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This Friday the 13th, I am starting a new weekly feature. Every Friday I am introducing a new, young, lady artist/illustrator of immense talent. The world of visual arts is still a difficult place for women to get the recognition they deserve, so keep an eye on our Friday gals! With no further ado . . . Florence Gidez! Florence answered a few questions for BUST What is you favorite place in NYC to find inspiration?This past year I worked on a community garden maintenance crew, and I was very inspired by the gardens.

This past week, I got to do one of the most fun things ever: Teach Mo Rocca to knit. Mo got himself into some hot water with the knitting community a few weeks ago (yes, there is such a thing as a 'knitting community,') when he made the horrifying 'joke' on NPR's Wait Wait..Don't Tell Me that 'I hate handknit sweaters. Handknit sweaters are always itchy.' The remark caused an uproar on knitting blogs and community sites, and Mo heard all about it. So, on the following week's show, he made a retraction. But that was not enough.

The Orange County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday to suspend funding for Planned Parenthood's comprehensive sex ed, because Planned Parenthood provides abortion services. The Board has decided to suspend a contract they have with Planned Parenthood to provide health education for thousands of young people. Keep in mind, NONE of the funding is going towards abortion services, just the sex education that Planned Parenthood provides.

Japan has a trio of new Pop Culture Ambassadors -- young women serving as personifications of the country's obsession with all things cute. Each of the three new diplomats represents one of Japan's popular niche fashion trends in an effort to boost their influence on worldwide culture. The trends, which include schoolgirl and Lolita, are meant to represent all things Japanese teen. Their duties will primarily involve appearing and speaking at cultural events like this summer's Japan Expo in Paris.

Does doing the laundry make you feel liberated? Early this week, the Vatican in it's daily publication, L'Osservatore Romano, published an article commemorating International Women's Day in which they claimed that the 'washing machine had done more for the women's liberation movement than the contraceptive pill or working outside the home This comes as no surprise from the Vatican, which is not known for it's support of birth control or abortion.

It seems we've done it again. Taken a British comedy classic and Americanized it (The Office, Posh and David Beckham) This time we set our target on the British sitcom Absolutely Fabulous (or Ab Fab if you are a real fan). If you have not seen this show, please watch it right now.... but only if you are a fan of immature, chain-smoking, alcoholic, fashion-obsessed, fame-hungry, middle-aged ladies who live in London.

It's Girl Scout cookie season! This is the time of year when boxes of Thin Mints, Caramel Delights and Peanut Butter Patties begin to whimsically appear in offices, cupboards, and lunch bags across America. It's also a time of year when young girls learn to be entrepreneurs, selling cookies to raise money and prizes for their troop. GS cookies were seriously my first venture into the world of marketing and sales, (not to brag, but I was in the GS Cookie Hall of Fame two years in a row, fact!).

Jack White, check. Alison Mosshart (Kills), check. the guy w the glasses (Jack Lawrence) from Raconteurs, Check. Someone (Dean Fertita) from Queens of the Stoneage, check.  Ok, put them all together and you get The Dead Weather, and judging from the two songs I've heard, this is going to be very, very good. They played a show last night at the opening of Jack Whites new Third Man Records building in downtown Nashville, and according to the press release, the invitations were exchanged for 150 limited edition 7 inch vinyl pressings individually painted by the band members.

How devastatingly cute is M.I.A.'s little boy?! He's just one month old today and already stealing hearts.

BUST Magazine is hosting an awesome fundraiser/party tonight in New York! It is not to be missed! All the proceeds from the door and the raffle go to support the performance of the Vagina Monolgues this coming Friday at New World Stages. And all the proceeds from that performance go to help the fight to end violence against women. Tonight is a party for a great cause, and on top of having a fantastic time, there are goodie bags for the first 100 attendees! Swag from Babeland, Adam and Eve and BUST are stuffed into sweet bags.
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