​You're Probably Thinking About Soul Mates All Wrong

Did you know that if love is a motivational poster — and obviously it is — then how you imagine that poster is pretty key, whether it's a cat hanging in there or soul mate scrawled in cursive on a scroll of destiny-weathered papyrus? And that if you believe in the latter, you're probably kinda screwed? Because maybe. » 8/05/14 2:40pm 8/05/14 2:40pm

Here's How to Never Lose An Argument Again

Are you ready to win an argument every time? Whether you're debating world peace, civil rights issues or who should have taken out the garbage on Monday night because it was their turn and no one should have to remind them because we are adults, Mark, and we do not live like animals, there's now a better way to argue.… » 7/28/14 6:30pm 7/28/14 6:30pm

Saying 'Uh,' 'Um,' And 'Like' Means You're Literally An Awesome Person

If you've ever been accused of not being eloquent because you use words such as "I mean" and "you know" while talking, you may now rejoice! A new study suggests that employing these verbal tics means that you're a thoughtful and conscientious person who cares about the honesty of your speech. » 7/22/14 6:30pm 7/22/14 6:30pm

Study: Being Cool in High School Is Bad For You

Just like your parents told you after that kid in homeroom made fun of your Yu-Gi-Oh binder, being cool in high school is very meaningless in the scheme of things — because we are all just insignificant specks in a vast and indifferent universe, but also because the "cool" kids tend to peak early. And now, at long… » 6/13/14 5:10pm 6/13/14 5:10pm

New Study Shows That Sex-Selective Abortion Bans Are Total Bullshit

Conservative lawmakers love using the phantom threat of sex-selective abortion to do what they do best, i.e., deprive women of reproductive freedom under the ridiculous guise of protecting all womynkind. In the past few years, six states have passed sex-selective abortion bans based on the uninformed, racist » 6/03/14 7:20pm 6/03/14 7:20pm

Experiencing the Thrill of Young Love Makes You Less Neurotic

Ah, the transformative power of love: that lovely phenomenon of two hearts beating in tender unison, metamorphosing this bleak and mundane world into a reality that's actually pretty chill. According to a new scientific study, this is a measurable psychological occurrence that actually happens, and not something that… » 5/12/14 6:30pm 5/12/14 6:30pm

​Here's Why You're Wearing More Makeup Than Everyone Thinks You Need To

When you leave home ready to face the public having spent five minutes or 50, you have artfully negotiated a far more complex arrangement than can be summed up in a study about how much makeup is the most attractive according to men, women, pets, postal workers, goldfish, or Bangor University students. Nonetheless,… » 4/29/14 12:00pm 4/29/14 12:00pm

Pubic Hair Grooming Injuries Have Increased Fivefold

In our time, uncertainty over What Should Be Done With Our Pubes has launched one thousand feminist think pieces (and, recently, a fleet of attention-seeking merkins to an American Apparel near you). In theory, I think the aestheticization of the hairless female body is interesting and quite telling. In practice,… » 1/20/14 5:45pm 1/20/14 5:45pm

Men Use Anger as a Manipulative Tool to Get What They Want

New research found that men in competitive scenarios will deliberately anger their opponents if they think it will help them win. The UCSD study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, explored the ways that emotions influence decision-making. Whatever you might think of emotional… » 1/16/14 6:40pm 1/16/14 6:40pm

Maria Shriver’s Report on Financially Insecure Women Is Pretty Grim

A cheery new report (which is so fancy and thorough that it has its own trailer) co-authored by Maria Shriver and the Center for American Progress has determined that approximately 42 million women in America are teetering on the brink of financial oblivion as they juggle caregiving (for parents as well as children… » 1/12/14 1:30pm 1/12/14 1:30pm

Hang On -- Does Anyone Actually Enjoy Sexting?

Young Americans are widely presumed to be sexting constantly — in class, at home, on a plane, on a train, while eating green eggs and ham. But, according to a new study, not all those dirty messages are sent out of an overabundance of hormones. Turns out there are a lot of unenthusiastic sexters out there. » 12/31/13 10:25am 12/31/13 10:25am

Your Tampons Probably Have Toxins in Them

Living in this day and age, one learns to accept that there are harmful chemicals in a lot of the things we surround ourselves with and ingest: there are toxins in cosmetics, in food, in cleaning products, and so on and so (terrifyingly) forth. So, while it's probably not surprising that feminine care products —… » 12/23/13 2:30pm 12/23/13 2:30pm