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  1. abortion
    What’s Next for the Extreme Texas Abortion Ban?The Justice Department has filed an emergency request to block the unconstitutional law.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 9/11: 20 years later
    The Patriot Act and MeAs a kid, I tried out photography. Then the FBI searched my home.
  5. in the name of the father
    The Pandemic Turned Me Into a WitchNothing calms isolation anxiety like a spell.
  6. style
    The People Who Make Those $10,000 Couture GownsThe American fashion community is more than just its designers.
  7. black beauty matters
    The Beautiful Language of BraidsBlack hairstylists and creative muses open up about their love for the iconic style.
  8. style
    The Global Pursuit of a Bigger ButtThe frenzy for curves that replicate — and distort — Black beauty ideals.
  9. 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.
  10. guilty pleasures
    I Hate How Much I Love My SkimsKim Kardashian West offends me to my core. She also makes maddeningly good shapewear.
  11. black beauty matters
    The Los Angeles Woman Bringing Beauty to the HomelessGetting to know Beauty 2 the Streetz founder Shirley Raines.
  12. fall fashion
    Peter Do Is Building a Fashion Company in His Own ImageThe designer’s first-ever runway show will anchor the return of New York Fashion Week.
  13. departures
    Does Anyone Want to Be an Editor-in-Chief Anymore?The hottest new trend in fashion is working in tech.
  14. crime
    What We Know About the Killing of Elijah McClainTwo years after a 23-year-old Black man died after a brutal encounter with police, those officers finally face charges.
  15. fall fashion
    My Endless Search for American FashionWhen I started my career, I saw the potential for an American style that was beautiful, uncomplicated, and singular. Where has it gone?
  16. #girlpower
    The Demise of the GirlbossThe trope was infantilizing, sexist, and a pitfall of corporate feminism. But for many women, it was also essential.
  17. fall fashion
    The Red-Pilling of Kitson, the Celebrity Go-To of the AughtsIt was where Paris and Lindsay shopped for Von Dutch hats and Juicy sweat suits. Now its owner is pushing something even more popular: conspiracies.
  18. fashion
    They Invented the SupermodelThese ten women were the first Black models to appear on magazine covers and in major ad campaigns and open runway shows — transforming the industry.
  19. fall fashion
    Naomi Campbell Is UndisputedAt 51, the supermodel is discovering what comes after global icon.
  20. editor’s letter
    Is There Room for Fashion Criticism in a Racist Industry?For her first “Fashion Issue” as editor-in-chief of the Cut, Lindsay Peoples Wagner reflects on a broken industry.
  21. power
    The Real Reason Black Mothers Are Being Pushed to BreastfeedEfforts to close the racial breastfeeding gap are more complicated than they appear.
  22. delta variant
    Does Anyone Want to Hear About Burned-Out Moms Anymore?There’s more pressure than ever to get back to normal, but we’re still here, and we’re not okay.
  23. work
    What Happens When All Your Co-workers Quit?As a record number of Americans leave their jobs, those who can’t are working themselves sick.
  24. power
    ‘I’m Afraid the Taliban Will Kill Me’An Afghan woman tells the Cut what it’s like hiding from militants at her home in Kabul.
  25. black beauty matters
    Nail Art Is More Than a Style Statement — It’s Black History and CultureFive nail artists and their muses share what elaborate manicures mean to them.
  26. mental health
    Meet My Multiple MesPeople with dissociative identity disorder have started presenting their selves on YouTube to rapturous fans.
  27. everybody hurts
    The Diary of a Teenage AdultPandemic dating made me feel feelings I hadn’t felt in years.
  28. self
    Thank You for Talking About Your BotoxAn ode to the public service of keeping it real.
  29. art and soul
    An Awakening in AspenColorado’s frenetic art scene is drawing comparisons to the Hamptons and Palm Beach, but it’s also facing familiar growing pains.
  30. fiction
    Other People’s KitchensIn this original piece of fiction from Bryan Washington, a private chef spends lockdown cooking for Houston’s wealthiest.
  31. power
    USA Gymnastics Isn’t in Charge of Its FutureSimone Biles’s moves at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are a sign of what’s to come for the sport, its governing body, and its athletes.
  32. power
    We’re Done Here It’s time for Andrew Cuomo to go.
  33. first person
    Ballet LessonsYears after I quit, I’m still plagued by my own relentless perfectionism.
  34. cut covers
    Sandra Oh Is SpeakingThe acting great on entering the “mother chapter” of her career, challenging the unbelievable pressure of being a modern woman, and more.
  35. crime
    They Thought They Were Lucky to Get an AppointmentDr. Joseph Silverman was renowned for treating young girls with anorexia. But patients in his care allege he raped them repeatedly.
  36. first person
    I Still Worry That I’ll Be NextA lifetime of being taught to fear sexual assault didn’t make it easier for me to call what happened by its name.
  37. restorative justice
    Can ‘Bad Men’ Ever Change?Would face-to-face meetings between a victim and an abuser — a form of restorative justice — help a society overwhelmed with toxic behavior?
  38. it’s a dog’s market
    It’s a Dog’s MarketAdopting used to be a good thing that good people could do. These days, you’re probably not good enough.
  39. encounter
    Sam Jay Is Still Figuring It OutAnd so is her late-night show, Pause.
  40. book excerpt
    Those Were the Days of Our LivesThis generation will never know the true freedom — and neglect — of being an ’80s kid.
  41. power
    Phylicia Rashad Is Just the BeginningHBCUs have a long history of neglecting survivors of sexual assault.
  42. tokyo olympics
    Black Olympians Are Set Up to FailBecause of rigid and outdated regulations rooted in racism, athletes like Sha’Carri Richardson won’t get to compete.
  43. culture
    Physical Takes an Unflinching and Unlikable Look at Eating DisordersRose Byrne’s self-hatred feels so real it’s difficult to watch.
  44. media
    The Sound of My InboxThe financial promise of email newsletters has launched countless micropublications that have, in turn, created a new literary genre.
  45. party safe
    What’s Going on With Fentanyl Overdoses in New York?Parties are back, and so is panic about what’s in the cocaine.
  46. essential workers
    They Sewed Protective Masks and Gowns. Who Protected Them?Three L.A. Apparel garment workers on the company’s deadly COVID outbreak last year, when 375 people in one warehouse tested positive.
  47. first person
    I Know What It’s Like to Have Your Sanity QuestionedListening to Britney Spears’s testimony reminded me of my own time in psychiatric care.
  48. pride month
    An Oral History of the Lesbian AvengersThe fire-breathing activists behind the annual Dyke March are my queer heroes.
  49. relationships
    ‘2020 Made Me Ask, What Do My Husband and I Have in Common?Four recently divorced people talk about how Covid impacted their marriages.
  50. celebrity
    The Vindication of #FreeBritneyAs Spears is about to speak publicly about her conservatorship, her fans are finally being taken seriously.
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