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A tear, a scratch, or a missing buckle can mean a tragic end for a treasured vintage piece, or it can be the beginning of a Shara Porter creation. Porter travels the country searching through thrift stores, gathering discarded accessories, and returning them to their former glory.

                                       Last February it was reported that for the first time in American history, women were expected to dominate the country’s workforce.   This was of course due to the fact that 82 percent of the job losses at that point had befallen men in predominately male job sectors such as construction and manufacturing.

  BUST Magazine is proud to support Momasphere's 2010 LUNAFEST, this Sunday at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange in Park Slope. In the past, Momasphere has created fun and exciting events to educate and empower women. Sunday, May 23rd will be no exception. LUNAFEST is a festival featuring award-winning short films by women, for women, and about women. Entries range from animation to fictional drama and deal with issues such as sexuality, motherhood, culture, and body image. [video:http://www.youtube.

  Why don't women need to wear watches?  Because there's a clock on the stove!  I'm running out of good sexist jokes, but I think I heard that one in middle school and somehow it stuck with me. Of all the stupid things you can say about women, that they belong in the kitchen is a classic.  Or rather, it's outdated.  With each year, we move farther and farther from a society that says it's a woman's job to cook.  Unfortunately, our progress is not so evident in those cases when it really is a woman's job to cook.

Hello, Daddy. Hello, Mom. It's  la-la-la-la- LOLLIBOMB! The hand-made, cruelty-free, vegan cosmetics company known as Lollibomb will be coming to the 2010 BUST Spring Craftacular at the Warsaw in Brooklyn, NY this Sunday.

    Last week I gave up sugar. I realized that while I thought I was a relatively healthy eater, I was basically living sugar fix to sugar fix with not much in between. Hot chocolate in the morning. Lunch time iced coffee with half and half and double splenda, a squirt or two of chocolate syrup stirred in. Chocolate sorbet on the way home from yoga. Mini ice cream cones before I went to sleep. A salad or some pasta thrown in at points, but just as often, a biscotti, perhaps a poptart, some vegan hazelnut chocolate cake.

When I discovered that The Blow was going to be having a show in Brooklyn on the very day of my birth (May 13th,) I actually did a fist pump and exclaimed something along the lines of, "ALL RIGHT!" The last time I had seen Khaela Maricich in action was a few years ago at the Empty Bottle in Chicago where she performed songs off of Paper Television sans the help of her sometimes collaborator Jona Bechtolt.

Wow. The Tribeca Film Festival is over – OK it was over May 2nd.  Just now catching my breath.    As an Artist Liaison for the festival, I get to see loads of films.  Some glorious—like the narrative “Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll” or  the doc “The Other City” (check em' kids). Some stinky films—lips sealed (and not in the H.Duff-duet fashion, really sealed).  In film news, the best documentary I’ve seen this year wasn’t at TFF.

Check out this 80s-tastic propaganda video encouraging teens to wait for marriage - no, not wait to have sex - wait to kiss.  "Because what does the Pastor say?  You may NOW kiss the bride."  Dude, my mouth was first befouled when I was four and I was the flower girl at my cousin's wedding and I tried to kiss the ring bearer, John Michael, in the church courtyard.  Then he choked me.  Maybe that was God's punishment for being a trampy little toddler.  Who knows.

This Mother's Day brought with it the usual onslaught of treacly admonitions to remember mom...as if we could forget. "Having power over someone is not the same as having power to confer," laughs Susan Faludi when she explains her latest theory. She's been looking at the emergence and disappearance of feminism from the national landscape and come up with the idea that "feminism has a mother/daughter problem." Since her first book, Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women, Faludi has uncovered patterns in the erosion of feminism's advances.
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