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Our 9 Favorite Feature Stories This Week: Trans Rights, Lance Armstrong, And The Real Nick Cave

This week for BuzzReads, Nicole Pasulka profiles a transgender woman who sued the D.C. police. Read that and these other stories from around BuzzFeed and the web.

1. The Woman Who Helped Change How Police Treat Transgender People — BuzzFeed


After D.C. resident Patti Hammond Shaw was arrested, she claimed male officers searched her and locked her up with men who allegedly abused and threatened her. This is how she fought to make sure this won’t happen to others. Read it at BuzzFeed.

2. Lance Armstrong in Purgatory: The AfterlifeEsquire

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John H. Richardson visits with the cyclist — now legendary for reasons off the bike: “Life is good, he insists. He has five happy children. He’s learned who his real friends are. And he is learning to not fight all the time. Really. A fringe benefit of crushing defeat is learning to accept things.” Read it at Esquire.

3. Cliven Bundy’s WarGQ

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Zach Baron travels to the Nevada desert eight days after a “successful” rebellion against the US government: “Before the republic — that’s what I’d been calling it in my head: the Independent Sovereign Republic of Cliven Bundy — this was a disused gravel pit. Now it’s a sandy hospitality suite for the men who’d come to fight.” Read it at GQ.

4. How College Wrestling Star “Tiger Mandingo” Became An HIV Scapegoat — BuzzFeed

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In St. Charles, Missouri, a once popular college wrestler named Michael Johnson was incarcerated for exposing partners to HIV — to much community uproar. Steven Thrasher examines why so many are so eager to turn against him. Read it at BuzzFeed.

5. In Sweden, Being a Prostitute Is Legal, But Paying for One Isn’t — BuzzFeed

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The “Nordic model” is becoming ever more influential around the world, Jina Moore reports. But public health officials and some human rights workers wonder if Sweden is making life worse for prostitutes. Read it at BuzzFeed.

6. I Am the Real Nick CaveNew York Times Magazine

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John Wray profiles the singular musician, screenwriter, novelist, and occasional actor as he promotes 20,000 Days on Earth, a film about his life. “Perhaps more than any of his contemporaries … Cave has managed to invent a self-contained, coherent fictional world that both he and his followers can enter at will; a kind of exercise in collaborative mythmaking that seems to deepen with each variation on the theme.” Read it at the New York Times Magazine.

7. Swing Away: The Untold Story Of The First Home Run DerbyFox Sports

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Twenty years ago, the Major League Baseball All-Star Game featured the first-ever home run derby. Erik Malinowski explains what made it so special: “All that the contest needed to do was live up to the hype. What resulted instead was a fortuitous confluence of events that added up to one of the most remarkable afternoons in baseball history.” Read it at Fox Sports.

8. “Speaking up every. Fucking. Time”Matter

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Elizabeth Spiers set out to profile Shanley Kane, the 27-year-old co-creator and now sole proprietor of Model View Culture, a media organization focused on diversity in tech. What she found was a surprising challenge. Read it at Matter.

9. She’s Still Dying on FacebookThe Atlantic

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Five years after her best high school friend died, the result of a long struggle with addiction, Julie Buntin writes movingly about her continued half-life on social media. Read it at The Atlantic.

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Our 9 Favorite Feature Stories This Week: Tinder, A Water Park, And Atheism’s Misogyny

This week for BuzzReads, Mark Oppenheimer questions whether organized atheism is hostile to women. Read that and these other stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.

1. Will Misogyny Bring Down the Atheist Movement? — BuzzFeed

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The continuing debate over a murky sexual encounter at a 2008 convention for cheekily anti-establishment skeptics underscores a broader dilemma: How can a progressive, important intellectual community behave so poorly towards its female peers? Read it at BuzzFeed.

2. The Afghan Girls Who Live as BoysThe Atlantic

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A fascinating story by Jenny Nordberg about why some families in Afghanistan raise their daughters as boys until they hit puberty — despite much risk. Read it at The Atlantic.

3. Two Undocumented Kids Made It To Connecticut, But That’s Only The Beginning — BuzzFeed

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More than 60,000 unaccompanied minors from Central America have already arrived this year. Two of the lucky ones tell their harrowing story to BuzzFeed News’ Nicolás Medina Mora. Read it at BuzzFeed.

4. The Wet StuffGrantland

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How did a Kansas City water park decide to build the biggest, tallest, fastest water slide in history? Bryan Curtis goes to the Midwest to find out (and to ride the thing, too). Read it at Grantland.

5. The Eternal PaternalNew Yorker

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Kelefa Sanneh on Bill Cosby: “When The Cosby Show made its debut, in 1984, he was already one of the most successful comics of his generation, and a television star of long standing. The show made him an American archetype: the personification of fatherhood, a word that was also the title of his best-selling book of observations and advice.” Read it at the New Yorker.

6. At Home, Kinda, With Ryan Adams — BuzzFeed

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An alt-country wunderkind who hates country music, a restlessly prolific songwriter stifled by his label, a reformed hell-raiser determined to maintain privacy in a celebrity marriage. For 20 tumultuous years, Bob Mehr writes, Ryan Adams has done things the hard way, but thanks to a thriving new studio-cum-clubhouse — and a surprising amount of pinball — he’s finally at ease. Read it at BuzzFeed.

7. Double T’s Last RideSB Nation

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Susan Shepard introduces an iconic Texas Tech mascot, a horrible tragedy that befell it twenty years ago, and how both reflect unique Lubbock, Texas: “In Lubbock, Texas, people bleed black and red.” Read it at SB Nation.

8. How I Rebuilt Tinder And Discovered The Shameful Secret Of Attraction — BuzzFeed

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Anne Helen Petersen builds as a Tinder simulator to discover what makes us swipe right: “more than other dating services, which offer up comprehensive match dossiers, Tinder appears to encourage these narratives and crystallize the extrapolation process and package it into a five-second, low-stakes decision. We swipe, in other words, because of semiotics.” Read it at BuzzFeed.

9. Excarnation in TexasOxford American

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An essay by Alex Mar about visiting a body farm and the lives of the people who’ve donated their bodies to science: “The smell of rotting human corpses is unique and uniquely efficient. You need never have experienced the scent before, but the moment you do, you recognize it: the stench of something gone horribly wrong. It reeks of rotten milk and wet leather.” Read it at Oxford American.

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