I haven't been able to get the story of the missing "Gay Girl in Damascus" blogger -- Amina Arraf -- out of my mind since I first heard about it on Monday. The blog, which has been online since February of 2011, detailed the life of an out American/Syrian lesbian and, in particular, her views on the uprisings in Syria and her desire to see the current administration fall. But as detailed here previously, someone who identified herself as Amina's cousin posted to ... Read More
The truth has outed. The weiner was Weiner’s, as was the chin/nose shot, the two pussies (which were actually cats, what did you think, pervert?) and the chest shot, which seemed to me the most suspect of all, as I have never seen so little body hair on a Jewish man. There were no “hackers,” who may now enter the vernacular as a descriptor for an shadowy, omniscient demimonde whose nefarious powers are feared and misunderstood by the body ... Read More
Remember just a few weeks ago, when everyone was so excited about Bridesmaids opening? And all those social networking efforts, including one here on our very own site, that were encouraging women to go out and see it on its opening weekend, so that it would do well at the box office, and we ladies could look forward to possibly getting another non-sucky movie about and for women in the next year or ten? And remember that the movie actually did do well at the box ... Read More
In the past few weeks, the TV networks have revealed the new shows that they'll be adding to their fall lineups. One thing that's been quite noticeable is that there are way more shows coming out this fall that are about women than, well, maybe since forever. And of those shows, two of them, on two different networks, are associated with comic Whitney Cummings. One, "Whitney", is a comedy that stars, and is about, Whitney Cummings. The other, which Cummings is ... Read More
The first time I saw a screening of the new Judd Apatow/Kristin Wiig vehicle Bridesmaids, I felt like I was watching an experimental film. I'm not talking Maya Deren or Chantal Ackerman, of course. But the fact is, Bridesmaids is an experiment, intended to answer the question: what would happen if Judd Apatow made a movie for women? What would happen if the guy who's built a career on making movies that examine the adult/adolescent male psyche—its  ... Read More
We love us some Mama Earth, and we know you do, too. That's why we decided to celebrate by giving away a free digital edition of our current issue -- the Food Issue featuring Liv Tyler. If you've never had the chance to flip through a copy of BUST, here's your chance! Once you sign up, you can read the issue on any web-browser enabled device, including your iPad and iPhone. But don't delay - this offer is good for one week only! Just click right here to sign ... Read More
If yo've been following the news, you're already aware that there's been a lot of fear that the revolution in Egypt might be hijacked by the Muslim Brotherhood, a group that wants to institute Sharia law in Egypt. Of course, the West is frightened of this prospect because it would mean that Egypt would  become a hostile country, just like Iran. That's definitely worrying, but of greatest concern to me is the question of whether Egyptian women would see most ... Read More
Tired of the o.b. tampocolypse story yet? We're not. The o.b.s are still missing, and folks are beginning to turn to alternatives (more on that later). That's all good, I think. But what you young folks might not realize, is that once upon a time o.b. WAS the alternative. And in fact, women had to be convinced that it was OK to use them. "What? Put my finger where? Not me!" is what many American women thought when first confronted with the applicator-less ... Read More
I've been waiting for this day for weeks--the day that the rest of the country can finally experience Portlandia, the new comedy series on IFC of which we here at BUST are already die-hard fans. Start with Carrie Brownstein, she of everyone's favorite grrrl band Sleater-Kinney (who knew she was funny?) and Fred Armisen (ex-Mr. Peggy Olson and current SNL cast member) and add a good dose of laughing-at-ourselves irony, and you get what just might be the funniest ... Read More
By now you probably know about the Great Tampocolypse of 2011 -- the mysterious disappearance of o.b. tampons from drugstore's shelves. But since that post was written, the o.b. peeps have updated their site. Now it reads:"To our valued customers: o.b.® tampons are now shipping. There may be a delay of a few days or weeks to reach your area, but we are working with retailers across the country to restock store shelves as soon as possible. Please refer ... Read More
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