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Without a doubt, my new favourite band ever. A feminist punk rock collective inspired by Bikini Kill writing anti-Putin songs (“Putin has pissed himself”) and performing in guerrilla-style costumes in Red Square itself. And to think, my colleagues in the music press used to scorn Riot Grrrl … From Big Think: The following story details how one group of girls have taken on Putin. Other revolutionaries take note. Here’s how you can do it: 1. Join an all-girl punk rock band 2. Come up with a provocative name (e.g. “Pussy Riot”) 3.

Does your dead-of-winter cabin fever have you feeling the weight of the world’s mercilessness more acutely than usual?  Before you make a big tears and whiskey scene at your local dive bar/cuss out the gray sky and precipitate an avalanche, consider listening up for a fresh set of wise words from done-seasoned country songstress Gretchen Peters.  Her new album Hello Cruel World came out early this week.

Catholic colleges around the country are making it damn near impossible for students to stage the Vagina Monologues. Since 2003 Patrick J. Reilly, president of the group Cardinal Newman Society, has rallied thousands of CNS members to oppose the play on Catholic campuses using straight-up stalker tactics like hardcore e-mailing and letter writing. The CNS, a group dedicated to renewing Catholic traditions in Catholic colleges, sends letters urging alumni to freeze funding until the administration agrees to ban The Vagina Monologues. Sadly some alumni agree. Patrick J.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists, made a shocking announcement Tuesday afternoon--they're ending their longtime partnership with Planned Parenthood. SGK's Facebook page has been flooded with reactions since then. Nancy G. Brinker, the organization's founder and ambassador, uploaded a video meant to give "straight talk" about the controversial decision.  The choice to siphon most future grant money away from Planned Parenthood and into other organizations is allegedly due to "new granting strategies.

  New York City is notorious for its smells. I mean really, this city stinks. Sometimes it's trash day stink; some days it's fish market stink. And sometimes you don't even know what source could possibly be causing you to hold your breath and speed walk down the block back into the realm of earthly scents. Fortunately next week the Tour de France Restaurant Group will be celebrating the good kind of stinky with their fifth annual Winter Stinky Cheese Festival.   [video:http://www.youtube.

We love Portlandia, so we were tickled by the new Entertainment Weekly-exclusive short Portlandia: Deam of the 1890s. I wonder how they get through their takes, 'cause I can't hold back the laugh-tears. I especially love Fred Armisen's faux-bearded face in this one, and Carrie is as hilarious as ever. This could easily apply to Brooklyn, too. Go ahead, watch:  It's as if President McKinley never got assassinated. 'Portlandia': Go back to the 1890s with Fred and Carrie --EXCLUSIVE VIDEO [Entertainment Weekly] Watch Portlandia on IFC Friday nights at 10 PM/9c.

If you happen to be on a birth control pill manufactured by Pfizer, Inc., you should 1) probably pick up a pregnancy test after work, 2) also a box of condoms, 3) send Pfizer a bill for it, and 4) try not to cry. The manufacturer just voluntarily recalled one million packages of Lo/Ovral-28, Norgestrel/Ethinyl Estradiol after they noticed a “packaging error.” The packets should consist of three weeks of active pills and one week of sugar pills; but the last million might have contained incorrect amounts of each type of pill or are, in some cases, out of sequence.

The station attendant at the Broadway/Lafayette subway stop is the cutest lady ever (totally blowing up her spot!). The whiteboard in her cubicle displays pertinent train information, but I noticed recently that she also writes inspiring messages and aphorisms that make even a tired, black-hearted, cranky commuting jerkface like me smile.

Until yesterday, I didn't know that camel toe was a problem that you needed a product to solve, but if you've been wondering how to stop your clothes from displaying your crotch crack, the Smoothgroove is here! Fashionista is reporting---with an understandable tinge of disbelief---that the front-wedgie-eliminating wonder (created by a woman named Susan Laurie) is finally available for purchase. SmoothGroove is like a sports cup that covers the vulva to make it look smooth and even. The cup is made of medical grade polymer that forms to your shape.

I love books. A lot. I have a book in my purse at all times (last month it was The Small Room by May Sarton, right now it’s The Russian Dreambook of Color and Flight by Gina Ochsner—next up will be Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger) and spend many of my lunch breaks browsing at Barnes & Noble. For part of our summer holiday, my college roommate and I went to the little town of Hay-on-Wye, Wales, which makes its living off bookshops; there are about two dozen of them there. (That’s when you know you’re a book lover, by the way.