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Despite its namesake, the herbivore man (草食(系)男子, translated literally to “Herbivorous man”) is not a vegetarian grazing through Japanese rice fields. Sociologist Maki Fukasawa coined the term in 2006 to describe males who had next to no interest in marriage or romantic relationships, but who are not asexual either.

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For some, the body is a vessel that allows us to perform many different activities and functions. For others, it can be a cage. As for me, I’ve always seen the body as a form of torture. I always saw my body as punishment from God. Or at least I used to.

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For commuters coming out of the Union Square subway station, the last thing they expected was to be greeted by volunteers in Buzzfeed-branded gloves and hats handing out newspapers. Buzzfeed went physical. From 5:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., “Buzzfeed Newsies” handed out almost 20,000 free copies of their 12-page newspaper.

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“Neon Genesis Evangelion” is an anime television series spearheaded by Studio Gainax and infamous director Hideaki Anno. Throughout its broadcast from October 1995 to March 1996, Japanese audiences were treated to a show that can be best described as psychological torment, as the show delved deeper into heavy themes of existence, loneliness, and social connection — culminating in a brutally abstract ending that shocked glued viewers into submission with its harsh and difficult-to-understand content.

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When I think of culture I think of pain — at least, for most of my life, I did. I felt this pain because the culture I was raised to appreciate, black culture, ended up being more oppressive and suppressive than understanding and progressive.

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