So Much For The Whole “Land of the Free” Thing.

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US incarceration rates compared to the rest of the world.

Exile From Guyville: A Reflection

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Paul Zakrzewski—when confronted with the evidence that he wasn’t much of a man—reflects on the ongoing revolution for men.

Life As Ronnie

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James Stafford remembers the friend he–and society–left behind.

Swimming with Sharks

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“For the first time in my life, the prospect of approaching an attractive woman did not fill me with mortal dread.” For his next two years at college, Andy Bodle proceeded to do nothing but.

Secrets and Smokes at Two Minutes to Midnight

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Kenny Bodanis is a father of two small children: nowadays, he craves sleep. But 25 years ago, up late with his friends, it was a different story.

The Sophisticate

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Kile Ozier was encouraged to cultivate a taste for alcohol at home. Without the pressures of a political life in the closet and a killer epidemic, it might not have become a problem … .

Adolescent Humiliation

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Andy Bodle fights and flees the pecking order.

The Science of Love

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Why has it taken us so long to learn so little about how and why we have sex?

On Turning 40

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Have the Baby Boomers ruined aging for the rest of us?

Last Place

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How do you come to love the place you call home?

A Cloak, a Scythe, and Sweet Halloween Revenge

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After a viewing of Children of the Corn, Joanna Schroeder and her dad hatch a plan to scare the living shit out of her older brother and his friends in true Halloween fashion.

The Chase

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Alex Pollack has a history of obsessively pursuing the girls and women he forms crushes on.

Dude, Where’s Your Penis?

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Greg White has a much-anticipated moment with an infamous flasher.

We Don’t Want to Play Anymore

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David Olimpio wanted to be a spy when he grew up. Now he’s glad he left violent games in boyhood, and worries about the men who did not.

Old Bar Books and Braces

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Norteamericano, the braces and the cocktail, courtesy of John Tinseth, The Trad, and the 1980s.

My Father’s Ponytails: A Love Story

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My father wants me to mix his ashes with the ponytails that he has saved in plastic bags. All things considered, this seems like a reasonable final directive.