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Why OkCupid’s Trump Filter is Bad for Romance

To celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, the online dating website OkCupid introduced new features designed to help users “connect on a deeper level.” The changes include a new category of questions for users to answer, which in turn gives potential matches a better understanding of their personalities and—most crucially —their political beliefs. OkCupid users can … Continued

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Marrying Yourself is Now a Thing

Suppose you are scripting a “millennial” character for a satirical novel or screenplay. You’d probably give them a name like Harper Stone Evans-Jubilee, and try to come up with a job description that would embody the navel-gazing decadence of her generation. Maybe you’d come up with something like “self-wedding planner,” before quickly scrapping the idea. … Continued

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Get Ready for Celebrities to Start Making Fun of POTUS Again

Daily Show host Trevor Noah interviewed President Obama on Monday night’s episode. The ratings-challenged show promoted the president’s appearance on social media, for obvious reasons. Monday at 11/10c! pic.twitter.com/H4vSFxjcmX — The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) December 11, 2016   You can kind of get a sense for how the interview is going to go. tfw President … Continued

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Sorry, Millennials. Monogamy is Not a “Spectrum”

You have probably noticed there are certain activities—or “lifestyles,” if you insist—that tend to produce an excessive amount of insufferable disciples who tend to ruin social encounters by refusing to shut up about it. They are vegetarians, vegans, marathon runners, cross fitters, socialists, libertarians, Silicon Valley bros, and people who pretend to know things about … Continued

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A Brief History of Bro Culture

What is a “bro,” exactly? The word is everywhere. It seems as though people have started tacking “bro” onto other words almost at random. You have frat bros, lax bros, and sailor bros, obviously. There’s also chill bros, fencing bros, beach bros, surfer bros, poker bros, yoga bros, tweed bros, Brooklyn bros, biker bros, hiker … Continued

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Racially Segregated Housing, Sex Bans, and Speech Codes: Welcome to College!

You might not have noticed with all the yelling and childish behavior going on in the presidential election these last few weeks, but college students are back on campus for another semester. Let us hope they have recovered from whatever problematic assaults were visited upon their sensibilities while existing for an entire summer outside the … Continued

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Hillary: The Candidate Who Cried Misogyny

Hillary Clinton is having a bad month of September. The FBI summary of its interview with the former Secretary of State regarding her secretive email practices was not flattering, and her appearance at an NBC presidential forum was underwhelming. Then, on Sunday, after dismissing concerns about her health as “conspiracy theories,” Clinton nearly collapsed at … Continued

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How to Make the Perfect Online Dating Profile

Everyone’s doing online dating these days. Here’s a guide for how to make a cool profile. You’re welcome! Photo 1: A duo selfie with your (no offense) objectively more attractive and (preferably) much shorter friend. Photo 2: A large group photo of same attractive friend and at least nine other people of the same gender … Continued

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Tinder’s Reverse Sexism and the Male Self Esteem Deficit

Tinder and other online dating apps are, conceptually speaking, less sophisticated versions of Pokémon Go. They both involve catching strange creatures with magic while staring at your phone, as far as I can tell. At least Pokémon Go gives you an incentive to go outside. Because there’s nothing forcing you to actually go on any … Continued

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Blink-182 and the Silliness of Middle-Aged Rocker Angst

If you were an angsty teenager like me in the mid-to-late 1990s / early 2000s timeframe, finely attuned to all of life’s unfair absurdities—for example, your baseball coach was kind of a jerk, your English teacher just didn’t understand why that poem you wrote was actually deeply poignant and profound, your parents belonged to the … Continued

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