As a female drummer, New Yorker Mindy Abovitz felt like her abilities were constantly being questioned and she “wanted to do [her] best to challenge the notion that girls can’t play.” That’s why she started the stellar music mag Tom Tom to celebrate lady drummers in 2009. And now, the 35-year-old has gone a step further by creating the Tom Tom Academy in Brooklyn, a network of drum schools run entirely by women. “I’ve wanted to start a drum school for a long time,” she says. Read More
You know who wasn’t truly outrageous? Jem, the ’80s cartoon rock star. She wasn’t outrageous at all. Being all about “synergy” in her band the Hologramsjust made it seem like she was at a board meeting. Wow. How outrageous. You go, Jem. Stormer (of Jem’s rival band, the Misfits) was pretty kickass, though. She played the keytar and wasn’t super cool about the Misfits being dicks to the Holograms all the time. Read More
Here’s a crazy stat for you: The 44-year-old founder of Spanx, Sara Blakely, is the youngest self-made lady billionaire in history. The business of whittling down women’s waists has been a big deal for a long time, so maybe it’s not too surprising that the person who started the modern restrictive undergarment craze is swimming in moola. But what are Spanx and other body shapers really costing you? New reports tell scary tales of compressed organs, squashed bowels, and numbness and tingling in the legs, all caused by squeezing your tuchus into too-tight spandex. Dr. Read More
This summer is all about pits and tits, thanks to tanks with super-low-cut necks and armholes. And with these sweet sets, you can wave your hands in the air like you just don’t care that they can see your underwear. Fringe With Benefit Go wild in a wolf tank and a leopard-print bra that’s perfect for full-figured femmes. Peace Out Crop Top–Spiritual Creatures, $11.75, toofastonline.com; Sculptresse by Panache Chi Chi Full Cup Underwire Bra, $62, herroom. Read More
This Unexpected Destination is a Cosmopolitan Community in Every Sense of the Word Jersey City's official nickname is “The Golden Door,” but a more fitting one might be “the best of both worlds.” The second-largest city in New Jersey (watch your back, Newark!) is just eight minutes on the PATH train from Manhattan, but manages to feel totally unique from that big city across the river. Read More
Do you love pineapples? So do I. Do you know the best way to cut one up? Neither did I. But after some practice, I’m proud to say that I’ve mastered a method that looks sweet and saves more of the good stuff.  What You Need: A whole ripe pineapple Chef’s knife Paring knife (optional) Cutting board Trim The Roughage Using a sturdy cutting board and sharp knife, slice off the base of the pineapple. Keep the leafy top to use as a handle while cutting. Stand the pineapple upright and trim down the outer skin. Read More
If you can write, you can create your very own computer game. Remember playing The Oregon Trail? The name probably invokes nostalgia for those who have fond memories of forging a river and choosing what provisions to bring. But for grown-up gamers, text-based games similar to The Oregon Trail are still popular, and it’s easier than ever to create your own. Read More
  Make Your Own Peanut Butter Flax Seed Bars Oh, the sadness of biting into a mass-produced protein bar in the middle of the woods! You’ll never have to struggle with that cognitive dissonance again with these super simple bars. They’re chewy and toasty and not too sweet. Plus, they can take a beating in your backpack. You can really customize these to suit your tastes, using a different nut butter or adding up to a cup of your favorite dried fruit or nuts.  Ingredients ½ cup smooth peanut butter ¼ cup agave nectar ¼ cup brown rice syrup 1 tsp. Read More
Curiosity cabinets gained popularity during the Renaissance, and are considered the precursor to museums. Originally, a “cabinet of curiosity” referred to an entire room filled with extraordinary items. Eventually, though, the term came to mean a single “curio” cabinet used to display a personal collection of objects—including (but certainly not limited to) preserved animals and bugs, bones, teeth, claws, feathers, horns, coral, stones, shells, plants, medical objects, drawings, paintings, interesting relics, and creepy doll heads. Read More
   The ubiquitous gyno tool is probably your least-favorite thing that goes in your vagina—so how did it get there? It’s a scary story By Johanna Gohmann Illustration by Maritsa Patrinos During a recent visit to my gynecologist (the too-perfectly named Dr. Fuchs), I realized I had been subconsciously crossing and uncrossing my legs as I waited for my name to be called. Read More