Tag: History

The First Lesbian Porn and 10 Other Revealing Artifacts from Lesbian History

(L) Photo by Saskia Scheffer, courtesy Lesbian Herstory Archives; (R) photographer unknown, courtesy Lesbian Herstory Archives.  In the early 1970s, thrumming with the excitement and possibilities of the gay liberation movement, a group of New York lesbians started to take stock of their community. They realized that, like any other marginalized group, if they wanted to preserve […]

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Exposé Entertainment Is the Surprise Hit of the Summer

This week, Jody Rosen published a long investigative article in The New York Times Magazine about a 2008 fire at a Universal Music Group vault that, he showed, consumed a significant portion of the label’s master tapes. It’s written in the classical exposé style, using documentary evidence to rip apart a cover-up by UMG, which […]

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Who Owns the Crusades?

Is there a historical episode less understood by the general public and more urgently in need of clarification than the Crusades? To some on the right, the Crusades prefigured the modern wars that have been cast as “civilizational” clashes, such as the so-called war on terrorism. That stereotype relies upon a yet broader myth, an […]

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The Failure to Define Fascism Today

“You can’t define it as good or bad,” Caio Mussolini, great-grandson of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, told reporters on May 8, discussing fascism during his run for the European Parliament. Fascism was a “complicated, nuanced period.” It’s not the first time the dictator’s progeny have defended him. Last October, granddaughter Alessandra Mussolini, a member of […]

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The king behind Machu Picchu built his legacy in stone

Popular Science’s new series, The Builders, takes you behind the construction tape to reveal the individuals responsible for history’s greatest architectural works. Glance at an Incan brick, and you’ll notice there’s very little that’s conventionally bricklike about it. There are no right angles, no proper corners. And it’s not a rectangle at all, but a […]

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Jaguar to End XJ Production; Company Promises a Resurrection

Once the sedan of choice for discerning Anglophiles and 1980s crime-fighting New Yorkers played by Edward Woodward, Jaguar’s XJ has seen a long fall from grace. This summer, the stately model officially hits the ground. Amid tanking sales for both it and its sedan stablemates, the Jaguar XJ will cease production in a matter of […]

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Trump’s Military Threats Aren’t Going to Keep “America First”

A week ago, President Donald Trump was threatening to wipe Iran off the map: “If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran,” he tweeted. This week, the president has seemed more moderate, reportedly complaining that National Security Adviser John Bolton has pushed the administration’s policy too far toward military action […]

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Learn the Right Lessons from Naomi Wolf’s Book Blunder

Many people reacted with glee, witnessing the excruciating embarrassment of Naomi Wolf as her book was debunked on live radio last week. The forthcoming Outrages: Sex, Censorship and the Criminalization of Love deals with the persecution of homosexuality and emerging gay identity in Victorian England. It leans heavily on a number of criminal prosecutions of […]

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TT Is Toast: Audi’s Smallest Model Has a Date With Death As Automaker Sheds ‘Old Baggage’

It’s the end of an era. Earlier this year, Mercedes-Benz announced the death of the SLC (formerly SLK) roadster, and today Audi announced it will do the same to its own two-seat roadster and four-place coupe. The TT first appeared in late 1998, bringing youthful excitement and distinctive design to the brand’s sedan-heavy lineup. It […]

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