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Eliezer Álvarez, owner of a small mannequin factory in Valencia, Venezuela, has created the kind of woman he believes the public desires—one with, as the New York Times reports, “a bulging bosom and cantilevered buttocks, a wasp waist and long legs, a fiberglass fantasy, Venezuelan style.” With the introduction of his new mannequins, Álvarez witnessed an incredible surge in sales, and now, these horribly inaccurate portrayals of the female body are the standard across most Venezuelan stores. The mannequins may be seen on display everywhere from...
  In what I like to view as an unconventional approach to subverting gender norms and challenging the plethora of “masculine” or “feminine” images of our childhood, Tumblr recently hoped on a Wolverine as Disney princess trend.    Well, dare I say it? This new princess fad might be even better. Buzzfeed’s Adam Ellis introduces us to... Disney princesses with beards! Clever, elegant, simple perfection. Take a look at the lovely stylings of our friends The Bearded Mermaid, Beardahontas, Sleeping Beardy, Beauty and the Beard, Princess Jazzbeard, Princess...
Last Friday night, the Tinderbox Music Festival celebrated its fourth year with performances by seventeen kickass female artists at The Music Hall of Williamsburg. Founded by singer/songwriter Alyson Greenfield in 2010, the festival serves as a platform for up and coming female artists. With acts like Deerhoof, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Awkwafina (featured in BUST & a performer at our 20th Anniversary Party), this year did not disappoint. But it wasn't only the headliners that made the night worth it--plenty of...
  Sylvia Plath is known mostly for her poetry and prose, but arguably the same degree of violent, exuberant feeling may be found in her sketch work, now published in a volume entitled Sylvia Plath: Drawings. Edited by the poet’s own daughter Frieda Hughes, the text cradles her pen-and-ink drawings with diary entries and letters.      Plath created the illustrations at Cambridge, and used studied art as a way of coping with and cataloguing her experience. In a letter, she writes her mother “I’ve discovered my deepest source...
This past week, awesome human and genius of cinema Joss Whedon was honored by Equality Now at the Beverly Hills “Make Equality a Reality” event for his work on gender equality. When called to the stage, Whedon proceeded to make the most perfect speech, critiquing the word “feminist” and exposing the way in which words today carry such incredible power with them. Addressing equality and his problem with “feminist,” (not feminists, he quickly clarifies) Whedon explains, “Because you can't be born an ist. It's not natural. ... So feminist...