With all the wisdom afforded by two semesters at Bard College and three months of love, at 19, Michael* and I committed to "moving in together" for the summer-i.e. sharing a full bed in his father's converted garage. It was a big house in Lafayette, CA, where the dizzying dry heat encouraged a lush garden in the back.
Here at the Cut, we often need illustrations for stories about women, and sometimes we turn to stock photography to meet those needs. But what does a stock service suggest when one searches for empowered female? (Hint: dumbbells and paintbrushes.)