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In Afghanistan, where having a son is vital for any respectable family, little girls are sometimes disguised and raised as boys.  Here, journalist Jenny Nordberg investigates this complicated cultural game of hidden identity. One of the eager-looking twins nods to reaffirm her words. Then she turns to her sister. She agrees. Yes, it is true. She can confirm it.fgha They are two 10-year-old identical girls, each with black hair, squirrel eyes, and a few small freckles. We are sitting on a gold-embroidered sofa in their home in...
The outside of BotanaCare is unassuming, almost forgettable; the large building sits in an industrial park by the highway in Northglenn, Colorado. But things get more interesting when you approach the front doors. It has two, actually, marked “Recreational” and “Medical.” Walking into the recreational lobby, which sits next door to the medical suite, the smell of marijuana, thick and nearly overpowering, hits you, hard. There, several customers are sitting anxiously, eager to get their product. They’re mostly men under the age of 30, some...
Ye Olde Beauty Before BB cream and lip balm, women in olden times used some, uh, creative products in their beauty routines, including squashed bugs, lead powder, crocodile dung, and arsenic. The cosmetics industry has come a long way, but there are some ingredients from way-back-when that’ve stood the test of time and are still available to slather all over yourself: Donkey’s Milk: Cleopatra bathed in ass’ milk in an attempt to reduce wrinkles, and it’s contained in creams sold across Europe today. Rich in vitamin C and...
A Big Dinner Doesn't Need to be a Big Deal Don’t you hate it when you go to someone’s home for a holiday supper and they greet you in a spotless house, fresh as a daisy, then proceed to dole out a gourmet feast as if fairies snuck in and did all the cooking? Well, it’s entirely possible that either fairies or the nearest gourmet take-out joint did the work; after all, everyone gets frazzled when it comes to special-occasion cooking. But have no fear, holiday...
From Mean Girls to Masters of Sex, actress Lizzy Caplan’s career is filled with roles women love to watch. Here, she opens up about jealousy, Michael Sheen’s amazing birthday gift, and pissing off Kim Jong-Un. “I’m dressed like a 12-year-old boy but feeling like a 90-year-old woman,” Lizzy Caplan tells me as she settles down across from me at a fancypants West Hollywood restaurant. Clad in a pair of green overalls and a crop top, the 32-year-old actress looks more like an 18-year-old girl than a tween...