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For a world so big, people have never seemed to stop asking themselves the basic question of “How do I meet other people?” When you live on a planet of seven billion, a part of you just wants to say, “Just walk outside! That’s it.” But it never really seems to be that easy; especially in the age we live in, where people feel more comfortable with a virtual interaction than one of the physical form. In fact, it would seem that the more comfortable we become with meeting people online, the more fearful we are of having basic human interactions.
The internet is an amazing place to share thoughts and ideas and create a unique dialogue between writers and their readers. I am grateful for criticisms, new information, and the expansion of a conversation though the format of online comments. What I don’t appreciate are hateful, obtrusive, and obnoxious comments. What scares me the most are comments containing threats and violence. This is a reality that writers face in their field, and while it varies and there is a spectrum, online harassment is most likely to happen to women, and least likely to happen to white men.
Adam is 18 years old and a senior in high school—he loves pizza, nature, pretty girls and video games. He despises mowing the lawn and prefers to spend much of his time in his bedroom playing on his iPhone. When in a bookstore, the manga section is his top priority. He talks about wanting to go college to become a zoologist. Some days this changes to veterinarian. Other days this changes to, “Maybe we should just open our own food truck.” Sounds pretty typical, right? If you ever met Adam, though, you wouldn’t think he was 18.
Beyoncé has done it again. After weeks and months of teasing us with the surprise release of “Formation,” her Super Bowl performance, her new tour, her ELLE interview about feminism, and a mysterious HBO teaser trailer, Beyoncé finally released her new album — and it’s perfect. Lemonade is a stunning, genre-spanning visual album that, divided into chapters, tells a story of marital infidelity, anger, grief and reconciliation. The visual album incorporates spoken word poetry by Somali-British poet Warsan Shire.
In 1964, Lovelace’s Women in Space Program was given the shaft after a paper written by a couple dudes who felt their masculinity being threatened stated that women shouldn’t go to space because, well... Periods. They convinced NASA that putting a hormonal woman in control of a “complicated machine” was a bad idea; that somehow, women free bleeding in zero gravity would be detrimental to the galaxy as a whole.
  Photographer Danielle Guenther's photo series "What The Bump?!" is not your typical maternity shoot... That is to say, there's no beaming couples standing back-to-front, prom date style, making heart-hands over an exposed pregnant belly. There are no flower crowns in a wheat field (lending credence to my childhood theory that babies actually did come from a cabbage patch, what is UP, wheat fields?).
Photo by Megan Senior This is not the Sculpey of your kindergarten art class. Well, OK, it is. But this chunky polymer pendant is so dang cute, no one will ever know. Freshen up your wardrobe with make ’n’ bake clay beads for some brand-new jewelry that costs less than a latte.  Materials Polymer clay (e.g. Sculpey, available at craft stores and online) in at least three colors Clay hole cutter (or long kitchen skewer) X-Acto or butter knife  Baking sheet Necklace cord of your choice (leather, suede, jute, cotton, etc.) Scissors Instructions 1.
New Yorkers, rejoice! Spring is finally here! Snow is officially in the rearview mirror and we’re in Spring’s sweet spot. The weather is warm and breezy, the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, dogs and babies are smiling, you’re feeling optimistic, and we still have a month left before the mind-numbing heatwaves of Summer approach.
Prince Rogers Nelson, the icon known as Prince, passed away at age 57 in his home in Minnesota Thursday, and we’re still recovering. Unlike many popular musicians in the early 80s, Prince emerged as an entirely unique, gender-bending artist who broke the barriers of gender conformity, as well as increasing the visibility of female sexual appetite.
  Ange is a New York City-based performance artist whose photographs are so unflinchingly evocative, you can't help but wince!  As an outward expression of inner turmoil, Ange covers her naked body in objects that are typically used to inflict pain.  These photographs definitely elicit a visceral reaction!  Scroll through to see all of her works, which are available for purchase online.