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Headhunters: Are Psychedelics Capitalism's New Productivity Hack?

What underlies the use and abuse of performance-enhancing drugs is an American obsession with self-improvement that will always find new targets and tools. And most recently, “plasticity”—another term for cognitive flexibility or the brain’s ability to adapt and change—has become a signifier of success in a time when constant productivity is an expectation. 

The Audacity of Confidence: Is It Imposter Syndrome or Is It Patriarchy?

At least 70 percent of people are estimated to experience this profound sense of phrenic inadequacy at some point in their lives, resulting in anxiety, lack of self-confidence, depression, frustration, and more. Read more »

Owe Really: Financial Advice Ignores the Shared Reality of Debt

When financial advice doesn’t openly acknowledge that people live with debt, it only reinforces shame and guilt. Read more »

Messy Reality: “Maid” Puts an Unflinching Lens on Women in Poverty

A lack of support for single mothers in poverty keeps the main character trapped in a cycle. Read more »

Culture of Fear: 10 TV and Film Workers Call Out Hollywood Exploitation

The film and TV industry has been abusing its workers for decades with relentless schedules, stolen wages, grinding culture, unequal opportunity, and other hazardous conditions. Read more »

Collateral Damage: When It Comes to Caregiving, Women Are Already Toast

Caregiving is cleaning up after the news crews have left, scrubbing the hidden black mold years later, becoming ill from the contaminated floodwaters. Read more »

Wellness Influencers Owe the Indian Farmers Their Solidarity

Maybe now would be a good time to engage in a self-reflexivity that has long been missing in the wellness industry as a whole. Read more »

No, Shitty Men Have Not Been Purged From Media

Every woman, nonbinary person, or person of color who is driven from journalism because of the shitty men in charge leaves us poorer as a culture. Read more »

In “Work Won’t Love You Back,” Sarah Jaffe Kills the Dream Job

No one should have to earn the right to financial security through labor.  Read more »

#MeToobin Reveals How Little We’ve Moved the Needle on Workplace Harassment

A wide swath of people still shrug at or even delight in the spectacle of a man turning the workplace into an environment for sexual gratification without consent. Read more »

Which Millennials Get to Be Burned Out?

Can’t Even manages to gather research on the specificities of white, middle-class millennial burnout, but it fails to provide a truly structural and historical view of the issue of work and millennials. Read more »

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Why You Should Pay for Porn

If you’re a progressive middle-class individual, chances are you think about where your food comes from. Maybe you try to buy shoes that are... Read more »

Dear Bear: My Partner Makes No Money. Is That a Problem?

Our advice columnist offers a lesson in anticapitalist self-care. Read more »