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  A press release featuring a new line of lingerie in the style of Victoria’s Secret made its way onto the web this week, featuring a slew of slogans and phrases heralding the importance of communication and consent between sexual partners. And while it would be lovely to imagine that this is evidence of Victoria’s Secret responding to recent criticism by making an effort to push a consent-based message, the phantom line of panties appears to be an unaffiliated knockoff.

It's rare that a craft book seeks crowd funding in order to go ahead, but this is just the case with the Craftivist Collective's Little Book Of Craftivism.  Brit founder Sarah Corbett, who started out blogging as A Lonely Craftivist (and self professed burnt out activist), has captured U.K. press attention and grown a worldwide group of like-minded crafters passionate about ending equality via the power of craft.

It’s about time that Hasbro began marketing their famous Easy-Bake Oven, which has been aimed towards preteen girls since its conception in the 1960s, in a more gender-neutral manner. Inspired by her little brother, one 13-year-old New Jersey girl has started a petition on Change.org to get the company to make the toy oven more boy-friendly. McKenna Pope of Garfield, N.J. wants the company to drop its all-girl advertising in hopes that boys like her 4-year-old brother will be more comfortable asking for a stereotypically 'girly' toy this holiday season.

Well, this is terrible: two men have been arrested by Afghan police due to allegations of beheading a 15-year-old girl after her father turned down a marriage proposal. The young girl was allegedly attacked while she was walking home with drinking water for her family. “Our investigation shows those who killed her were people who wanted to marry her,” a Kunduz province police official told the BBC. The two suspects were also her relatives. The father turned down the offer because “she was too young to be engaged.” That, at least, sounds hopeful to me.

Join the ladies of BUST Magazine and over 200 vendors this weekend at the BUST Craftacular and Food Fair Holiday 2012 for two days of shopping, snacks, and fun! This year’s holiday Craftacular will take place at 82 Mercer St. in SoHo, New York City from 11 AM to 7 PM on Saturday, December 1st and Sunday, December 2nd.

The much-anticipated second season of the hit HBO series GIRLS comes back in January and today we got our first real look with the first trailer for Season 2. January can’t come soon enough.

Bingo isn’t just for nursing homes and Moose lodges anymore. Paul Buller of Philadelphia has brought this senior center favorite into the real world with Hipster Bingo.   In this incarnation of the game, letters and numbers have been replaced with classic hipster images such as iPhones, beards and Pabst Blue Ribbon cans to be marked off as you see them on the street.

More Than Me, an education and girls’ empowerment non-profit, is gaining notoriety through its guerilla-style marketing, inspiring hundreds of people to write “I am Abigail” on their foreheads and post the photos on Facebook. This really begs the question, “Who the heck is Abigail?”  Abigail was an orphan in West Point, Liberia. You may have read her letter in an article on the Huffington Post. At age six, she was left with prostitutes. She learned to work the streets in order to get access to drinking water and food. Education was not an option.

At the BUST Craftacular, all that shopping will make you hungry for a snack….and when it does, you’ll want to turn to Jessy’s Pastries. Jessy’s Pastries makes Peruvian pastries called alfajores as well as savory empanadas. Jessy Nahmias, the Jessy of Jessy’s Pastries, grew up in Lima, Peru and moved to New York City at the age of 17. She writes, “Along the way, just like any good pastry, a fusion of my Peruvian roots and my New York life happened, baking together the best of my two worlds.

  You probably remember the board game “Guess Who?” — you know, the game where you randomly draw a character and then try to guess who your opponent drew? The game where you narrow down your options by asking questions like, “Is your person wearing a hat?” or “Does your person have blue eyes?” The game with 5 female characters and 19 male characters? “Is your person a girl?” “…Yes.” BAM – almost all the cards go down. One question in, and you’ve already lost. Yeah, that game.
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