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 Upon hearing news of the rapist list that was publicly inscribed inside of a Columbia University bathroom stall- I decided to do a little digging and fortuitously opened a Pandora’s Box of unnerving sexual assault mishandlings by the “renowned Ivy League.” On May 15th Columbia University custodians found a little PSA written in sharpie on a bathroom stall, sporting the headline: “Rapists On Campus,” subsequently listing 4 names ... Read More
The pitch: let’s use an image of a 14 year old girl being shot by the Taliban to sell our mattress brand. Yeah… sounds like a great idea! Advertising company Oligvy and Mather’s India branch decided to use Malala Yousafzai’s likeness and personal plight to sell Kurl-on mattresses. Malala is an international heroine whose work as an education activist began when she was a just pre-teen. She started writing an anonymous blog for the BBC, ... Read More
I was always confused about my limited choices as a kid. Growing up with boy cousins, I remember wondering why I always had to be the pink Power Ranger, or the human girl from Ninja Turtles when we played with action figures. The only playscape I felt included in was Legos, and even still the main characters were mostly male, and they have become gendered in a way that limits the stories girls can tell during imaginative playtime.  Where are the ... Read More
 To put it simply, Dolly Parton is a force of nature. She is the single most successful female country artist of all time--selling over 100 million records--and she's living up to that title at a fabulous 68 years old. She's invincible. Apparently The Today Show loves her almost as much as we do. Here she is, strutting her stuff to promote the release of her 42nd album (!!!). Besides being a total BAMF, she is so impossibly adorable and kind ... Read More
In case you need more affirmation that beauty standards are a load of totally constructed baseless and ridiculous garbage, check out these vintage ads telling women that skinny is ugly, and gaining weight is necessary to look good and get dates: For the most part, advertisements have been and continue to be the worst, and whether it's pressure to be curvy, thin, or a robot, it's incredibly unfair and completely unjust to make women feel they are somehow ... Read More
I think we can almost all agree that thinspo and its cousin fitspo (that tries to not be rude but still manages to be so rude) are both kind of the worst. The intense "no excuses" attitudes reflected by bold fonts saying something aggressive over images of impossibly thin women sweating, is just annoying, not to mention dangerously supportive of negative self-talk, detrimental to self-love, and just bottom line not what we need to see or hear. There is enough ... Read More
The ladies from the Canadian magazine WORN Fashion Journal are hosting a panel, Strong Female Leads: Beyond Algorithms in Publishing, this Wednesday May 14th at 7pm. The panel will address the role of women in the publishing industry, and will feature our own Laurie Henzel, along with some other powerhouse ladies, all talking about the challenges of creating woman-focused content in a heavily male industry.The event will be held at The Housing ... Read More
I'm not sure if it was the multiple mimosas or lugging around a heavy-ass swag bag all day, but I've been wandering around in a fashion- and beauty-addled daze since last weekend. Is anyone else in the same boat? In case you missed the first-ever (EVER!) BUST Craftacular's Primped last Sunday, May 4th, read on to be overcome by jealousy of all the amazing shit you missed. Like, really.Shoppers lined up around the block an hour before the doors opened to score ... Read More
Hopefully everyone enjoyed their Mother's Day brunches and corny drugstore cards this past Sunday! Perhaps we could all alleviate our post Mamma's Day depression by appreciating how this aggrandized Hallmark holiday evolved into what it is today!Mothers Day can be traced all the way back to a festival held by the Ancient Egyptians in  honor of the Goddess Isis (pictured above) “patron saint of women and children.” This festival was later adopted ... Read More
Want to learn a new language and brighten someone’s day at the same time? This seems to be the philosophy behind FCB Brazil’s “Speaking Exchange” project, which pairs young Brazilians who want to learn and practice their English, with elderly Americans living in retirement homes.  The agency FCB Brazil partnered with the CNA Language Network to create a virtual exchange program with the Windsor Retirement Community in Chicago. This ... Read More
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