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I hate the cliché that time flies as you get older, but, oh, man, I’ve really started to feel its validity as of late. I swear it was Memorial Day 10 seconds ago, but, alas, summer is coming to a close. Just yesterday I noticed the sun starting to set around 6, which is crazy because I’m petty sure that in July it didn’t set until 10 p.m. (Alright, that might be slight hyperbole. But only slight.). To be completely honest, I’m pretty bummed about summer ending.

I know we’re all sick of hearing Todd Akin’s name, but I think you might not mind this latest bit of news about him. The Renegade Raging Grannies have brought us many saucy, awareness-raising songs about corruption and stupidity in the government. Their commentary on issues from war, to offshore drilling, to the rights of transgendered individuals (and lots more topics) makes me giddy with excitement. These are truly badass ladies who tell it like it is. Watch them put Akin in his place with their song "Legitimate Rape," and be delighted.

Let's face it-- The Internet is probably destroying our attention spans and making us all slightly dumber. But on the plus side, without it, we’d never be exposed to so many amazing cat photos from around the world. I’ve compiled a short list of some of the cutest cats on Instagram and the Internet, so get them in your feed, stat--they’re guaranteed to make you smile. Snoopybabe (pictured above) is perhaps my favorite cat on Instagram. He (or she?) is an Exotic Shorthair from China who looks so much like a cartoon, it's almost alarming. INSANE.

We all have 'em: that thing we cook when we don't want to think about cooking; our favorite home-cooked dinner that's quick and easy, but a few steps above a bowl of cereal or peanut-butter-and-jelly-sandwich for dinner. When I was a kid, my mom hated cooking and my dad had very strict restrictions on what he wanted to eat. That meant we basically ate the same 7 dinners, in rotation, week after week. Sunday was always steak; Friday was always roast chicken. In between there was (I think...this was a long time ago now) brisket, veal chops, pot roast, and spaghetti.

A 19th-century artist designed a "map" to the woman’s heart, “exhibiting its internal communications, and the facilities and dangers to Travelers therein." It may seem innocuous, but this piece of odd artwork spells out a lot about the culture's ideas of what was important to women back then. The map heavily emphasizes vanity and self-centeredness: Love of Display, Love of Dress, and Love of Admiration take up a lot of the landscape. Below these areas, Selfishness is also assigned a rather large territory.

  Women are chatting about all sorts of issues in salons, but we're not talking about spots where you can get your hair cut and colored. Glynda Carr and Kimberly Peeler-Allen of Higher Heights for America (which they founded in 2011) are organizing social gatherings where intellectual conversations and cultural discussions ensue--the kinds of salons that have been held for centuries.    (Above, a 17th-century women's salon) Higher Heights creates environments that empower women of color by making them more socially and political active.

Seeing as how the women in our military risk their lives every single day while on duty, it would only seem logical that they should have the best health care possible. Unfortunately, this is definitely not the case. Servicewomen and dependents are currently banned from using their insurance coverage for abortion if they are a victim of rape or incest. It’s deplorable, and a new group, Stand with Servicewomen, has come together to fight the ban. New television ads calling for an appeal of the ban will run during the Democratic and Republican National Conventions.

Two members of Pussy Riot, the Russian feminist punk band that has taken over the news lately, have fled Russia. There are 12 remaining members of the band still in Russia, not including the three who were recently sentenced to prison terms. The two that have fled are reportedly trying to avoid persecution by Russian police, as five members of the band were part of the infamous protest against Putin in February, but only three were arrested.

As summer comes to a close, we’ve rounded up a few easy, delicious recipes that'll cool you down during the next few weeks of heat. As an added bonus, they're all vegan! The first recipe is for Toasted Marshmallow Ice Cream, courtesy of Chocolate Covered Katie (who is a master of easy and healthy desserts.) Her recipes make it easy to control how sweet you want the end result to be, and she even includes helpful instructions on what to do if you don’t have an ice cream maker.     Next is one-ingredient ice cream. Yes, you read that correctly: one ingredient.

  DEFCON is a tech conference held annually in Las Vegas that allows thousands of hackers to learn about the latest ways to crack into any and all types of online security systems. Sounds fun, right? But over the past few years, many women who’ve attended DEFCON have reported that they’ve been victims of sexual harassment. Along with the typical techy stuff, a large part of the convention consists of recreational events for the hackers, like hacking contests, DJ sets, and parties with tons of booze, where much of the harassment takes place.
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