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 Riding Riding on the wake of Iran's tumultuous elections earlier this summer, Afghanistan also held presidential elections this year. While the elections, and subsequent protests, in Iran sparked discussion about women's rising influence, Afghanistan's elections last Thursday only continued to show how far women have to come in this conservative society.  While women are techincally granted some equality under the new Constitution, cultural pressure and Taliban intimidation kept women's participation down this year.
Photo courtesy of The Washington Post From buff arms to bare legs, Michelle Obama's extremities (or, rather, the outfits that show them off) have got to be the most demonized in White House history. In an editorial today about Mrs. Obama's decision to wear unfussy, mid-thigh shorts on a Grand Canyon hike, The Washington Post's Robin Givhan argued that while the first lady shouldn't be expected to wear tulle and lace on a family vacay, she should be careful of '[trying] so hard to be average that she winds up looking common.
The psychology behind cleaning goes under the cultural microscope in Dirt: The Quirks, Habits, and Passions of Keeping House, Mindy Lewis' essay anthology about keeping (or the attempt of keeping) things tidy.
Noir is the name of the game in Britten and Brülightly, Hannah Berry's illustrated detective story ripe with mystery and engrossing characters.
Margot Mifflin's The Blue Tattoo: The Life of Olive Oatman narrates the true, traumatic, and fantastic life of a young girl breaking cultural and racial boundaries in early-America.
Bad Girls Go Everywhere: The Life of Helen Gurley Brown celebrates the original superstar sex-columnist through all of her exuberant conquests and tumultuous shortcomings.
Pinch your pennies with The Backyard Homestead, Carleen Madigan's all-purpose guide to living simply and efficiently during any pesky recession.
Mishna Wolff explores her sometimes complicated, sometimes kooky childhood in the humorous and heartfelt I'm Down: A Memoir.
Sassy dance queen Little Boots mixes powerhouse musicality with polished production her snappy new EP, Illuminations.
The newly unpunctuated YACHT is just that--totally unpunctuated and breakin' all the rules in the electro-fied, stylistic hodgepodge of See Mystery Lights.
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