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The Most Popular Posts on and Other Stuff We Liked This Past Week

Sex education, nostalgic ferries, plus a photo gallery of hallowed holloways.
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Every week, we share with you our top posts and some of our favorite reads from across the Web. Get all of this—and more—directly in your inbox by signing up for our twice-weekly newsletter.

This week we saw the resurgence of Alice Dreger's immensely popular column about filling the gaps of her child's sex education. Plus, we've got Casey N. Cep on the nostalgia of a certain ferry, and the importance of school counselors.

1. What If We Admitted to Children That Sex Is Primarily About Pleasure?

2. The Most Pointless Ferry in Maryland

3. School Counselors Do More Than You'd Think

4. The Truth We Won’t Admit: Drinking Is Healthy

5. We Aren't the World

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Plus, some fun picks from the Web. What we clicked on this week:

  • For the United Nations climate conference in New York last week, the Guardian put together an interactive map showing the countries and continents disproportionately responsible for, and disproportionately harmed by, climate change. Click around—there's nothing more effective at conveying climate danger than watching continents balloon as you change the criteria.
  • Over at Atlas Obscura, they're featuring photos of holloways around the world—that is, "centuries-old thoroughfares worn down by the traffic of time." While the photographs are peaceful and pensive, writer Allison Meier explains that holloways have "garnered modern infamy due to their use as shelters in war."

(Photo: Romain Bréget/Wikimedia Commons)