On Tuesday, President Obama signed the health care bill (passed by the House of Representatives late Sunday night) into law. There have been a slew of comments about the bill left and right, and hopefully we here at the BUST blog can clarify some of the more woman-specific issues in the bill. Namely, abortion. There’s been a lot of misinformation floating around, but here’s what I could decipher from the executive order President Obama issued in order ... Read More
If you were up watching CSPAN last night while the House of Representatives were debating, then voting on, the latest health care reform bill, you might have seen the latest in a disturbing trend of interruptions by Republicans. Bart Stupak, a Democratic representative from the state of Michigan who came under fire for his amendment to the health care bill, was speaking about how he felt the bill wasn’t pro-life, and Republican Randy Neugebauer, a rep from ... Read More
Constance McMillen had a simple question for her high school principal: she wanted to make sure it was okay for her to wear a tux and bring her girlfriend to prom. What ensued became much bigger than anyone would have anticipated: the school told her no, and when she told them that their ruling was discrimination and that her lawyer would be contacting them, the Itawamba County School District (located in Fulton, Mississippi) decided to cancel prom ... Read More
  After weeks of fan anticipation, Lady Gaga's new video "Telephone" (featuring Beyonce!) premiered last night. It's had over a million hits in the 12-ish hours since it's been on her official YouTube page. In typical Gaga fashion, it's colorful, fun to watch, and absolutely crazy. Check it out after the jump.  You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this video I can't say I get it, but I like it. Also, "this is a disastuh" is going into my ... Read More
Lilith Fair lasted three short years in the late 90’s on the festival circuit, but it’s being revived by Sarah McLachlan and Terry McBride with an ETA of this summer. While not all the cities or artists have been revealed (nor have any dates been listed as of yet) the lists seem filled out rather nicely. Sarah McLachlan will be joined on the tour with Fair vets Indigo Girls, Sheryl Crow, and Martina McBride, as well as a whole slew of acts, including ... Read More
While I appreciate a good serious film as much as the next guy, I can't help but be enthralled when a dance sequence shows up in a movie. Flavorwire apparently thinks the same way--so they put out this list of their 35 favorite dances on film. Present are the obvious musicals (I have such a soft spot for West Side Story, so I was pleased to see three clips on the list) but also unexpected dances like the one in Pulp Fiction.   You need to a flashplayer ... Read More
Heck yes. According to People, last night at a post-Oscars party, Betty White confirmed what millions on the internet had been speculating about: she will appear on Saturday Night Live sometime in the near future. Though she didn't specify a date (and Lorne Michaels, the show's executive producer, already dismissed claims that she'd be co-hosting a special "Women of Comedy" episode) and it isn't clear if she'll be actually hosting, this is certainly awesome. Aside ... Read More
While last night was certainly an excellent night for women in film,  the Academy seems to have forgotten two great actresses from their memorial montage: Bea Arthur and Farrah Fawcett, who both passed away in 2009. According to Leslie Unger, spokesperson for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences: ''Every year it's an unfortunate reality that we can't include everybody.'' Oh. So they couldn’t extend the montage by what would have probably ... Read More
While I can’t help but think the iPad jokes are growing weak, this certainly gave me a chuckle. Yep, somebody went ahead and made the pad case. Totally worth it, if only for the novelty factor. You can pick this up from Hip Handmaids on Etsy for $40—or, if you act now, $30.   [Hip Handmaids on Etsy] Image via Hip ... Read More
This Sunday, Oscar history may very well be made: the Academy may award its first Best Director award to a woman. This would be an awesome step for women directors—which is actually a term the nominee in question, Kathryn Bigelow, isn’t too fond of. In an interview with 60 Minutes this past Sunday, Bigelow revealed her ambivalence about the potentially groundbreaking award. "There's really no difference between what I do and what a male filmmaker might ... Read More
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