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  1. exit interview
    Search Party Finally Grows UpOver five seasons, the millennial satire became the truest thing on television.
  2. feature
    When Girl Power Meets SobrietyCan Holly Whitaker help women quit drinking better than AA can?
  3. interview
    ‘Ghislaine Maxwell Is Worse Than Epstein’Virginia Giuffre reacts to the conviction she knows is long overdue.
  4. power
    My Illegal AbortionOne woman’s pre-Roe abortion story is a chilling look into our increasingly possible future.
  5. appreciation
    Joan Didion’s Greatest Two-Word SentenceThe power of an ice-cold, unflinching gaze.
  6. extremely online
    The Rise of the Tabulated SelfI saw the best minds of my generation being uploaded onto “second-brain” apps.
  7. power
    How One Family Benefited From the Child Tax CreditNewliz Hernandez couldn’t have gone back to work without this program. Now it may be doomed.
  8. self
    We’re Living Through a Maternal Mental Health CrisisPostpartum depression and anxiety skyrocketed in the pandemic’s early days. It hasn’t really gotten any better.
  9. in memoriam
    Reaching for bell hooks in the DarknessShe left more of herself to all of us than any Black woman could ever owe to anybody.
  10. parenthood
    Can Anyone Tell Me If I Should Take Prozac While Pregnant?The mental health of pregnant people is vital to the health of the baby. So why the hell don’t we know more?
  11. year in review
    The Cut’s 20 Most-Read Stories in 2021The stories our readers were most deeply engaged with this year, including an escape from a cult, a Wikifeet mystery, and the world’s worst roommate.
  12. forget that boy
    West Side Story Can’t Be SavedThe 2021 revival has been lauded by critics. It just left me aching for authentic Puerto Rican stories.
  13. crime
    Domestic Violence Survivors Don’t Just ‘Snap’Mindy Dodd was convicted of murdering her abuser. Then came the TV cameras.
  14. abortion
    What’s Next for the Extreme Texas Abortion Ban?The Supreme Court allowed the law to stand, but also ruled that providers can challenge it in court.
  15. power
    Don’t Blame Alice SeboldIt’s our carceral system that sent an innocent man to prison.
  16. encounter
    At Jamian Juliano-Villani’s New Gallery O’Flaherty’s, ‘Taste Is Out the Door’The painter and her pals thought the art world had gotten too prissy. “This is the thing. No one’s doing anything cool.”
  17. cut covers
    Kirsten Dunst Doesn’t Need Your OscarsThe actress is back in her biggest role yet — which isn’t a knock on her résumé. It’s a testament to her talent.
  18. self
    Would You Share Your Frozen Eggs?For some women, planning for the future means co-creating someone else’s present.
  19. from the archives
    Sexual Assault in the AmazonAs the ayahuasca tourism industry grows, so do accounts of abuse.
  20. spring fashion 2017
    What Does Virgil Abloh Know?His haute-streetwear line Off-White has a cultish following, but the clothes aren’t the point.
  21. power
    The Monster America MadeKyle Rittenhouse thought he was living the story of a good guy with a gun because everything in our society told him as much.
  22. nightlife
    The Sex Parties Really Are Better Than EverOptimists predicted a horny free-for-all post-lockdown. They were right.
  23. celebrity beauty encyclopedia
    An Encyclopedia of Celebrity Beauty BrandsHere are over 50 products that famous people have made for your face.
  24. gone viral
    What Happened at Carmine’sA confrontation between a host and dining patrons slid neatly into every outrage narrative of 2021. Maybe a bit too neatly.
  25. encounter
    The Texas Pastor Preaching About Abortion RightsAmelia Fulbright has been taking a stand for years. More and more clergy are joining her.
  26. power
    The Fight of Meghan Markle’s LifeThe duchess’s battle with tabloids and trolls is about more than just her right to privacy.
  27. dream date
    Lee Pace Is Trolling You BackThe actor is enjoying his time as a thirst object.
  28. power
    Puerto Rico’s Loudest Whisper NetworkFed up with a broken justice system, the organizers of an Instagram account started naming alleged abusers. Then one of the accused killed himself.
  29. encounter
    Huma Abedin Is Ready to Tell You Who She IsThroughout a public career and an even more public marriage, the political confidante has remained an enigma, until now.
  30. tomorrow
    Weathering the WeatherMental-health professionals are trying to figure out how to talk about the climate.
  31. cut covers
    This Is Cynthia Erivo’s DestinyThe multi-hyphenate powerhouse talks to Misty Copeland about dreaming big and making it all come true — over and over again.
  32. power
    Katie Couric Is Not for EveryoneAfter her long career as America’s beloved morning-news anchor, she has decided to write a wild, unflinching memoir focused on the messy parts. Why?
  33. in(tense) conversation
    Talking About Abortion With My MomI’m the reason she’s against it, she says. She’s the reason why I don’t agree.
  34. power
    The Cover-up MachineActivists in Aurora, Colorado, wanted justice for Elijah McClain. Instead, they found themselves facing decades in prison.
  35. self
    Giving Birth in the End TimesWriter Emily Holleman stares down the apocalypse and into the terrifying optimism of motherhood.
  36. power
    What About the Missing Women Who Look Like Me?As a Native woman, I’ve lost so many loved ones to predatory men. None of them received the media coverage they deserved.
  37. power
    School Nurses on What’s Really Happening in Classrooms“Parents are just sending kids to school sick. They know that they’re sick, and they will downright lie.”
  38. celebrity
    What I Learned About R. Kelly’s Biggest FansWhen I heard they were attending the singer’s trial to show their support, I had to go see for myself.
  39. power
    Simone Biles Chose Herself“I should have quit way before Tokyo.”
  40. encounter
    Where Are Indigenous Designers in the Met’s New Exhibit?Korina Emmerich is the only one included in “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion.”
  41. mfw spring 2022
    Why Kim Jones of Fendi Looked to an Artist From the ’60sThe work of Antonio Lopez inspired the latest collection. The timing is more than symbolic.
  42. feature
    She Used Drugs While Pregnant. Should She Be in Prison?After having a stillbirth, Adora Perez was charged with murder.
  43. style
    Where Were the Hijabs on the Met Gala Red Carpet?This year’s Met Gala theme attempted to be inclusive of all American identities except for mine.
  44. power
    The U.N.’s Own Humanitarian CrisisFour years after promising to address its internal “scourge” of sexual misconduct, the multinational institution remains in conflict with itself.
  45. 9/11: 20 years later
    The Patriot Act and MeAs a kid, I tried out photography. Then the FBI searched my home.
  46. in the name of the father
    The Pandemic Turned Me Into a WitchNothing calms isolation anxiety like a spell.
  47. style
    The People Who Make Those $10,000 Couture GownsThe American fashion community is more than just its designers.
  48. black beauty matters
    The Beautiful Language of BraidsBlack hairstylists and creative muses open up about their love for the iconic style.
  49. style
    The Global Pursuit of a Bigger ButtThe frenzy for curves that replicate — and distort — Black beauty ideals.
  50. here comes the bride
    ‘My Parents Wouldn’t Get Vaxxed to Attend My Wedding’Vaccine drama is tearing relationships apart — and the damage could be permanent.
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