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  Images of battered women invoke a sense of rage in many of us that can’t easily be quelled. Some, like the editors of Bulgarian zine, 12, profit off of the misery of these women with fashion shoots. But beauty vlogger Lauren Luke chose to take the high road by working with an anti-abuse group called Refuge to shed light on an issue that affects between 15 to 71 percent of women across the globe.

Moms know best, which means they’re sure to know what your favorite snacks are, and keep them on hand. Imogen Sheeran, mother of British singer-songwriter (and ginger) Ed Sheeran took things one step further, and created a line of wearable faux-candy creations inspired by Ed’s favorite snacks.  Her line of jewelry, called Allsorts Licorice, features a selection of rather yummy imitation sweets made from molding clay.

The Whitney Museum of American Art will present the exhibit Yayoi Kusama, about the avante-garde, extremely original artist of the same name's development over six decades. She worked in Japan and the United States. It will start on July 12 and run until September 30th. This woman’s middle name is versatile. She paints, draws, sculpts, creates films, performs, and immerses you in the art, taking you to the place she has created. Her pieces are unique, to say the least. She is infamous for her use of polka dots and patterns that will blow your mind.

With Fourth of July celebrations coming up tomorrow, we know you’re excited and hungry. And on that note, we are providing you with some food ideas for your barbecues and other forms of celebration. We picked up these delicious, simple recipes for veggies, ribs, sauce and dessert from different websites, so feel free to head over to their pages for print outs. If you're only looking to browse, check out their directions we've included below. Eat like an American! VEGGIES Grilled vegetables are always tasty, especially in the summer.

Spoiler alert: if you have been living under a rock and have not yet read or watched Harry Potter, first of all, I don’t know what you’re waiting for, and second of all, you probably shouldn’t read this blog. It contains spoilers, and I wouldn’t want to ruin the amazing experience that you can have as soon as you’re done chillin’ with worms. Not that I’m judging.

As with Jordan Catalano’s group, "The Frozen Embryos" on the 90s TV show, My So-Called Life, band names don’t necessarily have to make sense. Especially when you’re a teenager-- they’re just another way to express bottled-up angst.  Although I could stare at pictures of early Mick Jagger all day, I'm less excited by band members than by the bands' names themselves. I just love coming up with names for fictional bands that will likely never exist.

Hey there fellow NYCers-- are you a community member, a community organizer, or an activist? Do you dislike all kinds of oppression, enjoy food, and appreciate art? If so, let me draw your attention to a place you should be visiting on the regular: Bluestockings, a radical bookstore, fair trade café, and activist center on the Lower East Side. Want an empowering book? You’ll find it here. Been meaning to brush up on your gender studies or expand your knowledge of black liberation? Look no further.

By nightfall tomorrow, there will undoubtedly be someone near you lighting things on fire. But it won't be scary arson or a boy scout gone rogue; it will be patriotic. The fourth of July is the one day out of the year on which we all collectively decide that blowing things up in the sky, purely for amusement, is one hundred percent okay. Unless you live in a state where it's only sort of okay. How un-American! I live right on the border between New Jersey and Pennsylvania, on the New Jersey side, where it looks like my state is head-butting Pennsylvania.

Though not a new idea, sisters-gone-designers can often make the best of teams (Sienna and Savannah Miller of Twenty8Twelve, The Olsens, Laura and Kate Mulleavy of Rodarte, the list goes on…) So if you're looking for a bit of whimsy brought to you by another sister duo, look no further.  British blogging babes Molly and Alice Goddard channeled their passion for fashion into their own handmade line, Lovetits. But don't be fooled by the name--there's no garish lingerie to be had here.

  Have you ever read Retromania by Simon Reynolds? It’s this book that traces our society’s fixation on the past, and the concept of "retro." Sometimes, when I’m feeling really deep, I’ll ponder some of these questions for myself. Mostly, I wonder if holding onto nostalgia can ever truly be inhibiting like everybody makes it out to be.
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