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Ah, womanhood. It’s glorious, confusing and very, very messy. Thankfully, Christie Young has created the perfect illustrated guide to navigating the treacherous ocean that is the adult world. Girl Talk: Unsolicited Advice for Modern Ladies is overflowing with doodles, noodles and oodles of handy tips that cover how to survive everything from hangovers and holidays, to breakups and boob snax (“when you’re straight snacking at your desk and some ... Read More
When allegations of sexual assault came out against Conor Oberst (of Bright Eyes fame), I was crushed. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that his music got me through some rough patches in my life, and I couldn’t believe that someone who had written such sensitive lyrics and seemed so attuned to human emotions could do something that disregarded and destroyed them so viciously. How could I ever have related to this abuser? Of course, I knew he was deeply ... Read More
Stop what you're doing right now! Lena Dunham has just announced her book tour for her upcoming collection of essays, out September 30th, entitled "Not That Kind of Girl." Cue celebratory dance and requisite trips to Barnes and Nobles around the country. As someone with experience camping out in bookstores for midnight releases (I'm lookin' at you Harry Potter's four through seven) I can confidently say this reading and Q&A will rank amongst the top. Tina ... Read More
Sexual assault, rape, stalking, domestic violence, abuse and sexual coercion are all major problems in our society. They also happen too often, with 1 in 5 women reporting that they have been victims of rape or attempted rape, and 1 in 4 reporting having been beaten by a partner. What’s scary to me, though, isn’t just that statistic. It’s how many women I know who have realized what happened to them well after the fact.  In this study, the ... Read More
Looks like in the game of capitalism vs. women’s rights, capitalism wins once again. American Apparel, who did a great deed by firing former CEO and founder Dov Charney after further allegations against Charney arose, backpeddled BIG TIME.  According to ABCNews.com, the “made in America” minimalist clothing company just rehired Charney as a “strategic consultant until the end of the investigation.”  Charney’s fate as ... Read More
In a world of Photoshop mania, beauty products galore and an onslaught of sexualized celebrity images, it is very difficult to look at one’s self and feel 100% confident. We, the regular folks, have bodies riddled with scars, stretch marks and other such "flaws." Our culture constantly informs us we aren’t supposed to have them, that our scars are gross despite the struggles they represent, and our stretch marks are proof we are fat rather than human ... Read More
When I was 12, I started on a new medication that caused me to gain quite a bit of weight. I went from being so skinny that if you turned me sideways I couldn’t be seen to being relatively average sized. But I was 12, and after having been impossibly skinny for my entire life, I felt enormous. I stopped wearing shorts or skirts that fell more than an inch above the knee because I perceived my thighs as huge. I would get upset about how “fat” I ... Read More
Bad news, ladies.  Another random thing to feel insecure about has just come out of the woodwork. And just when you finally got your FUPA and your unattractive armpits under control, too. Bummer. It’s called Bicycle Face, and it was actually considered it a serious health issue in the nineteenth century. The definition varies from source to source, but the general consensus was that women who biked too much would develop a chronic look of exhaustion ... Read More
Recently, I saw the film 22 Jump Street and was very annoyed by all the, for lack of a better word, homoerotic (“why not heteroerotic?”) tension between some of the male characters. I was totally hoping for Channing Tatum’s character to get together with Zuke, the blond frat guy. The characters had total chemistry and whoever wrote that script clearly intended for there to be something more-than-friendship going on. Of course, to reinforce the ... Read More
Former BUST intern Niesha Davis sets off to her next big adventure – a 6 episode webseries. The series entitled Black Girl in the R.O.K. (Republic of Korea) follows recent college graduate Janae on her move from the States to South Korea to teach English. Davis tells us that the series will touch on matters such as race relations, workplace relations, dating as a black girl in the R.O.K, and culture shock. Media representation is absolutely necessary – ... Read More
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