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  In my opinion, one of the absolute coolest things about BUST is that it embraces “girlie feminism” (in fact, the magazine and its founders came up with the whole concept). It’s so important to remember that a gal who likes stereotypically “girlie” things, from crafting and knitting to ponies and pink, can be just as powerful as a man who likes stereotypically manly things. She can, in fact, derive her power and sense of self in part from these “girlie” things. Read More
  I have loved Amy Sedaris ever since I read The Book of Liz, a play of hers in which a nun with a perspiration problem finds herself by making cheese balls. The veteran BUST cover girl fascinates me, from her perky humor to her real cultural impact (she supports animal rights and has outspokenly defended her choice not to have kids). Even in her Downy laundry detergent commercial, she is hilarious and complex, dressing like a 1950s housewife to do laundry with the assistance her male intern. Read More
    LEGO has produced many scientist figurines in the past, but alas, they are most often stereotypical stock figures: they have unkept hair, broken glasses, and look completely crazed. They are also mostly male, and while there have been lady LEGO scientists, they seem to be scientists in name only, never wearing a snazzy professional outfit or having a special area of expertise.    On this historic day, the toy company has finally given the kids (and adults!) what they want: a super smart female scientist. Read More
  With the news that the government is monitoring our phone calls, emails, and other private information through a program called PRISM, Americans (both citizens and lawmakers) are engaged in a debate over the merits of giving up individual freedom to protect against a greater threat: terrorism. Throughout our country's history, and especially in the last six months since the shootings at Sandy Hook, similar debates have emerged surrounding gun control laws. An article on opposingviews. Read More
There’s been a lot of talk lately about how movies influence our daughters. The ever-heated Disney Princess debate rages on, with solid arguments on both sides, while new additions to the princess cannon like Brave and Tangled are nitpicked, attacked, and defended, depending on the day of the week. But why aren’t we talking about the movies that little boys are watching?  Colin Stokes posits in his TED talk, “How Movies Teach Manhood”, that the films we’re showing our sons may be contributing to a faulty understanding of what it means to be a man. Read More
As we usher in the new year, let’s look back and reflect upon the most meaningful moments of 2012. And, because I’m a millennial and apparently it’s all I’m good for, let’s define “most meaningful moments” as “awesome Youtube clips”. More specifically, Youtube clips featuring adorable children covering pop songs.  The Youtube cover song is a tricky landing to stick, but this year was chock full of youngsters who pulled it off, no problem. Read More
I've heard it said that "ask and you shall receive", but I guess in this case it's more like petition and you shall get heard. After starting a petition asking Hasbro to make their Easy-Bake Oven a more gender-neutral toy, McKenna Pope got her wish and more. If you haven’t heard of McKenna Pope, she's the 13-year-old girl from New Jersey who questioned Hasbro on why they don't make a gender-neutral Easy-Bake oven. It all started after her four-year-old brother, an avid baker, told her he thought the current model was too girly. Read More
  You probably remember the board game “Guess Who?” — you know, the game where you randomly draw a character and then try to guess who your opponent drew? The game where you narrow down your options by asking questions like, “Is your person wearing a hat?” or “Does your person have blue eyes?” The game with 5 female characters and 19 male characters? “Is your person a girl?” “…Yes.” BAM – almost all the cards go down. One question in, and you’ve already lost. Yeah, that game. Read More
Happy Halloween, y'all! In the spirit of this spooky day, check out this collection of BUST staffers in childhood costumes. They're guaranteed to make you "boo" and "aww."     Creative Director Laurie Henzel "This is not Instagram'd!"     Senior Editor Molly Simms "Me as a vampire, age 8. I was so afraid of my own face makeup that I avoided looking at myself in any mirrors that night."       Event and Promotions Coordinator Bridgette Miller "My family used to do big themed group costumes. Here we are doing Alice in Wonderland. Read More
                    “I bet when you’re 10 you’ll love pink, and you’ll love princesses,” said Pippa Middleton to a 6 year old who said she was a sort of tomboy and liked things that “boys like.” Sigh.  The event was a promotion for Pippa’s new party-planning book “Celebrate.”  (I wonder if it’s got gender specific themed parties?) She let reporters film a craft session with costumed kids while she wore plain clothes. WOW. Read More