Pop Culture

30 Photos of Marilyn Monroe Not Giving a Damn

Happy birthday, Marilyn Monroe. The iconic sex symbol would have been 88 years old today. In the years since Monroe’s death in 1962, candid photos of the blonde bombshell have surfaced that reveal a different side to the glamorous starlet who seemed to adore the cameras. Tousled, intimate portraits of Marilyn without her familiar sheen of lipstick, deeply engrossed in books and allowing us a glimmer of her everyday life suggested the actress was much more than her “dumb blonde” persona. Marilyn was doing the no makeup selfie before Gwyneth. She showed a passion for good food and felt comfortable in her own body (most of the time) before Hollywood’s current everywoman Jennifer Lawrence made a show of it. The actress craved respect, but she was unafraid to be playful and goofy. And sometimes she just didn’t give a damn. We have the photo evidence to prove it. … Read More

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Staff Picks: Our Favorite Cultural Things This Week

Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this weekly feature, our editorial staffers recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments. … Read More

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A Brief History of Vintage Matchmaking

We are an obsessed culture, and there are few things we tend to fixate on more than finding love. Over 41 million people in the United States have attempted to find a partner through online dating — a billion-dollar industry that banks on our desire for a connection. But services like OkCupid, Tinder, and Match.com weren’t the first computer-based dating platforms — or the first matchmakers. We spotted eight vintage matchmaking devices and services that demonstrate how dating was done before the age of the Internet. … Read More

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The Torrid and Intriguing Tales of 10 Male Muses

English occultist Aleister Crowley’s reputation as the snarling cue ball-headed “Great Beast” has been shattered. A book of Crowley’s aching, lovelorn poems, inspired by his affair with female impersonator Herbert Charles Jerome Pollitt, will be exhibited at the Olympia antiquarian book fair in London this month. “The verse is rather broken-backed, and vulgar where he is trying to be honest. But it was written at a time when he was feeling heartbroken and vulnerable and it does somehow humanize him,” rare book dealer Neil Pearson said of the poems. The dark libertine’s muse didn’t share his appreciation for esotericism, and the relationship ended abruptly — but Pollitt did inspire verses that included lines like, “My passion splashes out at last.” We also felt inspired — taking it upon ourselves to dig up the torrid and fascinating tales of ten male muses. The men whose lives helped shape the works of great painters, writers, and filmmakers often take a backseat to their female counterparts, but they are no less intriguing. Meet the inspiring friends and lovers of ten cultural luminaries. … Read More

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Drink Your Room Service Hooch, Eat Your Prison Pad Thai: Links You Need to See

Somehow, at the end of a day of internet immersion, every piece of information begins to seem — how can I possibly phrase this originally? — a reflektion of a reflektion of a reflektion. Today’s links communicate with one another across a dangerous terrain of pop cultural obsession (e.g. the weird, literal feeding of excessive Orange Is the New Black fandom) and antagonism (two good-humored attacks on Don Rickles’ wrinkles in one day!). So sit forward and feast your screen-wearied eyes on these bad boys (links). … Read More

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Willow Smith’s Instagram: The Problem Isn’t Her Parents, It’s America’s Unhealthy Views on Sexuality

In the annals of dumb media controversies that have happened this month, the brief shitfight over the allegedly raunchy picture of 13-year-old Willow Smith with a shirtless 20-year-old bro has been overshadowed by the likes of Macklemore’s Jewface dildism, the Michael Jackson hologram, and the continuing Jill Abramson fallout. And James Franco. Obviously. Clearly, the whole business was exactly the sort of thing that the expression “a tempest in a teacup” was invented for. I was happy to see it consigned to history — that is, until reports surfaced that Will and Jada Pinkett Smith are now under investigation by child protective services over the photo. The fact that this is even a possibility reveals something disturbing about American society’s views on sex and sexuality. … Read More

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Staff Picks: Our Favorite Cultural Things This Week

Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this weekly feature, our editorial staffers recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments. … Read More

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300 Sandwiches: An Alternate Ending

As you no doubt read this morning, the 300 Sandwiches woman isn’t going to finish her blog, mainly because her boyfriend proposed to her after sandwich #257, costing himself 43 sandwiches but winning himself eternal love. Or something like that. As much as anything, I’m just sad the blog won’t get finished, because really, how many more sandwich recipes can you come up with? Well, here’s how it might have played out, anyway. … Read More

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Robin Thicke is Still Awful: Links You Need to See

Today, the things we think we know and hold sacred are getting flipped on their head. For some people and cultural institutions, this for the better. For others…not lookin’ so great! … Read More

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Menstruation Is Having a Pop-Culture Moment — And It’s About Time

A few years ago, I watched an all-female comedy group perform a joke about taking shots of cheap, watery Crystal Palace vodka from a menstrual cup. Maybe it was the inebriation of the audience or the small liberal arts school-ness of the crowd, but the joke sold. And I was kind of amazed. This was in the Vagina Monologues era of my college life, when I was heavily involved in my school’s feminist group, and even though we talked about Diva Cups as much as we blamed stuff on the patriarchy, I was quietly in awe of this offhand reference because it felt so normal. … Read More

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