbreaking feminist athlete or a reality TV tragedy.
Mitchell Sunderland
Criminal Justice

Wombs as Crime Scenes: What Happens When Pregnant Women Lose Their Civil Rights

This month, Anna Yocca was released from jail, following over a year of incarceration. Though her case may seem extreme, it's really the most recent high-profile example of a troubling new trend: women being arrested and prosecuted—and often accused of...
Rebecca Grant

Marching As One: People Around the World on Why They Joined the Women’s March

Over a million people in the US participated in the Women's March, but they weren't alone. People from protests in six different countries tell us why they're also taking a stand against Trump.
Zing Tsjeng

When Does Obsessive Daydreaming Become a Mental Illness?

Some people say they are hopelessly addicted to their complex, vivid daydreams—despite the ruinous effect on their everyday lives. Meet the 'maladaptive daydreaming' community, and the psychiatrist fighting to legitimize their plight.
Rebecca Kamm