Atlas Obscura

Food, Agriculture, and Sustainability

A Field Guide to North America’s Wild Crops

Cracking the Case of South India’s Missing Vegetables

Go Beyond the Grocery Store with These Seven Innovative Seed Companies

The Newest Addition To Denmark’s Happiness Museum: Tomato Seeds

How to Plant a Home Garden and “Free the Seed”

These 7 Companies Ship Unique Seeds for Your Quarantine Garden

Keep Your Quarantine Garden Growing With These 8 Unique Seed Companies

400 Years After Its First Apple Farm, Boston Remains an Urban Orchard

Celebrate the Farm Workers Behind Your Favorite Thanksgiving Sides

On the Hunt for the Wild Relatives of America’s Favorite Produce

After Hurricane Katrina, Home Gardeners Saved New Orleans’ Iconic Squash

The Swap-a-Fish Program That Traded Tilapia for Seafood Contaminated By Agent Orange

In Zambia, A Craze for a Traditional Treat is Endangering Wild Orchids

Solved: The Mysterious Origins of Your Coffee’s Worst Nightmare

Found: Slime-Covered Notebooks Full of Conservation Data and Fish Scales

The Sake Master Reviving a Long-Forgotten Local Rice

Indigenous Food and Agriculture

Feast on This Guide to Modern Māori Cooking

In Sydney, a Cafe Serving Aboriginal Food Brings Comfort and Challenges

The Chef Bringing Native American Flavors to Communities in Quarantine

Australian Wildfires Uncovered Hidden Sections of a Huge, Ancient Aquaculture System

The Restaurant Putting India’s Tribal Cuisine Back on the Menu

How Aboriginal Hunting and ‘Cool Burns’ Prevent Australian Wildfires

The Promise and Perils of Resurrecting Native Americans’ Lost Crops

Solved: The 300-Year-Old Mystery of Barbados’s Pigs

How to Feed a Megacity Like the Aztecs

Diasporic and Marginalized Food Cultures

How to Recreate Your Lost Family Recipes, According To Historians And Chefs

The Battle to Bottle Palm Wine

A Historic Dig Sheds Light on the Food of the Underground Railroad

How a Black-Owned 19th-Century Tavern Became the Birthplace of a Beloved Cookie

In Canada, Gold-Rush Era Garbage Reveals a History of Chinese Immigrant Cuisine

The Culinary Legacy of Brooklyn’s First Free Black Community

Taste the Globe With Recipes from New York’s All-Grandma Kitchen Crew

The Italian Immigrants Who Grew Fig Trees in Unlikely Places

The Japanese Ghost Town Buried Deep in a Canadian Forest

Eat Like a 1970s Radical With ‘The People’s Philadelphia Cookbook’

When the U.S. Interned Italians in Montana, They Rioted Over Olive Oil

American School Lunch is Becoming More Diverse, Like it Was in The 1910s

When Indian Hosts Opened Their Homes to Pakistani Cricket Fans

Australia’s Growing Camel Meat Trade Reveals a Hidden History of Early Muslim Migrants

A Pirate Botanist Helped Bring Hot Chocolate to England

The Refugee Women Turning Tastes of Home into a Food Delivery Business

The Tuscan Town Famous for Anarchists, Marble, and Lard

Gender, Sexuality, and Food History

Virginia Woolf and the Complexities of Cottage Loaf

The Messy History of Emily Dickinson’s Black Cake

This Project Maps 25 Years of New York’s Lesbian Nightlife

This Writer is Tweeting Everything Sylvia Plath Ever Ate

Eat like Jane Austen With Recipes from Her Sister-In-Law’s Cookbook

How Lesbian Potlucks Nourished the LGBTQ Movement

The Return of Japan’s Female Sake Brewers

The Founder of America’s Earliest Lesbian Bar Was Deported For Obscenity

The Chocolate-Brewing Witches of Colonial Latin America

The Girl Who Jumped Out of a Pie And Into a Gilded Age Morality Tale

When American Waitresses Were Labeled ‘Women of Ill Repute’

The Scholar Mapping America’s Forgotten Feminist Restaurants

Archival Cooking and Healing

Help Curate This Vast Trove of Kitchen-Table Remedies

The Museum Treating Home Cooking as Fine Art

A Database of 5,000 Historic Cookbooks Is Now Online, And You Can Help Improve It

The Chef Recreating 18th-Century Recipes from a Thrift-Shop Find

The 1700s Plague Cure That Inspired an Uncannily Contemporary Cocktail Recipe

Culture and Power

What Should You do With a Captured Nazi Flag?

These Powerful Pins Honored Suffragists Who Were ‘Jailed For Freedom’


The Risks of Coming Out at Work

Why LGBTQ Couples Split Household Tasks More Equally


A Guide and an Ode to Leaving A Relationship

How to Deal With Bi Erasure

A Guide to Learning What Turns You On

How to Overcome Masturbation Shame

How to Make Peace With Your Jealousy

What to Do When You Hurt Your Partner

How to Become an Ally in Our Intimate Lives

The Pleasure And Peril of Being Sexually Vulnerable

What is “Skin Hunger”?

Comfort Sex: Why It’s Great and How to Do It

When Is It Okay To Get Back Together With An Ex?

Supporting a Partner With Mental Illness

How to Orgasm Without Being Touched

Sexy Self-Love if You’re Single This Snuggle Season

A Guide to Respectful NSA Sex

When Is a Couple’s Age Difference Too Much?

How to Tell if Polyamory is Really for You

A Complete Guide to Post-Sex Cleanup

How to Reclaim Your Sexuality After Trauma

A Low-Grade Fever: On Aziz Ansari’s Comeback Netflix Special

How to Spend Valentine’s Day If You’re Single

Our Favorite Porn That’s Both Sexy and Ethical

How to Master Affirmative Consent (It’s Hot, We Promise)

Teen Vogue

Why Bisexual Women are At a Higher Risk of Violence

Here’s How Street Harassment Affects Women’s Mental Health

The Freelancer’s Union

How Freelancing Can Improve Your Dating Life (And Vice Versa)

The Washington Post

Lesbian Bars are Disappearing. We Spent the Night at One That’s Still Standing.

Why Monogamy’s Not for Me

“Don’t Date the Locals” Is Horrible Advice

The Talkspace Voice

Wellness in a World on Fire: Therapy Tackles Climate Change

Why You Shouldn’t Call The Police When Someone Is Having a Mental Health Crisis

How to Make Long Term Plans in a Crisis

How Trauma Changes Our Relationships

How Resilient People Found Hope in 2020—And How You Can, Too

Therapy Is Political. It’s High Time Therapists Acknowledge This.

The COVID-19 Eviction Wave Is a Mental Health Crisis

25 Years of Intuitive Eating

Investing in Community Well-being On World Mental Health Day

How to Spot—And Heal From—Political Burnout

Why This Election is Not “Just” Politics

Why Are Bisexual Women At A Higher Risk of Substance Abuse?

Mental Wellness and the Black Lives Matter Movement

What Do Liberty and Justice Mean?

How to Keep Your Cool—And Make a Difference—This Election Season

Black Lives Matter: Mental Health Resources For and By People of Color

How To Talk To a New Partner About COVID-19 Risk

The State of Our Society: Health and Inequality During COVID-19

The State of Our Families: Dispatches on Family During COVID-19

The State of Our Relationships: Dispatches on Intimacy During COVID-19

The State of Our Careers: Dispatches on Work During COVID-19

Rape is an Economic Crime

The COVID-19 Pandemic and the Dire Need for a Mental Health Safety Net

Can Abusers Change?

Staying Safe When Socially Distancing With an Abuser

What You Need to Know About Dating an Intimate Partner Violence Survivor

Why Doesn’t My Friend Leave Their Abusive Partner—And How Can I Help?

How To Tell Someone You’re Not Interested

Dealing with Complicated Feelings Around Abusers

Why is Talking About Looks Damaging to Mental Health?

One Year After #MeToo

My Abusive Partner Promises They’ll Change. Will They?

How Men Can Confront Toxic Masculinity

How Psychology Stigmatized Female Orgasm (And How We Got it Back)

How Mental Health Activists Are Fighting Racism


#MeToo, Ansari, and the Difficult Question of Justice

No, the #MeToo Movement is Not About Women “Playing the Victim”

Is #MeToo a Moral Panic? Not if We’re Clear About Our Values

What I Would Have Said to You Last Night Had You Not Cum and then Fallen Asleep

Why Should Feminists Be Against the Sex Offender Registry?

Romantic Love is a Patriarchal Conspiracy, According to New Melissa McCarthy Film

Fucking with Feministing: No Hard-on? No Problem!

Who Gets to be Naked at Harvard University?

Rape Culture is a Contract We Never Actually Signed

Let’s Talk About Intimate Partner Violence in Queer Communities

What the New York Times Gets Wrong About Obesity


Harvard’s Exclusive Clubs Reflect the School’s Problems with Race, Class, and Gender


The Most Brilliant Woman in the Room 

Experiencing Imposter Syndrome? That’s Probably Because You’re an Imposter 


Pro-Choice for Christ


Why Are There So Many LGBT Youth in Prison?

The Ladies Finger

Pink’s Right. Sometimes You Just Want to Clock a Man With a Beer Bottle.

Public Goods

Are Scented Tampons Bad For You?

When Were Tampons Invented?

Tampons vs. Pads: Which Menstrual Product is Right for You?

Tampon Sizes: Expert Advice on How to Choose The Best Tampon for You

What Does the “R” On Tampons Mean?

What Is Paraffin Wax, and Why Is It In Your Beauty Products?

Can You Flush Tampons Down The Toilet?

How to Insert a Tampon: A Beginner’s Guide

Do Tampons Expire? Everything You Need to Know

How to Make Rice Flour

How Long Does Olive Oil Last? Storage Tips