Apparently, Trump Is Really Popular Among Sexually Insecure Men

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A new study from the Washington Post claims that Donald Trump—and Republicans, in general—are supported by men who feel "secretly insecure about their manhood" and who have fragile senses of masculinity.

The study used research from Google Analytics to prove its "fragile masculinity hypothesis," measuring the prevalence of fragile masculinity in areas across the United States by studying search topics. The researchers documented which areas across America saw the most searches for topics like "erectile dysfunction," "penis size," and "how to get girls," among others.

What they found was that areas where there were more searches for these topics were the same areas that supported Trump during the 2016 election. Even accounting for "demographic attributes in media markets," like racial makeup and education levels, as well as searches for things that were not deemed relatable to fragile masculinity (like "breast augmentation" and "menopause"), the relationship between fragile masculinity and support for Trump persisted.

Another correlation, pointed out by author Paul Krugman on Twitter, is that the areas where fragile masculinity was most prevalent are also the most economically depressed areas. Comparison of the two maps, below, show that Trump won in places where men were both economically insecure and uncertain in their "manliness."

This is still going on, too: The Post notes that the same thing happened in the 2018 midterm election. Votes for Republican candidates were more frequent in districts that "based on Google search data, had higher levels of fragile masculinity."

Apparently, men are attracted to the false sense of masculinity that Trump tries to exude by talking about his penis size on television and releasing records of his high testosterone levels.

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I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.



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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.