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Watch fashion inspiration Ilona Royce Smithkin in fab fashion blog Advanced Style's new video. Ilona, 90, who favors bold, bright colors, geometric shapes, skilled layering, and self made feather eyelashes, gives some sartorial advice we could all stand to hear: in these capsule collection and it-bag obsessed times, we often forget that fashion is really about how regular people put their clothes on every day- often far more inspiring than an army of models dressed in expensive, stylist-selected get ups.

We were shocked and saddened to hear the news this morning of the death of Trish Keenan, of the UK band Broadcast. Their label, Warp Records, released this statement today:  “It is with great sadness we announce that Trish Keenan from Broadcast passed away at 9am this morning in hospital. She died from complications with pneumonia after battling the illness for two weeks in intensive care. Our thoughts go out to James, Martin, her friends and her family and we request that the public respect their wishes for privacy at this time.

I know periods. I first got mine when I was 11 and get mine every 29 days, for exactly 5 days. I'm a machine! I've been menstruating for half of my life now and have tried just about every option out there: pads, tampons, disposable and reusable menstrual cups, the Pill, sea sponges and just wearing old undies you don't care about. Few things worked for me. Pads and sponges felt too bulky, not doing anything is only something I feel comfortable doing around the house, and that fake period that you get from birth control kinda freaks me out.

Toddlers & Tiaras is at it again! Last week we brought you Mia the Mini Madonna, but this week we bring you something even more horrifying. A five year old having her eyebrows waxed.    … Alright, so, Toddlers & Tiaras does take place in a world where children wear false teeth and spray tan and parade around like dolls, but this clip is enough to make me cry. In it, we see the poor little girl crying and pleading, “No, nooo, no please not my eyebrows! No, don’t do my eyebrows.

I am of the opinion that comic and cartoon art is very much a form of "fine art." It is the one medium where anything you can imagine can become possible. If you dream it, you can realize it with a pen and a piece of paper. Now more than ever women are using the comic medium to express smart, creative, and even sexy stories. A few months back we did blog on webcomics by-women-for-women.

    The 92nd Street Y's season is off to a great start! Through June, the center will host a number of smart and powerful women. On Sunday, 1/23, drop in to see Congresswoman Nita Lowey, author Gloria Feldt, and journalists Rebecca Traister and Carol Jenkins discuss women, power and politics. As a personal aside, I spent one summer interning for Congresswoman Lowey, and her dedication to women's issues is truly inspiring! You won't want to miss this. On Thursday, 2/17, comedian Judy Gold will be interviewing the one and only Whoopi Goldberg.

What better way to give a celebratory memorial to Ari Up than a PUNKY REGGAE BIRTHDAY PARTY? This Sunday, January 16th, Dunia Best and Aram Sinnreich (Brave New Girl, Agent 99), the Punk Professor Vivien Goldman, Joly McFie of Punkcast.com and friends are honoring the pioneering lead singer of bands True Warriors, the Slits, and New Age Steps. Honoring Ari Up is an incredible assortment of talent. Led by Musical Director Ira Heaps, the original and current members of the Slits, including Tessa Pollitt, Hollie Cook, Neneh Cherry and AnnA Ozawa are set to perform.

Admittedly, tru TV's reality show Rehab: Party at the Hard Rock Hotel doesn't exactly broadcast a feminist tone, from the internet tagline "Sexy women in teeny bikinis hang poolside at Las Vegas' hottest party." to the near-constant clips of gyrating ladies and screaming, beefy, tribal-tattooed, shants-clad men. It's probably not the sort of show you'd see a promo for and think, "Gee, that looks worth checking out!" However, we all know that we can find feminism in unlikely places, and clearly, one of those places is Rehab, man.

  QuORUM FORUM is a ten-day extravaganza of knowledge, skills, and talents for the purpose of creating and supporting sustainable community projects. It includes workshops, discussions, skillshares, performances, and parties. All events are FREE. Workshops range from topics such as queer sexual health, a drag tutorial, and book-making.  QuORUM (Queers Organizing for Radical Unity and Mobilization) is a network of radical queers and queer collectives in New York City. We believe in community building, resource sharing, economic justice, and collective liberation.

A couple of years ago, whilst browsing in a store, a man suddenly came up to me and put his hands on my shoulders. I was shocked, but managed to say, "What are you doing?" "And he said something like, "Oh, you were in my way," as if that made any sense. I wish I had come up with something more cutting in response, but the experience really rattled me, and I just walked away. Of course, sometimes I actually am in people's way, and, as a small female, I am constantly getting touched, generally by men.