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  A few days ago, I caught an Uber to the University of Sydney. Hopping into the car, the driver politely smiled and asked, “Where to?” Without thought, I gave him the address of the engineering building, a highly accessible area on campus. He looked into the front mirror and boldly stated, “You’re an engineer!” I paused before correcting him. This was a completely foreign feeling to me. No one was ever proud, excited, interested, in my real degree. Not that I needed to be interesting or impressive.
  May is national Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month and the perfect time to shout out five Asian American and Pacific Islander women who are fearlessly standing up for reproductive health, rights and justice.We only have to look at a few recent examples to see how much work needs to be done to bust racial stereotypes about Asian American women and our reproductive health care.
At Columbia University, the students of the anti-rape activist group No Red Tape were growing frustrated. The school’s president, Lee C. Bollinger, is the highest paid president out of 497 colleges, making $4.6 million per year, and the school is planning to build a $7 billion new upper Manhattan campus area called Manhattanville. Locating the funding at a school with an endowment of $9.2 billion to extend the hours of the campus rape crisis center to include weeknights and weekends (when rape is more likely to occur) and pay the crisis center volunteers had failed.
Dictionaries define plus size as an “extra large size category of clothing,” although society often regards "plus size" as sizes 12 and up. Technically, the term "plus size" doesn’t represent “extra large” women, but only those slightly larger than the average woman, a size 14. Many women are labeled as "plus size" by the media or identify themselves as "plus size," when they really belong somewhere in the middle. All this means that the community that was specifically made for plus size women is excluding them, especially in the fashion industry.
It only takes one of us to make a difference for all of us. We all can be like Emma Stone, but with yoga pants instead of corsets. In grammar school, young women are groomed to dress a certain way to avoid “creating a distraction to young men.”At my daughter’s grammar school orientation, Principal Ogyny began discussing the dress code and had three young women stand in front of the parents and students as examples of what not to wear to school. No young men. He kept referring to “hormones” and “distracting boys.
  Amber Heard has accused her soon-to-be ex husband Johnny Depp of domestic violence. She filed for divorce last week, a brave act in an apparently abusive situation. The hashtags #IStandWithAmber and #imwithamber are popping up all over social media, and the amount of victim blaming in this situation is alarming. The hashtag #imwithjohnny is also popping up everywhere. Maybe people don’t want to believe the man behind some of their favorite films is capable of such cruelty, maybe some don’t really understand the gravity of the situation.
'Spirited Away,' 2001 The renowned Japanese animator, Makiko Futaki, died Friday, May 13, after being treated for an unspecified illness. She passed away at age 57 in a Tokyo hospital, according to Hollywood Reporter. Futaki began working with Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli in 1981 on the film Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. After the release of the film, she became one of the lead animators at Ghibli, working closely with Miyazaki on all his major projects.
One black and white photography magazine, Monovisions, just captured the coolest of cool: Bohemian Greenwich Village in the 1910s and '20s. A collection of pictures taken by American photojournalist Jessie Tarbox Beals just made our hit list, displaying hip shops and radical ladies exposing their ankles (and maybe more). If you're curious, look on at the wonderous moments from life before beards, flannels, and, dare I say it, the internet took over the neighborhood.
Our favorite way to beat the heat is with a steady stream of popsicles, which means having a freezer full of them throughout the summer. So we tapped La Newyorkina’s Fany Gerson (lanewyorkina.com), the queen of sweet Mexican treats, for her favorite DIY paletas—ice pops that let simple ingredients and fruity flavors shine. Put watermelon on cool-down duty, or get the party started with her boozy orange version below. All you need are all-in-one molds, shot glasses, or disposable cups; and some Popsicle sticks.
   Bust’s Craftaculars came back with a bang, and we are exploding at the seams with some amazing raffle prizes thanks to our rad group of hardworking and talented vendors from our L.A. and N.Y. shows.     If you were lucky enough to be able to attend either (or both) shows in Brooklyn (April 23) and L.A. (May 07), then you already know about the whirlwind of gadgets, knick knacks, jewelry, beauty products and delicious noms that captivated the interests and imaginations of our wonderful attendees.