Viking Textiles Reveal Misconceptions About Women’s Power in Medieval Societies

The understood role of North Atlantic Viking women is often domestic, placing them second to men. However, new studies reveal these assumptions were made with present-day bias and that women were integral to the evolution of Medieval societies. At the forefront of this research is Michèle Hayeur Smith, an anthropological archaeologist at Brown University who analyzed textiles from the era to unearth the lives of …

“Gender Reveal” Party Originator Speaks Out

Jenna Karvunidis, a blogger credited with popularizing (and even inventing) the “gender reveal” party 11 years ago, is rethinking the trend—thanks to the child for whom her party was thrown. “PLOT TWIST!” she wrote in a Facebook post, before explaining that her child is “telling me ‘Mom, there are many genders. Mom, there’s many different sexualities and all different types,’ and I take her lead …

Documenting Strip Clubs Throughout the American South

French photographer François Prost’s Gentlemen’s Club collection archives the sun-soaked facades of strip clubs across the southern US—everywhere from the beaches of Florida to downtown Houston. Through 193 photos, Prost surveys the design of these buildings, with their “generic signifiers of sex and sensual pleasure,” focusing on parts of the country that have “conservative and puritan reputations.” The exteriors are brightly colored, eerily similar from city …