BY KAT STOEFFEL
Photo: Bernd Vogel/CorbisHuman reproduction works in mysterious but occasionally brilliant ways. A new study out of the Harvard School of Public Health found that men who watched more than twenty hours of television a week had sperm counts that were 44 percent lower than those of men who watched almost no television. It makes perfect sense from an evolutionary perspective. With The West Wing on Netflix, who would have time to raise the hypothetical children made from those sperm? Better that these bloodlines die off. On the other hand, all's well in the gym-rat sperm factory. "Men who engaged in moderate to vigorous exercise for 15 or more hours a week had 73% higher sperm count than men who exercised less than five hours per week," the Los Angeles Times wrote, suggesting the future of the television-loving human race depends on these laptop harnesses.
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- The Cut | Fashion – Fri, Feb 8, 2013 3:56 PM EST
When the Sartorialist was founded by Scott Schuman in 2005, it was a small blog devoted to capturing stylish, unknown men (and eventually women) as they walked through the streets and attended fashion shows. By 2008, photographers like Tommy Ton and Phil Oh were gaining attention for their blogs - Jak & Jil and Streetpeeper - as they snapped editors like Taylor Tomasi-Hill, Joanna Hillman, and Kate Lanphear outside the shows. Though they were known in the industry, none of these women had attracted the rabid, style-icon status they hold now.
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We're told that Fashion Week is all about the clothes, but it's actually way more fun to gawk at the characters who descend on Lincoln Center and the other venues throughout town. Sure, these citizens of Fashion World exist in regular life - whether shooting street style in downtown Manhattan or shopping at the finest furriers in Moscow - but there's something about the proximity to runways and next season's new looks that makes merely stylish men and women into instant archetypes. Whether it's the heiress D.J. with a few too many side jobs or that highly social editor whom you've spotted from across a party, the Cut asked illustrator Peter Arkle to sketch out the ten types of people you'll spot this week, even if you're sitting front row or just browsing the Internet. We're not naming names, but click below for a little fashion anthropology.
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- The Cut | Fashion – Wed, Jan 30, 2013 6:07 PM EST
Lately, we've been hearing the phrase "Let's Get Weird" with such regularity that we're surprised it doesn't automatically come hashtagged, like #YOLO. So what do you say? Let's all get weird with twenty pieces you actually might want to wear!
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- The Cut | Love + Sex – Wed, Jan 30, 2013 5:33 PM EST
Remember those web 1.0 crush match sites? Where you entered the AOL addresses of all the boys you thought were cute and if any of them had entered your e-mail, the website notified both of you? Presumably while selling your e-mail address far and wide? The aughts middle school classic has been reincarnated for today's twentysomethings in the form of new Facebook app, Bang With Friends.Read More »from New Facebook App Matching "Friends with Their Benefits"
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The Cut Built by three anonymous (for now) California college bros, Bang With Friends allows users to anonymously identify which of their friends they'd sleep with, notifying both users if they have a match. It racked up 20,000 users in its first week and has already set up 1,000 hook-ups. "One night, we were shooting the shit about how online dating is broken," one founder told the Daily Beast. "What a lot of people want is just to skip all the shit and get to the sex." Not to split hairs, but it sounds like the part of online dating he thinks is broken
We were sitting on a stoop on my old 9th Street block. It was a summer Saturday night, and we were eating a carton of Ben & Jerry's with plastic spoons, waiting for someone to high-five us. This game was my idea: I haven't been in the East Village once in the last year without a stranger on the street putting his palm in front of me, his button-down shirt often slightly open regardless of the weather, yelling "Give me five!"Read More »from How I Turned Instagram into a Dating Service
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Within minutes a young business-type gingerly put his hand ahead of him as he passed us. His fingers brushed mine. My companion looked at me incredulously, and I laughed. This was a good first date. We'd already gotten a little Champagne-drunk at Balthazar hours before landing here, with Cherry Garcia in tow.
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- The Cut | Fashion – Wed, Jan 23, 2013 4:36 PM EST
The always-composed creative director of J.Crew, Jenna Lyons, stopped by the Today show yesterday to discuss accessorizing Michelle Obama and dressing Malia for the inaugural parade.Read More »from J.Crew To Retire Michelle Obama’s Belt, Malia’s Coat
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Today Show Lyons "found out that morning, as [FLOTUS] left to go to church ... watching TV just like the rest of the world" that she was wearing a J.Crew belt (with her Thom Browne jacket), gloves, and shoes, and that the first daughter picked a coat, dress, scarf, and gloves from the brand.
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When asked what typically happens the day after Mrs. Obama is out and about in J.Crew - as she has been on many occasions - Lyons explained, "Obviously people want to have a taste or part of what she's wearing, but most often she's purchased it in previous seasons or has pulled it out of her closet so it's not available," and "out of respect for the First Family, we don't" duplicate the items
Whether gym-related or closet-related, resolutions can be daunting especially when they're like "I will totally run a half-marathon this year." And we've practically already forgotten most of the resolutions we made a few weeks ago. But just like fitness experts recommend making small lifestyle changes over time to see bigger results, the same is true of your wardrobe. Rather than overhauling it in its entirety (financially impossible for most people), try adding something simple like a pair of giant earrings or a quirky sweatshirt into the mix. Or swap out denim in favor of ladylike skirts or cropped trousers. Rather than strict rules, think of these as motivations to step out of your comfort zone. Click ahead to see nine quick ways to change up your look in 2013, or as we like to call them: strategies for easier mornings.
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Employers are more likely to succumb to gender bias when hiring if a candidate is not being compared to other candidates, according to a study from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government picked up by The Wall Street Journal.
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corbisThe study involved 100 fake job candidates, who took either math or verbal tests. The test scores were presented to 554 mock employers, who were asked to determine if candidates should go on to a second round of testing. When presented information about a single candidate, the employers were more likely to choose men for math tests and women for verbal tests, even if they scored poorly. But when they were given information about a male and a female candidate, the test scores trumped the stereotype that men are better at math and women are better at verbal skills in their decision-making.
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Last year, the Observer reported that the splashy and sometimes career-damaging "I'm gay!" confession (à la Ellen DeGeneres) had given way to "well-managed, low-key affairs." The newspaper cited Zachary Quinto, Jim Parsons, and Matt Bomer, whose nonchalant mentions of same-sex relationships would appear at the end of a newspaper profile or as an aside in an award acceptance speech.
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Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesIt must be weird to be Jodie Foster, going to bed having given a speech that she explicitly declared was "not her big coming out speech," only to wake up to headlines that she had given her big coming out speech at the Golden Globes last night. Not least of all because she has been on the record about her same-sex relationship for more than five years. But Foster's seven-minute speech did have a lot in common with recent celebrity self-outings, in that it wasn't really about being gay. It was about how she's more than the LGBT