What’s in a name? Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet were able to forsake their last names for love. But Romeo and Juliet were idiots. What does it actually mean, in a 21st century context, to trade in your last name for your spouse’s? According to a new study (conducted by observing Facebook analytics, of all things) about a third of women who marry in their 20's choose to retain their original last name. This is a considerably larger percentage than women who marry in their 30's and 60's, respectively. Read More
  “Women in prison? That’s so retro,” said Papa Garis after I explained my latest work assignment. It was Sunday afternoon, and I had emerged from my room after five hours of chain-smoking and watching the new Netflix series, Orange is the New Black. Yes, for work. I am living the American dream.  He’s right, though. The concept is hardly original. In fact women-in-prison movies are practically their own genre. So in honor of the new/old trend, I've done a little research (take that at face value) and dug up some of the "gems. Read More
  With a smudge of red lipstick, thick bleach streaks and sweet babydoll dresses, Kim Shattuck pulls of 1993 well. It's impressive, considering it's 2013, AND considering that Kim turns 50 today! Seriously? Seriously. And she's left us a pretty rock and roll resume for us to stare at, so grab my hand as we take very quick stroll down memory lane.  Kim Shattuck’s career as a fierce musician/badass/deputy mayor of Babetown started back in the 80’s as a member of the kick-ass girl group The Pandoras. Read More
Oh my grash, gals, I must be stuck in the dark ages. Sometimes I forget that they make an app for everything these days, but it never occurred to me that there are apps that would track your period. BUT THERE ARE. THERE TOTALLY ARE.  Truth be told, I'm on the pill, which is supposed to (keyword being "supposed") make it so I know exactly when I'll get it. And even when I wasn't on the pill, I was incredibly sloppy at tracking my period on my Bettie Page calendar. Read More
If I slammed my head against the desk every time I heard something idiotic happened this weekend, the BUST office would be covered with dents. At the anti-abortion law hearing at the Texas Senate Chamber this Friday, feminine hygiene products were confiscated, for fear that they would be "thrown at Senators." ... Yeah, that's right, guys. Tampons are a real issue in this country. Read More
I think I was 12 the first time I was called a slut. Maybe 14, because I recall having faded purple hair and wearing a Tripp miniskirt at the time, but young enough where the only thing I could do was go to a strip mall with friends, my mom’s cell phone in my pocket. And I remember standing at a street corner with my fellow baby-teens when a pair of guys pulled up to us, desperately trying to get our attention, before declaring that we were a bunch of sluts. Read More
As we emerge out of the worst newsweekend ever, let’s take some time to quickly recap how justice is dead. The Marisa Alexander case is a good place to start, as both a counterpoint to the Trayvon Martin case, and as a stand alone example of why everything in the world is totally skewed. Alexander was defending herself in a confrontation with her estranged, abusive husband. In order to escape another “brutal beating,” Alexander allegedly fired off a few warning shots to ward him off. Read More
Piper Chapman, three months shy of her incarceration in federal prison, lounges on the beach with her fiancé Larry, gabbing casually about her jailtime to-do list. “I’m going to read everything on my Amazon wishlist. And maybe even learn a craft, you know? I could be crafty.” Oh, girl. You know that the protagonist of Netflix's new original series, Orange is the New Black, is about to have a rude awakening.  And don’t worry. In this dark dramedy - based on the real life experiences of Piper Kerman and created by Jenji Kohan - shit gets real real quick. Read More
There may be some mothers in the audience who can refute this, but to me, childbirth has always been filed under the "terrifying and awful" category of life experiences. And I'm not saying the actual "having a baby" thing isn't a joyous occasion, sitcoms have episodes based around that concept all the time. I'm just assuming that shooting a human being out of your vag can't be fun.  That's why I'm mildly horrified that women in Zimbabwe were getting fined for doing what seems to be the natural response to giving birth: screaming. Read More
  I’m surprised it took me this long to write my first cute baby animal post at BUST, but I’ve finally made it! And I’ve saved myself for something that is epic levels of precious, so brace yourselves: it’s a kitty in little knitted costumes. STOP, MY HEART! This poor little baby, named Wasabi-Chan, got attacked by a crow in early June, resulting in a split tongue, fractured jaw, and had to be fed via catheter tube. SADFACE! Luckily, Wasabi-Chan’s rescuer found an innovative way to limit the kitty’s movement: dressing her up in adorable, crocheted little outfits. Read More