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The birds-and-the-bees conversation between parents and teens isn’t exactly the easiest topic to discuss at the dinner table, though we all know it's a vital rite of passage to growing up. But what about the teens with special needs? A new study reveals that not only do they have a limited knowledge of sex, but many have some alarming misconceptions regarding human sexuality. The study's lead researcher Ruth Garbutt found that several students believed gay sex was illegal or weren’t aware that sexual abuse is an offense that’s investigated by police.

I know young people are supposed to be hip and tech-savvy (and by using the terms "hip" and "tech-savvy" I do, in fact, realize I've outed myself as neither), but sometimes I find myself genuinely overwhelmed with how quickly technology is advancing and all the crazy cool possibilities that come with it. Here I am, still flabbergasted that you can pay for your Starbucks coffee using a QR code, while artist Yiying Lu is already using them to create stunning and interactive works of art in her new series "Beautiful Traps.

Have you ever taken a risk with your own personal style, like donning a fashion-forward denim jumpsuit, and your female friends exclaimed compliments in unison while your guy friends silently pondered whether or not you got dressed in the dark that day? There’s a name for that trendy garb you’re wearing—Man repellent. Runway-savvy fashionista Leandra Medin is the face behind ManRepeller.com, a bible for all things fashionably trendy that Cosmopolitan might describe as “Girl Sexy but not Guy Sexy.

Miss Congeniality was a fantastic movie, but I'm already thinking that the drama unfolding in the real world would make for a great screenplay. Picture it: an overbearing millionaire goes after a beauty queen scorned by the media for her supposedly close-minded views as she tries to smear the entire pageant itself. Drama! Blame!  Spray tans! The Miss America pageant has gone ugly with the recent developments involving its co-owner Donald Trump and the former Miss Pennsylvania, who renounced her crown on the grounds that, in her opinion, the pageant is rigged.

Prepare for takeoff, earthlings. Dream-pop duo Beach House has teamed up again with director Allen Cordell on their latest music video for the meditative “Lazuli” off of their incredible recent album, Bloom. The video follows three lonely-types whose lives conjoin in another dimension by way of unusual circumstances. Via exploding eggs, interactive invisible walls, and dark smoke clouds, we’re transported into a cosmic dreamland that perfectly matches the band’s atmospheric sound.

If you've ever caught the tiny voice in the back of your head thinking to yourself that the 33 cent pay gap between women and men really isn’t all that big, first of all: you are the worst, and second of all: let’s see if you’re singing a different tune when you see all the cool things you could afford when those cents add up. The Center for American Progress plugged in the numbers and found some interesting results. In 2010 the median full-time working man took home $47,715 in earnings, while the median full-time working woman made only $36,931—77.

Just in case Zooey Deschanel's presence on your TV screen on Fox's fall hit New Girl, iPhone Siri commercial, or SNL as a host was not enough adorkability for you, her face now may be on a bus in a city near you. Today the New Girl Facebook page announced the "True American" bus tour, which will kick off labor day weekend in Boston and move on to New York. The tour's name clearly comes from the show's infamous patriotic drinking game, to which the rules are still unclear. Perhaps we can learn on the tour, since it looks like every major city in America will be getting a dose of Zooey and Co.

Remember when the Vatican blasted the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (aka about 80 percent of American sisters) for focusing on the poor and hungry instead of railing against reproductive rights and gay people? Well, those “radical feminist” gals haven’t taken the criticism lying down.

The cast of Girls seems to be everywhere these days in print, but now you can take them everywhere with you in prints. Different prints, actually, thanks to Kevin Hilton at Vulture. The brilliance of this kind of Girls print-job is that it is in doll form. Each of the four cast members now has their own paper doll, complete with different outfits and accessories. If you've been watching the season, you'll be pleased to see that the intricacies of each character's life are perfectly addressed in their doll counterpart's adornments.

    The relationship between women and fashion is complicated, or at the very least, layered. We all need to buy clothes. That one’s obvious, or like the first layer. The second level of this cake (I’ve made it a cake) is the clothes that we buy reflect how we are judged. Teen girls all over the internet are counseling each on how to dress like a certain persona (i.e. Wear hemp bracelets if you want to be a surfer).