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Fighting It, a feature documentary that chronicles filmmaker Jill Morley as she her trains to compete in the New York Golden Gloves, is in its final production stages. The film follows Morley's struggles both inside and out of the ring and explores how boxing ties into larger issues in her life. Morley features the struggles of other female boxers as well in order to show the many reasons women are drawn to the sport and how it is more than just a sport to many.

CNN's Showbiz tonight presents a piece calling networks FOX and ABC right onto the carpet for running Victoria's Secret ads without issue during prime time, but pulling the plug on a recent Lane Bryant commercial featuring a woman who happens to be attractive and curvaceous.  I smell a rat!  What do you think, BUST blog pals?  Watch this piece and share your comments.

NYC legend and all around kick ass broad Penny Arcade (featured in BUST Oct/Nov '09) presents a night of shenanigans, hi-jinx and deviant delights. This is not to be missed- and as if that's not awesome enough, Deee-Lite's deee-lovely Lady Miss Kier will be performing DJ duties! Come out and support! Be part of the spectacle! And if you can't, do yourself a favor and pick up Penny's book, Bad Reputation: Performances, Essays, Interviews.

Friday is now twice as nice because MIA released a new track today called "Born Free."  The sound is a slight departure from her earlier albums as it loses the drum-machine, beat produced sound, and instead opts for a punk-rock, fuzzed out riff and reverbed vocals.  We love it!   M.I.A.- Born Free by FirstUp! Her much awaited album is coming out June 29th of this year.

Interested in zine culture and the future of small publishing? Tonight at Pete’s Candy Store in Brooklyn, Knifefight! is holding a panel of some of the players in today’s small and self-publishing world. They’ll be presenting and discussing their work starting at 6:30--and it's free!   The speakers are: Maggie Lee (Sup Maggie Lee) Mike Force & A.P. Smith (Welcome To The Land Of Cannibalistic Horses 5 year anniversary!) Nick Gazin (Skeleteen) Phil Lubliner & Gary Fogelson (The Holster)   Pete’s Candy Store 709 Lorimer St.

In a move that would make their state one of the most abortion-restricting in the union, the Oklahoma senate passed several new anti-abortion bills on Monday. The most shocking of the bills would require doctors performing ultrasounds on women seeking abortions to use vaginal probes if the picture would be clearer—and then for the doctor to describe the image in detail to the patient.

Artistic expression requires a certain kind of bravery.  But “courageous performance” takes on weightier meaning in today’s Iran, where young people, with access to the internet, Vans sneakers, and their own wells of energy are by religious law prohibited from (among other things) starting their own rock band.  You think it’s hard to make it as an indie band?  Try it in Tehran.

Many do not know that before becoming a founding member of the undeniably influential Sonic Youth, Kim Gordon moved to New York from LA to establish herself as an artist. Music and art have clearly been important for Gordon throughout her life and career and in her new book, Performing/Guzzling, rather than making a clear distinction between the two, the artist blends the them by giving readers a visual representation of what she sees in the faces of audience members when she performs.

If you are a mom, got a mom, or know a mom, treat yourself to a little burlesque brunch this Mother's Day at the "Salute to the Mothers of Burlesque Show" presented by Thirsty Girl Productions and the New York School of Burlesque. The event features 1950s burlesque legends like Dixie Evans, Dee Milo, and Toni Elling in a question and answer panel, as well as performances by contemporary burlesque queens Jo Boobs, Perle Noir, and the World Famous BOB.

  Today's PETA ad in the Chicago Tribune has set off a maelstrom in the blogosphere. People just love to hate PETA. But for this? Because it's tacky? As opposed to what, the way these animals are treated? In playing the first character on TV to have an abortion, Arthur didn't exactly shy away from controversy in her lifetime. And that stone cold stare? Classic Bea/Maude. The fullpage ad explains everything, and not in fine print. Arthur supported PETA in her lifetime and left them a donation in her will.
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