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  It’s a truth universally agreed upon, at least among those of us who came of age in the 1980s, that Cyndi Lauper is one of the coolest, most interesting people in the world. Her songs made us want to dance and bop around and roller-skate. Lauper became a superstar for belting out “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” and, admittedly, she did have more than her fair share of good times, sometimes criminally great times. Now 59, she has the ability to ... Read More
  Ever since her adolescence, Rosie Schaap, who writes the “Drink” column for The New York Times, has felt an attraction to bars. As a teenager, her obsession begins when she starts giving tarot card readings in exchange for beer in the bar car of the Metro North commuter train. When she attends college in a small town where the local bar is the only means of entertainment, drinking in bars becomes Schaap’s devoted hobby. She even abandons ... Read More
We have some very good news this week.  Following in the footsteps of prolific funny women like Chelsea Handler, Amy Sedaris, and Tina Fey, Amy Poehler is writing a book. Yes, you heard that right—Amy Poehler is writing a book!  Well, it’s about damn time! According to the AP, the as-of-now untitled book will be out in 2014, and will be published by It Books, a pop culture imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.  It is “inspired in ... Read More
Last week, we were lucky enough to sit down with cartoonist Ellen Lindner, the artist behind the graphic novel Undertow and anthology The Strumpet. During her interview, Lindner named Alison Bechdel, who wrote the comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For, as someone she admired in the field. If you were intrigued by Lindner’s work, or are interested in finding new graphic memoirs of the type that Bechdel is famous for, check out this article on Flavorwire: ... Read More
  Charming. Candid. Compelling. All of these words describe Beth Ditto—and all of them equally sum up her new memoir. Chronicling Ditto’s rise to international fame, the book starts with her humble beginnings in her conservative, tiny Arkansas hometown. While struggling to survive amidst crippling poverty, young Ditto endures sexual abuse early at the hands of a family friend, and learns that this has been the norm for many of her family members. ... Read More
In 1980s Romania, Carmen Bugan’s father wrote anti-Communist propaganda, an illegal act that led to the family having to flee the country in 1989. But of course, as a kid, Bugan had no idea what was going on. It wasn’t until she started searching for answers as an adult that she learned of her father’s secret. This is the retelling of her discovery. Bugan uses short, concise sentences that pack in all the emotional details of her unusual ... Read More
  Oksana Marafioti’s memoir brings to light a minority culture that most people have very little knowledge of beyond TLC’s My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. Yes, Marafioti does write about one of those extravagant affairs, in which she donned a mango-colored taffeta gown and teased her hair to the heavens, but the strength of her book lies in the way it makes her Romani family, who moved to California in the early ’90s, and their over-the-top ... Read More
Eyes Right: Confessions from a Woman Marine is Tracy Crow’s candid account of her experience as one of few female Marines in the 1980s. Crow joins the military in an attempt to find the structure and discipline she needs to stay sober and productive. Instead, she winds up sacrificing her own happiness and endangering her health in order to meet the rigorous standards of an institution where sexism abounds. Growing up with an alcoholic and abusive father, ... Read More

Susie Sexpert!

BY jodi sh doff in Feminism

Okay, so nobody's called her Susie Sexpert in a long time, but it's not a name she's outgrown, exactly. Susie Bright was at the forefront of sex positive activism, and the co-founder of On Our Backs. You know her from the Best American Erotica series, or from the Herotica series. Maybe you know her from the Audible show, In Bed with Susie Bright.  But you know her and she's influenced your life and the world you've grown up in whether you know it or ... Read More
Betty Dodson, BUST’s former sex advice columnist, has released her sexy memoir! My Sexual Revolution “the story of one woman's struggle to liberate female sexuality while enjoying her own” and is available through her website. The 81-year-old sex positive feminist has taught thousands of women how to pleasure themselves in her Bodysex workshops over the past 25 years and has contributed greatly to women’s sexual liberation through her erotic ... Read More
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