Living Dangerously: What It’s Like to Be Gay in Iran


The following article was originally published in Vocativ. It is reproduced  here entirely without any editing, other than to fit our format.  We acknowledge and thank Vocative as well as the author Sune Engel Rasmussen for their excellent journalism.

It is possible to be gay and live under a repressive regime that is always threatening to out you, or worse. But it’s a lot like walking a tightrope: scary and fraught with risks

A retired colonel in the Iranian Air…

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They Prostitute Their Girls: The Bedia


photo credit: Renu Parkhi (ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)

by Rita Banerji

While India’s loathing of daughters leads to more than a million female feticides each year, and the killing of thousands of new born girls, the Bedia is one community that wants girls.

When a woman is pregnant, the family hopes it will be a girl.  Not a boy.

What makes the Bedia’s stance on girls different from that of the rest of India?

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“My seed has too much dignity to be in the company of the rest of useless humanity” and other insights on marriage and sperm from

we hunted the mammoth

Gosh, who would ever have expected that this guy might prove popular with unhinged MRA types? Gosh, who would ever have thought that this guy might prove to be popular with unhinged MRA types?

So while poking about the manosphere today I followed a link from an obscure Men’s Rights blog over to Alex Jones’ Infowars site — specifically to the comments on a news article about a study that claims internet porn is destroying marriage.

Jones, as you may know, is essentially the king of the world’s conspiracy theorists, no naturally I expected his commenters to be pretty unhinged. What I didn’t realize is that they would also all be Men’s Rights Activists.

Well, maybe they don’t all call themselves that, but they certainly think like MRAs; several even linked to a site for Men Going Their Own Way.

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How the First Successful Kidney Transplant Happened


When Richard Herrick was only 23, he had diagnosed kidney disease and a bleak prognosis for the rest of his life. As TIME summed it up, “Only a surgical miracle could give him hope of lasting relief and near-normal life.”

At the time, organ transplants were rare and temporary. They were meant to help the individual until their own kidney could recover, and the body typically rejected them. But Herrick had an identical twin brother, Ronald, and a courageous medical team at what is now Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston who decided to take the risk and transplant Richard with one of Ronald’s kidneys. The surgery took about 5 hours, on Dec. 23, 1954 — exactly 60 years ago.

It worked, and Richard lived for eight more years. One of the lead surgeons, Dr. John Murray, was awarded the Nobel Prize for his work in organ transplantation.


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