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Now here’s a petition we can get behind! 10-year-old Melissa Shang, along with her older sister (Huffington Post’s YingYing Shang), is asking for American Girl to release a differently abled doll. Melissa, who has a form of muscular dystrophy, has been an avid fan of the dolls for years. Her favorite collection of dolls are the Girl of the Year dolls. “Every year,” Melissa wrote, “American Girl introduces a brand-new character with a ... Read More
  When I was a little girl, I had a collection of ceramic Victorian women in full petticoats and gowns. They were enduringly precious to me, and yet my clumsy fingers always proved disastrous for the delicate dolls. They lost everything from their parasols to their heads, and yet I kept them on my chest of drawers well into adulthood; in fact, they’re still there.    As I learned more about constructed Victorian womanhood, I realized the ... Read More
  With all the “fit moms” and tabloid attention on “post-baby bodies,” we can lose sight of the fact that our beauty lies in our diversity. The fetishization of the mother with the "perfect body" is discouraging to women of all walks and phases of life, and it’s important to combat this kind of aggressive negativity by celebrating our bodies, minds, and lives. A few months ago, Maria Kang, often called “Fit Mom,” ... Read More
14-year-old Ruby Baron is a super-talented young artist who can often be seen playing her ukelele and sporting pink hair. She is currently a freshman at La Guardia High School in N.Y.C. and has been subscribing to BUST since she was 12, and we can’t wait to see where life takes her.  On November 27th, Ruby, her father Ron and his wife Irit, and her 5-year-old half-sister Naomi were involved in a devastating car accident on the way to a holiday party. ... Read More
   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