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Here’s a feel-good story for the end of your day: Brooklyn-based independent bookseller Kicks Books thought their entire stock of paperbacks was lost when Hurricane Sandy flooded their warehouse in October 2012. But thanks to rapid community organization, speedy volunteers and “the best coffee in the world,” Kicks Books has restored its stock and is issuing reprints of the six books it has on its roster. Created in the late 2000s by the former drummer of the punk band The Cramps, Miriam Linna (and co-founder husband Billy...
After spending a year at New Jersey’s most notorious party school and watching just about every episode of Gossip Girl, date rape drugs are a very real fear to me. No, I’m not trying to sound glib; it doesn’t matter if I’m having a beer with a female friend and Harvest Moon Brewery happens to be empty because, you know, it’s 11 am on a Tuesday. I am guarding that lipstick-stained glass like a hawk. Enter Michael Abramson, a Boston attorney and the inventor of DrinkSavvy....
Trigger Warning: This post contains a description of sexual violence that may potentially be triggering for survivors of sexual assault. A 15-year-old girl was found last week in Northern California's Lake County. She was a runaway from Los Angeles. It is believed that she was living on the streets in Hollywood when she encountered 30-year-old Ryan Alan Balletto and 25-year-old Patrick Steven Pearmain, her kidnappers.   Balletto and Pearmain, pictured above, maintain their innocence, but the girl said that she was forced to spend up to three days...
The U.S. Military has begun issuing Army Combat Uniforms (ACUs) specifically tailored for the female form … finally. Owing to a growing proportion of female soldiers in the military, these new uniforms are meant to increase professionalism, improve fit and comfort and decrease the restriction of movement that came from covering ladies with the standard, ‘burly-dude’ fit uniform. The original ACU was built “by males for males,” states a recent article on the Army’s website. The ACU-As (or, Army Combat Uniform – Alternate) will accommodate a greater...
Imagine Don Corleone played by an 11-year-old, menstruation-obsessed little girl. That's this video.  It follows the touching story we're all familiar with: a little girl feels isolated at camp, until she becomes the first to get her period. Then she becomes an oppressive dictator who deals out tampons and unwarranted advice to her fellow campmates. #kidsthesedays  It's cool especially because they stray away from the lame tropes we usually see in tampon ads. They're not using cutesy euphemisms for "vagina," all the little girls look appropriately miserable...