David Amsden – Hooking up with Tinder (Men’s Journal)

David Amsden uses his personal experience on the dating app Tinder to describe 21st century dating – a rolling circus of swiping right, meeting, greeting and mostly dating failure with the occasional success thrown in – which comes across as rather creepy and quite sad.

Summing it up nicely, he says “This is what romance looks like on Tinder, the fastest-growing mobile dating service in the nation, either the most unapologetically superficial one to be invented or the one most honest about the primal instincts that have been drawing strangers to each other since the beginning of time.

Andrew Corsello –  Louis C.K. Is America’s Undisputed King of Comedy (GQ)

GQ’s cover story for the Month of May is a profile of Louis CK, arguably the biggest comedian in the world right now. Andrew Corsello captures everything that people love about the man. Profiling him as not just a comedian but as a voice, similar to Richard Pryor, GQ positions him as someone worth listening to due to his whimsically-humorous dark take on the world.

Sadie O’Grady –  S&M: Brian Woods’ bark as bad as his PUP bite (The Big Smoke)

Sadie O’Grady’s critique on The Palmer United Party candidate’s Brian Woods’ comments on domestic violence took apart the fallacies of his belief that “domestic violence is solely a woman’s choice.”

The stats on domestic violence are illuminating and thrust of the article as a whole is important, explaining that domestic violence is a men’s issue too because men can be victims but also have a responsibility as part of a society to combat domestic violence.

The article is reminiscent of a Louis CK bit – “There is no greater threat to women than men.”

(See what I did there? Circular, reverting back to Louis CK: double reference, triple points!)

Olga Khazan – Why Do So Many Women Wear So Much Makeup? (The Atlantic)

Entertaining article by Olga Khazan, who is reporting on a study conducted by two scientists in the United Kingdom and documented in the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. Photos are  taken of a group of women, commencing prior to applying make-up, followed by a series of photos leading up to the amount they would wear on a night out.

Olga Khazan takes us through how women misconstrue what men desire – that they apply too much make-up thinking it’s what men want because people are awful at judging what the opposite sex, or just people more generally, find attractive.

Money quote – “Specifically, people thought the models looked best when they were wearing just 60 percent as much makeup as they had actually applied. But they thought women would want the models to be wearing 75 percent as much, and that men would want 80 percent. (Interestingly, the men thought other men wanted the women to be wearing more makeup, even when they themselves didn’t. As if to say, “Oh, I’m the progressive one around here. It’s those other guys you have to watch out for.”)

Rachel Nolan – MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE: What is the cost of propping up Tony Abbott’s favourite minority? (The Monthly)

What starts as a tirade against the representation of women in the Abbott government (one woman in a nineteen-member cabinet) digresses into a whole raft of issues including how the public have previously perceived women politicians, how women’s brains are essentially wired different from men, how they are viewed in the work place and how differently women prioritise voting issues.

A great thrust of the article is essentially how women have a calming influence on the work place and sort of neutralise the over competitive and dick swinging side of men.

Which is the funniest part of being a man.

Patrick Radden Keefe – Was Torture the Key to bringing down a Kingpin? (The New Yorker)

This is a ten-page article, a length The New Yorker is famed for producing. I am probably going to post something this size on this page fairly regularly because, well, frankly, I just really like The New Yorker and this kind of piece is the mother of all Long Reads.

Seriously though, grab a cup of tea and just set aside 15 or 20 minutes to give this a read, because with this story, the saying “stranger than fiction” really rings true. Journalist Patrick Radden Keefe has brilliantly written an informative article about the cartel in South America and the hunt and capture of their leader Joaquín Guzmán Loera. The whole thing is just so well written that you feel you are reading a top-notch thriller, it’s got it all: money, power, girls, drugs, intrigue, subterfuge.

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