In the craziest real-life manifestation of crossover fan-fiction ever, The Walt Disney Company, dream-distributor and conglomerate Big Bad, will buy iconic Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion . That's right: the Mickey Mouse moguls now own the rights to thousands of Marvel characters--Spidey, Wolverine, et. al.. The deal was reportedly mutual, without the bitter pangs of a 'buyout'. Marvel's team wants to take advantage of Disney's synergistic powers that be. And ... Read More
Who's too old for roller derby? Definitely not 53-year-old Beth Hollis of Akron, OH. Hollis is a soft-spoken librarian by day and a kick ass roller derby athlete at night. Not only does she destroy assumptions about size and sex, she also defies stereotypes about age. After many years of working as a librarian, Hollis decided she needed a hobby. After getting kicked out of a knitting class for not catching on quick enough, she decided to try something more ... Read More
Chris Brown, hip hop darling/violent little puke, finally received his sentence for beating gal pal Rihanna this February. Brown will be paying his dues doing hard labor, attending therapy sessions to address his more vicious tendencies, and staying away from bars or other establishments associated with drugs or alcohol. Seems like a weak punishment: while the prohibition clause lasts for 5 years, the hard labor (which the New York Post describes as 'hauling trash ... Read More
The United States, as well as many other countries, was created under a patriarchal foundation that women are constantly struggling with, and Italy is no exception.   In fact, Italian women have to exist under triple threats of sexism: the government, the church, and the media. The current Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, has been particularly open with his sexist behavior through comments to and about women as well as being accused of philandering by his ... Read More
Just a friendly reminder to join BUST at TONIGHT'S fundraising bash for the Kibera Girls Soccer Academy's Geo-Girls Citizen Journalism program and The Lunch Box Fund for the girls' daily meals! Apart from being an awesome cause, the event looks to be a spectacular evening of dancing and do-goodery at an amazing venue. And, if that wasn't enough, OMG Cupcakes has just signed on to attend! Yup, that means you can encourage education, dance to special guest DJs ... Read More

Women Make Movies

BY Web Intern in General

You may have read the depressing, but sadly, not shocking, news that the overwhelming majority of screen directors for major studios are still older white dudes. Take heart, fair lady, and get thee to The Roxie Theater in San Francisco for a week-long film festival that is all chicks all the time--there are over 22 films screening at this Women Make Movies Film Festival , and they are made for, by, and about the ladiez. The festival is from August 28th to September ... Read More
CNN.com featured an article today explaining what 'cankles' are and how to deal with them.  Though I've had the word 'cankles' in my vocabulary for several years, this story treated it as though it were a new thing. A personal trainer explained that not everyone can get rid of their cankles, particularly because they are part of one's genetic make-up.   'Although some exercises can make a little difference, he says, most cankles are stubborn and stay put ... Read More
 Riding Riding on the wake of Iran's tumultuous elections earlier this summer, Afghanistan also held presidential elections this year. While the elections, and subsequent protests, in Iran sparked discussion about women's rising influence, Afghanistan's elections last Thursday only continued to show how far women have to come in this conservative society.  While women are techincally granted some equality under the new Constitution, cultural pressure ... Read More
Last week I had the good luck to get a free pass to Oya, an annual outdoor indie music fest in Oslo, Norway. The five-day, five-stage extravaganza is a showcase for Norwegian acts, but makes good use of other groups (e.g., Band of Horses, The Very Best, Jay Reatard, Monotonix) caught in the summer festival maelstrom. Oya enlisted 200 bands, ranging from the lightest indie-pop to the blackest metal (this is Norway, after all). A little over half the bands were local ... Read More

Expect the Unexpected

BY Web Intern in General

Vintage just got a whole lot cuter. Check out the cheeky promotion for retrowardrobe.com' s array of vintage, retro repo and recycled fashions. I would love to go on a picnic in those cherry undies--it's so hot! ... Read More