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"Where I live, there are some people who want to stop educating girls through guns," the father of Pakistani education rights activist Malala Yousafzai told The New York Times in a documentary titled 'Class Dismissed.' "I want to get my education and I want to become a doctor," she added in the 2009 feature. But this Tuesday, the National Peace Award for Youth recipient, esteemed BBC blogger, and two-time Times documentary star paid a high price for her bravery.

      This past Tuesday, the Center for Reproductive Rights released a kick-ass video featuring today’s most talented celebs reacting to Terry England’s comment that compared women to farm animals. In case you haven’t heard and been outraged already, Georgia State Rep. Terry England defended HB 954—a law that would make it illegal for a woman to have an abortion after the twentieth week, even if their were serious complications —by saying, “I’ve had the experience of delivering calves, dead and alive.

  One member of Pussy Riot is free, but two remain in prison. Today, an appellate court in Moscow set one of the three jailed Pussy Riot members free, but upheld the two-year prison sentences of the other two women, according to the New York Times. A three-judge panel of Moscow City Court upheld the guilty verdict against all three women on charges of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred, for their anti-Putin “punk prayer” protest performance in a Moscow cathedral.

Ari Seth Cohen, creator of Advanced Style--a fashion blog that features older people in amazing outfits--has partnered with Australian band Van She to create a series of videos that explore what happiness means. (Van She’s latest album is fittingly titled Idea of Happiness.)   Jean (L) and Valerie (R)   For the first video, Cohen picked two of the fabulous ladies from Advanced Style, Valerie and Jean (aka The Idiosyncratic Fashionistas), to talk about what happiness means to them.

  IKEA has been under fire this past week after it was revealed that they had airbrushed all the women out of the images in their annual catalog for IKEA Saudi Arabia. They have since apologized and expressed their “regret” for the situation, telling the Associated Press, "We should have reacted and realized that excluding women from the Saudi Arabian version of the catalog is in conflict with the IKEA Group values." The company’s home country of Sweden was the first to criticize this move, followed by the U.S.

  With the new James Bond film, Skyfall, opening in theatres on November 9th, it’s time for a new jam to accompany it. As one of the most successful artists to come out of the UK, Adele was the obvious choice to sing the signature theme song for this installment of the franchise. And of course, her classic lady-crooner sound works perfectly with the classy feel of the Bond films.

  FAIR Girls is a wonderful organization that works to prevent exploitation of girls and end sex trafficking in Bosnia, Montenegro, Serbia, Russia, Uganda, and the United States.  FAIR stands for “Free, Aware, Inspired, Restored,” which is exactly what these young survivors of prostitution and violence become.  The name, according to their site, “reflects our ongoing commitment to providing girls around the world the chance to live happy, healthy, empowered lives.” In response to the U.N.

    This Is Personal, a new social media campaign by The National Women’s Law Center, aims to educate and empower young women on keeping our reproductive rights intact and personal (since they clearly are a personal issue).       The campaign’s site provides helpful visual resources that clearly explain policies that jeopardize our reproductive rights, like a map highlighting states that require invasive ultrasounds before having an abortion.

  You know how it goes. It’s that trite rom-com cliché that’s been done over and over again: a guy likes a girl who sees him as just a “friend.” This guy is usually the one that treats the girl right, listens to her, let’s her know how wonderful she truly is, despite how the world has mistreated her, blah blah blah. And then he gets pissed when she doesn’t want to bone him.  Really? Like, you two were FRIENDS! Can’t you just be a good guy and not expect sex in return? That’s how friendship works.

  I have been following Dame Darcy's career for several years, ever since we met on a book and music tour with Lisa Crystal Carver.
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