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Stories were always the best part of my bedtime as a child. Thanks to my parents' diligence I basically had Pippi Longstocking memorized before I could read, and I still get excited to take part in the bedtime ritual again by reading to my younger siblings and cousins. While I’m actually lucky enough to have a phenomenal roommate who I’ve wrangled into reading to me on a few occasions, the closest most adults come to enjoying the childhood experience again is through audiobooks.

Gender identity can be confusing for anyone to navigate without adding unnecessary childhood genital surgeries to complicate things even further. Several recent studies have shown that in the United States, India, and China, boys are the preferred offspring. As we’ve discussed, in India this is resulting in sex-selective abortions and seven million fewer girls than boys under the age of six.

I’ve had the recent pleasure of watching sketch team Somebody’s in the Doghouse perform their hilarious sketches. The duo, Leah Gotcsik and Marty Johnson. have been performing all over the country since 2003. With a plethora of prestigious credentials between them, the ladies just competed as finalists in the Friars Club Improv + Sketch Competition for the second year in a row.  Gotcsik and Johnson met while working at Improv Asylum in Boston.

Nothing could give us more pleasure (except maybe a Hitachi Magic Wand) than collaborating with Babeland, the award-winning female-friendly sex shop, for a night of kinky crafting, drinks, and shopping! Join BUST Magazine at Babeland SoHo next Thursday, July 14th, from 7 PM to 10 PM for: Free goodie bags! Be one of the first 50 attendees and receive a gift bag with Sir Richard's Condoms, a Babeland Silver Bullet, and a copy of BUST Magazine's newest issue.Free kinky crafting! Decorate a sexy sleepover pouch for all your overnight goodies.

Imagine browsing the racks of your favorite thrift store and finding the perfect dress. It fits like a dream and is super cheap—but wait! Is there a hidden poem on that tag?! Seems like the kind of thing that only happens in movies or dreams, but Agustina Woodgate is making it a reality with the latest form of guerrilla arts activism. The Miami-based interdisciplinary artist has committed to spreading a little more art and beauty to unexpected places, and making poetry more accessible to all.

I miss my dog. I haven’t seen Itchy, my family’s 14 year-old lhasa-poo, since I left Ontario in April. You know what would be great? If I could carry around a memento of her all of the time that would remind me of her cuddly softness, her twitchy whiskers, her cold wet nose… And finally that day has come. Artist Jackie Kaufman’s custom pet-nose print necklaces allow this kind of pet-to-owner long-distance intimacy that you can carry close to your heart all day long.

The Pains' video for their newest single, "The Body" off their album Belong is probably my favorite of theirs so far. They've had super 8 film adorableness in "Everything With You," plushie parties in "Higher Than the Stars," and 90's record store madness in "Heart In Your Heartbreak," but this video for "The Body" hits a more nostalgic chord. I love the way it catches that mix of happy sadness and longing that nostalgia for a simpler time brings. It also doesn't hurt that they found some uncannily similar looking kids to play them in the video!  [video:http://www.youtube.

At any given moment, there are at least a dozen fashion displays and exhibits going on around the world. Most recently, I saw the Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty exhibit at The Met and had no hesitation about considering it art, but I did start to wonder, “When does fashion become art” and “What exactly is the criteria?” Yesterday The New York Times published an article “Gone Global: Fashion as Art?” by Suzy Menkes, which I thought brought up some interesting points about how a museum decides to choose a designer for certain exhibits.

Free admission, free music, free copies of BUST, cheap drinks, and lady rockers -- what more do you need? Stop by Public Assembly next Thursday, July 14th, at 8 PM for FeelingAnxious PR 's Women Rock! Showcase, sponsored by BUST Magazine and Modern Vintage Recordings.

Electronic musician/composer John Maus, known for his manic, frantic live performances, brings the party to your home stereo on We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves (Ribbon Music), his third studio album. If that sounds like a complicated title for a dance record, chalk it up to Maus’ impressive education. He’s a professor of political philosophy and theory and is working toward a PhD in political science.
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