An Equal Rights *woot*

BY Web Intern in General

More good news, marriage rights-wise. We all know that last week Iowa granted same-sex couples the right to marry. Now, Vermont has legalized gay marriage - the state legislature voted to override Governor Jim Douglas'; veto of the bill they had approved. Also, the District of Columbia is going to start recognizing gay marriages from other states as legal. Hopefully more states will follow suit. But I'm cautious about my optimism on an issue this divisive. ... Read More
Embedded video from CNN Video I would like to be able to say that this was a parody from The Onion or something - but no. It's from CNN. This is government censorship at its finest (and most hilarious). Apparently Colorado denied this woman's request for a pro-vegan license plate because they thought ''ILVTOFU'' could be, ahem, ... Read More
Former BUST cover girl and upcoming featurette in our June-July issue, Peaches, has a new CD coming out May 4th. Luckily you don't have to wait til then to hear 'I Feel Cream'; you can just hit up one of the listening parties. On Thursday, April 23rd at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC and Thursday, April 30th at Burlington Bar in Chicago you can dance to the teaches of Peaches and take advantage of those open bar hours. Don't worry if you're not near NY or Chicago, ... Read More
Don't let your nipple tassels and peep-toes miss this for anything! The Great Boston Burlesque Expo and Vintage Fair will be taking place this weekend at the Hyatt (starting April 10-12), which will host a ton of events for the pro to those that are not-so. What's great about the expo is that it includes everything from a Vintage Fashion Fair and Costume Exhibit, conference, art show, classes, and even a pool party! If you're ready and willing as a beginning ... Read More

Handknit Heroes

BY Web Intern in Crafty

I felt like a superhero after I mastered increasing and decreasing, but teen twins Alex and Ana Miller are the real thing. Not only can they bust out a mean stockinette stitch, but these kids, the fictional son and daughter of a yarn shop owner, are saving the world in their free time in the new comic book Handknit Heroes. Creator Stephanie Bryant and her crew are dubbing Handknit Heroes 'the first graphic novel for knitters.' Each copy not only chronicles the ... Read More

Spank Goodness

BY Web Intern in Sexy

Like to give and/or get some harmless, consensual paddling in the boudoir? Turns out, your naughty little secret might be more than just a turn-on: Spanking could actually bring some couples closer, according to a study conducted at Northern Illinois University. Researchers tracked levels of the stress hormone cortisol in 13 men and women at an S and M party in Arizona before, during, and after spanking and other activities like bondage and 'flogging.' They ... Read More
Calling all word nerds! The Williamsburg Spelling Bee has more contests coming up. In fact, there are five more competitions before the finals on June 22. So grab your dictionary and start brushing up on your 50-cent words. Last year's big winner went home with $150 and a twenty-volume-long 80th anniversary edition of the Oxford English Dictionary (I know it's tradition, but wouldn't the dictionary be better used by the losing competitors?). He also got a nifty ... Read More
In case you missed it (I did), the Brooklyn Indie Market re-opened for the season last weekend. The BIM, now in its third year, showcases Brooklyn-based designers and handmade goodness. You may not have gotten to the 10% off birthday sale, but the market is there every weekend, so you can still go and browse the tables for some cool unique finds. Even if you don't have money to burn on designs, it's free to get in, so just go and look. Head over to ... Read More
New York-based photographer Kate Engelbrecht is on a mission to empower teen girls through pictures. She's heading up The Girl Project , in which she sends 13- to 17-year-old females in the United States cameras and asks them to document their lives with self-portraits and images of anything else that defines who they are. Engelbrecht has posted some of the submissions on The Girl Project Web site, but she's also planning to curate the most compelling of those in ... Read More

Your Sister's Alright

BY Web Intern in General

Everybody needs a sister-- at least if the results of a new study from the University of Ulster in Ireland hold true. Researchers at the school recently asked 571 people ages 17 to 25 about their lives and discovered that the ones who grew up with sisters tend to be happier and more balanced, according to the BBC . People with brothers, on the other hand, had more 'distress.' 'Sisters appear to encourage more open communication and cohesion in families,' ... Read More