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   Our favorite super-heroines are about inner strength, teaching us to do what’s right even when it’s hard. And that can get lost when we lose complex characters to women who are portrayed as hyper-sexualized objects, devoid of complex character development. Women have long been asking for more female superheroes with more dialogue and less unrealistically revealing outfits, but what do young girls think?    The artist ... Read More
A new book by Italian housewife Costanza Miriano that offers advice to new wives has sparked controversy in Italy and Spain as it rises to the top of the bestseller lists. Cásate y sé sumisa, translated as Get Married and Be Submissive, is filled with the kind of guidance you would expect to find in the library of Betty Draper or one of the Stepford wives: "Women like humiliation because it's for a greater good," asserts one notorious passage. ... Read More
  With only 3 weeks left in the year, it’s almost time to start making New Year’s resolutions. There are the typical ones: staying healthy, paying off that pesky credit card debt, or landing that promotion. Why not add a few good books to that list too? Mashable and Goodreads have released their picks for the best 2013 releases. Check out our favorites below!   The Interestings by Meg WolitzerThe Interestings is the tale of six creative ... Read More
The fashion photographer Tim Walker is known for his work with young ladies like Kate Moss; in his new book, he explores the nature of the photographic eye as it pertains to old age. In The Granny Alphabet, he views “the dying breed of little old ladies who live down the lane” with awe and curiosity. Inspired by his childhood memories of his own grandmothers, he somehow aims to make sense of both old age and infancy: “children and the ... Read More
 In his new book, titled “The Dirty Side Of Glamour,” the photographer Tyler Shields unveils a subversion of conventional celebrity portraiture. The artist, known for his liberal use of blood and guns in his portraits of Lindsey Lohan, is showcasing new shots of celebrities in erotic and often perverse or unsettling positions.  Interestingly, he addresses the raw, shocking content with the polished, candy-coated palette and high resolution ... Read More
  Renowned author and essayist William T Vollmann commits to his protagonists. In the case of his most recent heroine, Dolores of The Book of Dolores, he tried to live as a woman. Dolores is a transgender prostitute who interests include jewelry and geology. She is a housewife who often dons a black and red corset. She carries a whip into the bedroom. As accurately and earnestly as possible, Vollmann transformed himself into the female character in ... Read More
  Former BUST cover girl and forever BUST favorite Miranda July is at it again! We love her use of Craigslist and online interactions and transactions, always managing to make them feel meaningful and insightful. In her newest Craigslist advertisement, July searches for portrait subjects living in the Los Angeles area. The photo series will explore “why women dress the way they do” and will feature women of various races, ages, and ... Read More
Heidi Holmberg by Ashlee Wells Jackson   We all know that pregnant women are beautiful. Many mothers-to-be sit for professional portrait photographs so that they can remember their glowing, fertile bodies as time goes by. These are images that they will one day show their children. My mother is not one of these mothers; we never took a traditional family photograph. Photographs of my mother that I’ve found over the years have all been post-pregnancy ... Read More
Former frontman of The Smiths, fiercely loyal vegetarian, and generally enigmatic human being Morrissey has cancelled the publication of his memoir just three days before its anticipated September 16th UK release. A statement released by one of the singer’s fan sites, True to You, cites an apparent “last-minute content disagreement” with the memoir’s publisher, Penguin Books. A spokeswoman from Penguin has since stated that there ... Read More
Growing up an avid reader, my love for fictional female characters was funneled towards girls who shared my love of literature. Roald Dahl's Matilda was always something of a soul sister, and I found another when I tuned into the WB (guys, remember the WB?!) and met Rory Gilmore.Gilmore Girls quickly became one of my favorite shows; my mom and I would make plans to watch together and try to imitate the fast-talking, binge-eating, straight-shooting style of ... Read More