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What's New on Hulu in May 2021

May 7, 2021

Screenshot: Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K./Hulu ( Fair Use ) Streaming services as still dealing with the fallout from the lack of big theatrical releases in 2020, which means that this month’s Hulu lineup is once again short on newer movies I’ve actually heard of. But a little googling has revealed a bunch of more obscure indie releases and documentaries I’m definitely adding to my queue. One of them, MLK/FBI (May 14) feels especially relevant; this documentary, released last year to strong review ...read more

The Bare Minimum That Everyone Should Know About Ramadan

May 7, 2021

Photo: JOAT (Shutterstock) In the western world, we typically associate springtime with renewal and festivals of gratitude, and the Islamic calendar is no different: The month-long celebration of Ramadan, which is observed by the religion’s 1.8 billion global adherents as the holiest time of the year, is currently underway, bringing with it ancient traditions of fasting and spiritual pilgrimages to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia (though pandemic travel restrictions apply to this year ...read more

The Bare Minimum That Everyone Should Know About Ramadan

May 7, 2021

Photo: JOAT (Shutterstock) In the western world, we typically associate springtime with renewal and festivals of gratitude, and the Islamic calendar is no different: The month-long celebration of Ramadan, which is observed by the religion’s 1.8 billion global adherents as the holiest time of the year, is currently underway, bringing with it ancient traditions of fasting and spiritual pilgrimages to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia (though pandemic travel restrictions apply to this year ...read more

16 Body-Positive TV Shows and Movies for When You're Done With Shaming

May 7, 2021

Photo: Shrill/Hulu Mainstream entertainment, never the friendliest of places, has lately been carving out a space for people who exist outside of contemporary beauty standards. Odds are still good actors will find it more difficult to get certain types of roles if they don’t fit the mold—there’s a lot of overlap in the circles of “funny best friend” and “fat best friend” for a reason, and usually these characters become the target of “jokes” meant to accentuate the character’ ...read more

Why Sports Make You Miserable, According to Science

May 7, 2021

Photo: Clive Brunskill (Getty Images) On Monday, a seismic shakeup hit the world of European football, threatening to alter the DNA of the biggest sport on Earth. The formation of an invitation-only European Super League , in which 12 of the continent’s economic powerhouse clubs will compete, sharing lavish sums of cash between them, has the sport’s 4 billion global diehards fuming. Though it’s a watershed moment in the nearly 150 year history of the sport’s continental dominance, the he ...read more

These Are the Boundaries Every Dog-Owner Should Teach

May 7, 2021

As the human of a smart, quirky herding dog, I’ve had to learn a few hard lessons about the importance of boundaries. If my pup isn’t given a job, for example, he’ll find one himself. And if anyone (especially a stranger) violates his personal space, he gets nippy. We’ve had to create a lot of structure to keep him from getting into trouble, both at home and out in the world. Dogs need boundaries. Boundaries keep them safe and help them feel calm. Theresa Foster, co-owner and trainer at ...read more

16 Body-Positive TV Shows and Movies for When You're Done With Shaming

May 7, 2021

Photo: Shrill/Hulu Mainstream entertainment, never the friendliest of places, has lately been carving out a space for people who exist outside of contemporary beauty standards. Odds are still good actors will find it more difficult to get certain types of roles if they don’t fit the mold—there’s a lot of overlap in the circles of “funny best friend” and “fat best friend” for a reason, and usually these characters become the target of “jokes” meant to accentuate the character’ ...read more

These Are the Boundaries Every Dog-Owner Should Teach

May 7, 2021

As the human of a smart, quirky herding dog, I’ve had to learn a few hard lessons about the importance of boundaries. If my pup isn’t given a job, for example, he’ll find one himself. And if anyone (especially a stranger) violates his personal space, he gets nippy. We’ve had to create a lot of structure to keep him from getting into trouble, both at home and out in the world. Dogs need boundaries. Boundaries keep them safe and help them feel calm. Theresa Foster, co-owner and trainer at ...read more

These Are the Boundaries Every Dog-Owner Should Teach

May 8, 2021

As the human of a smart, quirky herding dog, I’ve had to learn a few hard lessons about the importance of boundaries. If my pup isn’t given a job, for example, he’ll find one himself. And if anyone (especially a stranger) violates his personal space, he gets nippy. We’ve had to create a lot of structure to keep him from getting into trouble, both at home and out in the world. Dogs need boundaries. Boundaries keep them safe and help them feel calm. Theresa Foster, co-owner and trainer at ...read more

The Out-of-Touch Adults' Guide To Kid Culture: What Are Squishmallows?

May 8, 2021

Internet Culture Internet Culture It's hard to keep up with internet culture, but don't worry: Each week we'll tell you the best of what you need to know. This week, I’m breaking down some of the biggest youth internet trends in a way even graybeards can grasp, from esoteric financial instruments, to a vast fast-food conspiracy, to a look at some of TikTok’s most notable time travelers. Why is everyone talking about Dogecoin? The biggest financial meme this week on the internet is undoubtedl ...read more

16 Body-Positive TV Shows and Movies for When You're Done With Shaming

May 8, 2021

Photo: Shrill/Hulu Mainstream entertainment, never the friendliest of places, has lately been carving out a space for people who exist outside of contemporary beauty standards. Odds are still good actors will find it more difficult to get certain types of roles if they don’t fit the mold—there’s a lot of overlap in the circles of “funny best friend” and “fat best friend” for a reason, and usually these characters become the target of “jokes” meant to accentuate the character’ ...read more

How to Become a Vegetarian (or Eat Less Meat)

May 8, 2021

I have some personal news: I went vegan about three or four months ago. Considering that I’ve written thousands of words about how much I love tofu and black bean burgers , this “news” is hardly shocking, but with meat discourse reaching furious new heights ( or depths? ) every day, it seemed too relevant not to share. To be honest, this has been a long time coming. I’ve never been morally or ethically opposed to eating animals—I’m still not—but capitalism is another story, and at ...read more

16 Body-Positive TV Shows and Movies for When You're Done With Shaming

May 8, 2021

Photo: Shrill/Hulu Mainstream entertainment, never the friendliest of places, has lately been carving out a space for people who exist outside of contemporary beauty standards. Odds are still good actors will find it more difficult to get certain types of roles if they don’t fit the mold—there’s a lot of overlap in the circles of “funny best friend” and “fat best friend” for a reason, and usually these characters become the target of “jokes” meant to accentuate the character’ ...read more

What's New on Hulu in May 2021

May 8, 2021

Screenshot: Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K./Hulu ( Fair Use ) Streaming services as still dealing with the fallout from the lack of big theatrical releases in 2020, which means that this month’s Hulu lineup is once again short on newer movies I’ve actually heard of. But a little googling has revealed a bunch of more obscure indie releases and documentaries I’m definitely adding to my queue. One of them, MLK/FBI (May 14) feels especially relevant; this documentary, released last year to strong review ...read more

What's New on Netflix in May 2021

May 9, 2021

Screenshot: Army of the Dead/Netflix After a rather limp April slate , Netflix is springing into summer blockbuster season in May, packing its release schedule full of original films, high-profile pandemic acquisitions, and long-awaited new seasons of a few of its most popular series (or at least a few with vocal online fanbases—we see you, Castlevania stans). Will it be enough to help the streamer recover some of its eroding market share ? Only time will tell. (But probably not.) Most of the ...read more