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Want to know why you are sitting on your 'fortune'? Then I will share with you a little bit of what has been published, just two days ago, on Italy's major newspaper, the Corriere della Sera. I'm an Italian girl and I happen to find the article quite sexist...maybe you can tell me what you think! Mr Piero Ostellino wrote an editorial about the Prime Minister of Italy, Silvio Berlusconi, and his most recent prosecution. A brief overview: Berlusconi is accused of having paid a significant number of women to have sex with him at parties in his villa.

  While the blogosphere will always be inundated with pictures and videos and live streams of animals, my favorite cute collection is the stories and snapshots found on The Itty Bitty Kitty Committee. The IBKC is a blog run by Laurie Cinotto who fosters cats in the Tacoma/Seattle area in Washington state and is always chalk-full of adorable (and beautiful!) pictures. Because the kittens are eventually adopted, every few months there are new kittens to admire (like on Fridays, when my stress level always reaches its peak).

We here at BUST HQ love it when people interact with us on Twitter. (You can, too: we're @bust_magazine!) So when @MormonSwingers tweeted us this week with a link to their blog, we were intrigued.  The Mormon Swingers blog itself is basically just a sex blog but it has pages that discuss, rather in-depth, the balance of swinging while also being devoted to the Church of Latter-Day Saints.

I've been waiting for this day for weeks--the day that the rest of the country can finally experience Portlandia, the new comedy series on IFC of which we here at BUST are already die-hard fans. Start with Carrie Brownstein, she of everyone's favorite grrrl band Sleater-Kinney (who knew she was funny?) and Fred Armisen (ex-Mr. Peggy Olson and current SNL cast member) and add a good dose of laughing-at-ourselves irony, and you get what just might be the funniest thing on TV since Flight of the Conchords went off the air.

On IFC's Portlandia, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein lock Steve Buscemi in a feminist bookstore after forcing him to make a purchase for using the customers-only bathroom. Picking up something embroidered with a rotary phone, he says, "I'll take this wristband." "That's not a wristband, that's a coffee cozy," they reply in earnest. From dumpster diving to ear-plugged bike messengers to the Sherlock Homies, a hipster adult hide 'n seek league, the two are funny not just because of the hi-larious writing, but because they get everything so, so right.

Our friend, Jasmine Solano is in the running for best freshmen video of the week on MTVU.  Jasmine is a multi-talented Brooklyn-based rapper and DJ. Her debut single, “That’s Not It” is on its way to becoming an underground hit. She’s garnering much buzz, landing gigs with sold-out tours. Watch out for her, and vote for her video on MTVU!   [video:http://www.youtube.

Hoping to illuminate the disparity of women to men in the film industry, the Women's Media Center is sending girl journalists to this year's Sundance FIlm Festival in Park City, UT to report, blog, and tweet about the festival's women filmmakers and the state of women in film. This year, Sundance is showcasing 24 feature films and 25 short films by women. While this may seem like a lot, in the top 250 films of 2009, only 16% had females in leadership roles like directors, producers, writers, cinematographers, and editors.

Celebrate the style of the Top Emerging Talent in Today’s Fashion at the 2011 Fashion Front Awards! Next Friday, January 28th, 2011 at 9:00pm, The Lawrence Blake Group, RAWHOUSE Magazine, Mreeuh Chang & Inocente Tequila will be celebrating a year of groundbreaking design and creation! Now in its third annual year, The Fashion Front Awards works to recognize some of the most talented in the industry. This season promises to award designers who take risks and bend the rules, all to produce unique and interesting fashion.

  On first glance, the art of Jessica Harrison may appear to fit in with any number of sweet miniatures- perhaps you’ll see a tiny, plush chair, old-fashioned baby carriage, or waltzing lady. On closer inspection, we see a thick red tongue protruding from the pram, the fleshy chair sprouting hair, and the lady holding her brain in her hands. Like a good Victorian ghost story (or one by those more modern masters, Angela Carter or Kelly Link), Harrison mixes the feminine genteel with an overarching sense of the macabre.

This weekend I went to a refresher breast exam workshop. A woman with actual medical credentials took out her breasts and demonstrated the correct way to exam them. I was taught this when I was in high school, but to my surprise, after being in this workshop, I realized I’ve been doing it all wrong. Maybe it was because this time I was shown on an actual person, not on an inanimate object. I realized in this workshop (which was part of the Quorum Forum which I blogged about earlier) that there’s lots of misconceptions about breast cancer and other things that ail the female body.
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