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The Secret World of Fast Fashion

From 1960s Korea, through Brazil, to today’s Los Angeles: Inside the world that brought you Forever 21—and those skinny jeans in your closet.

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Is Women’s Underwear a Form of Cultural Capital?

A researcher offers some lofty theories about some pretty basic observations.

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Looking Back at Fashion’s Queer History

Paul Hiebert talks with the Valerie Steele, co-curator of A Queer History of Fashion, about the new exhibit.

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Taking Gender Out of Fashion

What it means to wear clothing that’s not meant for you.

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Why Do Men Wear Shorts?

Related: Why does everybody seem to care?

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Is It Wrong to Comment on the Appearance of Professional Women?

President Nixon got himself into a bit of hot water when he commented on Helen Thomas’ slacks. But 40 years later we’re still making the same mistakes.

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How Evolution Explains High-Heeled Shoes

New research suggests wearing heels forces women to walk in a way that exaggerates their femininity.

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Why Must Men Wear Pants?

Researchers Tackle the ‘Hipster’ Phenomenon

Researchers tap the indie marketplace to learn more about hipsters, who don’t think of themselves as hipsters despite their obvious hipsterness.

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How Junk Food Companies Manipulate Your Tongue

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Gaming the Wedding Gift Registry System

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The Big One

One state—Pennsylvania—logs 52 percent of all sales, shipments, and receipts for the chocolate manufacturing industry. March/April 2014