Yale's first black female history professor, Jennifer Baszile, came of age in the not-quite-integrated suburbs of Southern California. Her account of that era in this riveting, fast-paced memoir is noteworthy for her clear-eyed perspective and honesty; in Baszile, the reader finds an all-cards-on-the-table narrator to root for as she navigates the ins and outs of growing up in an affluent, white enclave in the late 1970s and early 80s. Read More
When Hilary Thayer Hamann self-published Anthropology of an American Girl in 2003, she achieved an inordinate amount of success for any novel, let alone a self-published one. Now Random House is publishing a revised version of the visionary work. Read More
  Emily Rems has already done the job here of explaining why all the Sex and the City haters need to get a grip, but that’s not what swayed me to go see this. Maybe because I was expecting to hate it, or maybe because I was in an opening night audience full of women shouting things at the screen like, “damn, girl, work that dress.” Or, “oh no she dih-n’t!” But when the credits rolled, I wasn’t ready for it to be over. Read More
Julia Sweeney has come a long way since the days of "Pat," the ambiguously gendered character she played on Saturday Night Live. Her personal tales of overcoming cancer, denouncing God, and adopting a child from China have been the substance of her material since 1995. Her recent TED talk, however, brought Pat back to mind. Sweeney is totally adorable, so the video is worth watching in and of itself. [video: 425x344] Yet I couldn't help but wonder what this would look like as a Pat bit. Then I got to thinking, surely this bit already existed. So I Googled. And Googled some more. Read More
It’s official—the French government is run by a douchebag. This week, Nicholas Sarkozy sent legislation off to parliament intending to impose a $185 fine on women who wear a full-face Islamic veil. Has he forgotten who started the whole cover your head thing?  Let's review. (Photo by André Durst for Vogue, November 1938) Getting women to cover their heads started long before the Muslims came along. Sarkozy is of Catholic and Jewish descent. The most popular type of veil is made of French netting. Are you sensing a theme? Looks like Nicky is a self-hating douchebag. Read More
Corporate wisdom has long held that no one watches TV in the summertime so it's best to air re-runs. In recent years it has been a time to launch programs considered too experimental for the fall lineup. This has lead to massive, unexpected hits like, Burn Notice and True Blood. What does this summer have in store? In this episode of NPR's, "The Takeaway," BUST's own Emily Rems and TV blogger Delaina Dixon give us the scoop. Read More
This Mother's Day brought with it the usual onslaught of treacly admonitions to remember mom...as if we could forget. "Having power over someone is not the same as having power to confer," laughs Susan Faludi when she explains her latest theory. She's been looking at the emergence and disappearance of feminism from the national landscape and come up with the idea that "feminism has a mother/daughter problem." Since her first book, Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women, Faludi has uncovered patterns in the erosion of feminism's advances. Read More
See for yourself what roller derby is all about. Check out the Gotham Girls Roller Derby tonight at 11:30 pm on WNYE Channel 25, a broadcast of the Bronx/Brooklyn bout. This description from the web site says it all -- "Gotham Girls Roller Derby is New York City’s only all-female, do-it-yourself (DIY), skater-operated roller derby league. The league is comprised of strong, diverse, and independent women from the world's biggest, baddest city. Read More

Daria's back!

BY Lisa Kirchner in TV

Need a reason to be stoked? Writer Emma Kat Richardson has the deets on Daria’s reemergence. Recently, with infrequent bathroom breaks and meals brought straight to my futon perch, I consumed an innumerable amount of hours watching Daria on YouTube. Many of the episodes are crassly interrupted by a nauseating blur of static. Others had been uploaded backwards—a phenomenon that goes undetected until the title of Sick Sad World appears splashes across the screen in an even more demented format than usual. Read More
The Sex and the City 2 trailer has been out for a while but I've been avoiding it. As a former resident of the Persian Gulf, I dreaded what it might look like when our fearless foursome landed in the desert. But after finally getting around to reading this month's issue of Vogue featuring Sarah Jessica Parker, I had to. Sam gets four all-expenses paid tickets to Abu Dhabi (as you do) and the girls put their lives on hold for a reunion tour. We've got camels and sand and frolicking. Woo-hoo! Having lived in the Persian Gulf, and been to Abu Dhabi, I am dumbfounded by their choice of Emirate. Read More