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Tuesday, in addition to preserving sanity in the White House for four more years, brought major victory for women in politics. The Senate is now 1/5 female. While this is still far from equal, it’s a new record high and a definite step in the right direction.  There’s a lot to celebrate here (like Claire McCaskill defeating walking rape gaffe Todd Akin, for example), but I’d like to take a moment to focus on the wonders of a personal favorite of mine: Massachusetts’ new Senator and Supreme Badass, Elizabeth Warren.

The Wall Street Journal had a video segment yesterday called “The Rise of the Power Flat.” In other words, they brought in an expert to say that, yes, it is possible for a woman to be fashionable and look professional without forcing herself to wear heels. Some of us may have already known this, but the world at large is just now catching up, apparently.  Maybe the flats craze is just another fashion trend, or maybe the move toward shoes that don’t torture women for the sake of sex appeal and render them easy to topple is one more step toward equality.

Jessica Delfino is a regular riot. Well, maybe a little irregular, given that her comedy comes in the form of a tune provided by a guitar or a ukulele. As both a musician and a comedian, Delfino has two kinds of performances to put on seamlessly this Friday at the New York Comedy Festival event “Solid Gold,” taking place at 7:30 at the Breslin’s Liberty Hall at the Ace Hotel.

Here at BUST, we love it when women we like like each other, too — so we were thrilled to see our Oct/Nov cover girl Aubrey Plaza and our upcoming Dec/Jan cover girl Mary Elizabeth Winstead interviewed together for the Los Angeles Times’ Young Hollywood roundtable.

Here at BUST we love a good craft fair! We host three throughout the year and two outside of New York, so we are happy to announce that we are sponsoring the Funky Finds 8th annual indie craft event in Fort Worth, Texas this weekend! Here’s the info: WHO: Funky Finds, promoting independent artists, crafters and designers worldwide since 2006.  WHAT: Funky Finds: A Shopping Holiday Experience, a craft fair that will feature over 130 vendors showcasing their best handmade products and offer a $1 charity raffle.

Maria Bamford, who you may know as the "the crazy Christmas lady" in Target's Black Friday ad campaign the past three years, is a funny woman. Funny enough that she recently played a recurring character on the fX series Louie and will soon recur in the upcoming reboot of Arrested Development on Netflix.  Good timing, since Bamford will be releasing her first direct-to-fans special Maria Bamford: The Special Special Special! on November 28, 2012.  This one-hour "anti-special" features the comedian performing stand-up in her living room for her parents, Joel and Marilyn.

Yesterday, the New York Times published an article on plus-size fashion bloggers, and it’s full of amazing quotes from some amazing people. I’d already been following a few of these ladies, but now I have a whole new bunch of blogs bookmarked. Here are the bloggers, with what they told the New York Times:     Gabi Gregg of Gabifresh: “Once I sized out of mainstream stores, I loved shopping more. It was a challenge. Just because I was a certain size didn’t mean I was going to wear frumpy clothing. I want to show them there are other options.

Big news about “America’s happy warrior” and newly re-elected VP Joe Biden — he’s going to guest star on Parks and Recreation! If you’re not as obsessed with Parks and Rec as you should be (Seriously. Go watch every single episode right now, that show is perfect), you might not know that Amy Poehler’s character Leslie Knope is in love with Biden. He’s the single entry on her celebrity sex list, and she once said that her dream man would have “the brain of George Clooney and the body of Joe Biden.

9-year-old starting quarterback Sam Gordon is the star of the Gremlin youth boys tackle  football team. Sam’s stats: 1,911 rushing yards, 8.2 yards-per-carry, 25 touchdowns, 65 tackles.  According to Sam’s dad, Brent Gordon, there were 172 kids who tried out for a Gremlin team, and Sam tested the fastest in every single speed and agility drill. There’s no doubt about it: Sam is a football star. Oh, yeah. And Sam’s a girl. A video of Sam’s amazing feats is going viral on YouTube, helped along by Buzzfeed.

  Recently, when Taylor Swift was asked the question, “Do you consider yourself a feminist?” she responded, “I don't really think about things as guys versus girls. I never have. I was raised by parents who brought me up to think if you work as hard as guys, you can go far in life.” In other words, “I think men and women are equal, but I’m not about to declare myself a feminist.
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