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Although one of the more memorable moments in a teenager's life, the prom can be a stressful occasion, especially for girls who can't afford to dress the part of the formal affair.  Luckily there's organizations like Operation Fairy Dust, a New York City charity organization that accept gently worn dresses and then donates them to young women who want to look their best on that special night. They've already donated over 20,000 dresses and are always in need of more.

THIS SATURDAY, April 10th, is the deadline for photography submissions for a summer exhibition in San Francisco’s City Hall.  The International Museum of Women, located on Montgomery Street in SF’s Financial District, is a “social change museum” acting under this professed mission: to value the lives of women around the world.  In that spirit, the museum is calling for photographers around the world to submit their own representations of “women... participating in the current global economy as leaders and agents of positive change.

It may not be approved by Mattel, but the new Rev. Barbie comes to you from the House of God. That's right, an Episcopal priest from Kent, Ohio (Rev. Julie Blake Fisher) has designed the latest professional incarnation for Barbie. The Episcopal Church has been ordaining women since 1976, though not without controversy. Women are kept out of leadership position in many evangelical and Pentecostal churches. And of course the Catholic Church does not ordain women at all.

Ever read a BUST review and thought, Whaa? But I loved [insert album/book here]. Well bitches, here's your chance. We've gone and posted our book and music reviews so now you can come to the rescue. Or not. Agree or disagree--and we know you do--tell the world  at bust.com. You'll find all reviews in the top menu bar, under the handy label, "Reviews." Select books or music. Search for your listing, and when you find it, just click the "write review" button in the lower right-hand corner. That will open the listing.

Inspired by a recent press screening of the new documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work, I took the plunge and checked out the 76-year-old entertainment legend's stand up act on Tuesday, and it was a night I won't soon forget. Lets just say that Rivers' brand of live comedy isn't the squeaky clean stuff that made her a household name as guest host of The Tonight Show during the Johnny Carson era. No ma'am. In a club setting like the Laurie Beechman Theatre in N.Y.C. where she'll be performing through May 12, Rivers is free to be as crass, dirty, and politically incorrect as she wants to be.

When Israeli-born photographer Atalia Katz traveled to Ethiopia after a divorce, she didn't expect that the photos she took along her journey would end up in a Manhattan gallery.  Her work has been praised by Zone Contemporary Art Gallery founder Jennifer Bahng for portraying universal humanity through the "extraordinary cultural value of these isolated groups." One particular group Katz spotlights is the Ethiopian Jews, considered by many to be one of the Lost Tribes of Israel.

With the passage of the national health-care bill, the abortion debate is back in a big way. Apparently assurances that no federal money would fund the procedure were not enough. As of today, lawmakers in at least six states are pushing legislation to block abortion coverage in some health plans. Even if you hate abortion, does it not rankle that there is no equivalent selective targeting for men? Viagra is covered, even for sex offenders. Under this punitive system, women are being forced to pay too hefty a price. Image courtesy of Associated Press   So get involved.

Tom Tom Magazine is a New York based magazine dedicated to female drummers around the world.  Started last year by Taigaa drummer Mindy Abovitz, Tom Tom aims to raise awareness about female drummers, while strengthening and celebrating the otherwise fragmented female music community.  In addition to having an awesome website, they publish a full-color print magazine that features interviews, drumming techniques, and art.

American commanders admitted this week that American Special Operations killed three  Afghan women during a nighttime raid gone wrong back in February.  What makes this story even more awful is that the American commanders have been covering up the murders and lying about it for two months now.

Do you have a story about a knitting project for a man friend gone awry? Or one with a happier ending, such as making a dude in your life so happy he wears your hand-knit hat day in and day out? Either way, spill it for your chance to win a copy of Bruce Weinstein's latest book, Knits Men Want, and other crafty prizes. Click here for details on how to submit, and check out some of the stories while you're there.  Some are pretty cringe-worthy, but others will warm your heart!   Image courtesy of MelanieFalickBooks.
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