At a recent dinner hosted by publishing company Penguin Books and clothing brand Whistles, Whistles CEO Jane Shepherdson stated that it was time for the fashion industry to “reclaim feminism.” Her point is well taken: the fashion industry is one of the few that is dominated by women, yet it is rarely regarded as a feminist industry.This idea got me thinking about the nature of the fashion industry and women’s interest in clothing in general. ... Read More
  2012 has seen no shortage of invasive legislation that seeks to curtail women's rights. Arizona, Virginia, and Capitol Hill have all been battlegrounds in this year's fight for women's equality. It's easy to sit back, feeling overwhelmed by the political climate in this country, especially when legislators are trying to take away the basic rights feminists fought for decades ago. It's easy to think the odds are stacked against us. It's easy to talk smack ... Read More
New York BUSTies, you are in for a treat! Jesymn Ward, author of the National Book Award-winning novel Salvage the Bones, will be at the NYPL as a part of the LIVE series. She will be discussing her acclaimed novel, which deals with a family’s struggle with poverty and sacrifice in the days leading up to and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, with NYPL Director of Public Programs Paul Holdengräber. “There is something about living through Katrina ... Read More
                           We're not all cat videos and vintage sitcoms over here at BUST--we appreciate the classier things in life as well (said while holding a cup of tea and straining to push our pinkies outward). Modern-dance lovers will be thrilled by Co(te)lette, an award-winning, emotionally charged dance film all about the feminine experience. Mike Figgis (Leaving Las Vegas) adapted ... Read More
A week or two ago, this ridiculous ad for an Indian beauty product called “Clean and Dry Intimate Wash” made the rounds on the blogosphere. What the product aims to do, in essence, is bleach the skin around your ladyparts, therefore making everything in your sucky life better. You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this video The facepalm-inducing ad starts with an unbelievably fair-skinned Indian couple whose relationship is suffering ... Read More