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
 Painter Lucian Freud's life-size 1995 portrait of his muse, Sue Tilley, titled "Benefits Supervisor Sleeping," just broke the world auction record for the amount paid for the work of a living artist. Christies sold it yesterday for $33.6 million dollars, beating out the previous record-holder Jeff Koons, whose "Hanging Heart" nabbed $23.5 million last year. Sadly, I think we'll have to wait quite some time for the work of a woman to break ... Read More
Hell to the yeah! My all-grrrl feminist super-group is having a sick house party at Royal Pink HQ with our buds Kissy Kamikaze this weekend. Miss it at your own ... Read More