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Michelle Obama rules: she's super smart, a great mother, a strong force for great causes (support of military families and women's rights), and is totally no-fear when it comes to political involvement. Obama's got some serious celebrity, too. Most press seems concerned with her role as a domestic goddess--what is she wearing, what are the kids doing, how does her garden grow? But today's Huffington Post wonders what is Michelle Obama reading? According to the article, romance novelist Geri Krotow hand-delivered Mrs. Read More
Is it possible to accidentally like vampires? Because despite no real interest in the mythology (8th grade Anne Rice phase aside), my most recent obsessions are pretty vampire-centric. True Blood. Twilight. Concrete Blonde's The Bloodletting. I really don't seek the stuff out, the list just goes on and on of its own accord. Case in point: Pretty Dead, the forthcoming novel by girl goddess supreme (and my personal fave) Francesca Lia Block. A new FLB tale featuring a female vampire protagonist? Clearly the stars want me to be all vampire, all the time. Read More

Girls at the Grindhouse

BY Libby Zay in General

What do the sexy swamp slasher, prison flick, and biker revenge feature pictured above have in common? They're all made by women, and they're all part of a UCLA-hosted film retrospective that kicks off tonight. No She Didn't! Women Exploitation Auteurs will highlight female-made, low-budget sexploitation flicks from the 60's through the 80's. The women who directed these films found their niche in the sexploitation market, where grindhouse movie-goers didn't care if a man or a woman was behind the camera so long as they showed some skin. Read More

Helmet Head

BY Web Intern in General

The BUST office is feeling pretty bike-friendly this week (remember this post? ). On top of being cheap, green, and, well, fun, pedaling totally makes the best of that sunshiney, late-July weather. However, dear reader: out of all the adorable bikers I've seen whizzing up and down the block, almost none are wearing a helmet. Now, I'm nobody's mother, and I know everyone's been hearing this since grade school, but accidents do definitely happen. Serious stuff, too. So what's the deal? Okay, let's be real; I totally get it. Read More
  Las Lopezistas (comprised of Erika and Kamala Lopez) are launching an underground campaign because guess what, we still don't have equal rights. Yes, we were given the right to vote under the nineteenth amendment but the Equal Rights Amendment, first proposed in 1923 and never ratified, would make us equal under the law. Two days ago, Congresswomen Carolyn Maloney of New York put the amendment back on the table. This is what Kamala Lopez proposes on Erika's blog: 'We need genius advertising slogans and ideas. Read More

The "Cunt Smasher?"

BY Susan in General

TGIF. Read More
British director Kim Longinotto's documentary, 'Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go', is having its broadcast premiere on PBS's POV series. The documentary is about the Mulberry Bush School in Oxford, England, home to forty emotionally disturbed children. Forsaking drugs, restraints, or other measures of punishment, the staff at Mulberry instead use patience and embraces. The documentary follows five students between the ages of five through twelve throughout the course of a year. Read More
                  Natalya Estemirova, courageous human rights worker for Chechnya, has passed. She was known for challenging the unethical Chechnyan government and was vocal about the kidnappings and killings going on in her notoriously violent country. She worked hard for the better cause at Memorial, a human rights organization in Chechnya's capital. She openly criticized both Chechnya's laws and their president, which resulted in death threats ranging from the authorities to President Kadyrov himself. Read More
  The Christian Right in Texas, which has already partially been successful with interjecting biology with creationism, now has its eye set on social studies. They say that the curriculum does not fully represent the role religion and God have played in the development of the United States. A panel of experts appointed by the state's board of education has been appointed to reexamine the way history is taught to younger children. Read More
When I was a young'n, I thought having a tattoo was the ultimate form of badassery. If a boy had a tattoo, it meant he was the much-desired bad boy and probably wore a leather jacket and rode a motorcycle too. The Bangz's energetic music video for their song 'Boys with Tattoos (We Jerkin')' sings about the common temptation. Read More