WIRED’s 14 Must-Read Books of Summer

Can you feel it? Summer is upon us! You know what that means: Plenty of time to soak up the sun, go to barbecues, and watch sports! Or, if you're a bookworm like your friends at WIRED, spend those long, lazy weekends with your nose in a book. Now is the perfect time to start plowing your way through an ambitious summer reading list, and we couldn't be more ready to help. Below are WIRED's picks for some of the best tomes coming out in the next few months. There's a little bit of sci-fi, a little bit of internet culture, and a lot of smarts on this list, so fire up the Kindle and get cracking. Note: When you …

‘The Care and Keeping of You’ author on the book’s staying power 20 years later

Millions of young girls grew up on "The Care and Keeping of You." Editor’s Note: The internet has changed how kids learn about sex, but sex ed in the classroom still sucks. In Sex Ed 2.0, Mashable explores the state of sex ed and imagines a future where digital innovations are used to teach consent, sex positivity, respect, and responsibility. There are few things more mortifying than being a preteen and needing to ask someone about good old Aunt Flo.  Thanks to The Care and Keeping of You: The Body Book for Girls, millions of young women didn’t have to. American Girl’s seminal book about getting our periods, dealing with acne, and finding healthy friendships provided answers to questions we …

The 10 Most Difficult-to-Defend Online Fandoms

Oh, fandom. So passionate, so partisan—and, too often these days, so prolifically peevish. From Tumblr and Wattpad to more mainstream platforms like Twitter and Instagram, online communities have served as rallying points for stan armies: obsessives who comb over every interview and shred of non-news for information about the object of their adoration. But increasingly, fandoms' emotions have been curdling into a different kind of potion; something petty, entitled, conspiratorial, even abusive. So on the occasion of San Diego Comic-Con, one of the biggest fan events in the world, it's time for some tough love. First, a note: this is a look at toxic strains that exist within a larger fandom, not an indictment of a given artist or person. …

The ugly truth about giraffes

Those who are never born, cannot suffer.Image: ANIMAL ADVENTURE PARK Having tasted the viral birth highs of 2017, it was only a matter of time before April the giraffe came back to YouTube for another sweet hit of the good stuff.  That’s right, everyone’s favorite cam star is back at it again. According to the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York, April gave birth to a healthy male calf at 12:43 p.m. ET on March 16.  A Facebook post announcing the birth neglected to mention that we are all born into suffering.  SEE ALSO: April the giraffe is pregnant again, and we’re already tired “Approximately 11:00 am, Jordan entered the barn to check April, who laid with her back …

#NowforNI: The campaign to decriminalise abortion in Northern Ireland

Image: NurPhoto via Getty Images Abortion is still illegal in Northern Ireland, but the #NowForNI campaign is here to change that. On Tuesday #NowForNI campaigners protested in Westminster, London, where they delivered over 62,000 signatures from people calling for the decriminalisation of abortion in Northern Ireland.  #NowForNI wants to ensure that Northern Irish women and people who can get pregnant have the right to the same medical care as women elsewhere in the UK.  SEE ALSO: A survival guide for being a woman on the internet 28 women marched with suitcases towards Parliament, representing the 28 women who have to leave Northern Ireland each week to have an abortion in England, Wales, or Scotland. Among the 28 protestors were a …

To learn to juggle, this AI-powered hand had to accumulate 100 years worth of experience

This isn’t your typical maternity shoot.  Carlos Moreno posted a series of sweet photos from maternity shoot for the National Girlfriend Day on Wednesday. The photos feature his girlfriend, Ari, wearing a stunning black gown and smiling at her baby bump.  It’s pretty cute.  Waiting for Mia 💜 pic.twitter.com/iWHoAoFAan — Ari 💋 (@ariiiaam) August 1, 2018 One of the photos stands out though — in case you didn’t catch it, another Twitter user kindly posted it in the comments.  RONNIE FROM JERSEY SHORE DID A MATERNITY PHOTO SHOOT WITH HIS GIRLFRIEND AND THIS IS ONE OF THE PHOTOGRAPHS THAT THEY PAID REAL MONEY FOR pic.twitter.com/A1wUIUZCIW — Ciara Knight (@Ciara_Knight) April 9, 2018 Why is this a trend? WATCH: To learn …

Unproductive weekend? Well, this politician casually cycled to hospital to give birth.

Sundays are usually a lazy, uneventful affair for many of us. Not for the 42-week pregnant New Zealand Minister for Women, Julie Anne Genter, who made her way to hospital for an induction. SEE ALSO: This Instagram influencer started her own clothing line to promote body positivity That’s all very normal, except perhaps for her mode of transportation. Instead of getting in a car, she cycled to the hospital instead. “My partner and I cycled because there wasn’t enough room in the car for the support crew… but it also put me in the best possible mood!” she wrote on Instagram. A post shared by Julie Anne Genter (@julieannegenter) on Aug 18, 2018 at 3:42pm PDT Genter added in a …