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  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.

Engaging lady voters is critical to winning the upcoming election—we are the majority of the population, after all—but looking at the “female vote” as a monolith ain’t the way to do it. A panel of four prominent political women, including Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, MSNBC host and writer Melissa Harris-Perry, pollster Kellyanne Conway, and strategist Margaret Hoover, gathered at this year’s New Yorker Festival this past Saturday to take on the complexities of the female electorate. In short, it was ah-may-zing.

A Reddit user recently posted a surreptitious photo of a woman tagged under "/r/funny". Apparently, the reason that user european_douchebag (yep) found the woman, Balpreet Kaur, Reddit-worthy was that she gasp! has facial hair--and, as it turns out, isn’t ashamed by it in the slightest.     When Balpreet’s friends found the photograph, under a post titled “I’m not sure what to conclude from this,” she reacted to the negative and positive comments far better than I would have.

  Home Made Winter is the second book by Yvette van Boven, a Dutchy-Frenchy chef whose gorgeously illustrated and inspirationally designed tomes are like no other cookbooks you've seen before. Here are recipes that cannot be defined by a particular cuisine; recipes written the traditional way and as illustrations only; and food crafting projects like "how to make a cured sausage." Home Made Winter is available wherever books are sold. Try out this recipe for a delicious stew that's perfect for the coming cooler months.

We all know the famous 1945 photo of a sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square, celebrating the end of WWII. But though we’ve seen it on countless posters and T-shirts and purses and mousepads, it is not what it appears to be.     Feminist blog Crates & Ribbons posted a piece titled "The Kissing Sailor, or, 'The Selective Blindness of Rape Culture,'" in which the author observes that what the photo really shows is not romance but sexual assault.

Living in close quarters with your lady friends has many benefits, but studies show that menstrual synchrony—synced-up periods triggered by pheromones—may not be one of them. In her seminal 1971 study, psychologist Martha McClintock concluded that synced cycles are related to the exchange of pheromones between women in close social contact.     Besties!   However, a whole crop of studies have popped up since then that contradict the “McClintock effect”—and some that claim to disprove the existence of pheromones as a whole.

Remember a little while back when I talked about Katy Perry’s slammin’ Daria-inspired nails? And how jealous I was of her nail art in general? (Let's be real--all of us would do some despicable things for access to her manicurists.) Well, she’s upped the ante this week with a freaking PRO-BAMA MANI for her debut performance for Mr. President, complete with tiny portraits of the commander-in-chief himself. Katy ain’t playing when it comes to this election, people!   SWAG.

Picking a costume for Halloween is hard work, if you take it seriously (which I do, thank you very much). Finding the perfect balance of funny, interesting, and comfortable to walk around in is incredibly difficult. And forget buying something at a store if you want to avoid tacking the word “sexy” to the beginning of your costume and freezing to death. That’s why the blog “Take Back Halloween!” is so incredible. Its mission is to “take back” Halloween, and give women who don’t necessarily want to dress up as a sexy fill-in-the-blank some options.

  HOLD THE PHONE. OMG. I’m really glad I decided to keep watching this season. Everything that I thought was lacking in the premiere seemed to be in the very intense second episode, so I'm a very happy fangirl. This episode returned to all the things I love about OUAT. The seven dwarves bring it upon themselves to find out what happens beyond Storybrooke.

UK feminists are taking a dramatic stand for women’s rights. On October 24, Dr. Helen Pankhurst, granddaughter of suffragette leader Sylvia Pankhurst, will lead a mass Feminist Lobby of Parliament. She will be joined by the “Olympic Suffragettes” – a group of women who performed as suffragettes in the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony – and over 200 women and men from around the UK.
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