The reviews are in, critics HATE 'The Women,' and I wholeheartedly agree with them. I wanted to like it. I was excited to see it. But unfortunately, what is currently being peddled to us as the film we simply MUST see with all of our girlfriends in tow, is a steaming pile of shit. Not an honest moment or genuine exchange as far as the eye can see. There aren't even any good clothes or dreamy locales to take viewers minds off the impossible script. The film is a ... Read More

Drill, Drill, Drill

BY Emily Rems in Feminism

Did anyone else out there read Eve Ensler's lacerating indictment of Sarah Palin this week in the Huffington Post ? If you missed it, here's a juicy excerpt: 'I don't like raging at women. I am a Feminist and have spent my life trying to build community, help empower women and stop violence against them. It is hard to write about Sarah Palin. This is why the Sarah Palin choice was all the more insidious and cynical. The people who made this choice count on the ... Read More
On this day in 1920, American women finally were granted the right to vote. It's a big deal, and not something to be taken for granted, so if you haven't already registered to vote, take a second and do it now . Do it for ... Read More
One of my favorite N.Y.C. singer-songwriters, Anya Singleton , is having a record release party this eve for her new album, The Other Side, and you KNOW I'll be there, hungry for a dose of her signature rock 'n' blues. Swing by tonight, or pick up a copy of the album for your very own. Gail and I have been grooving to it ever since it came in!: Anya Singleton Album Release Party  Thursday, August 21, 2008 8-11 PM @ The Bitter End 147 Bleecker St. ... Read More
I'm all shook up over this article on CNN.com proclaiming "Stay-At-Home-Wives" (as in, married women with no kids who just, like, you know, stay at home) the new must-have domestic accessories. Here's a choice little nugget: "Daniel Buccino, a Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine clinical social worker and psychotherapist, says stay-at-home wives are the latest 'status symbols.'" "'It says, 'We make enough money that we both ... Read More

Reasons To Be Pretty

BY Emily Rems in General

Playwright Neil LaBute's work tends to be somewhat controversial, especially among feminists (you may remember the flap over In The Company Of Men). Maybe that's why publicists for his newest work to premiere here in N.Y.C., Reasons To Be Pretty, are extra-curious about what our take will be on his latest story about America's obsession with physical beauty. To that end, myself and a writer for Ms. magazine have been invited to attend a performance of the show on ... Read More
The career of plus-sized supermodel Velvet d'Amour has been going strong since we first featured her a year ago in in the Aug/Sept '07 Fashion issue of BUST. She became a dancer on the European club circuit, was featured in a music video for the Parisian boy band Scarlet Queens, she's working on a book, and the film in which she starred, Avida, just came out on video in the U.S. In the wake of all these projects has come more and more publicity, of course, and in ... Read More
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Personally, I filed my taxes the ye olde paper way, so I won't be getting my economic stimulus check for quite some time. But for all you lucky ducks who got your dough direct-deposited and wanna compare and contrast how you shot your financial wad, there's the oddly compelling new website HowISpentMyStimulus.com. There, you can find inspirash tales of generosity, like the one from Sylvia (above), who gave $500 to a co-worker in need, and plain ole' tech porn, as ... Read More

Fun Bags

BY Emily Rems in General

This just in from the Girlie Girl Report:"Dubbed the No! Shopping Bag Bra, this lacy red undergarment has padded cups that when removed, transform into shopping bags that can be used to carry around your groceries, laundry, or other purchases, and reduce the consumption of plastic bags in the process.  How’d ya like those melons?"I feel like I should have cashed in on this idea a long time ago, since every time I try to eat popcorn at the ... Read More