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  1. year in review
    The Cut’s 20 Most-Read Stories in 2023The articles our readers were most deeply engaged with this year, from “It” Girls and Ozempic to rules for modern living.
  2. sex diaries
    The 69 Best Sex Diaries of All TimeThese are the diaries that blew up our group texts, inspired an internet conspiracy or two, and still make us blush all these years later.
  3. reality reckoning
    Bethenny Frankel, Still Dragging EveryoneTikToking a baked potato with the self-described “Erin Brockovich” of the reality TV reckoning.
  4. cut covers
    The Joy of Being Alicia KeysTwenty years after her debut and with a new musical out loosely based on her life, the singer finally learns to take it easy.
  5. first person
    Happily Ever DivorcedAfter my Instagrammable marriage fell apart, my ex-husband and I finally found peace — off the grid.
  6. encounter
    Paige Lorenze Is Selling Life in the Suburbs“If this is fake country, I want to be fake country forever,” says the influencer.
  7. torn up and apart
    10 Confessions of Hard Feelings Over the Israel-Gaza War“They don’t stand by me or understand that I feel vulnerable.”
  8. the body politic
    Abortion Wins Again. Now What?Democrats can’t coast on the issue’s popularity.
  9. parenting
    The Final Frontier for Helicopter ParentsInside the Facebook and WhatsApp groups where moms arrange playdates for their college kids.
  10. parenting
    Does Anyone Feel Like an Actual Adult?Or are we all just cosplaying adulthood?
  11. power
    Maya Kowalski’s $211 Million VerdictA Florida jury found Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg liable on all counts, including contributing to her mother’s suicide.
  12. health
    What Happened to Maya KowalskiWhen a 10-year-old girl complained of mysterious pain, a doctor suspected child abuse. How far would she go to prove it?
  13. culture
    Erewhon’s SecretsJapanese utopians. Corporate glow-ups. $400 smoothies. The strange history of the world’s most cultish grocery store.
  14. encounter
    The Couple Behind the Skims-Industrial ComplexA big chunk of the Kardashian family business rides on Emma and Jens Grede.
  15. power
    The Rise and Fall of ‘Dr. Roxy’When plastic surgeon Dr. Katharine Grawe rose to TikTok fame, her OR seemed busier than ever. Until a record of botched surgeries caught up to her.
  16. fashion
    Phoebe Philo’s Return Is a Wake-Up CallWhen I previewed her new collection in London, I thought: People will lose their minds.
  17. power
    When Posting About the Israel-Hamas War Costs You Your Job“We’re going to see a lot of fallout in the coming weeks,” says one employment lawyer.
  18. health
    Prenuvo Wants to Put Your Mind at EaseSome patients say the $2,500 full-body MRI does anything but.
  19. encounter
    The Olympian Fighting for Her Right to RunIn her memoir, Caster Semenya details how she has coped with being banned since 2019 from the sport she loves.
  20. power
    All the Powerful Women on Our “Inside Power” ListFrom a City Hall string-puller to a public housing czar.
  21. scene report
    31 Days of Taylor Swift–Travis Kelce Mania in Kansas CityMy hometown is enjoying its time at the center of the universe.
  22. israel-hamas war
    ‘Those Pictures Do Not Leave My Mind’The last message Ofri Levy got from her brother was about Hamas entering his home. Then, she started seeing photos of him appear online.
  23. i tried it
    The $2,500 MRI That Told Me I Might Drink Too MuchI could have told you that without a scan.
  24. israel-hamas war
    “He Told Me, ‘If I Die, Just Take Care of Your Brothers’”Loay Elbasyouni’s parents can barely walk and are sheltering in place in Gaza City. He feels powerless to help them.
  25. health
    Is Your Body Out of Sync With a Man’s World?On TikTok, influencers promise you can beat burnout by planning your life around your menstrual cycle.
  26. celebrity beauty encyclopedia
    An Encyclopedia of Celebrity Beauty BrandsHere are over 60 products that famous people have made for your face.
  27. relationships
    The 3 Things Every Couple Fights AboutAnd more insights on conflict resolution from Esther Perel.
  28. teens
    ‘They Always Say the Younger You Start, the Better’For some teens, the fight against aging skin is already underway. But what exactly are they fighting for?
  29. breakout
    Eclipsing the RotundaWith “Going Dark,” curator Ashley James brings an unconventional group show to the Guggenheim’s famed spiral.
  30. encounter
    Braiding Her Way Onto BroadwayNana Mensah brings a determined hairdresser to life in Jaja’s African Hair Braiding.
  31. esther calling
    ‘I Blew Up My Marriage. Now I Want Her Back.’Understand not only why you ended things that way, Esther Perel says, but why you want it all back.
  32. parenting
    Teens Love LinkedInTo some high-schoolers burned out on FOMO and thirst traps, the networking platform is “the way social media should be.”
  33. encounter
    Molly Baz Built a Recipe Empire on Morty-D and Cae Sal“It’s like I’m trying to sell me, not just my recipes.”
  34. chapters
    Walking While BlackZiwe details a chilling roadside encounter in her debut essay collection, Black Friend.
  35. pfw spring 2024
    I’m Ready for My Close-up, DemnaFor Paris Fashion Week, Balenciaga’s creative director asked friends, family, and me to walk the runway.
  36. power
    Who Exactly Is Ashton Kutcher’s Anti-Sex-Trafficking Tech Company Helping?The actor’s recent PR crisis has led to scrutiny of his complicated advocacy work.
  37. power
    Dianne Feinstein, the InstitutionalistShe fought for gun control, civil rights, and abortion access for half a century. Where did it all go wrong?
  38. the group portrait
    Give the Liberty Their CrownHow New York’s WNBA team became the hottest ticket — with the rowdiest crowd — in town.
  39. the body politic
    The Return of the Marriage PlotWhy everyone is suddenly so eager for men and women to get hitched.
  40. parenting
    I Asked 65 Teens How They Feel About Being Online“Social media is a necessity. You take it away from us? It’s like, Oh, wow, we have nothing left.”
  41. breakout
    “I Don’t Like the Feeling of Being Pinned Down”C Pam Zhang’s debut examined an unsung period of Chinese-American history. Her new novel is all about pleasure.
  42. fall fashion issue 2023
    The Cost of Straight HairThe products Black women rely on to give their locks body and shine are now alleged to give them cancer, too.
  43. fall fashion issue 2023
    The Pandemic SkipBy now, many of us have fully resumed our post-COVID lives. But what about all the years we missed?
  44. fall fashion issue 2023
    Dylan Mulvaney’s Girlhood, InterruptedShe never expected to be attacked by the right-wing ghoul squad for just being so delightfully herself. She’s ready to make the most of it.
  45. fall fashion issue 2023
    The Real Houselife of Jenna LyonsCan Jenna Lyons’s reality-TV turn reinvent her as a beauty mogul without trashing her reputation?
  46. fall fashion issue 2023
    Fashion’s Talent ProblemAfter a century of marrying risky artistry with commercial savvy, the fashion industry has all but abandoned design talent.
  47. fall fashion issue 2023
    A Four-Hour Phone Call With Erykah BaduShe’s a Fashion Week standout who rejects the notion that clothes should define you.
  48. relationships
    Why Can’t Our Friendship Survive Your Baby?Nothing threatens adult relationships like when some friends have kids and others don’t.
  49. nyfw spring 2024
    The Fakery Begins at New York Fashion WeekPlus: Peter Do’s Helmut Lang Debut didn’t quite hit the mark.
  50. parenting
    Is Tradwife Content Dangerous, or Just Stupid?The visual appeal of homesteading and hand-making overrides the conservative ideology living in the background — and that’s the point.
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