'We are officially over skinny,' London Times writer Shane Watson decrees. And by 'we,' Watson means everyone. 'Women have started to envy other women, not for their jutting hipbones and the amount of daylight visible between their thighs, but for their soft and shapely bodies,' the Times column proudly proclaims, listing the popularity of Joan on the show Mad Men, the appearance of Beth Ditto naked on the cover of the new UK magazine Love, and the fact that ... Read More
We here at BUST run on one part fierce femininity, one part cute and one part caffeine. Needless to say that the Flapper Girl hit all the right notes when she sent us these eco-friendly, handmade coffee cozies. The Flapper Girl, or Christine B, is an indie designer and craftster based out of Portland, OR. She specializes in handmade, vintage inspired wares.In addition to cozies, her line includes aprons, handbags and this field of cupcakes which I don't ... Read More

Testing, Testing

BY Web Intern in Sexy |

How did you feel the first time you got tested? Planned Parenthood wants to know. All this month, the organization is participating in the Get Yourself Tested 2009 campaign (an ongoing partnership between MTV and the Kaiser Family Foundation) to encourage young people to get screened for STDs, by asking those who have been tested to share their stories about the first time. The goal of participating is 'reaching out to young people and getting them to see STD ... Read More
Legendary graffiti artist Claw Money knows a thing or two about lookin' good. Not only is she the former fashion editor for Swindle Magazine, but she also has her own eponymous clothing and accessories line, writes an insanely cool style blog, and contributes her design expertise to brands like Nike and Calvin Klein. You can get your own Claw gear, plus other fabs stuff from Mademe, Mishka, and Cubannie Links, at the Beats and Brands sample sale on Friday. Hosted ... Read More
But until the day that the land of my forebearers decides that oppression is not an integral part of culture and heritage, I offer this video to Bust readers as a token of my faith in Texas.This song was originally written by Ned Sublette 1981, since then it has been covered by Pansy Division and of course, Willie Nelson! And yes, that is Burt Reynolds sitting next to Willie. Also, any reason to see cowboys waltzing with cowboys is a good reason. -Emma ... Read More
Multimedia can be tricky to pull off in the theater, but HERE Arts Center does it masterfully, especially in Christina Campanella's new production Red Fly/Blue Bottle. Eye candy, fantastically creepy music, and an expert dash of steampunk fill the stage in this deliciously haunting concert exploring what happens in the dusty parlors and back rooms of empty houses, long after the minutes have ticked away your life, stealing everyone and everything that matters. A ... Read More

Nikki Cook talks to Bust!

BY Sarah J. in Artsy |

Nikki Cook, one of Bust's favorite ladies in comics, has a new book out this week. She worked on DMZ #41 with Brian Wood. It's a stand-alone issue, focusing on what happens to Zee, one of the book's lead characters, when she ventures outside the protected section of a war-torn Manhattan. Nikki did a guest spot, filling in for the book's regular artists, and she took some time to talk about it with Bust before it came out. Read on!How did you get started ... Read More

Amazon FAIL

BY Sarah J. in Feminizzle |

Amazon.com apparently hasn't gotten the memo that the culture wars are dead. They've stripped the sales rankings--and therefore, the search ratings--of books that deal with gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues, as well as feminist books like Full Frontal Feminism. It affects the search rankings for books. For small authors who depend on Amazon reviews and sales rankings, this is disastrous. Of course, it's also terrible for freedom of expression. ... Read More

Happy Easter, Bunny

BY Laurie in General |

For this week's Ms Friday, it seems appropriate to use a disgruntled New School grad. Susana graduated from Parsons, the New School for Design, last spring. She booked it straight out of the city and set up her sexy new life in Savannah Georgia, home of the Girl Scouts. Susana is getting her master's at SCAD, helping run the Savannah branch of Dr. Sketchy's , immersing herself in the burgeoning burlesque scene and of course, making art!And now Susana ... Read More
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