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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

Dave Kaup / Reuters

Dave Kaup / Reuters


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

Photograph by Milton H. Greene / Archive Images

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

Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

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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