Girrrrl Talk

BY Amy Zimmerman in General

Creaky Voice and the use of like to, like, introduce a quotation are two female-pioneered vocal trends that have gained universal recognition. Now we can add word elongation to the list. In an Atlantic article this week, Jen Doll wrestles with the peculiarities and origins of this rampant habit. Michael Erard, a linguist who was interviewed for the piece, explains, “When people talk, they use intonation in a number of varied and subtle ways…there’s a lot of ... Read More
Tina Fey has the likability of a happy sloth raised to the power of ten babies getting tickled. Basically, we all like her and she’s awesome. When 30 Rock ended, we were in a serious state of mourning here at BUST HQ. Luckily, after anger and denial came acceptance, and a palpable excitement for whatever Fey will do next. According to a TIME profile released today, Fey has a bunch of upcoming projects that are sure to excite comedy nerds, improv freaks, and ... Read More
Last month brought us this hilarious Craigslist ad, which appeared to be casting a brand new reality TV show based on HBO’s hit Girls. The ad called for applications from any young woman “seeking fame, fortune, love or even a hookup with potential.” Now The Cut reports that the first girl has been cast, and she’s no stranger to fame (well, of the Lifetime variety). It’s Hailey Glassman, Jon Gosselin’s ex-girlfriend and star of CMT’s Sweet Home ... Read More
Do you ever get sick of hearing about Beyoncé’s sex appeal, or reading a paragraph long description of Lana Del Rey’s lips? You’re not the only one. While feminists have often disparaged the physical representation of women in the media, it seems that journalistic coverage, particularly magazine profiles, might be just as superficial and ultimately detrimental. Carly Lewis recently dissected how male writers cover famous women, often writing profiles ... Read More
It’s a TGIF miracle: heartening, pro-woman news straight out of New Delhi. Eight female cab drivers in Delhi are trying their best to protect women from sexual violence and harassment with a fleet of seven ladies-only vehicles. Their business, Cabs for Women by Women, caters to moderately affluent women who can afford a cab, but don’t have a car or chauffeur of their own. Even before the gang rape and subsequent death of a 23-year-old in December, New ... Read More
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