If you’ve ever seen Toddlers & Tiaras, you’ve probably noticed that its allure lies in large part in our society’s obsession with what many consider to be unnatural or freakish. The beauty pageants shown take female beauty ideals to a upsetting extreme of sexualized infancy; toddlers parade on stage in Pretty Woman’s prostitute outfit and the like, wearing heavy make-up and fake adult teeth. So much of the series’s premise ... Read More
Harmony Hammond. Suture, 2002.
The Lesbian Herstory Archives, an awesome ongoing collection of political and culturally relevant records of lesbian lives and herstory is hosting an art benefit, and it’s going to be really incredible.
Harmony Hammond, the artist and writer behind Heresies: A Feminist Publication of Art and Politics and Lesbian Art in America will present her current exhibition. As if that wasn’t enough, artists from ... Read More
BY BUST Magazine
on Oct 31, 2013
Self-taught taxidermist Nicola Hebson has been doing taxidermy for approximately two years. She decided to take up the craft after pondering how she could make use of her collection of natural objects, and is now is on course to help others take up her unusual craft. The 23-year-old, who runs her own taxidermy business, is launching a "Taxidermy for Beginners" class at her local Museum in Blackburn, England.
As a ... Read More
At 25, April Ashley was a sensation, gracing the pages of Vogue, appearing in Blockbuster hits, and partying with celebrities and socialites. Those who witnessed her rise to fame called it “fairytale-like.” She rubbed elbows and flirted with Elvis Presley. April Ashley is also a transsexual, and she is one of the first people ever to transition from male to female through reassignment surgery.
Sadly, the glamour of her life and career was ... Read More
I once met a female construction worker. When discussing her job, she actually teared up. Not only is she paid less than her male peers because she physically cannot lift as much as many of them can, but she also faces sexual harassment on a daily basis; she is called “weak” and “a little girl,” and she hid the fact that she was gay for fear of bullying.
The artist Susan Eisenberg’s “On Equal Terms,” a ... Read More
In 1865, Mark Twain wrote a picture book entitled “Advice To Little Girls.” The book is delightfully illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky, who whimsically juxtaposes doodles that you might expect in a child’s diary with rich watercolor-esque renderings of the human form. Infused with this sketchbook-inspired world, are powerful and progressive life lessons for girls.
Twain’s text suggests that although children ... Read More
Renowned author and essayist William T Vollmann commits to his protagonists. In the case of his most recent heroine, Dolores of The Book of Dolores, he tried to live as a woman. Dolores is a transgender prostitute who interests include jewelry and geology. She is a housewife who often dons a black and red corset. She carries a whip into the bedroom. As accurately and earnestly as possible, Vollmann transformed himself into the female character in ... Read More
Cataloguing one’s first sexual encounter is nothing new. As a teen who pored over magazines in airports, I traced the ongoing debate on what “virginity” means. At what point are we no longer virgins: oral sex, intercourse? Do the rules change depending on one’s gender or sexual orientation? I learned that it’s kind of one of those things an individual must define for her or hir or himself.
And we always want to record it in ... Read More
BY Katie Fustich
on Oct 28, 2013
If you search the phrase "Am I pretty or ugly?" on YouTube, you will receive "About 556,000" results. The video stills all feature young girls sitting alone in front of the camera. Descriptions all read along the lines of "Please tell me in comments," "I am so ugly," and "Be truthful please tell me." The thousands and thousands of videos reveal a sort of strange subculture of girls talking about school, boys, and of course, their appearance...to the entire ... Read More
BY Narciso Espiritu
on Oct 25, 2013
With less than seven days left for Banksy’s New York City residency, titled “Better Out Than In,” the British street artist still has admirers and dissenters, more or less, on the edge of their seats, and NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg mostly frustrated. Each day in October has welcomed a new work on the streets of the Big Apple, varying from classic Banksy mischief to insightful mobile and kinetic works that could have easily been mislabeled as ... Read More