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Most people can recognize Shirley Temple’s iconic bouncy curls and probably even sing a few lines of some of her most famous tunes (“Animal Crackers in My Soup,” anyone?) But before Shirley Temple took the movie industry by storm as a dimple-faced kid in the 1930s, there was another child star who tugged on America's heartstrings. Baby Peggy was a mere 19 months old in 1920 when she appeared in her first short film.

In recent months, many of us have stared at our computer screens in collective horror at the attack on our reproductive rights. Amidst the misguided (and sometimes downright evil) attempts to keep women barefoot, pregnant, and oppressed, a Rush Limbaugh statement heard ‘round the world was born.

  From women on birth control being publicly referred to as “sluts,” to Michigan representative Lisa Brown being silenced on the House floor after referencing her vagina during an abortion debate, I think it’s safe to say the 2012 election season has been confusing, if not downright disturbing, for many women (and like-minded men).

Today might mark the summer solstice, but for presumptive Republican Party nominee Mitt Romney, the date might borrow from a different holiday, Halloween, more than is usual for summertime campaign stops. That is to say that Romney should be planning for the predicted appearance of  Pillamina, Planned Parenthood's costumed avenger, at his Troy, Michigan, fundraiser tonight.

Incredible illustrator and designer, BUST contributor, and all around rad dude, Mike Perry, wants to create your dream space—he just needs a little of your help to make it happen. Perry just launched a Kickstarter campaign for a new project, named after his recent book of collected works, called Wondering Around Wandering. The project will be a three-month free (!!) community exhibition and event space brimming with workshops, screenings, open discussions, and more, all conducted by the man himself.

For me and many other creative people I know, crafting has always been a solitary and selfish endeavor. Between the month during 7th grade that I holed myself up in my room every evening to work on a latch-hooked Winnie the Pooh pillow and the hours I currently spend in quirky vintage boutiques looking for trinkets to deconstruct into novelty earrings, I’m embarrassed to admit that most of what I make falls into the ‘look, don’t touch’ (or take, or ask, or beg for) category.

If you follow world news at all, you probably know that things look pretty bleak in Syria these days. The violence there is bloody and ongoing, and the international community seems unsure of the best way to restore a sense of stability. But a new documentary shows that there is another, more positive, revolution taking place in Syria, at least in regards to one woman’s efforts to educate young girls and to change attitudes about women’s relationship with Islam.

It looks like one boarding school on the other side of the pond is aiming to squash any and all signs of traditional femininity in its students. Just to be on the safe side, don’t plan on rocking anything above your ankle if you find yourself at Cheltenham Ladies’ College. The prestigious school for young women ages 11 to 18 opened in Gloucestershire, England, in 1854, and it seems Cheltenham would prefer to hold on to the dress code from its inception.

When I think of punk music, my mind’s eye is flooded with images of white males jumping around with spikes on their belts, heavy boots, and an anarchist patches safety pinned onto their jeans. But recently, black women have become a presence on the punk scene as well, and they are owning it just as much as any testosterone filled mosher.     Local band TheDeathSet has taken notice of this, and made a mini documentary about the new development.

Larry Getlen at the New York Post interviewed Adam Carolla today to talk about his new book, which is about growing up in North Hollywood, and probably a lot of other things no one cares about. Today, he's saying a bunch of inflammatory stuff-- probably to try to gain some sort of cultural relevance other than his podcast or old show. One of those things is that women aren't funny. For a dude whose old TV show was based almost entirely on making fun of women, or women on jumping on trampolines, it makes you wonder if he knows anything about comedy.
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