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Stripper heels as potted plants may seem like a cheeky gift idea, but they've also got a lot of meaning for the owner of this Etsy shop. The impetus for Rachel Mahlke’s “Giddy Spinster” shop began a number of years ago, when a friend gave her some old pairs of outrageously tall heels that she could no longer use for work as an exotic dancer in San Francisco. There’s certainly a stigma in our culture about the art of stripping, but Mahlke's trying to promote a deeper understanding of the profession.

Regardless of your opinions on her or her music, rapper Nicki Minaj makes some straightforward and seriously valid points about sexism in this short clip. The video's an oldie but a goodie--it's from her 2010 MTV documentary, My Time Now, but has been making the rounds lately. If you haven't checked it out, it's well worth a watch. She tackles double standards in the workplace, explaining, “When I am assertive, I’m a bitch. When a man is assertive, he’s a boss. He's bossed up. No negative connotation behind 'bossed up.' But lots of negative connotation behind being a bitch.

We have a lesbian superhero, so why not a Lesbian Super PAC (or Political Action Committee)? Just in case you're not up on your politics: a PAC is a group that dedicates itself to campaigning for social and political change. And yesterday, some very well-known lesbian activists debuted LPAC, dedicated to protecting their rights and those of their families.

Do you remember the little girl group Prussian Blue? BUST covered them for our June/July 2005 issue, when they were all blonde hair, adorable smiles, and white supremacy. The band, which started way back in 2003, fell under the genre of “white nationalist pop." Its front women, Lynx and Lamb Gaede, referred to the Holocaust as a “myth” during an interview with Vice magazine 7 years ago. They also had some questionable fashion sense, as evidenced by these tacky Hitler T-shirts.

We're fans of The Pervocracy, a blog devoted to all things kink. And we especially enjoy the site's regular feature "Cosmocking," which pokes fun at Cosmo's frequent and, uhh, creative sex tips. Here's the latest edition of "Cosmocking," focused on some Fifty Shades of Grey-inspired ideas from the mag's pages. Light pink cover!  Light pink invisi-pants! ...Hang on here.  "Wow Your Man With These Moves Inspired by Fifty Shades of Grey"?  Oh boy.  I'm going straight there. ...Oh boy.  This is gonna be a whole post.

When I think of pin-up drawings, I usually think of women sprawled out in compromising positions. But artist Sashiko Yuen puts a new twist on pin-ups with her beautifully imaginative drawings. Yuen’s characters are tougher than your average calendar girls-- be they snacking on body parts, gazing at the viewer menacingly or sporting loads of tattoos. The artist adds in playful pastel bouffants, vintage silhouettes, and odd dessert-themed adornments (some of these might fit into Katy Perry’s dream wardrobe). I had the pleasure of interviewing the artist about some of her inspirations.

What happens when you team up punk-rock legend Iggy Pop and surf-pop darling Bethany Cosentino? You get a rockin’ track that’s a little gritty, a little sweet, and utterly infectious. The forefather of punk rock and the Best Coast front woman were approached to collaborate on a song that premiered on air this past Sunday in the new episode of HBO's True Blood, and really dug the idea. Music fans may've heard the song online a week earlier, out of context of the episode, which contains the same name.

Hearing about the horrific violence and political turmoil in Syria has greatly saddened me, as well as raised questions about the background of the country. How, I wonder, has day-to-day life been for Syrians, and particularly for Syrian women, while being ruled by an oppressive military regime for the past 40 years?     The beautiful documentary “The Light In Her Eyes” opens a window into the changing roles of girls, women, and Islam in Syria. These subjects are illuminated by the story of school for girls to study the Qur’an.

One of our favorite artists, Ann Magnuson, is working on a musical and spoken-word tribute to Jobriath, the fantastic but almost forgotten glam rocker from the 70s, and she's looking for pledges to help her and her collaborators finish the project. Click here for all the info, and to read about the goodies you can receive for donating to this awesome project. (Big spenders could score a rad pair of vintage size 7 Miu Mius, but you can pledge as little as $3 bucks-- c'mon, it's for art!) I love Jobriath and Ann actually turned me on to his music way back in the early 90s, when we first met.

Hands up! You're under arrest for that killer 'do. In these series of vintage mug shots posted by Buzzfeed via Flickr user Least Wanted, I found unusual inspiration. Those beehives! That platinum dye job! That winged eyeliner! Not only are these photos suspiciously on-trend, they prove that, as MIA says, bad girls ultimately do it well. Pose and scowl, that is.
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