By many accounts, 2017 was a garbage fire: An accused sexual predator was elected to the White House, natural disasters seemed a near daily occurrence, mass shootings continued to plague our country, and—oh—it turns out that men don't know how to interact with women without assaulting them.

But enough—let's talk about the few bright spots: Adele breaking her Grammy for Beyoncé! Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's engagement! Wonder Woman! The solar eclipse! (Technically that last one was a dark spot, but you know what we mean.)

On MarieClaire.com, we had many big moments of our own. Before we all bid a much-needed adieu to 2017, here are our highlights.

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Adam Scotti

Justin Trudeau: Why I'm Raising My Kids to Be Feminists

In an exclusive essay for MarieClaire.com, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau opens up about wanting his sons to "escape the pressure to be a particular kind of masculine that is so damaging to men and to the people around them."

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Female Scientists Report a Horrifying Culture of Sexual Assault

Research labs and field sites are swarming with men who sexually harass and assault their colleagues. But when women come forward, the perpetrators aren’t punished—the victims are.

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Roy Beeson

Meet the Woman Who Took Bill O'Reilly Down

He was the most popular figure on the country's highest-rated television network. But he was no match for New York Times reporter Emily Steel.

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50 Strict Rules the Royal Family Has to Follow

Not married? No tiaras for you.

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Imaxtree

This Japanese Lotion Has a Cult Following for Transforming Skin

It has 600 five-star reviews on Amazon...and in my heart.

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Melania Trump Keeps Making the Same Fashion Mistakes

Or maybe her choices show she just doesn't care to change.

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Katie McCurdy

I'm a Woman with Facial Hair—and I'm Proud of It

A handful of bold women are embracing what millions of others have struggled to keep secret.

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Design by Betsy Farrell

15 Movies Where the Actors Have Actual Sex

An exploration of taboo.

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Tyler Joe

These Women Are the Last Thing Standing Between You and Nuclear War

As tensions rise between the United States and North Korea, an elite squad of Air Force officers wait for the call the world hopes never comes.

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The 50 Most Controversial Outfits of All Time

Because no one can wear a dress made entirely of meat and get away with it.

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If Republicans Are Pro-Life, Why Don't They Care About My Child?

I want babies like my daughter to live and be healthy. What do Republicans want?

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Are Abortions Reversible?

The medical community says no, but that's not stopping one conservative Christian doctor from convincing American women—and the politicians governing their bodies—otherwise.

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Stocksy

23 Outstanding Skincare Products That Will Literally Change Your Life

Researching these was a tough job, but somebody had to do it. 😉

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Starz

On Set with Outlander: Go Behind the Scenes of the Show's Sexiest Season Yet

MarieClaire.com travels to Scotland, and we're taking you with us.

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Marlon James

Why Black Women in a Predominately Black Culture Are Still Bleaching Their Skin

Investigating deep-rooted ideals in Jamaica.

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What Taylor Swift Should Have Addressed on Reputation but Didn't

Her "bad rep" was about a lot more than Kanye West.

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Brooke Nipar

Tatiana Maslany Says Goodbye to Orphan Black

Now that the cult-favorite show has come to a close, its Emmy-winning star is shedding her myriad characters and leaving just one: herself.

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Monica Park

Dear Parents-to-Be: Stop Celebrating Your Baby's Gender

Cutting into a pink or blue cake seems innocent enough—but honestly, it's not.

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Women Have Noticed a Strange Side Effect of the Solar Eclipse

Totality is cool and all but can it leave our cycles alone please?

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Instagram

We're Calling It: These 9 Beauty Trends Will Be Huge in 2018

Metallic brows, glitter strobing, and blurred lips, oh, my!

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