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 ... 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 ... Read More
BY Hallie Marks
on Jun 14, 2013
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 ... Read More
BY Katrina Pallop
on Jan 28, 2013
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”, ... Read More
BY Katrina Pallop
on Dec 26, 2012
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 ... Read More
BY Jennifer Welsing
on Dec 18, 2012
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 ... Read More
BY Erika W. Smith
on Nov 30, 2012
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 ... Read More
BY Maggie Carr
on Oct 31, 2012
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 ... 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 ... Read More
BY Erika W. Smith
on Oct 25, 2012
Imagine a land where boys play with dolls and girls want to grow up to be firemen – and nobody makes fun of them for it. A land where girls don’t worry about being pretty and happily proclaim, “I like what I look like.” A land where boys know that it’s alright to cry. A land where “you’ll do what you like, and be who you are.”
This is the land imagined in the album, book, and TV special Free To Be…You ... Read More