– Sometimes Maureen Dowd reminds me that she’s a talented and powerful writer under all the petty bullshit. This column on rape culture and violence against young women is one of those times.

– When did bondage imagery become so mainstream? And what will the coming DSM-V say about paraphilia? Find out in Carl Frankel’s history of the acceptability of BDSM in America.

– In a study that begs all sorts of questions about the scientific method, scientists prove that women “manipulate” men with orgasm sounds. The paper is titled, “Evidence to Suggest that Copulatory Vocalizations in Women Are Not a Reflexive Consequence of Orgasm.”  Gotta love science.

– Speaking of the construction of scientific facts, there is a new kind of cloud. Undulatus Asperatus. Otherwise known as the most ominous thing ever known to man.

– Tangentially, Jocelyn Bain Hogg’s photos of British firm members are alternately beautiful and repulsive, but always compelling.

– Check out this interview with mysterious Italian novelist/prankster collective Wu Ming if you’ve ever wondered if British loyalists deserve more sympathy. Or even if you haven’t, because that isn’t really something we wonder about.

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