We certainly hope not, but a recent study in the United Kingdom quizzed 18-25 year olds (women only, of course. Men surely don't worry about such things...) about body image, and the group's answers are more than a little unnerving. The survey found that 41% of women respondents would rather have bigger breasts than a high IQ. For women who aren't necessarily that into the idea of a buxom bust, the survey offers a "slim figure" instead, which 44% would choose over high intelligence. Read More
The South certainly has us buzzing this afternoon! It seems that every day there is a breaking story about a new assault on women's rights. The latest addition to the fray comes from Georgia (my home state: keep up the good work, y'all). Mother of four Nirvana Jennette reports that she was asked to leave church for breastfeeding her child during a service. The incident didn't end there, however, as Jennette claims the pastor compared her breastfeeding to a stripper performing. Read More
Sometimes my latent teenage angst rears its head unexpectedly. Especially on a day like today, where in New York at least, all signs are pointing to 'you-should've-stayed-in-bed,' it can get intense. So to escape the drizzle outside and embrace my displaced adolescent rage, I'm turning to these fine doodling dames of Tumblr for company. Whether you're happy, horny, hormonal, or (like me) just a tiny bit enraged that you're expected to get out of bed every day, we've got something for you. We've brought you roundups of webcomics a few times before now. Read More
  In the last few years, there’s been a bunch of new dark ladies making their mark in music-- Anika, Anna Calvi, Fever Ray, Rykarda Parasol, and Nika Roza Danilova (more commonly known as Zola Jesus) to name a few. The latter, Zola Jesus, came to NYC’s Webster Hall this past Saturday and cast her musical spell on the enthusiastically somber crowd. Zola Jesus are descendants of bands like Joy Division, Siouxsie & The Banshees, and Portishead, who were very heavy on foreboding atmosphere and high drama. Read More
Some women dread getting older. They dig their spindly fingers into their youth and refuse to let go. This has never been my outlook; I personally can't wait to be old and awesome. In fact, I spend a large portion of my time contemplating which eccentricities I'll adopt later in life. Maybe I'll be that lady who takes her cats for walks on leashes. Maybe I'll dress entirely in shades of orange. Maybe I'll decide corn rows would be a good look for me after all. Who knows? Only time will tell. Read More
  It's no secret that we love some quality arts and crafts here at BUST. We'll take embroidery hoops, knitting needles, and paper mache over just about anything else. What's even better than DIY-ing for fun, though, is putting your crafty skills to good use! Danish artist Hanne Bang is spearheading a project called "In A War Someone Has to Die," which is a transnational effort to unite women against a common enemy: war. Read More
    In today's edition of Things That Elicit Mixed Emotions, I present Thomas Czarnecki's photoseries "From Enchantment to Down". The haunting images depict Disney princesses meeting tragic ends. Ariel is beached on the shore, Sleeping Beauty lies abandoned on the floor of what appears to be a drug den, and Pocahontas is slung over a hunter's shoulder in his room of taxidermic trophies. I hope Czarnecki is making a statement about the impossible standards of femininity, the frailty of the notions presented in those Disney classics. Read More
For ladies who love ladies, pop music can be kind of a downer. All the sexy divas sing about their boy toys and not about their gal pals (Katy Perry definitely does not count. I don’t care if she kissed a girl, nor if she liked it). Don’t get me wrong, I love Tegan and Sara just as much as the next grrrl. The Indigo Girls, too, have been known to provide some solid support in my times of desperate emotional need. Sometimes, though, the vibe I’m going for is less tragic-heartbroken-nostalgia and more get-your-booty-on-the-floor-and-shake-it. Read More
As a kid, I never really understood the appeal of paper dolls. I needed a toy that could survive my rough and tumble antics at playtime, and the wispy slips of people-paper just couldn't keep up. In my tiny yet destructive hands, paper dolls easily (and often) became confetti. Since I've grown up (I guess... I'm taller now, at least) I've mellowed out a little and have taken to watching online TV as an alternative to destroying my belongings. My newest Netflix addiction: Arrested Development. Read More