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“Women are good. They’re more devious,” says Doris Bohrer, 88, a former World War II OSS operative, as she bemoans the scarcity of women in her field. But a couple of years ago fate brought her together with a fellow female operative, Elizabeth “Betty” McIntosh, 96, at Prince William County Retirement Community in Virgina decades after their services. They were two of the few women in Morale Operations at the time. Always referred to as “girls,” the women were often neglected in such a male-dominated environment.

On February 11, 2011 CBS reporter Lara Logan (above) was beaten and sexually assaulted while covering the celebrations in Egypt’s Tahrir Square following Hosni Mubarak's resignation. Just months after Logan was assaulted, Dan Rottenberg, editor of the online arts magazine Broad Street Review, released an attack of words through an editor’s note titled, “Male sex abuse and female naiveté”.

Now that kids have access to just about anything on the Internet, let me direct your attention to something very worthwhile. I’ve heard plenty a horror story about the daughters of repressed mothers or forgetful fathers finding blood between their legs and being totally unprepared. For those girls whose flow arrived before sex ed and didn’t get “the talk” in time, Camp Cranky is an interactive site for girls that explains what their period is and how it works.  On the site you can visit the Nurse to learn about how your period works.

          I haven’t shaved for quite a while now. It started with a lazy winter, when I found it unnecessary to shave my legs. But with hairy legs and all I thought it was weird that I still shaved my armpits, so the razor went on indefinite hiatus.          Up until college, I was always careful about shaving. I wouldn’t dare be caught with hairy armpits and legs in gym class. I’ve used razors, at-home waxing kits, that weird Schick Intuition thing, and even tweezers.

We're superexcited about the upcoming fourth of July holiday. Okay, we admit that's more because it's a three-day weekend and an excuse for a fun backyard party than because of its origins as an important national holiday. Either way, it's a great way day to celebrate your own independent spirit by crafting or cooking up some fun red white and blue items. Here are some great ideas scavenged from around the interwebs: Free printables make for quick and cute sparkler table decorations, from Twig and Thistle. These Jell-o shots look like loads of fun. Shared on food.com.

Next stop on my quest to learn to can is a lesson in rhubarb jam making. Rhubarb is kind of intimidating for some reason. I, for one, have never cooked or baked with the vegetable myself. Perhaps one of the reasons it is intimidating is because the leaves of the plant are toxic.

  Here's a friendly reminder that the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players will be playing tonight at NYC's The Bowery Electric ! The Trachtenburgs previewed songs from their upcoming album, Lost and Found (to be released on July 12th), at a residency this month at The Bowery Electric in NYC. Also featuring performances by Light Spells, Roughstars, Long Distance Poison, and Eric Demby aka DJ Treeboy. Doors open at 7:30 PM and tickets are $8.

    So, tour ended two days ago. Since we last spoke, the  Assembly of Light Women's Choir and The Body played in Atlanta, DC, Greensboro, Jacksonville, New York and at a sold-out hometown show in Providence.  The audiences from each city responded to the Assembly of Light Women's Choir  and The Body with overwhelming enthusiasm and respect at venues from bars to warehouses, from New York to Jacksonville.   The best part about tour for me were the amazing people I met and became reacquainted with while on the road.

Summer is officially is full swing and while I might be lacking in funds to buy all the pretty, summery things I love, I decided to make a “Summer Wishlist” of fashionable items that add some summer fun to ensembles lacking the colorful tights and cardigans of autumn and spring. I'm a total Fall girl who loves to layer, but getting creative with colors, prints, and accessories is what I love best about summer. I hope you enjoy peeking into my online inspiration. These are a few of my favorite things right now.

While Mad Men won't be back till early 2012, if you're missing the fabulous style created by costume designer, Janie Bryant, fear not, you can still get a dose of it come August when her 65-piece collaboration with Banana Republic's creative director, Simon Kneen, emerges. Check out some of the looks below and my thoughts on some of the pieces.    I'm definitely digging the men's wear, I'm a sucker for a bow tie or sweater vest, but I'm not totally sold on the women's wear. I see the inspiration, but I definitely see more Banana Republic than "Mad Men.
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