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When I was in high school, a brilliant teacher told me that the root of solving most of the world's problems lies in establishing equality for women, and to this day I believe very strongly in that. My focus narrowed to the Middle East after I read Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi, a book I think should be on all of our to-do lists lately. So as I started hearing news about the elections in Iran, I became completely absorbed in it. I was praying that Mousavi, with his female-friendly rhetoric, would come out victorious.
As the new owner of an iPod touch, I have been scouring the iTunes app store looking for whatever awesome (free) things I can add to my new toy. In the process, I've discovered something sort of troubling. There's a whole host of incredibly sexist apps. Tons of bikini babes and hottie slideshows, and that's just the beginning. As annoying and moderately offensive as those objectifying ones are, others are much worse. Let's start with fetishes. Of course, you can download babes in your choice of stereotype - Asian models appear to be a big one.
According to the Daily News, a newborn baby girl was found inside of a shoebox , abandoned in a Long Island apartment building. The shoebox had holes in it so that the infant could breathe, and she was dressed in a striped onsie to keep her warm.  Police speculate that she was placed where she would be found quickly by whoever left her.  Allow me to hop right up on my soapbox.
Below, if you can stomach it, is a clip from Bill O'Reilly's show where Ann Coulter is on to discuss the left's anger over the right's coverage of Dr. Tiller's murder. Coulter says this gem of a quote: 'I don't really like to think of it as a murder. It was terminating Tiller in the 203rd trimester.' She also refers to liberals as being on the 'pro-death' side, being for infanticide and that their logic is always for death. (Right, because it's not like they're against the death penalty or unjust wars, or anything.
How much do I love Kristen Schaal? Let me count the ways. Nope, nevermind, that would take too long and High Five, her limited-run radio show on Sirius, is starting just about now. Tune in! Kristen and her creative partner Kurt Braunohler will be their usual hilarious selves, taking calls from listeners and just generally being awesome. Next week, July 1, is the last episode. Don't have Sirius? You can watch clips on their website.
Well, I guess we're just phone-happy today. Several of the BUSTies have gotten some mail from CREDO Mobile recently. It's a really cool concept for a company - they are completely open about what political campaigns they (and their competitors) contribute to. If you're like 99% of the population, you're on Facebook. Maybe you've seen the ads for the 'I love love' pro-gay marriage bumper stickers. Those are freebies from CREDO (I'm waiting for mine). On their mailers, it details what campaigns and stances they support.
Meet BUST's new girl crush, Danica Patrick. Why do we love her? Let me count the ways. 1. Danica kicks major ass in an industry overflowing with testosterone. This lovely lady has routinely broken racecar driving records by finishing higher and higher than any other woman who tried before her. She broke out onto the scene in 2005 when she finished fourth in the Indy 500, launching 'Danicamania' which, let's face it, was based a lot more on her  looks than her skills.
Are you a bride-to-be or just a big fan of panties and burlesque? Tomorrow night at Town Shop in NYC Dirty Dolls Lingerie will be hosting a launch party for their line with a red carpet and VIP shopping event. You can get fitted for one of their righteously sexy bras and shop for panties, shapers and tap pants. All while drinking free wine and eating wedding cake (booze and sugar? for free? could you ask for more?). Plus you can get a makeover from The Glam Fairy and burlesque lessons from Jo Weldon of the New York School of Burlesque.
I don't know about the rest of you ladies, but I was a little girl of the 80s and 90s who was raised on video games. You know, fighting Bowser at age 4; whooping yo booty at Mortal Kombat by 8; the whole deal (this might be a good time to mention that I named my dog Zelda after - you guessed it - the Legend of Zelda series). I could fly Sonic through those gold rings with the best of 'em. I chalk it up to having an older brother and a dad who were Nintendo-crazy.
                       The optimistic side of me likes to hope that people are judged more for their merit than qualities out of their control, but a recent study has proven me sadly wrong, at least in the realm of theater. According to Princeton economics student Emily Glassberg Sands and her new research studies , there is a major bias against female playwrights.
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