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The December/January 2013 issue of BUST Magazine is on newsstands now! This issue is chock-full of stories that will inspire you, make you chuckle, and keep you feeling cozy and happy through the winter.

Hold on to your hats, ladies and gentlemen. The War On Women continues to rage (and enrage) in Michigan as two more abortion limitation bills reach Governor Rick Snyder’s office. The Senate voted 27-10 to pass a bill that expands licensing requirements for abortion clinics—one of which stipulates the size of medical areas. That detail alone would shut down several clinics. The second bill, which passed in to the full House, stipulates the right of health care providers to refuse service based on moral or religious objections.

From the opening sequence of cutesy doodles set to Wilco’s “Heavy Metal Drummer,” it’s clear that Save the Date is a certain genre of rom com: the indie rom-com dramedy. Think 500 Days of Summer, Juno, Garden State, or anything Michael Cera has been in. I usually love these movies, but I didn't love Save the Date. Despite its indie soundtrack, likeable stars, and an adorable cat, Save the Date is never anything more than mediocre. Most of this is because the characters rarely reveal themselves as anything more than character types.

Periods suck. Cramps, irritability, and the weeklong bloodbath that mark a fertile lady aren’t my idea of fun. Also, having to spend a ton of money on disposable cotton crap to shove in your pants is total BULL-shit. But wait! There is a solution (to that problem, at least) and it’s emblazoned with sexy shirtless dudes who are ready to support you during your monthly visits. Available on Etsy (and for a limited time, on sale!), Rosie’s Creative Designs boutique offers an assortment of feminine hygiene products as an alternative to the store brands.

Are we all equal in death? Apparently not. According to an article by Dana Liebelson, enticingly titled “Newspapers Don’t Care When Notable Women Die,” obituaries continue to disproportionately report the deaths of famous men as opposed to women.  This year, The Los Angeles Times featured 36 women and 114 men on their list of prominent deaths. In The Washington Post, women made up just over one third of the list.

Here’s proof that you can’t judge based on what you see- French television talent show contestant Rachel Aspe looks like she is shy and reserved, the type of girl who would have a set of angelic pipes. But when she took the stage for “La France A Un Incroyable Talent” (the French version of “America’s Got Talent”), her performance shocked the hell out of the judges and all those watching, and has gained nearly 2 million hits on YouTube. Why? Because Rachel is a metal singer, and she screamed her way through her performance like a total badass.

If you missed the very first PAJAMARAMA! night at Videology in Brooklyn, then you missed a hair-raising good time as BUST editors Molly Simms and Emily Rems presented the John Waters hit Hairspray.  Luckily, PAJAMARAMA! is back with another opportunity for you to enjoy a classic slumber party movie handpicked by an awesome lady.  This month, Salon senior writer and author Mary Elizabeth Williams has selected Earth Girls Are Easy, the weird and wonderful 1988 sci-fi sex comedy with a killer cast (Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, Jim Carrey, Julie Brown, Damon Wayans).

The words “save the date” immediately bring forth images of white gowns, floral arrangements, and choosing between chicken or fish. But the film Save the Date, directed by Michael Mohan (who co-wrote the film with Jeffrey Brown), doesn’t focus on those clichés. Instead, it centers on Sarah (played by Lizzy Caplan), who’s trying to figure out what she wants in life. Instead of saying yes to her boyfriend Kevin’s public proposal, made soon after they move in together, Sarah breaks up with him.

UltraViolet, an organization that combats sexism at all levels of politics and media, has released a shopping guide just in time for the holidays. The UltraViolet Holiday Gift Guide: a 21st Century Guide to Non-Sexist Holiday Shopping provides 21 gift ideas for the wee little feminists in your life. It features presents like the “Girls are Not Chicks” coloring book, Nancy Drew Computer Games, and other gifts that encourage kids to critically think about gender. The list was chosen from thousands of submissions.
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