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Today the Senate shut down Sen. Roy Blunt's controversial amendment which would allow any employer the right to refuse coverage for any health service in conflict with their religious beliefs.   The debate centered around women's health, namely contraception, and brought us that lovely all-male hearing on the issue and a lot of ungrounded slut shaming from conservative pundits. Most Democrats and Republican Olympia Snowe voted no on the measure, citing the amendment's broad language as a cynical attack on women's rights.

After an especially traumatic breakup, Islands frontman Nick Thorburn moved from New York to Los Angeles, looking to find solace in a new environment. On Valentine’s Day of last year, Thorburn sat down at a piano and began to play what would become A Sleep & A Forgetting (out now on Anti-), an album in which Thorburn exorcises the demons of his heartbreak, showing both despair and forward-looking optimism. Recorded in just two weeks, the album is less tight than Islands’ previous work, which is dominated by chorus-heavy pop gems.

As you are making your plans to celebrate Women’s History Month this March, make sure you tell all your friends that your Saturday nights are booked.  “Her Take,” a blend of remarkable films by women, will be presented every Saturday this March at 8 pm eastern time on the Documentary Channel (DOC).  In an industry that is so often not unkind to women filmmakers, it is beyond beautiful that he Documentary channel is taking the month to celebrate five women and their brilliant films. [video:http://www.youtube.

I love sneakers! They make me think of summers spent running around in shorts, climbing down rocky shores to sunbathe by a lake.  They're no-nonsense in the way they help you get shit done, but it's awesome when sneakers can be fashionable too. Here at BUST, we're vibing pretty hard on these new sneaks from Gravis's collaboration with Brooklyn artist Dan Funderburgh. They have the same effortless L.A. style we've come to love from Gravis with an added femme flare.  Too cute! Let the countdown to summer begin. To check out the whole lookbook, click here.

When this Finnish HIV/AIDS awareness ad came out, it sparked a lot of controversy: was it empowering or was it slut-shaming? Was it slut-shaming, or female-shaming in general? Just because there is another ad with a man on it, does that make it okay? I'm still not completely sure. At first I was shocked and disgusted by the ad--it's been traveling the Tumblr circuit recently, which is where I first came across it--because the objectification of the woman (at first) seemed so obvious. I reblogged it and wrote, "yikes. so freaking despicable." A female friend of mine wrote, "gross, dude.

  I love Florence + The Machine. BUST loves Florence, too; she was on the cover of our Jun/Jul 2011 “Women Who Rock” issue.  Actually, at this point in her career it is safe to say that everyone loves Florence + the Machine. “Shake it Out,” the first single off  her latest album Ceremonials, has 10 million-plus views on YouTube-- if you're not one of the 10 million who have seen it, watch it now: [video:http://www.youtube.

  Here’s an awesome event for our New York BUSTies! For Women’s History Month, Target’s upcoming First Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum has been dubbed “Fierce, Phenomenal Women.” So this March, enjoy a slew of activities, performers, and art exhibits to honor and inspire discussion about women. From “Action Station,” an interactive exhibit that invites visitors to contribute images of influential women in their lives, to a performance by the Brooklyn Ballet, I can only describe the lineup for the night as totally BOSS.

I am a worshipper of vegan mac 'n' cheese. Actually, for a person who eats meat, I find myself thinking about yummy vegan/vegetarian fare all the time. Just last night, I was explaining to my friend Chris all the wonders of vegetarian chorizo. And is there anything quite like a seitan Jamaican patty? The golden crust hiding that steaming curry-spiced treasure! Real talk: I love food!  And it’s about that time of year when all my vegan/vegetarian food dreams come true. The NYC Vegetarian Food Festival is this weekend! When: Saturday and Sunday, March 3-4, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.

Off-color? Possibly. Inappropriate for an elected official? Maybe. Absolutely awesome? Definitely. At a personhood rally at the Oklahoma Capitol on Tuesday, Senator Judy Eason McIntyre of Tulsa, earned an audible “You go, girl!” from yours truly when she held up a sign reading, “If I wanted the government in my womb I'd fuck a senator.” Senator McIntyre didn’t bring the sign to the rally herself, but stated that when she saw it, she just had to have a photo with it.

  When Congress held that panel on birth control a few weeks ago and invited "women's health experts" who happened to be only conservative men, we were wondering what was wrong with that picture. But now, we have this hilarious video to explain things so we won't have to worry our pretty little heads anymore! As Nick Offerman (who plays Ron Swanson on Parks & Rec) puts it, "Late-middle-aged men know the most about everything.
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