in her words: What Is Toxic Masculinity?

Image CreditPetra Eriksson Welcome to In Her Words, where women rule the headlines. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox. Let me know what you think at dearmaya@nytimes.com. “By far the worst thing we do to males — by making them feel they have to be hard — is that we leave…

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Giambattista Valli Puts a Couture Spin on ’80s Prom Dresses

Getty ImagesDominique Charriau The Giambattista Valli runway was awash with voluminous, extra AF frocks, because everyone knows when it comes to the Italian designer’s dreamy creations, there’s no such thing as too much tulle. The designer took a deep dive into the ’80s for the house’s spring 2019 collection, bringing back the off-the-shoulder necklines, high-low…

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Allergic to Penicillin? You May Not Be

Millions of Americans who believe they are allergic to penicillin are not actually allergic. But they are steered away from using some of the safest, most effective antibiotics, relying instead on substitutes that are often pricier, less effective, and more likely to cause complications such as antibiotic-resistant infections. Those are the conclusions of a new…

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Modern Love: Tiny Love Stories: ‘I Gout You, Babe’

Roller Derby Romance I was a single mother working a full-time day job and helping run my roller derby league. I did not trust men, especially in the mostly female space I had co-founded, which was keeping me going after a trying divorce. But Hal was genuine and kind to everyone, and made no demands.…

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Front Burner: Texas Barbecue for Your Super Bowl Party

A mighty slab of smoked brisket can make that Super Bowl gathering an easy success. At his pit joint, Truth BBQ in Brenham, Texas, between Austin and Houston, Leonard Botello IV smokes whole briskets from a nearby ranch for 18 hours. The briskets have been available nationwide, shipped frozen, since late last year. To get…

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Front Burner: Polish Pottery From a Connecticut Source

For centuries, Boleslawiec in southwestern Poland has been known for its pottery, decorated with traditional folk designs. In 2003, Elle Englander, a native of that city who moved to Suffield, Conn., near Hartford, started importing Boleslawiec pottery to the United States and opened a store selling it in nearby Enfield. Ms. Englander gradually expanded, and…

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Front Burner: A Good Luck Cookie for the Year of the Pig

At the charming West Village teahouse Té Company — which the Portuguese chef Frederico Ribeiro runs with his wife, Elena Liao — you’ll find Taiwanese pineapple linzer cookies. They’re similar to linzer cookies, but they’re Mr. Ribeiro’s take on the Taiwanese pineapple cake that is presented for good luck (originally for engagements and newlyweds, but…

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Front Burner: After Hours, This Pastry Shop Serves Dessert

Michael Laiskonis, the former executive pastry chef at Le Bernardin, is now the creative director of the Institute of Culinary Education, but he says he missed turning out high-end restaurant-style desserts. So starting Sunday, he will run an evening dessert bar in an Upper West Side pastry shop, Récolte. It will be open Wednesdays through…

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Front Burner: A Restaurant Workhorse for Your Kitchen

Watch a chef deftly toss a portion of potatoes or spaghetti with sauce, and chances are the pan the professional uses is a simple carbon-steel skillet. It’s the workhorse of a restaurant kitchen. Made In, a company that sells cooking utensils directly to consumers, has just introduced such a pan, in an all-purpose 10-inch size.…

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