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Jun 3
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The Relics of the Confederacy Burn

As protests swelled around America in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, a common theme emerged among the targets in southern states: Confederate monuments. Activists in Birmingham, Alabama toppled one statute and attempted to bring down an obelisk, the Confederate Sailors and Soldiers Monument, that had been

Jun 1
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J.C. Penney and the End of America's Middle Class

Nearly every one of the 1,374 pages in the J.C. Penney catalog from Fall/Winter 1977 hammers home a single word: value. Dress shoes are “Pretty to Look at... Supple and Comfortable to Wear... and Sensibly Priced.” Coordinating separates “mix and match with classic ease. Nicely tailored with rich fashion accents” and

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May 28
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Since the dawn of the modern cosmetics industry, makeup manufacturers have been selling systems that promised to fix your face in its entirety. But few modern brands are quite so thorough as the offerings of the 1930s that promised to guide you to the ideal face—though the power of science!

May 27
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Who's Ready for This Horny Mae West Documentary?

A PBS documentary on Mae West—national treasure, fur stole icon—will be released on June 16, which is not a moment too soon. If hours of footage of Ms. West spitting bawdy one-liners like “A hard man is good to find” isn’t a balm for our grubby, unshowered souls, what is?

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May 26
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A Brief History of Cameltoe

Several weeks ago, having embraced the excuse to swear off zippers and buttons for the foreseeable future, I bought a few pairs of discounted yoga pants. When they arrived, I excitedly ripped off the tags and tried them on, only to discover an inexplicably dramatic crotch seam that divides as the thin, clinging fabric

May 20
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Get in Shape Girl: A Century of Working Out from Home
Natalia Mehlman Petrzela
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My husband emerged from the basement the other day, glowing and incredulous, and exclaimed: “Did you realize you can actually do a whole, legitimately good yoga class right at home?” A one-time college athlete, he used to hit the gym daily. But now, weeks into quarantine, he remains impressed by the endless

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May 19
3
<i>Rodham</i> Is Pantsuit Nation Erotica

Reliving the events of the 2016 election holds little appeal four years after the fact. Donald Trump presidency’s felt unfathomable then, and now the abysmal decision-making of his administration is the nation’s shared burden. Fantasizing about what might’ve been is just depressing. But Hillary Clinton’s most ardent

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