Yea, it’s in a funny way, but does dispel many of the rumors (falsehoods) about hymens and sex. “People picture the hymen like it’s one of those paper banners at a sports game,” the video’s host, Emily, explains. “They think it covers up a lady’s vagina, and then when she has sex for the first time, it gets busted … Everything about that is wrong.” That misconception can lead to some pretty terrible things for women — all the way up to, in some parts of the world, humiliating “virginity tests”…read more
In 1959, a white journalist traveled the Deep South posing as a black man. The conditions horrified him.
In 1959, Texas journalist John Howard Griffin darkened his skin and lived for six weeks as a black man in the segregated South. In this week’s episode of the Futility Closet podcast we’ll describe his harrowing story and what it showed about the true state of race relations in America. John Howard Griffin (June 16, 1920 – September 9, 1980) was an American journalist and author, much of whose writing was about racial equality. He is best known for darkening his skin and journeying through Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia to experience segregation in the Deep South in 1959. He wrote…read more
A Lower Ninth resident invests everything he’s got Written by Gary Rivlin and drawn by Jackie Roche This story was supported by the journalism non-profit the Economic Hardship Reporting Project
IT’S 7 p.m. on a Friday night, and I’m still in the lab. Earlier in the day, as I was looking through old data, I unexpectedly found the answer to a question that I’d been trying to address for a year. It was one of those rare “eureka” moments in science. But it’s not as though in an instant a spotlight fell on the pictures of cells I’d been staring at, clearing up all mystery. No, this is the beginning of a new mystery, and I have to repeat months…read more