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Why We're So Obsessed with 'Natural' Childbirth

A new history of Lamaze explains the origins of the mythology

A new history of the Lamaze technique explain the origins of our earth-mother, natural-birth fantasies.

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Apparently Having an Opinion about Sex Is Now a Taboo

Maybe, possibly, there’s something wrong with your idea of what is sexy.

Jesse Bering's new book, Perv, puts forward a rigidly harm-reduction approach to sexual morality (although at times his theories seem to be proposing the normalisation of child abuse images). But tolerance alone isn't enough. Shouldn't wanting to be free to have thoughts and feelings about sex be a positive thing? 

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ADHD Does Not Exist

An illness cannot be defined by it's symptoms, but for decades, that's what's happened.

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At the turn of the twentieth century, Gabriele D'Annunzio was as famous as any writer alive and certainly as well-sexed. If his personal example was naughty, his political example was dangerous.

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How many biscuits did it take to beat Napoleon? 83,428.

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He says he was never much of a Party guy, but that's just because he never really stood for anything.

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We read Alain de Botton so you don't have to.

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Was Jane Austen a Game Theorist? Author Michael Suk-Young Chwe responds to William Deresiewicz's review of Jane Austen, Game Theorist. 

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Is anyone really buying Mein Kampf?

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The best 9/11 novel is a comic one

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